The Rugby Championship
GEORGINA ROBINSON 10:00pm On a humid morning in February, Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver made the extraordinary declaration that 2014 was the year of the Waratahs.
SPIRO ZAVOS At the media conference after the close-run Wallabies victory against the Pumas on the Gold Coast, coach Ewen McKenzie was asked if he was satisfied with the play of ''four, five, and six''.
RUPERT GUINNESS Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is declining to publicly embrace as motivation the lure of a No.2 world ranking that will come by beating the Springboks next Saturday.
GEORGINA ROBINSON It has been two years since Will Genia has been able to do any weights and three since he's put any kind of stress on his neck and shoulders.
RUPERT GUINNESS The praise for Benn Robinson preceding his return to the Wallabies squad that many observers felt was overdue has been for his experience and scrummaging technique.
World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has committed the ultimate sin in rugby-mad New Zealand, suggesting it would not hurt the All Blacks if they lose a game before they defend the Webb Ellis trophy next year in England.
GEORGINA ROBINSON The Wallabies are set to face one of their own at Twickenham after Nick Cummins agreed to wear the black and white of the Barbarians against Australia in November.
Japan-based flanker Schalk Burger was on Wednesday called up as replacement for the injured Francois Louw in the South Africa squad for the final two Rugby Championship Tests.
GEORGINA ROBINSON It is out with the new and in with the old for the Wallabies after Ewen McKenzie reached for two of his most experienced players ahead of an opportunity to ''create reputation and credibility'' against South Africa in Cape Town next week.
RUPERT GUINNESS Nick Phipps has warned against observers thinking the Wallabies are one-trick ponies who will not vary their game.
RUPERT GUINNESS For all the talk of the Wallabies needing to play running rugby, the spate of injuries in the hooking position that is poised to see the ninth ranked rake in the country called up again for their next tour emphasises the importance of set-piece.
Jim Morton The Wallabies must overcome the granite-like Springboks pack without chief enforcer Wycliff Palu due to lingering concussion concerns.
Only 14,281 patrons turned out at Cbus Super Stadium to watch Australia survive a late Argentine onslaught and win 32-25 on Saturday night.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Australia survived a two-try second-half comeback from a spirited Argentina to keep a maiden Rugby Championship win beyond the Pumas' reach on Saturday.
The All Blacks have a third successive Rugby Championship crown in their sights after beating South Africa 14-10 Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash involving the world's top ranked sides.
RUPERT GUINNESS Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones is back to full health and has some opinions on how Australia can improve.
SPIRO ZAVOS A famous sign in the Wild West saloons read: Don't Shoot The Pianist, He Is Doing His Best. I was reminded of this when I read the mindless criticism of the referees for two important decisions taken during the Wallabies – Springboks and All Blacks – Pumas Tests matches last weekend. Both decisions by the referees were correct.
GEORGINA ROBINSON The Wallabies are on a mission to rediscover their ''mojo'' against Argentina but they may have to do it on a wet track – again.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Two days after Tatafu Polota-Nau said he had offered himself as an ongoing test case for the effects of concussion, the Breakdown can reveal he is also considering donating his brain to science after he passes away.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will play his 50th Test on home soil after being named to start against Argentina in his first match since the Super Rugby final.
LEE GASKIN Brumbies journeyman Josh Mann-Rea didn't know where the missed call on his phone came from, but a text message from Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie solved the mystery.
Danny Weidler Quade Cooper is very much the forgotten man of Australian rugby and there is a danger he may be on the way out as his contract talks have slowed to a crawl.
Argentinian lock Tomas Lavanini to miss Wallabies clash after pleading guilty to foul play in All Blacks loss
Greg Stutchbury Argentina lock Tomas Lavanini will miss Saturday night's Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies on the Gold Coast after pleading guilty to foul play on All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw.
GEORGINA ROBINSON The Springboks will seek "clarity" around Bryan Habana's controversial sin-binning but have refused to blame match officials for their one-point loss to the Wallabies in Perth.
GEORGINA ROBINSON It was magic they needed and magic they produced, just in time.
Two tries to powerhouse winger Julian Savea propelled the All Blacks to a convincing 28-9 win over Argentina at a rain-soaked McLean Park in Napier on Saturday night.
RUPERT GUINNESS Former Wallabies No.8 Ross Reynolds has continued the Bledisloe Cup war of words by claiming All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and prop Tony Woodcock are past their prime - less than a fortnight after the world champions' record-breaking 51-20 win over Australia.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Bryan Habana always talks about what rugby has done for him.
SPIRO ZAVOS At half-time at Eden Park during the second Test between Australia and New Zealand the All Blacks jogged off the field but the Wallabies, who were in need of regrouping, stayed on the ground exposed to gleeful taunting by spectators. What was going on here?
GEORGINA ROBINSON Michael Hooper has leapt to the defence of Wallabies team mate Wycliff Palu after the veteran No.8 was accused of "dogging it" against the All Blacks and repeatedly letting down Australia.