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The Rugby Championship

Tatafu Polota-Nau rushed back for Wallabies

1:45pm The Wallabies have included injured hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau in their 30-man squad for their Rugby Championship Tests against South Africa and Argentina.

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie keen for Kurtley Beale to quickly sort his playing future

Deadly combination: Beale credits his improved form to a greater understanding with Bernard Foley.

GEORGINA ROBINSON 6:50pm The Waratahs are hopeful of locking in off-contract playmaker Kurtley Beale within a fortnight. 

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Kurtley Beale has got to go, but to where in Wallabies' starting back line?

Wasted at No. 10?: Kurtley Beale.

RUPERT GUINNESS Kurtley Beale should be switched from the starting five-eighth slot to the wing in the Wallabies line-up that was thrashed by the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday night, former World Cup-winning coach Bob Dwyer says.

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We've got a lot of work to do on defence, says Wallabies star Israel Folau

Desperate struggle: Israel Folau is tackled in Auckland.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Dual international Israel Folau has described the All Blacks’ Bledisloe Cup lesson as one of the toughest losses of his career.

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Wallabies humbled by All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup massacre

Going nowhere: Kurtley Beale is closed down by Liam Messam and Ryan Crotty.

GEORGINA ROBINSON There is no hiding at Eden Park. The rain, wind and mud confused the picture in Sydney a week ago, allowing the Wallabies to draw with the All Blacks and their fans to hope.

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The constant doubts that drive Mr Rugby Adam Ashley-Cooper

GEORGINA ROBINSON Privately, Adam Ashley-Cooper is locked in battle with obsessive self-doubt.

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Richie McCaw no spent force, says All Blacks coach

Plenty still to offer: Richie McCaw.

Jim Morton All Blacks coach Steve Hansen disagrees Richie McCaw is a fading force but insists neither he, nor his captain, will be afraid to make the right call to end his illustrious career.

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Ewen McKenzie throws down gauntlet to All Blacks as Wallabies prepare for Bledisloe clash

GEORGINA ROBINSON Ewen McKenzie has challenged the All Blacks to "bring their A game" to the second Bledisloe Cup clash and defend their 28-year unbeaten run at Eden Park against the Wallabies. 

Sydney vies for leg of rugby's world sevens series

Georgina Robinson

GEORGINA ROBINSON Allianz Stadium and the SCG Trust are close to pulling off a big coup by luring Australia's leg of the sevens world series to Sydney next year.

Romain Poite set for scrutiny in Bledisloe II as referee stoush rumbles on

Referee Jaco Peyper gives a yellow card to Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks during the Bledisloe Cup opener.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The performance of Romain Poite in this weekend's Bledisloe Cup re-match will be under more scrutiny than ever after provocative comments from the All Blacks and Poite's contemporary Jonathan Kaplan this week.

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Juan Smith handed new Springboks chance against Pumas

Return: Juan Smith.

Flanker Juan Smith, who had virtually quit rugby after an Achilles tendon injury in 2011, makes a remarkable South Africa comeback by turning out for the Springboks against Argentina on Saturday.

Ryan Crotty to start for All Blacks against Wallabies at Eden Park

Ryan Crotty.

Liam Napier From the fringe to centre stage, Ryan Crotty will start his first test for the All Blacks in Saturday's rematch with the Wallabies at Eden Park.

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Ewen McKenzie hails James Horwill's response as forwards scrap for World Cup spots

Positive response: Former Wallabies captain James Horwill.

RUPERT GUINNESS In three years James Horwill has gone from being feted as the Wallabies captain for the 2011 World Cup to a player dropped from the 23-man squad for the Bledisloe Cup.

The All Blacks have run out of ideas

No longer immune to the whistle: All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

Mark Reason Suddenly these All Blacks didn't look half the team that some people had assumed they were.

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Ewen Mckenzie's Wallabies: same guys, different tactics for Eden Park

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie announces the team for the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney on Tuesday.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Wallabies are on high alert for a harder-edged All Blacks outfit in their must-win second Bledisloe Cup clash in Auckland on Saturday.

Ma’a Nonu and Jerome Kaino set to miss Bledisloe II

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Marc Hinton The All Blacks look set to be without two of their senior, and most physical, players for what they’re hoping will be a bounce-back Bledisloe performance at Eden Park on Saturday night.

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Kurtley Beale remains at five-eighth for game two of Bledisloe Cup

Kurtley Beale looks to spread play on Saturday night.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has backed the same team to go one better than last week's draw and crack the Eden Park hoodoo against the All Blacks this weekend.

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Why the Wallabies can beat the All Blacks at Eden Park in Bledisloe II

Israel Folau will be looking to break his try drought in Auckland.

Andrew Mehrtens Despite a lot of talk about the All Black response at Eden Park, I see the Wallabies as an even bigger threat this week as they eye a great chance to snap a second win streak in as many weeks.

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Ewen McKenzie: Eden Park? Bring it on

Crash course: All Blacks captain Richie McCaw collides with Wallaby Kurtley Beale  on Saturday.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Ewen McKenzie has urged the Wallabies to put a "hollow" draw with the All Blacks behind them and tip the feared Eden Park hoodoo on its head with more running rugby - rain, hail or shine.

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James Slipper says Wallabies need more teamwork

James Slipper takes Aaron Cruden along for the ride in Bledisloe I.

GEORGINA ROBINSON James Slipper believes the Wallabies are "on the way up" against the All Blacks but must be much harder on themselves to notch a drought-breaking win at Eden Park. 

