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Scotland to unleash chaos theory on Pocock and Genia

Paul Cully It is somewhat apt that, after years of jabbing digits into northern hemisphere chests for sending below-par squads, the Wallabies have announced a less-than-full-strength team just as Scotland and...

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Lessons from Scotland and Samoa losses give Wallaby hopefuls a short time to make big strides

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Paul Cully The tussle between the provinces and the Australian Rugby Union over the player release plans for the British and Irish Lions series should not disguise what it means for Wallabies candidates: the...

RUGBY

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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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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Rugby

Ewen McKenzie’s fine-tuning is starting to pay dividends

Paul Cully Tumult, regardless of its nature, always creates an edge.

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Rugby

Free to play, but Horwill case won't stop raging on

James Horwill

Paul Cully In one sentence, Graeme Mew, the lawyer who oversaw the IRB's appeal of the James Horwill not-guilty verdict, made it clear this case was essentially finished the instant Nigel Hampton, QC, came to...

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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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Barnes' storming efforts could have him in starting side

Berrick Barnes.

Paul Cully The significance of Berrick Barnes' cameos against the Stormers and Brumbies in successive weeks is that he could be playing his way into the Wallabies starting XV, let alone the 25-man squad.

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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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Barnes our perfect 10

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.

Rugby

Barnes steps up a gear and jumps in driving seat to face All Blacks

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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Rugby

Wallabies' Bledisloe mission: to show McCaw his powers have been bettered

Paul Cully There is one scoreline edgy Wallabies fans could use to transport themselves to their mental happy places as they contemplate the importance of the breakdown in the coming Bledisloe Cup double-header.

Cheap shot shows cost of coasting is expensive

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

Wales' Kiwi coach to lead Lions to Australia

Warren Gatland

Paul Cully NEW ZEALANDER Warren Gatland has confirmed he will coach the British and Irish Lions against the Wallabies next year, and has expressed his surprise at Australia's "disappointing" performance against...

Perth likely to be a battle for runner-up

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Paul Cully Those old enough to have grey hairs will have allowed themselves a wry grin at some of the commentary emerging from South Africa this week.

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Tests will shed light on Lions' pivotal man

Paul Cully It's a sign of the age that on the eve of an influential tour of Europe a Quade Cooper tweet about a computer game has been occupying rugby minds.

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Tourists face English side that dares to be different

Paul Cully In the 33rd minute of last week's 54-12 win against Fiji, England's loose-head prop, Joe Marler, popped up as a link in England's attacking chain with a try begging and tossed the ball into touch.

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Australia can't afford to give Azzurri a sniff

Paul Cully The origins of the All Blacks' five-pointers against Italy in Rome last weekend were as follows: lineout, lineout, lineout, scrum and counter-attack.

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