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Israel Folau considered a move to New Zealand, Chiefs coach says

Star performer: Israel Folau showed some interest in 2012 in moving to New Zealand.

Paul Cully Star's eligibility for All Blacks was looked into and parties met in Sydney in August 2012.

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Australian Super Rugby no longer out of its depth, says Chiefs coach Dave Rennie

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Paul Cully The often maligned Australian Super Rugby conference has "turned the corner" after initially struggling to cope with its expansion to five teams, says Dave Rennie, the coach of back-to-back winners...

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Kiwis tried to convert Israel Folau, reveals Chiefs coach Dave Rennie

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Paul Cully Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has revealed how he "would have loved" to sign Wallabies star Israel Folau, and interest levels were high enough that Folau's eligibility for the All Blacks was looked into...

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Brumbies' northern exposure the Chiefs' concern

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Paul Cully Future Wallabies prop Scott Sio and the Brumbies' "northern hemisphere" style of scrummaging to win penalties are exercising the minds of Chiefs tight-heads Ben Tameifuna and Ben Afeaki as well as...

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Chiefs hold key to initials battle as well as final result

Paul Cully Last year, the three initials SBW were prominent in the Chiefs' Super Rugby-winning campaign. This year the letters TKB have been very influential.

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Chiefs and Sharks show creative play is not only entertaining - it also leads to a finals berth

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Paul Cully The Chiefs, loaded with talent and invention from No.9 through to No.15, kick away possession every 47 seconds, the fourth-lowest figure in the competition.

Smith to stay put with Chiefs

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Paul Cully FORMER All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith has ruled himself out of the running for the Waratahs coaching job.

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Tahs need to be wary as Chiefs bulk up, SBW style

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Paul Cully The question most asked of the Chiefs has a simple answer. No, they haven't replaced Sonny Bill Williams, but for the first time this season they have picked a side that looks best equipped to...

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Lack of depth leaves weary Wallabies with little in tank

Paul Cully When Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie replaced Quade Cooper after 59 minutes of the Test against Italy in Turin, it was a sensible bit of squad management he probably longs he could do a bit more of.

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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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Who will squeeze into Deans' 25-man tent

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Paul Cully Trying to squeeze in 25 names for the initial Wallabies squad to be announced on May 19 is akin to putting away a tent for the first time.

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McKenzie less reticent about lobbing verbal grenades across Tasman

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Paul Cully When Ewen McKenzie sat down with Fairfax Media in April and revealed he was already hatching plans to beat the All Blacks, the conversation ran well beyond the hour mark.

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Cooper still rated a danger over the ditch

Paul Cully Reds five-eighth Quade Cooper was ''unlucky'' to miss out on the British and Irish Lions series and holds the key to Queensland's Super Rugby hopes, says All Blacks and Chiefs No.10 Aaron Cruden.

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McKenzie must avoid the predictable

Paul Cully Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie will have been around long enough to allow himself a wry grin at the fickleness of his trade once the bitter disappointment of Saturday night has dissipated.

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Tahs are off and running now but hurdles loom

Paul Cully One look beyond the fixture against the Rebels explains why the Waratahs' finals aspirations are on the line in Melbourne on Friday night.

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TIGHT FIVE

White can be forgiven a wry smile in direction of ARU board members

Paul Cully Jake White said before the Bulls game that he had nothing to prove to the Australian Rugby Union.

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Tight Five

Even the Kiwis would envy Australia's openside stocks

Paul Cully Michael Hooper provides the Waratahs' silver lining.

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Loose-heads show future is bright in tight for Wallabies

Paul Cully Suddenly, the Wallabies' future on the loose-head side of the scrum is looking up.

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Curb the mourning, for future glory beckons

Paul Cully Such heartbreak. The Brumbies' legs went with the finishing line in sight, those long kilometres taking from the limbs what the heart simply cannot replace.

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Outflanked: A little McCaw better than no Smith

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Paul Cully New Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie must tangle with the All Blacks without the services of George Smith but there is one small mercy - All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is unlikely to go the full 80...

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