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Rugby

Lack of depth leaves weary Wallabies with little in tank

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Paul Cully When Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie replaced Quade Cooper after 59 minutes of the Test against Italy in Turin, it was a sensible bit of squad management he probably longs he could do a bit more of.

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Rugby

A roaring success: series was well worth the wait

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Paul Cully The discussion after the third Test was moving so quickly that it was the identity of the next Wallabies coach that was the subject of conversation, rather than whether the current one would survive.

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Rugby Union

Deans spoilt for choice, but strategy will dictate picks

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Paul Cully With the Lions series fast approaching and the highly charged Reds v Brumbies game doubling as a virtual Wallabies trial, Fairfax Media looks at five key Test positions.

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Rugby

Folau shows skills to take off on the wing

Paul Cully The Herald looks at five more Wallabies positions before the British and Irish Lions series, with three Super Rugby rounds before Robbie Deans names his first squad of 25 players.

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Tight Five

Emotions run hot in the debate over five-eighth

Paul Cully In the third instalment of the Herald's look at the race for Wallabies jerseys, we look at five more positions. We start with five-eighth.

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Rugby

Who will squeeze into Deans' 25-man tent

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Paul Cully Trying to squeeze in 25 names for the initial Wallabies squad to be announced on May 19 is akin to putting away a tent for the first time.

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Rugby

Folau's Wallabies stocks up in leaps and bounds

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Paul Cully Israel Folau has one arm in a Wallabies jersey.

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Rugby

Deans in for pleasant viewing as Tahs take on Brumbies

Paul Cully Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will be sitting reasonably comfortably when he settles in to watch the Waratahs v Brumbies game on Saturday evening.

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Rugby

Barnes' storming efforts could have him in starting side

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Paul Cully The significance of Berrick Barnes' cameos against the Stormers and Brumbies in successive weeks is that he could be playing his way into the Wallabies starting XV, let alone the 25-man squad.

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History is just that, and Tahs can crack Crusaders' weakened backbone

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Paul Cully The burden all Crusaders teams carry is to be constantly compared to the great sides that preceded them. The one the Waratahs will face tonight is labouring somewhat to get out of those shadows.

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Rugby

Coaches earn their cash in tight series

Paul Cully All of the cards have finally been shown. Robbie Deans' 31-man squad to face the British and Irish Lions has been announced, putting into place the final pieces of the jigsaw he hopes will be enough...

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Crunch time for Tahs pack despite some chinks in Crusaders' armour

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Paul Cully When NSW pack down against the Crusaders on Sunday we will find out just how much New Zealand will miss Brad Thorn - and if Benn Robinson has the ability to exploit the absence of his 116 kilogram...

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Talking points

Five things we learnt from Super Rugby

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Paul Cully The talking points from the six matches in week 10 of Super Rugby.

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Super rugby

Numbers add up for Waratahs' down state

Paul Cully It is almost over for the Waratahs. Eighty more minutes of a desperate season that might yet contain one final twist of the knife at the hands of traditional rivals who have something positive to...

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Wallabies got substitution wrong: IRB

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Paul Cully The International Rugby Board has backed referee Alain Rolland on the substitution debacle that left Australia with only 14 men for the final eight minutes of the Test against South Africa last...

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Five things we learnt

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Paul Cully Five points to consider for troubled fans.

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Rugby Union

Wallabies vindicated as rugby board backflips

Referee Alain Rolland of Ireland looks on during their Rugby Championship between South Africa and Australia.

Paul Cully The International Rugby Board has made the startling admission that officials erred in denying the Wallabies a replacement last weekend in a Test they finished with 14 men.

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Sharpened team has grounds for optimism

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Paul Cully Rugby's difficulty at dealing with an unwelcome visitor, the drawn Test, has produced a divergence of views about Saturday night's absorbing third Bledisloe Test.

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Talking points

Five things we learnt

Paul Cully The talking points from Saturday's Bledisloe Cup clash.

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Deans' men undone by problems old and new

Paul Cully It will be the infuriating predictability of the Wallabies' loss to France in Paris that sits like acid in the guts of the bleary-eyed loyalists.

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