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Scott Fardy ruled out of Italy Test as Tatafu Polota-Nau is set for return

Georgina Robinson Wallabies flanker Scott Fardy has been ruled out of the side's Test against Italy after suffering a concussion in Australia's loss to England last weekend.

Tatafu Polota-Nau nervous about return to Wallabies

Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Jim Morton It will be a nervous Tatafu Polota-Nau making his long-awaited Wallabies return at Aviva Stadium this weekend after a horror season riddled with injuries.

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Tatafu Polota-Nau returns for Wallabies tour

Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Rupert Guinness Barnstorming hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will make his long-awaited return to Test rugby on the Wallabies' grand slam tour of Europe next month.

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NSW Waratahs v Bulls

Israel Folau.

Stephen Samuelson The NSW Waratahs welcome back Israel Folau as they face another must-win home game.

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NSW Waratahs confident about Bulls match despite blame game over Israel Folau sidelining

Ruled out: Israel Folau will not play for the Waratahs against the Force.

Rupert Guinness As debate over the rights and wrongs of Israel Folau's late sidelining from Waratahs game against the Force continued on Monday, his teammates maintained the issue had not impacted them – and nor...

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Israel Folau and Cam Crawford combine for Waratahs' Super Rugby game against Western Force

Back in business: Israel Folau.

Georgina Robinson Perth: The return of Israel Folau and Cam Crawford to the Waratahs' starting line-up for their clash with the Force reunites one of last year's most consistent and productive partnerships.

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Well-oiled Waratahs face more gruelling battles

Dave Dennis sits in the sin bin in Durban last month.

Georgina Robinson After weathering two weeks in South Africa, the Waratahs must steel themselves for two more brutal encounters, despite being back on Australian soil.

Rugby

Stormers v Waratahs

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DHL Newlands, Cape Town, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)

Rugby

Michael Cheika calls Jake White attack 'a compliment'

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Georgina Robinson Michael Cheika has brushed off a barrage of barbs from former Brumbies coach Jake White, saying he considers the attention "a compliment".

Rugby

Israel Folau out of Stormers clash

Israel Folau

Georgina Robinson Kurtley Beale will return to fullback for the Waratahs' clash against the Stormers.

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Michael Hooper optimistic Australia can take Super Rugby success to Bledisloe

Michael Hooper on the attack against the Sharks in Durban.

Georgina Robinson Johannesburg: With just four and a half months until Bledisloe season rolls around, Michael Hooper says Australia must parlay its Super Rugby form into winning back the trophy.

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PREVIEWS

Sharks v Waratahs

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Kings Park, Durban, Sunday 2.05am (AEDT)

Rugby

Jono Lance gets nod as Michael Cheika shuffles Waratahs back line for Sharks clash

Former Queensland Red, Jono Lance, will start at fullback for the Waratahs.

Georgina Robinson Johannesburg: The Waratahs have staged a major overhaul of their back line after losing fullback Israel Folau to injury.

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Michael Cheika comfortable with Waratahs changes

Michael Cheika

Georgina Robinson Johannesburg: Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says the Sharks would be "naive" to get too carried away with the absence of dual international Israel Folau from the NSW line up this weekend.

Rugby

Michael Cheika relegates Test prop Benn Robinson to bench

Benched: Benn Robinson.

Darren Walton NSW coach Michael Cheika relegated Benn Robinson to the bench as he reshuffled his pack for the Waratahs' Super Rugby conference derby with the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night.

Dave Dennis fails to douse rumours of get-square against Brumbies

Waratahs captain Dave Dennis.

Rupert Guinness Waratahs captain Dave Dennis says this weekend's game against the Brumbies won't be a get-square over the Dublin drinking controversy last year. But his smile says otherwise.

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Union

Michael Cheika sticks with winning Waratahs line-up for grudge match against Brumbies

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs will throw their full attacking arsenal at the Brumbies in what coach Michael Cheika predicts will be an epic clash of footballing styles in Canberra this weekend.

New standards agreed for Wallabies after Dublin drinking fiasco

Meetings: Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie.

Georgina Robinson The Australian Rugby Union will develop a uniform set of team protocols spanning Super Rugby and the Wallabies as a result of the fall-out from last year's spring tour controversy.

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Waratahs pack down for Brumbies test

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Georgina Robinson The NSW pack will face their biggest test yet when they take on a revved-up Brumbies in Canberra this weekend.

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Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen says he's no dobber

Ben Mowen.

Chris Dutton Ben Mowen has hit back at any suggestion he "dobbed" on his Wallabies teammates after a drinking session in Ireland last year.