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Rugby

Rubber is not so dead after All Blacks injuries

Paul Cully AT THE start of his tenure, if you had offered Ewen McKenzie the chance to take on the All Blacks without Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Owen Franks, Cory Jane, Luke Romano and Dan Carter - all of whom...

Rugby

Porous Wallabies score a D- for defence

Paul Cully The past two Wallabies performances will have given England coach Stuart Lancaster just enough to feel a little more uncomfortable in his chair as he examines the footage.

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TIGHT FIVE

It might be ugly, but skipper has the goods

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

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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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Tight Five

Wallabies find form when the party is over

Paul Cully There were fears before the game that this game would send the Wallabies back to Marseille, 2007.

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The chosen ones: Rugby Championship's first XV

McCaw

Paul Cully The Rugby Championship is done and dusted for another year, but who were the players that caught the eye? It is hard to go past the All Blacks for the bulk of the side.

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Why Sonny Bill Williams should turn his back on league

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Paul Cully Rugby league has many qualities, and rugby has been smart enough to quietly steal a few of the best.

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At the breakdown it will be a match of two halves

Paul Cully The five keys to deciding the first Test.

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James O'Carter - now there's a name to fear

Paul Cully Not long after last weekend's shattering loss to the Lions, James O'Connor was standing in the bowels of Suncorp Stadium, answering questions about his own performance.

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A roaring success: series was well worth the wait

Roaring Success

Paul Cully The discussion after the third Test was moving so quickly that it was the identity of the next Wallabies coach that was the subject of conversation, rather than whether the current one would survive.

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McKenzie faces stern test to find solutions at the breakdown and on attack

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Paul Cully A shackled attack and the changing No.7 role will be two issues on Ewen McKenzie's mind as he goes about the tricky task of wearing his Wallabies and Reds hats.

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TIGHT FIVE

Poms rise in rankings to add insult to injury

Paul Cully If you are already struggling to come to terms with the Ashes defeat, you might want to look away now.

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Brooding about All Blacks no solution for Wallabies

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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TIGHT FIVE

Lack of intensity can't be blamed on referee

Paul Cully Jaco Peyper did not decide the result. The gap between the Wallabies and the All Blacks is far more significant than any influence the referee had on Saturday

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Rugby

Waiting for Cooper to come good just isn't good enough for Wallabies

Quade

Paul Cully When Wallabies five-eighth Quade Cooper hit a perfect little sand wedge from his own 22 straight into the arms of Springboks prop Gurthro Steenkamp on Saturday night, a couple of minutes after...

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TIGHT FIVE

McKenzie’s men come up short in power race

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Paul Cully The Wallabies have become spectators in Test rugby’s arms race.

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Timani's cameo shows McKenzie size matters

Fairfax Media writer

Paul Cully There are question marks about the big second-rower's all-round game, but his urgency and sheer size from the bench on Saturday night gave the Wallabies something they have been lacking in the...

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McKenzie will do well to make par with Deans win stat

Paul Cully If Ewen McKenzie was a golfer he'd be at the stage of the round when he starts shooting grumpy glances at his caddy and asking if he has any better clubs in the bag.

Rugby

Extra beef a key ingredient in recipe for Test success

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Paul Cully If Ewen McKenzie were a golfer, he'd be at the stage of the round where he starts shooting grumpy glances at his caddy and asking if he has any better clubs in the bag.

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Gotta accentuate the positives ... if you can

Paul Cully Against the benchmark sides, the Wallabies are simply cloaked in mediocrity.

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