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Rugby

Waratahs remind Owen Franks of African teams

Over the top: Crusaders front-rower Owen Franks pulls off a tackle.

Richard Knowler It wasn't just Jacques Potgieter that reminded Owen Franks of South Africa whenever he watched the Waratahs.

Rugby

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika lashes out at cameraman ahead of Super Rugby decider

Michael Cheika

Chris Barclay The New South Wales Waratahs trained in the open in Sydney today and the pressure on coach Michael Cheika was obvious as he oversaw the team's final significant practice session before Saturday's...

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Rugby

Crusaders resort to Super Rugby wishful thinking with claim Homebush Bay is neutral ground

Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson For two long have Australian rugby's fans, players, administrators, pundits and scribes run their mouths off at this time of year.

Rugby

Crusaders prepare for attacking onslaught from Waratahs in Super Rugby showdown

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Richard Knowler The defensive sirens have been wailing inside the Crusaders camp as they prepare to adjust their tackling technique in Saturday night’s Super Rugby final.

Kurtley Beale rises above the bad times to spark Waratahs

Raw talent: Kurtley Beale.

Georgina Robinson Phil Waugh says he will be one of the great Waratahs and Daryl Gibson believes he is the "free spirit" rugby badly needs.

Rugby

Crusaders keen to be spoilsports and keep Israel Folau out of the game

Israel Dagg.

Mat Kermeen Putting the boot away could be the key to keeping Waratahs dangerman Israel Folau quiet in Saturday's Super Rugby final in Sydney against the Crusaders.

Rugby

Why it is the Waratahs versus Kieran Read in Super Rugby final

Paul Cully

Paul Cully The biggest threat to the Waratahs' Super Rugby finals chances is not the massive winger Nemani Nadolo, it is the man who has a licence to pop up on either wing, All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read.

Rugby

Aussie Super Rugby teams showing strength and flair

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Stephen Samuelson Anyone holding on to the notion that the Australian conference is weak simply has not been watching Super Rugby.

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Rugby

Tahs need a lot more than ball in hand to beat top teams

Stephen Samuelson If the Waratahs are fans of the TV show Seinfeld they will understand the concept of “hand”, or upperhand, as espoused by the character George Costanza.

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Rugby

Daryl Gibson applauds Aussie Super Rugby teams

Darren Walton The Kiwi in NSW Waratahs assistant coach Daryl Gibson believes it would be foolish for New Zealand teams to underestimate Australian Super Rugby sides in 2014.

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Rugby

ARU announces nine teams to contest National Rugby Championship

Bill Pulver

Nine teams will contest Australian rugby's new national competition over 11 weeks starting in August.

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Rugby

The away curse: Super rugby teams pay the penalty for playing away from home

Tough to win: The reds during their on-the-road loss to the Lions in Johannesburg.

Georgina Robinson The numbers do not lie. Not a single travelling team has won in Super Rugby this year. Is the spectre of home-town refereeing rearing its ugly head.

Aussie teams sitting pretty in Super Rugby

Darren Walton Halfway through the competition and three Australian teams are positioned to qualify for the Super Rugby finals for the first time in history.

Rugby

New scrum law will take time for teams to learn

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness "Let's give it a crack," South African referee Craig Joubert told the two opposing forward packs nine minutes into Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup Test.

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Rugby Union

Laurie Fisher keen for more teams to join ACT rugby competition

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David Polkinghorne ACT Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher hopes Goulburn's return to ACT rugby will mark the start of many regional teams joining the local competition.

Rugby

Only great teams play in great stadiums: furious Racing Metro switch clash after dire performance

Racing Metro's dire performance in Saturday's 32-8 European Cup thrashing by English side Harlequins prompted the directors to announce on Sunday they had switched the mouthwatering Top 14 clash with...

Rugby

Toulon crash to Cardiff as Irish teams enjoy perfect day

Gareth Davies.

Replacement Gareth Davies scored a try three minutes from time to give Cardiff a famous 19-15 win over champions Toulon in the European Cup on Saturday.

South Africa wants six Super Rugby teams

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South Africa must have six clubs in Super Rugby from 2016 or it will "look north," South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins says, a clear threat the country will approach European...

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Rugby

NSW Waratahs v Crusaders

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ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

Rugby

Cheika expects teams to follow the Force's attack blueprint

Michael Cheika

Georgina Robinson Michael Cheika is predicting more tight, direct assaults from opposition teams after the Western Force expertly disrupted the Waratahs' attacking mojo on Sunday.