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Richie McCaw to test broken ribs as Crusaders face ferocious Sharks in Super Rugby semi-final

Richie McCaw is confident about playing against the Sharks, despite not being fully fit.

Captain Richie McCaw entered the annals of New Zealand rugby folklore by playing in the 2011 World Cup with a broken foot but the pain was nothing compared to taking on England last month with...

Union

Brumbies-Waratahs fierce rivalry fueled by pay inequality

Rod Kafer playing for the Brumbies in 2000.

David Polkinghorne It is the fiercest rivalry in Australian rugby, fueled by the NSW Waratahs boasting double the wages of the ACT Brumbies "rejects" in Super Rugby's early days and it still holds true today.

Union

Move home gives Tom McVerry another bite at rugby victory

Tom McVerry with wife Louise and 17-month-old Lucy.

Chris Dutton Louise McVerry was walking through a Japanese shopping centre when she collapsed.

Rugby

Michael Cheika's NSW Waratahs: a baseball bat up front, a violin as a back line

Georgina Robinson The higher you rise, the further you have to fall and the more people who will watch when it happens. Michael Cheika knows that is the way it goes. He reads the papers and keeps track of the chat.

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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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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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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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.

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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

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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

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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...

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Michael Hooper unfazed by task ahead for Waratahs in Super Rugby knockout

Big clash: Michael Hooper is looking forward to taking on the Brumbies.

Georgina Robinson Michael Hooper says the Waratahs pack must "get one over" the Brumbies to win the most important Super Rugby game of the NSW captain's career.

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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.

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Super Rugby semi-final: Stylish NSW Waratahs rekindle fans' love of football

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Spiro Zavos Virtue has its own rewards. At 9.27pm last Monday a media release from the Waratahs franchise popped up on my laptop. It had this exuberant headline: "Over 33,000 Tickets Snapped Up For Tahs.

Union

Brumbies back under-rated Jarrad Butler to challenge NSW Waratahs captain Michael Hooper

Re-signing: Jarrad Butler will stay with the ACT Brumbies.

Chris Dutton He's perhaps the most underrated player in the biggest Australian derby in more than a decade, but the ACT Brumbies are adamant unheralded Jarrad Butler is ready to lock horns with Wallabies captain...

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.