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Gatland insists all is sweet with Wales

Sweet as: Wales coach Warren Gatland has denied he is feeling the heat as his team seeks an elusive win over a southern hemisphere side.

8:56 AM   Wales coach Warren Gatland has denied he is under extra pressure ahead of Sunday's clash with the Boks.

Hughes' death hits Wallabies hard

'It's news that you never want to wake up to' ... Wallabies captain Michael Hooper, centre, on the loss of Phillip Hughes.

Chris Dutton 4:57 AM   The shock that hit the Australian sporting world when Phillip Hughes died has left the Wallabies shattered before the last Test of their European spring tour.

British tributes flow for Hughes

Flowers laid at the Grace Gate at Lord's in London in tribute to Phillip Hughes.

Chris Dutton 1:38 AM   Flags are flying at half mast at Lord's in tribute to Phillip Hughes and his former English teammates have remembered him as a "cheeky chappie" and "top man".

Burgess in line for early Bath debut

Unknown quantity: Burgess.

1:25 AM   Code-crossing star Sam Burgess is in line to make an earlier than expected rugby union debut after being named on the bench for Bath's Premiership encounter with Harlequins on Friday.

Super-sized Skelton duo on Cheika's radar

Cameron Skelton playing for Samoa.

Chris Dutton 12:25 AM   Wallabies and Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has an ambitious plan to form the biggest second-row sibling combination in Super Rugby history by luring Cameron Skelton back to Sydney.

Slow on paperwork, but Brumbies recruit sets sizzling pace

Lift-off: Lausii Taliauli is delighted to have been given a chance at a career with the Brumbies.

Chris Wilson 7:04 PM   He was slow with his citizenship paperwork, so Lausii Taliauli is now the fastest ACT Brumby.

Horne recalled to Wallabies wing

Rob Horne scoring the match-winning try for the Wallabies over South Africa.

Chris Dutton 3:00 PM   The Wallabies will persist with an experimentation plan to remove any guess work from their World Cup bid next year, with Rob Horne getting his opportunity to shine against England.

Wallabies to pay for hole in wall

Dejected: The Wallabies, led by skipper Michael Hooper, after the loss against Ireland.

Chris Dutton   The Wallabies expect to be slapped with a repair bill and are prepared to pay the costs of fixing a hole in the wall at Lansdowne Road after the discovery of dressing room damage in Dublin.

Carter channels dad for hard yakka on the field

Sam Carter wants to increase his physicality with the Wallabies.

Chris Dutton   Wallabies lock Sam Carter has swapped family farm chores for the chance to chase a World Cup dream, vowing to increase his physicality to fit into Michael Cheika's game plan.

Sam Burgess close to union debut

Edging closer to a rugby debut: Sam Burgess.

NRL grand final hero Sam Burgess could be about to make a surprise rugby union debut less than eight weeks after surgery to repair his fractured cheekbone and eye socket.

Wallabies want to be the first to win three World Cups

"You know Australians, we like to back the underdog and I'm sure we are the underdog coming into next year's World Cup": James Slipper.

Chris Dutton   A tumultuous international season has failed to dampen Australia's World Cup ambition, with vice-captain James Slipper declaring the Wallabies want to become the first team to win the tournament three times.

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Michael Cheika sends support to Phillip Hughes

"We're thinking of the family, I'm not fully aware of what the condition us. Just praying he makes a full recovery as soon as possible. The guys already knew about it": Cheika.

Chris Dutton   The shockwave that hit Australian cricket on Tuesday has made it all the way to England, with the touring Wallabies sending their well-wishes to Phillip Hughes in the wake of his sickening injury.

Kurtley Beale's fine to fund program for indigenous women

Kurtley Beale.

The $45,000 fine being paid by Kurtley Beale following a breach of the ARU Code of Conduct will be directed to the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team, the Australian Rugby Union announced on Wednesday.

Larkham on radar as Wallabies prepare for World Cup

Wallaby trials: Adam Ashley-Cooper playing against Ireland last weekend.

Chris Dutton   Australian vice-captain Adam Ashley-Cooper has backed potential Wallabies trial matches and mid Super Rugby season catch ups to ensure the team's World Cup campaign is not derailed next year.

Pocock making positive steps towards World Cup

Brumbies flanker David Pocock ripping into training on Tuesday.

Lee Gaskin   Wallabies and Brumbies star David Pocock looks to contact coach Peter Ryan as proof it's possible to come back from multiple knee reconstructions.

Kiwi Waldrom lines up Wallabies

Another chance: England have recalled Kiwi No 8 Thomas Waldrom for their final test of the year against Australia at Twickenham.

Duncan Johnstone   England have recalled NZ No 8 Thomas Waldrom for their final test of the year against Australia.

Wallabies hit all-time low

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

World rugby rankings are out and the ABs are on top, while Australia slump under their new coach.

Wallabies prepare for air raid

Injury blow: Tevita Kuridrani has been in outstanding form for the Wallabies.

Chris Dutton   Tevita Kuridrani's breakout season is over after the barnstorming outside centre suffered an ankle injury against Ireland.

Wallabies face World Cup preview

Matt Toomua

Chris Dutton   The Wallabies will draw on the pain of losing to England at Twickenham last year and use it as extra motivation to finish their spring tour on a high this week.

Wallabies keeping faith in Cheika

"If I'm not holding my nerve then no one's going to": Michael Cheika.

Chris Dutton   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has urged his players to keep the faith in their game plan transition, insisting he won't deviate from his vision for the team despite back to back losses.