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After Wallabies' 'confusing' draw, Kurtley Beale waits for Ewen McKenzie's next thoughts

Kurtley Beale looks to spread play on Saturday night.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Kurtley Beale could only hope he had done enough to retain the No.10 jersey at Eden Park this weekend.

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Ewen McKenzie defends Michael Hooper over penalty calls

RUPERT GUINNESS The exasperation in the voice of Wallabies captain Michael Hooper was clear after his side drew 12-12 with the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night.

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Michael Hooper's Wallabies stand up to sternest test against All Blacks

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RUPERT GUINNESS Wallabies captain Michael Hooper’s faith in his restructured forward pack was never clearer than in the last few minutes of the first half of Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup opener against the All Blacks. Twice he rejected the option to kick for goal when awarded a penalty and instead chose to go for the scrum.

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Five things we learnt from the slippery Bledisloe Cup opener

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STEPHEN SAMUELSON Much has been written about kicking in Australian rugby this year. The lingering legacy of Jake White’s stint at the Brumbies is tactics that value field position above all else. Kicking in rugby is not the problem. Bad kicking is.

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Bledisloe Cup: Wallabies break All Blacks' record run in opener

Mud bath: Adam Ashley-Cooper is taken to the turf by Aaron Cruden.

GEORGINA ROBINSON A scrappy band of mud-smeared Wallabies denied the world's best Test rugby dynasty a history-making, record-breaking 18th win on the trot in front of a rain-affected 68,627 fans in Sydney.

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Wallabies indifferent to All Blacks' attempt at record consecutive wins

''You don’t need any more motivation than that big Bledisloe Cup

RUPERT GUINNESS All Blacks historians may have a blank page open in anticipation that the world's No.1 ranked team will provide a record 18th consecutive Test win to document when they play the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium at Homebush on Saturday night.

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Ewen McKenzie refuses to bite over Steve Hansen's comments on Kurtley Beale

In the spotlight: Kurtley Beale.

Marc Hinton and Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie has poured cold water on provocative comments from All Blacks coach Steve Hansen questioning his rival's selection of Kurtley Beale at five-eighth for the opening Bledisloe Cup Test.

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Wallabies' front row takes another hit but Sekope Kepu has faith

Front row replacements can get the job done: Sekope Kepu.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Experienced Test prop Sekope Kepu says the Wallabies can rise above a litany of injuries to match a seasoned All Blacks pack in front of more than 70,000 people at ANZ Stadium this weekend.

Hosea Gear returns to Super Rugby with the Waikato Chiefs

Hosea Gear in action for the World XV earlier this year.

Former All Blacks wing Hosea Gear is returning to Super Rugby with the Waikato Chiefs, making him eligible to join New Zealand's World Cup defence in England next year.

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Christian Leali'ifano hoping to regain kicking accuracy and spot in Wallabies team

Kicking on: Brumbies and Wallabies star Christian Leali'ifano will be hoping to regain his goal kicking accuracy.

GEORGINA ROBINSON He was supposed to be Australia's answer to Dan Carter, Leigh Halfpenny and Morne Steyn.

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The Rugby Championship - 2013

Round 1
Sat, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
AUS 12 vs NZL 12 Report Stats
Sun, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
RSA 13 vs ARG 6 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NZL 51 vs AUS 20 Report Stats
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ARG 31 vs RSA 33 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL vs ARG 17:35McLean Park
AUS vs RSA 20:05PatS
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Round 4
Sat, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL vs RSA 17:35WS
AUS vs ARG 20:05Cbus Super Stadium
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Round 5
Sun, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
RSA vs AUS 01:05Newlands
ARG vs NZL 05:10ECLP
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Round 6
Sun, 05 OctTimes shown AEST
RSA vs NZL 01:05EllS
ARG vs AUS 09:40Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
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Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA 0 Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA 0 Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Report Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 1
Sun, 02 FebTimes shown AEDT
WAL 23 vs ITA 15 Report Stats
FRA 26 vs ENG 24 Report Stats
Mon, 03 FebTimes shown AEDT
IRE 28 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sun, 09 FebTimes shown AEDT
IRE 26 vs WAL 3 Report Stats
SCO 0 vs ENG 20 Report Stats
Mon, 10 FebTimes shown AEDT
FRA 30 vs ITA 10 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 22 FebTimes shown AEDT
WAL 27 vs FRA 6 Report Stats
Sun, 23 FebTimes shown AEDT
ITA 20 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
ENG 13 vs IRE 10 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 09 MarTimes shown AEDT
IRE 46 vs ITA 7 Report Stats
SCO 17 vs FRA 19 Report Stats
Mon, 10 MarTimes shown AEDT
ENG 29 vs WAL 18 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sat, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
ITA 11 vs ENG 52 Report Stats
Sun, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
WAL 51 vs SCO 3 Report Stats
FRA 20 vs IRE 22 Report Stats
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The Rugby Championship - 2014 Ladder
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
South Africa 2 2 0 0 9 8
New Zealand 2 1 0 1 31 7
Argentina 2 0 2 0 -9 2
Australia 2 0 1 1 -31 2
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Six Nations - 2014 Ladder
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Ireland 5 4 1 0 83 8
England 5 4 1 0 73 8
Wales 5 3 2 0 43 6
France 5 3 2 0 1 6
Scotland 5 1 4 0 -91 2
Italy 5 0 5 0 -109 0
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