Beale searches for his true identity

Phil Lutton   Kurtley Beale feels parts of him are missing until he can trace his indigenous heritage

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Wallabies grower Skelton a big believer

"I'm a big believer that he [Jesus Christ] gave me the gifts to glorify his name and I want to use that gift the best I can and that's playing rugby, that's playing hard and that's looking after my family": Skelton.

Daniel Lane   Will Skelton was branded rugby union's latest villain when he added some pepper 'n' spice to the Waratah's Super 15 match against the Crusaders a few weeks ago, but he listened patiently to how he was viewed in New Zealand as a demon and a bully before being asked what drove him during a match.

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How the Waratahs can afford Israel Folau

Three-year deal Israel Folau.

Georgina Robinson   Michael Hooper, Kurtley Beale, Will Skelton, Bernard Foley and Israel Folau? How the Waratahs can have their cake and eat it too.

Fijian born flyer excited about Wallabies berth

Stepping up: Taqele Naiyaravoro doing the business for the Waratahs in round 15.

Owen Roberts   Waratahs flyer and Wallabies debutant Taqele Naiyaravoro has told how he is 'still buzzing' after having been selected in Wallabies coach Michael Cheika's spring tour squad.

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Folau focuses on legacy with three-year, seven-figure deal

Future decided: Israel Folau is happy to stay a union man.

Georgina Robinson   Israel Folau says he considers himself a rugby player now after inking a lucrative new deal that snuffs out hopes of a return to rugby league and could see him earn almost $2 million per season over three years.

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'Disappointing' Waratahs result no nightmare for Wallabies: Gibson

Daryl Gibson talks during a media presentation.

Georgina Robinson   Tuesday marked the official handover of coaching duties at the Waratahs. New head coach Daryl Gibson casts his eye over a hard-fought but ultimately disappointing season, and weighs in on what Super Rugby form means for Test rugby.

Tahs' weak point also a Wallabies problem

Paul Cully

Paul Cully   With the World Cup on the horizon, England would have been encouraged by aspects of the Australian sides' loss to their Kiwi opponents.

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Cheika guarded in disagreement with penalty try

Feeling hard done by: Dave Dennis and Michael Cheika.

Rupert Guinness   Waratahs coach Michael Cheika knew he had to be guarded, but clearly didn't believe it was the right call.

Folau to re-sign with Tahs, ARU for three years

Sticking around: Israel Folau.

Georgina Robinson   Dual international Israel Folau has signaled a new three-year deal with Australian rugby is almost over the line.

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Waratahs caught in Highlanders' headlights

Feeling blue: Israel Folau watches on.

Rupert Guinness    The Waratahs, chasing a back-to-back place in the final, hardly did themselves any favours, virtually giving the Highlanders keys to their Moore Park fortress.

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Highlanders leave Tahs' title dreams in tatters

Hard to swallow: Jacques Potgieter was sin-binned for a swinging arm.

Georgina Robinson   Nick Phipps's body language said it all. Shoulders slumped, shaking his head as he left the field in the 72nd minute. The dream was over. The Waratahs' title defence in tatters.

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Izzy back in zone as Tahs eye Highlanders

Hunger: Israel Folau has had to work on his mental approach to rugby union.

Georgina Robinson   Even superstars get the blues. How Israel Folau - and the Waratahs - got their heads back in the game this season.

SA attitude to Super Rugby is hurting game

Spiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos   South Africa need to change the rule that allows players to go to Europe and still qualify for the national team.

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Highlanders train crosshairs on "Will Skelton and his mates"

Big challenge: The Waratahs' Will Skelton has vowed not to temper his aggressive play.

Georgina Robinson   Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph targets "Will Skelton and his mates" to pull off upset in Sydney and lock in the Highlanders first final since 1999.

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Cheika labels Highlanders as semi-final 'superstars'

Tough opposition:  Aaron Smith of the Highlanders is a formidable foe, Michael Cheika says.

Rupert Guinness   Was Waratahs coach Michael Cheika trying to lure the Highlanders into a state of over-confidence, hoping it will be to their detriment in Saturday night's semi-final?

Kurtley Beale loss a blow for Waratahs

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23:  Kurtley Beale watches on during a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Moore Park on June 23, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness   There is no way to dress it up … Kurtley Beale's absence from the NSW Waratahs for their Super Rugby semi-final against the Highlanders on Saturday night due to injury is a major blow.

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Fijian flyers hold the kava for after the battle

Taqele Naiyaravoro passes during a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Kippax Lake last week in Sydney.

Georgina Robinson   'We'll worry about the kava later": The Fijian stars have been trading friendly banter all season, but the business of a Super Rugby semi-final comes first on Saturday.

Rattling Highlanders No.10 key to a Waratahs win

Paul Cully dinkus Dinkus

Paul Cully   Ask for the barometer of this Highlanders side and most will point to halfback Aaron Smith, but the Waratahs should instead draw a target on his No.10 Lima Sopoaga.

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Kurtley Beale out of Waratahs side

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25:  Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau of the Waratahs arrive at a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Moore Park on June 25, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Playmaker Kurtley Beale is out of the NSW Waratahs side for the Super Rugby semi-final against the Highlanders on Saturday.

Dennis pressing for Test recall: Poidevin

SMH Sport, Sydney. Rugby - Waratahs training for Saturday week's home semi-final
Subject: Dave Dennis at training. Photo: Peter Rae Thursday 18 June 2015

Rupert Guinness   Waratahs captain Dave Dennis should be in line for a long awaited Test recall if he plays as well as he has been this season in Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final – but into the second row, rather than in the back row.