Paul Cully

Paul Cully

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Ireland show enough against Samoa to suggest they'll be a real handful for Australia

Paul Cully On the morning of the deciding British and Irish Lions Test in Sydney in July, Irish captain Paul O'Connell by chance walked into a Bondi cafe and took the seat right beside me.

TIGHT FIVE

Israel Folau stamps his class as Wallabies beat Ireland

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Paul Cully Michael Hooper was awarded man of the match, but, in terms of influence, this was Folau's best game for the Wallabies

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Wallabies Spring Tour: Ten to watch from the home nations

Paul Cully The Wallabies start their grand slam tour this weekend armed with some players who bring real attacking purpose, but where do the opposition threats come from?

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TIGHT FIVE

Improved Wallabies pack the driving force behind crushing win over Italy

Paul Cully Nick Cummins was handed man of the match, but it belongs to the collective effort of the pack.

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Rugby

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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Rugby

Forget threats of a split, SANZAR helps everyone

Paul Cully It is not often that Richie McCaw is trampled as he was by Irish prop Cian Healy in the All Blacks’ 24-22 win against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

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TIGHT FIVE

It might be ugly, but skipper has the goods

Paul Cully It was fitting that Ben Mowen had the final say, winning the turnover to secure the match.

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All-action strategy to finish brutal series full of running

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Chris Dutton, Paul Cully The Wallabies will target the breakdown and the lungs of the British and Irish Lions after handing George Smith a recall to the starting line-up and naming Ben McCalman and Michael Hooper on the...

Union

Smith to return for Wallabies-Lions decider

George Smith

Chris Dutton and Paul Cully Western Force back-rower Ben McCalman is the surprise inclusion in the Wallabies' 23-man squad for the third Test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

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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

Survival kit for being average will help Wallabies fans now ... and in future

Paul Cully There has been one benefit to following Irish teams throughout my life – a tremendous ability to cope with crushing sporting disappointment as if it were a friendly neighbour knocking on the door for...

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Rugby

Wallabies improving, just don't tell them

Paul Cully It would be easy to imagine Wallabies coach Robbie Deans with a look of contentment as he surveyed the state of play after the weekend.

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Rugby

Gatland opts for slabs of red meat

Sam Warburton

Paul Cully There will be no real surprise in the Wallabies camp to this 37-man British and Irish Lions squad. Not even in the selection of Sean Maitland, the New Zealand winger given his debut at the Crusaders...

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Percentage boosters: Welsh hopes rest on winning battle for territory and possession, the points will follow

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Paul Cully After the humiliation comes the hard part. Imposing inside-centre Jamie Roberts aside, the Welsh side that will face the Wallabies in Brisbane tomorrow night is the one that first won admirers at the...

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Curly questions over Quade's Test future

Paul Cully It would not require Don Draper's smooth talents to conjure up a pitch for tonight's Rebels v Reds game.

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Missing out on chocolates comes with sweetener for Wallabies

Paul Cully Robbie Deans this week engaged in some worthy attempts to sweeten the absence of Australian franchises from the pointy end of the Super Rugby season.

Kiwis' great expectations play into Wallabies' hands

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Paul Cully On a bitterly cold Christchurch night in June, squat Irish loose-head prop Cian Healy pushed, the vaunted right side of the All Blacks' scrum wobbled and eyebrows in two hemispheres were raised.

Cheap shot shows cost of coasting is expensive

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Paul Cully Blanket accusations of a lack of spite from the Wallabies last Saturday night are not quite true.

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Cruden awakening: Wallabies' lack of back-line size is exposed

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Paul Cully Upon the completion of the Super Rugby tournament, Australians seeking to get a glimpse into a rosy future by the study of numbers were confronted with some unco-operative data.