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

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.

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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.

Rugby

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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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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Rugby

Brumbies' northern exposure the Chiefs' concern

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...

Rugby

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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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.

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.

Wallabies also culpable in Bledisloe bloodsport

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Paul Cully Hard questions for the Wallabies from top to bottom.

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Lost opportunity in Sydney could haunt Ewen McKenzie's men

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Paul Cully The Wallabies will roll up to Eden Park without the usual levels of dread but with the regret of a spurned opportunity.

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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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Reds highlight Waratahs' lineout problems in the nick of time

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Paul Cully Against a side with a lesser defensive lineout than the Reds, the Waratahs could have headed into the finals with paper over the cracks, but their lineout problems on Saturday night will sharpen the...

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Laurie Fisher's departure may be the costliest for Australian rugby

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Paul Cully For all the talk of players leaving Australian shores, the costliest exit may be Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher, who is bound for Gloucester next year.

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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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Wallabies are still the Bledisloe underdogs and should embrace it

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Paul Cully Optimistic thinking about a shift in the Bledisloe Cup balance of power has undergone a correction over the past two weeks in Super Rugby, and it is not necessarily a bad thing for the Wallabies.

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Tight Five

Kurtley Beale shows he's the real deal for Wallabies selection

Paul Cully It would be no surprise if  Beale is the main beneficiary from Quade Cooper’s injury.

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Tight Five

Waratahs' season continues to blossom into greatness

Paul Cully How well are the Waratahs playing? Well enough to go to the Chiefs in New Zealand this week and feel quietly confident.

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Rugby

Waratahs pack and on-fire Israel Folau crank up the fear factor

Paul Cully Add Israel Folau to this Waratahs pack and you have a mix that can go a very long way in Super Rugby, if injuries are kind.

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