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Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

National Rugby Championship teams refuse to budge on clashing kit colours

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

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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.

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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.

Wallabies unable to pinpoint cause of shrinking interest

Israel Folau

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies have lost one game in 11 Tests, are unbeaten at home and are averaging close to three tries a Test match this year.

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Tatafu Polota-Nau may miss rest of the season for Wallabies

Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies could be forced to head to Europe for their world cup dry run without experienced scrummager Tatafu Polota-Nau after scans revealed the 50-Test hooker would be out for up to two months...

Ewen McKenzie sticks to his guns with Kurtley Beale

No wing and a prayer: Kurtley Beale won't be shifted to the wing despite the Wallabies' injury crisis.

Georgina Robinson Ewen McKenzie has ruled out using talented playmaker Kurtley Beale on the wing despite a fresh raft of injuries in the Wallabies' back line.

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Wallabies survive late scare to down Pumas on the Gold Coast

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Israel Folau of the Wallabies is tackled during The Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South African Springboks at Patersons Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Georgina Robinson Australia survived a two-try second-half comeback from a spirited Argentina to keep a maiden Rugby Championship win beyond the Pumas' reach on Saturday.

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Tatafu Polota-Nau, Peter Betham in doubt for Wallabies' final two Tests

Tatafu Polota-Nau

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies may have denied Argentina on the Gold Coast, but they could travel to South Africa without the man who helped make the 32-25 victory possible.

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Waratahs close to deal with Warriors forward Sam Lousi

Hard worker:  Sam Lousi is seen as a  replacement for Kane Douglas at the Waratahs.

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs are expected to announce the signing of young Warriors forward Sam Lousi next week. 

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Wallabies won't let wild weather rain on their parade as they face Argentina

Danger man: Israel Folau claimed a hat-trick of tries against Argentina last year.

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies are on a mission to rediscover their ''mojo'' against Argentina but they may have to do it on a wet track – again.

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Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau adopts safer approach to tackling

Using his head: Tatafu Polota-Nau, who will play his 50th Test on Saturday, packs down for the Wallabies against France in June.

Georgina Robinson Tatafu Polota-Nau used to challenge himself to tackle in the style of one of the NFL's most dangerous positions - without the helmet and shoulder pads.

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It's the penalties, stupid – Wallabies aim to tidy up their game

Ewen McKenzie.

Georgina Robinson Ewen McKenzie is chasing accuracy from the Wallabies to make sure opportunities are claimed and penalties do not cost Australia easy points.

Argentina's Pumas shuffle deck for Wallabies Test

Retained: Argentina second-rower Mariano Galarza.

Georgina Robinson Argentina have made two changes to their back line and brought in a new second rower for their Rugby Championship Test against Australia on Saturday. 

Tatafu Polota-Nau to play 50th Test for Wallabies

Tatafu Polota-Nau will pack down for his 50th Test.

Georgina Robinson Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will play his 50th Test on home soil after being named to start against Argentina in his first match since the Super Rugby final.

Manuel Montero must decide whether to stay in Argentina or move down under

Coming or going?: Argentina's rising talent Manuel

Georgina Robinson He is the ''Panther'' in the Pumas' midst, the home-grown Argentinian star who grew up idolising Lote Tuqiri and is being chased by the Western Force.

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Michael Cheika backs draft system for emerging rugby union talent

Michael Cheika

Georgina Robinson The coach of Australia's wealthiest and arguably most powerful Super Rugby franchise has backed the creation of a draft system to spread talent more evenly among the five teams. 

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Wallaby Tatafu Polota-Nau lends his head to concussion research

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Georgina Robinson Two days after Tatafu Polota-Nau said he had offered himself as an ongoing test case for the effects of concussion, the Breakdown can reveal he is also considering donating his brain to science after...

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Ewen McKenzie 'not worried' about Quade Cooper, Kurtley Beale departure rumours

Ewen McKenzie is happy to have more choice when it comes to picking his World Cup squad.

Georgina Robinson Two of Australia's top playmakers remain unattached a year out from the world cup but Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie says he is not the slightest bit worried.

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Wallabies edge Springboks in Perth with late seven-pointer

Captain fantastic: Michael Hooper of the Wallabies fends off a tackle by Tendai Mtawarira of the Springboks.

Georgina Robinson It was magic they needed and magic they produced, just in time.

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Bryan Habana an 'inspiration', says Wallaby Rob Horne

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Georgina Robinson He was at the centre of one of the season's most controversial refereeing calls but Bryan Habana's career has been described as "inspirational" by Wallaby Rob Horne.