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Maligned Wallabies tight five stood up against All Blacks

Paul Cully The writing off of the Wallabies tight five from Monday to Friday only for Saturday to make a mockery of those words has become so commonplace it is a pattern.

Wallabies can do the world a favour by beating All Blacks

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Paul Cully So, it will be 18 wins on the trot if the All Blacks do what the punting markets expect them to do and beat the Wallabies on Saturday night.

Kurtley Beale's selection at No.10 for Wallabies against All Blacks riskier than it need have been

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Paul Cully Damnation awaited either way for Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie regarding his Kurtley Beale call.

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

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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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Rugby

Brooding about All Blacks no solution for Wallabies

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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Rugby

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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Tight five

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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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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Rugby

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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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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Ewen McKenzie must be wary if tinkering with Wallabies' midfield

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Paul Cully A very good England side toured New Zealand in June this year and departed on the end of 3-0 series loss.

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Rugby

Five reasons the Crusaders will beat the Waratahs

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Paul Cully Here are five reasons why the Waratahs will be cruelly denied on Saturday night.

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

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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.