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Michael Hooper symbolises youth versus ageing All Blacks

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

Rugby

Brooding about All Blacks no solution for Wallabies

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Paul Cully To half of Ewen McKenzie's new dressing room, the complaints about New Zealand cynically killing the ball will have had a familiar ring to them.

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Rugby

Sonny Bill Williams is genuine, says All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

Paul Cully All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has backed the "integrity" of Roosters back-rower Sonny Bill Williams and admitted he would be "very hard to leave out" of the All Blacks 2015 Rugby World Cup squad if...

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Wallabies, All Blacks squads a case of haves and have-nots

Paul Cully The grass is not always greener on the other side but if Ewen McKenzie peered into Steve Hansen's backyard the Wallabies coach might be excused a tinge of envy.

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Rugby

Rubber is not so dead after All Blacks injuries

Paul Cully AT THE start of his tenure, if you had offered Ewen McKenzie the chance to take on the All Blacks without Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Owen Franks, Cory Jane, Luke Romano and Dan Carter - all of whom...

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Gone in 60 seconds as Wallabies errors take their toll against All Blacks

Paul Cully It is rare that the difference between two teams can be distilled to one segment of play, but it happened in the 54th Bledisloe Test on Saturday night.

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Rugby

All Blacks have an unfair advantage - they're just too good for everyone

Paul Cully The difficulty of the Wallabies' task in chasing down the All Blacks would be easier if the New Zealanders would stand still for a minute.

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No denying ITM Cup's place as a nursery for next generation of All Blacks

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Paul Cully There was a sight to cheer the souls of NSW fans and content new coach Michael Cheika on Tuesday night: a Waratahs winger, Peter Betham, frightening New Zealand defenders with his pace, power and...

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Union

I preferred Graham Henry over Robbie Deans for All Blacks job, says skipper Richie McCaw

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Paul Cully Richie McCaw has revealed that he told the NZRU that the Graham Henry-led ticket was the better option than appointing Robbie Deans after the All Blacks' 2007 World Cup failure.

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Dublin, Edinburgh and Cardiff rejoice at All Blacks' decimation

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Paul Cully Occasions when the Irish, Scots and Welsh take any satisfaction from famous victories at Twickenham are rarer than accords stating all affairs are best run by the born-to-rule crowd from Westminster,...

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Deans wanted to be 'the martyr', says All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

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Paul Cully ALL BLACKS coach Steve Hansen has lifted the lid further on his uneasy relationship with Wallabies rival Robbie Deans.

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Rugby

McKenzie has plans for facing All Blacks

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Paul Cully EWEN McKenzie is not a coach who takes backward steps. He has declared he wants the Wallabies job and says he already has plans on how to beat the All Blacks.

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Lions Tour Diary

Former All Blacks coach just can't split old mates in the battle of tactics

Paul Cully Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell knows Warren Gatland and Robbie Deans very well.

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Rugby

Barnes steps up a gear and jumps in driving seat to face All Blacks

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Paul Cully The early naming of the Wallabies team this week conveyed an encouraging degree of certainty in the selectors' minds: this is our best team and we think they have Wales' measure.

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Rugby

Matt Toomua's defence can be both a strength and a weakness

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Paul Cully The old adage about the tight-head prop being the most important player in the side plays out across the Super Rugby semi-finals this weekend.

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Rugby

Dan Carter is a red flag for the Waratahs' title hopes - at No.10

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Paul Cully The Waratahs won't be getting carried away after the thumping win against the Highlanders last week.

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Rugby

Sorry about that Chiefs, but Brumbies too smart not to advance to Waratahs showdown

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Paul Cully The Brumbies are in good position to beat the Chiefs in Canberra on Saturday and set up a likely blockbuster against the Waratahs in Sydney the following week.

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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