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Rugby

Waratahs have skill set to stop mauling by Stormers

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Paul Cully As the Stormers tried to bully the Blues into submission last Friday night, one South African journalist sent the following pithy tweet. ''Heaven help us South Africans if the IRB ever bans the maul.

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All eyes on the Stormers but underdog status gives Waratahs a chance

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Paul Cully What the Waratahs wouldn't give for a little of the pressure the Stormers are experiencing. The Cape Town side is perched loftily in the table, has the best defensive record in the competition and...

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Hurricanes change could be blueprint for Waratahs

Paul Cully If the Waratahs are seeking extra ways to fatten the piggy bank perhaps they could be persuaded into selling tickets for an audience with Michael Foley and Mark Hammett, should the two coaches retire...

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Super rugby

Numbers add up for Waratahs' down state

Paul Cully It is almost over for the Waratahs. Eighty more minutes of a desperate season that might yet contain one final twist of the knife at the hands of traditional rivals who have something positive to...

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Rugby

Stats show Waratahs playmakers aren't possession wastrels after all

Paul Cully There are few things as hard to shake in rugby as a perception.

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How the Waratahs can do Robbie Deans a favour

Paul Cully Spare a thought for Robbie Deans and the Wallabies selectors as they sift through the resumes of the men with a No.10 on their backs over the first two weeks of Super Rugby.

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Beware Waratahs, there's a touch of Henry in the Highlanders

Paul Cully There was a lovely little exchange picked up on referee Jaco Peyper's microphone during the fabulous Highlanders v Crusaders game last Saturday that would have prompted raised eyebrows among every...

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Rugby

Waratahs must exploit vulnerable Force

Paul Cully The Force are durable, admirable - and vulnerable.

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Rugby Union

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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Rugby

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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Rugby

Classy Cooper a perfect 10 but New Zealand just too good

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Paul Cully Better Quade Cooper. So much better. There is no sense of satisfaction for the Wallabies when the Bledisloe scoreline reads 3-0 and you have again been ripped apart at times but there can still be...

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Lack of depth leaves weary Wallabies with little in tank

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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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Rugby

Farce endangers future tours as Fleet Street shifts into high dudgeon

Paul Cully So it begins. Wednesday's Force v Lions match was the beginning of a journey that will be in turns enthralling, nailbiting, surprising and infuriating.

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Rugby

Tahs face tough Lions line-up as Test side emerges

Paul Cully The Waratahs might not get the Lions at absolute full noise in Sydney next Saturday, but it'll be a stronger side than the one the Reds, Brumbies or Rebels have to face.

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Rugby Union

Deans spoilt for choice, but strategy will dictate picks

Paul Cully With the Lions series fast approaching and the highly charged Reds v Brumbies game doubling as a virtual Wallabies trial, Fairfax Media looks at five key Test positions.

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Rugby

Wallabies mustn't ignore young bulls

Paul Cully Remember the name of Bulls inside-centre Jan Serfontein. The outstanding young midfielder - big, strong, fast but with skills and vision- has the ability to change the way the Bulls attack and be a...

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Rugby

Folau shows skills to take off on the wing

Paul Cully The Herald looks at five more Wallabies positions before the British and Irish Lions series, with three Super Rugby rounds before Robbie Deans names his first squad of 25 players.

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Rugby

O'Connor the offloader close to wrapping up No.10 spot

Paul Cully When the Rebels take on the Chiefs in Melbourne on Friday night, the man who will wear the coveted Wallabies No. 10 jersey against the British and Irish Lions could well be on view.

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Tight Five

Emotions run hot in the debate over five-eighth

Paul Cully In the third instalment of the Herald's look at the race for Wallabies jerseys, we look at five more positions. We start with five-eighth.

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