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Hooper welcomes Smith challenge for Wallabies spot

Wallabies George Smith, right, and Michael Hooper in 2013.

Darren Walton, Jake Havebond 12:45 PM   Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has welcomed the prospect of the great George Smith challenging him for Australia's No.7 jumper at this year's Rugby World Cup.

Burgess named man of the match for Bath

George Ford (L) celebrates with Sam Burgess during Bath's win over London Irish.

12:26 PM   Sam Burgess confessed his surprise at being named man of the match in only his second Aviva Premiership game in the blindside flanker role after scoring one of five tries in English rugby club Bath's 43-18 win against London Irish.

Force see red in rugby loss to Chiefs

Sonny Bill Williams charges forward during the match between the Chiefs and the Force.

Justin Chadwick 10:35 PM   By Justin Chadwick

David Pocock jazz-hands hat-trick ends ACT Brumbies form slump

Brumbies player David Pocock is congratulated after scoring one of his three tries against the Highlanders.

Chris Dutton 10:48 PM   A first-half David Pocock hat-trick has reignited the ACT Brumbies Super Rugby season as they overpowered the Otago Highlanders to end their mid-season rut.

Reds dispute Toulon's Cooper deal

Quade Cooper.

10:35 PM   The Queensland Reds have accused French rugby club Toulon of jumping the gun, claiming they have not yet completed a deal for Quade Cooper.

Cheika confirms he met Giteau in Australia last month

Back in the game: Matt Giteau is back in Wallabies selection contention after an ARU rule change.

Georgina Robinson 10:19 PM   If Matt Giteau makes a fairytale return to the Wallabies, four years after playing his last Test in gold, where will coach Michael Cheika fit him into a squad of just 31 players?

Richards should be honoured with ARU competition

Spiro Zavos dinkus Dinkus

Spiro Zavos 10:09 PM   To mark the centenary of the ANZACs, the ARU should create the Tom Richards Shield for competition between the Australian Super Rugby teams.

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Waratahs to resurrect home fortress

Home boy: Michael Hooper wants the Waratahs to make the most of their home games.

Georgina Robinson 10:07 PM   Why the Waratahs are desperate to resurrect fortress NSW with a win at home against Australian up-and-comers the Rebels on Saturday night.

Winners and losers under Giteau's Law

Nemesis: Tim Gavin (centre) releases the ball during the Wallabies’ match against Swansea in Swansea in 1992.

Georgina Robinson 10:04 PM   Forget Giteau's Law. Gavin's Law will rule Wallabies selection after a landmark new policy allowing the national coach to pick players based offshore.

Rugby answered Empire's call

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Sean Fagan 9:57 PM   Rugby union was the Empire game, and Australian players answered the call in 1915 when war broke out

It's a game of footy, not war

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster 10:00 PM   The football codes are running a fine line when it comes to hijacking Anzac Day.

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Rebels happy in the wet as they clash with Waratahs

Dom Shipperley will make a return  for the Rebels against the Waratahs.

Roy Ward 8:15 PM   Melbourne Rebels will look for a third-straight win when they take on NSW Waratahs at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Toulon confirm Quade Cooper signing

Off to France: Quade Cooper.

8:14 PM   French Top 14 side Toulon have confirmed the signing of Queensland Reds and Wallabies five-eighth Quade Cooper on a two year contract.

Sport helps Anzac spirit live on

Matthew Narracott will pay tribute to great great uncle George Oswald Blair on Anzac Day.

Chris Dutton   Matthew Narracott is proof that the power of Anzac Day combining with sport is more than an on-field commercial opportunity.

Changes to Wallabies' selection policy don't go far enough

Matt Burke dinkus Dinkus

Matthew Burke 12:21 PM   The announcement this week about the new contracting policies of the Australian Rugby Union could, I think, be perceived as a soft launch.

Giteau welcome, but pick Pocock at 7

Paul Cully

Paul Cully   When David Pocock plays, the Wallabies win two out of three games. When he doesn't, they win less than half.

Will 'Giteau's Law' cost White?

Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson   Is Matt Giteau about to kill off Nic White's World Cup hopes? 

Wallabies' selection mark too high: Dwyer

Bob Dwyer says 40 Tests would be a fair commitment.

Rupert Guinness   Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer: "I think 40 Tests would be a fair commitment. A guy has a right to earn his living."

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'We were in cruise mode', says Dennis

Stern words: Tahs skipper Dave Dennis.

Georgina Robinson   The Waratahs have flipped the switch up front but now find themselves in a three-way race with bitter conference rivals the Rebels and Brumbies.

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Time to crack down on the rolling maul

The Brumbies want referees to clamp down on the way the maul is defended.

Chris Dutton   The ACT Brumbies fear poor refereeing is blunting their rolling maul weapon, but are adamant they won't turn away from one of their biggest strengths just yet.