Paul Cully

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Rugby

Too many Tests decided by referees' blunders

Paul Cully While the International Rugby Board fiddles around with re-branding, its referees burn us all - coaches, players and supporters.

Wallabies also culpable in Bledisloe bloodsport

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Paul Cully Hard questions for the Wallabies from top to bottom.

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Lost opportunity in Sydney could haunt Ewen McKenzie's men

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Paul Cully The Wallabies will roll up to Eden Park without the usual levels of dread but with the regret of a spurned opportunity.

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NSW Waratahs duo Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper in line for Wallabies selection

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Paul Cully The final was so breathless it took repeat viewings for some of the quality to really stand out.

Tight Five

Reds highlight Waratahs' lineout problems in the nick of time

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Paul Cully Against a side with a lesser defensive lineout than the Reds, the Waratahs could have headed into the finals with paper over the cracks, but their lineout problems on Saturday night will sharpen the...

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Tight Five

Waratahs hit first big hurdle with Dave Dennis injury

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Paul Cully Dennis may not be a highlight reels man, but he gives the Waratahs such great balance.

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Rugby

Waratahs are fitter and faster, leaving the fans happier

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Paul Cully Outstanding Tahs have become the opposite of why their fans deserted them. You play like you train, and the Waratahs look like a side that has been told that if an offload goes to deck, the offloader...

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Tight Five

Wallabies too good for Les Bleus, but they're not at All Black standard yet

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Paul Cully The Wallabies were good, but only good. Cast your mind back just one year and it is clear that the Wallabies are in a better shape than they were.

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Pack will have to provide more go-forward if Wallabies are to give kicking game the boot

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Paul Cully The Wallabies forwards need to be a bit sharper in the contact area this weekend against France otherwise No.10 Bernard Foley will remain a peripheral figure.

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Tight Five

Waratahs' season continues to blossom into greatness

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Paul Cully How well are the Waratahs playing? Well enough to go to the Chiefs in New Zealand this week and feel quietly confident.

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Waratahs pack and on-fire Israel Folau crank up the fear factor

Paul Cully Add Israel Folau to this Waratahs pack and you have a mix that can go a very long way in Super Rugby, if injuries are kind.

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Rugby

Michael Hooper symbolises youth versus ageing All Blacks

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Paul Cully Michael Hooper is 10 years the junior of this week's opposite.

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Talking points

Five things we learnt

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

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Rugby

Thrills as rebranded Tahs run it straight, charge inside channels

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Paul Cully Waratahs coach Michael Cheika probably allowed himself a grin as he read comments from Brumbies opposite Jake White that his NSW side were playing with few alterations to campaigns past.

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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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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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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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Deans in for pleasant viewing as Tahs take on Brumbies

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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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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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