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Wallabies offer support to Diamonds as they prepare to take on Kiwi foe

Behind the Diamonds: Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore and his teammates will be cheering for Australia's netball team.

Rupert Guinness 6:10 PM   Wallabies captain Stephen Moore has sent a letter of support to the Diamonds as Australia's rugby and netball teams prepare to face arch rivals New Zealand at Sydney Olympic Park this weekend.

Giteau uses wise head to assess chances against All Blacks

Wary of All Blacks: Matt Giteau.

Rupert Guinness 6:07 PM   Wallabies inside centre Matt Giteau is wise enough in both age and experience to understand the dangers of saying there are weaknesses in the All Blacks game that can be taken advantage of.

Not a disaster but our sporting pride on the line with Bledisloe and Ashes

Peter FitzSimons.

Peter FitzSimons 6:04 PM   A "disaster," if we lose this fourth Test, and the Ashes with it? No, a disaster was what happened at Gallipoli's Lone Pine, 100 years ago on Thursday, to the day, when in the course of that battle, we suffered 2200 Australian casualties, a quarter of them killed.

Skelton ready to stand tall and strong against All Blacks

Take that, big guy: Wallabies giant Will Skelton answers to jockey Sam Clipperton at Randwick.

Rupert Guinness 4:22 PM   Wallabies second rower Will Skelton has only played the All Blacks twice, but however far his Test career takes him he is hardly ever likely to forget that first time.

Wallabies scrum tracking well for World Cup, says Slipper

Top prop: Wallabies and Reds front-rower James Slipper.

Rupert Guinness 1:01 AM   They are not there yet, but Wallabies prop James Slipper believes the Australian scrum will be ready to show that they can take on the best in the World Cup.

After turbulent times clarity prevails within Wallabies, says Folau

Israel Folau says the Wallabies camp has a settled feel.

Rupert Guinness 12:59 AM   As Australian rugby has ducked and weaved its way through some terribly turbulent times, the one constant that has helped Israel Folau to stay on an upward trajectory in his career – and for the former NRL and AFL player to remain in union – has been his former Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Cipriani available for rugby World Cup

Danny Cipriani was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Tim Moynihan   ​Danny Cipriani, who was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving following an early-morning car crash, is due to be available for England's rugby World Cup campaign after he was re-bailed until November.

Rebels land centre who can kick more than 75 metres

Young centre Reece Hodge.

Roy Ward   Australian under-20 centre Reece Hodge will leave Sydney and come to Melbourne to push for Super Rugby selection.

Steyn released by Boks after brother's death

Family tragedy: Frans Steyn has been given leave.

The Springboks have released experienced backline utility Frans Steyn from their squad following the death of his brother.

Fears of World Cup fitness of George North

Wales' George North celebrates after scoring a try during the Six Nations Rugby match between Italy and Wales at the Rome Olympic Stadium Saturday, March 21, 2015. Wales unleashed a stunning seven-try second half to crush Italy 61-20 at Stadio Olimpico. (AP Photo/Ettore Ferrari, Ansa)

Steve James   George North has still not completed his recovery from the concussion problems that blighted him last season and will miss Wales's World Cup warm-up match against Ireland on Saturday.

Brumbies linked with Pumas scrumhalf Cubelli

Tomas Cubelli playing for the Barbarians against England in June 2014.

David Polkinghorne   The ACT Brumbies are in discussions to bring Argentina scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli to the club next season.

Foley happy to be apprentice to master Giteau

Passing through: Bernard Foley during the Wallabies training session at Kippax Lake on Monday.

Rupert Guinness   When Bernard Foley speaks of Matt Giteau and his enthusiasm in the Wallabies camp, he speaks seemingly not of a player seasoned by 32 years and 93 Test matches.

Tigers recruit turns back on Olympics to pursue NRL dream

Making the switch: Australian rugby sevens player Jesse Parahi has signed with NRL club Wests Tigers.

Brad Walter   Wallabies stars set to dominate Australian Rugby Sevens team for Olympics in Rio so Jesse Parahi switches to Wests Tigers.

Carter says showdown with Wallabies will never lose its lustre

Preparing for the Bledisloe: Dan Carter during a New Zealand All Blacks gym session in Auckland on Monday.

Marc Hinton   New Zealand have held the Bledisloe Cup for more than a decade but it's still as important as ever, according to veteran star Dan Carter.

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Simmons out of Bledisloe Cup

Rob Simmons is out of the Bledisloe Cup matches.

Tom Decent   The Wallabies have lost premier lineout jumper Rob Simmons for Saturday's Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand as he is to undergo wrist surgery.

How the Brumbies are tapping into the NFL market

Chris Coyle.

Emma Stoney   After Chris Coyle had a successful college career as a tight end for Arizona State, his dreams of playing in the NFL seemed about to be realised when he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans.

Toomua needs to tinker with tackling technique

Matt Toomua needs to improve his tackling technique.

David Polkinghorne   Stephen Larkham says Matt Toomua needs to work on his tackling technique to ensure he doesn't keep getting knocked out.

All Blacks beef up Bledisloe Cup Test squad

Selected: Patrick Osborne is in the All Blacks squad for the Bledisloe Cup tests.

Marc Hinton   Highlanders flyer Patrick Osborne and comeback kid Tawera Kerr-Barlow have been the big movers in Steve Hansen's enlarged All Blacks squad for back-to-back Bledisloe Cup tests, with Andy Ellis and the crocked Cory Jane the most notable absentees.

Pocock's Brumbies gong show's he back to being world's best

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David Polkinghorne    ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says David Pocock is the "best in the world at what he does".

Larkham wants to make Brumbies a sustainable dream team

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David Polkinghorne   ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham jokes becoming the next dream team coach isn't on his "bucket list".