Paul Cully

Paul Cully

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TIGHT FIVE

It might be ugly, but skipper has the goods

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Paul Cully It was fitting that Ben Mowen had the final say, winning the turnover to secure the match.

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TIGHT FIVE

Quade Cooper puts swagger back into the game

Paul Cully It was the last game of this calendar year, but this was as much about next year.

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Rugby

Porous Wallabies score a D- for defence

Paul Cully The past two Wallabies performances will have given England coach Stuart Lancaster just enough to feel a little more uncomfortable in his chair as he examines the footage.

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TIGHT FIVE

England's muted celebrations tell a sorry tale for Wallabies

Paul Cully There is blood in the water on this tour and every side in Europe knows it.

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Rugby

Coach is still searching for strong leadership

Paul Cully The strength of the players' union response to the Wallabies' Dublin drinking sanctions, above the normal go-in-to-bat-for-your-members position, suggests the boundaries of what was acceptable may...

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Tight Five

Even the Kiwis would envy Australia's openside stocks

Paul Cully Michael Hooper provides the Waratahs' silver lining.

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Rugby

Another giant leap as Folau gets Test call-up

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20:  Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies passes the ball during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium on April 20, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Paul Cully Israel Folau's stunning rise in his third code is complete, with Wallabies coach Robbie Deans naming the Waratahs fullback on the right wing to face the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

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Rugby

Pretty Lions will play into Wallabies' hands

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Paul Cully The temptation is to write off the Lions' sweaty labours in Hong Kong as meaningless. But the tour is too short, and time too pressing, for that.

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Rugby

Questions over perfect 10 not the half of it

Paul Cully The good news for the Waratahs ahead of their game against the Crusaders on Friday night is that Dan Carter had a below-par game against the Chiefs on Friday and is human.

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Rugby Union

Deans spoilt for choice, but strategy will dictate picks

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

Wallabies improving, just don't tell them

Paul Cully It would be easy to imagine Wallabies coach Robbie Deans with a look of contentment as he surveyed the state of play after the weekend.

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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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Rugby

O'Connor the offloader close to wrapping up No.10 spot

Paul Cully When the Rebels take on the Chiefs in Melbourne on Friday night, the man who will wear the coveted Wallabies No. 10 jersey against the British and Irish Lions could well be on view.

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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

Barnes' storming efforts could have him in starting side

Berrick Barnes.

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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LIONS TOUR DIARY

Fired-up Folau ensures Palu bleeds for the cause

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Paul Cully DEBUTANT Israel Folau has signalled his readiness for the intensity of the British and Irish Lions by splitting open Wallabies enforcer and mate Wycliff Palu at a ramped-up training session on...

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At the breakdown it will be a match of two halves

Paul Cully The five keys to deciding the first Test.

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Rugby Union

Debate to rage over who's best at No.10

Wallabies v British Lions

Paul Cully Lions deserved to win, but showed some weaknesses in the last quarter.