Teams

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper defies pressure as confidence in calls grows

Rupert Guinness Michael Hooper knows there is no short cut to mastering the captaincy role – whether it is with the Wallabies or the Waratahs.

Union

Will Skelton scores and sin-binned as Canberra Vikings settle for draw with Sydney Stars

Different class: Wallabies cult hero Will Skelton will play for Sydney Stars in the NRC on Sunday.

Chris Dutton Wallabies discard Will Skelton scored a try and was sin-binned as he led the Sydney Stars to a 37-37 brutal draw with the Canberra Vikings.

National Rugby Championship teams refuse to budge on clashing kit colours

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Georgina Robinson Heaven help the referees and commentators assigned to call the opening match of the National Rugby Championship at Ballymore next Thursday. 

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

ARU announces nine teams to contest National Rugby Championship

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

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

Toulon crash to Cardiff as Irish teams enjoy perfect day

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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...

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Cheika expects teams to follow the Force's attack blueprint

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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.

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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Report card: how Wallabies have fared under Ewen McKenzie

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Matthew Burke The school term has finished and the report cards have been dispatched. This makes it as good a time as any to deliver a summary on how the Wallabies have fared since Ewen McKenzie took over the top...

South Africa want 16 teams in Super Rugby

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Duncan Johnstone South Africa wants Super Rugby expanded to 16 teams and will lobby SANZAR partners New Zealand and Australia to make the change.

White says salary cap and lack of depth hold back Australian teams

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Greg Growden FORMER Springboks World Cup-winning coach Jake White has suddenly discovered why Australian teams have only occasionally won the Super Rugby tournament.

Top teams shine at Las Vegas sevens

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Series leaders New Zealand raced out of the gate on the opening day of the US leg of the IRB Rugby Sevens World Series, the fifth of the championship's nine rounds.