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Speight would give me nightmares: Pocock


David Polkinghorne 6:00 PM   The Brumbies winger will finally pull on a Wallabies jersey against the Barbarians.

Burgess warns of Cheika revival

Sam Burgess

James Buckley 4:49 PM   South Sydney grand final hero Sam Burgess has warned his potential England World Cup teammates to beware of newly appointed Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

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Rumour mill does not upset Perth Spirit

Karmichael Hunt will not play in the NRC final for Brisbane City.

Laine Clark 3:39 PM   Social media chatter that code hopper Karmichael Hunt would run out for Brisbane City in Saturday's National Rugby Championship final at Ballymore did not alarm Perth Spirit coach Kevin Foote.

Beale fined another $3000 for misconduct

Darren Walton 3:33 PM   The Australian Rugby Union is set to reopen contract talks with Kurtley Beale after completing a second investigation into the controversial playmaker's recent off-field conduct.

Jack Debreczeni re-signs with Melbourne Rebels

On the rise: gun five-eighth Jack Debreczeni.

3:26 PM   The Melbourne Rebels have re-signed exciting young five-eighth Jack Debreczeni until the end of 2017.

All Black jealous of Hayne's NFL move

NFL fan: All Blacks winger Cory Jane.

Daniel Gilhooly 12:54 PM   All Blacks winger Cory Jane is jealous of Jarryd Hayne's decision to pursue an American Football career and wonders if it might start a trend.

Beale fined $3000

Fined: Kurtley Beale.

12:01 PM   The Australian Rugby Union has fined Kurtley Beale $3000 for his role in the mid-air fracas with then Wallaby business manager Di Patston in September.

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Beale not a distraction: Cheika

In limbo: Kurtley Beale's contract will expire before the end of the year.

Chris Dutton 8:48 AM   New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says "it wouldn't be right of me" to focus on Kurtley Beale's contract uncertainty as he prepares for his first game as Australia's mentor.

Michael Cheika wants to make Wallabies irresistible

Fun and games: new Wallabies coach Michael Cheika aims to make the Wallabies an irresistible place to play.

Liam FitzGibbon 8:33 AM   Michael Cheika's plan to keep top talent in Australian rugby involves making the Wallabies experience simply too good to pass up.

Burgess plays down England talk

"Really the main thing is to work hard here at Bath and earn the respect of my teammates down here": Burgess.

12:40 AM   Bath's new rugby union convert Sam Burgess firmly handed off questions about his chances of playing for England.

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Hodgson takes Wallabies reins

The Western Force under Matt Hodgson had their best season ever in 2014.

Chris Dutton 11:21 PM   The Wallabies will have a new captain for the game against the Barbarians in Matt Hodgson.

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Self-interest rugby's biggest threat, says Slack

"All of us are tempted to have second guesses when we don't know all the facts": Andrew Slack on the Beale saga.

Rupert Guinness 11:21 PM   Grand slam winning Wallabies captain Andrew Slack fears self-centred minds will cost rugby its hope of rising from its fourth-ranked spot among Australian football codes.


Honey Badger still has World Cup dream

Badger boy: Nick Cummins playing for the Western Force.

Chris Dutton   Former Wallaby Nick Cummins will make a last-ditch attempt to achieve his World Cup with the Wallabies.

Brisbane lose Kerevi for NRC final

Samu Kerevi

Jim Morton   Tackle-shredding Queensland Reds centre Samu Kerevi has been ruled out of Saturday night's National Rugby Championship decider in a major blow to Brisbane City's hopes of toppling Perth Spirit.

Speight ready to rewrite family history

Charitable spirit: Wallaby debutante winger Henry Speight.

Chris Dutton 7:00 PM   Henry Speight will make his Wallabies debut on Sunday, becoming the latest chapter in a life on heartache and controversy.

Genia weighs up future as Wallabies return looms

"You always want to play with guys who are inspirational and make such an impact on the game": Will Genia.

Chris Dutton   Wallabies halfback Will Genia admits joining "inspirational" South Sydney hero Sam Burgess at Bath is an attractive option for his future.

Hunt has no regrets over concussions

Karmichael Hunt, happy to be moving to rugby union.

Phil Lutton   As a rugby league player, Karmichael Hunt was famous for his fearless charges. When returning a kick, confronted with a descending army of opposing players, he would often grit the teeth, hope the bags and barrel headlong into the storm.

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Injuries no excuse, says England coach

Manu Tuilagi is set to miss the entire series, leaving England short in the centres.

Mick Cleary   Stuart Lancaster has sent out a defiant message that he expects England to go toe to toe with the southern superpowers over the next month, despite a mounting injury toll and the prospect of training sessions being compromised by absentees.

Will Genia keeping an open mind

"Guys are obviously going to look at their options, whether it be here in England or France or elsewhere": Genia.

Will Genia remains open to the prospect of linking up with Sam Burgess at Bath next season but it won't distract him from his Wallabies spring tour duties.

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