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Anae has Wallabies in his sights as he chases Brumbies jersey

Albert Anae, right, isn't horsing around when he says playing for the Wallabies is one of his goals.

Chris Dutton 2:41 PM   Albert Anae isn't horsing around when he says he wants to use his first ACT Brumbies season to help launch him back into Australian gold.

Taylor starts for Scotland against Wales

Going nowhere: Stuart Hogg of Scotland is tackled by Courtney Lawes (L) and Mike Brown (R) of England last weekend.

9:27 AM   Duncan Taylor will start at centre for Scotland against Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday, the only change to coach Vern Cotter's starting line-up that lost their opener to England.

Zebo out McFadden in for wounded Irish

Out with a knee problem: Simon Zebo.

9:15 AM   Fergus McFadden has been drafted into Ireland's Six Nations squad to face France, with Simon Zebo unable to overcome his knee injury.

England set out to 'smack' Italy

Off to a winning start: England players pose with the Calcutta Cup last weekend.

8:52 AM   With only one Six Nations title since 2003, England should find themselves in pole position if they heed Eddie Jones' words and give Italy "a good hiding" on Sunday.

New Zealand avoid punishment over extra man

Rieko Ioane of New Zealand races away for a try in the pool clash.

6:42 AM   World Rugby has determined there will be no disciplinary action New Zealand despite having eight players on the field when scoring a game-levelling try against Australia in the final pool match between the trans-Tasman rivals at the Sydney Sevens.

All Black goes public on his anger issues

New Zealand's Malakai Fekitoa makes a break.

12:48 AM   All Blacks and Highlanders player Malakai Fekitoa publicly expressed his issues with anger on one of his official social media accounts on Wednesday.

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Pocock in 2016 can be best yet: Larkham

David Pocock.

Chris Dutton 8:03 PM   ACT Brumbies mentor Stephen Larkham says superstar flanker David Pocock can get even better.

Lighter Speight ready for Super Rugby comeback

Brumbies winger Henry Speight.

Chris Dutton 8:00 PM   Henry Speight will tread the fine line of carrying a lighter frame for his journey to Rio without sacrificing power.

Hooper, Beale, Phipps back for Waratahs

Having a crack at five-eighth: Kurtley Beale.

No Israel Folau and Bernard Foley just yet, but skipper Michael Hooper, Kurtley Beale and Nick Phipps are among key Wallabies returning for the NSW Waratahs' second Super Rugby pre-season trial match.

Waratahs embrace their inner Beethoven

Players from the NSW Waratahs and members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestor on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

Tom Decent   Kurtley Beale understands and appreciates classical music more than you might think.

Brumbies great on radar as Pocock negotiations continue

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  David Pocock of Australia speaks to the media during an Australia media session at The ...

Chris Dutton, Phil Lutton, Tom Decent   Australian rugby great George Smith looms as a potential recruiting target if David Pocock decides to take a 12-month sabbatical from the ACT Brumbies before returning in 2018 and 2019.

Car accident fails to halt Scott Fardy's comeback in Brumbies pre-season

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  A bloodied Scott Fardy of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match ...

Chris Dutton   You'll find Scott Fardy's blood-soaked headgear at the bottom of most rucks, but a different kind of collision forced the ACT Brumbies flanker to go to hospital this week.

England not fit to face Wallabies, says Jones

Warning: Eddie Jones poses with Jack Nowell after England's Calcutta Cup win.

Eddie Jones insists England's current level of fitness is adequate for the Six Nations but would be exposed on the tour to Australia unless improvements are made.

The most valuable try ever scored

Touching down: NWU-Pukke put nine points on the board.

Adam Pengilly   A rugby union revolution might not be too far away if a South African university competition is anything to go by, after fans were left thrilled with the tournament's first nine-point try on Tuesday.

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Ireland legend forced into retirement

Bowing out: Paul O'Connell takes on the Wallabies defence at Eden Park during the 2011 World Cup.

Paul O'Connell has been forced to retire from rugby due to injury before having the chance to end a glittering career with European champions Toulon, the former Ireland captain said on Tuesday.

Club and country fight to keep Wallabies star

David Pocock.

Chris Dutton   The ARU is prepared to offer David Pocock one of the biggest contracts in Australian rugby history and work with the star flanker to give him a year away from the sport to ensure he stays in the game for the 2019 World Cup.

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Brumbies call on sprint coach to boost Super Rugby bid

John Pryor

Chris Dutton   New England coach Eddie Jones has already snared ACT Brumbies legend George Smith to help the enemy and the former Wallabies mentor is banging down the door for another man in Canberra.

Brumbies to be 'different beast' with big names back

Brumbies fullback Aidan Toua believes their attacking game plan will go to another level with the return of their Wallabies.

David Polkinghorne   Brumbies fullback Aidan Toua says their attack will step up a notch with big names coming in.

Brumbies young guns 'look good for next year' jokes Toomua

Nick Jooste impressed in his first hit-out with the Brumbies.

David Polkinghorne   Brumbies playmaker full of praise for young guns after playing for the Super Rugby province for the first time.

Dennis backs Robinson to have Super codehop

Reece Robinson is looking for a fresh start with the Waratahs.

David Polkinghorne   Former Canberra Raiders back shines in first hit-out for Super Rugby province NSW Waratahs.