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Waratahs

Battle of the giants in Vikings, Stars NRC clash

CHRIS DUTTON 10:00pm The tallest recruit in Brumbies history will test his reconstructed shoulder against the biggest sportsman in Australia on Saturday.

Waratahs face tough battle defending their Super Rugby title in 2015

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GEORGINA ROBINSON No one said it would be easy but a gruelling 10 straight games and two defining clashes on South Africa's highveld say going back to back will be a challenge for the Waratahs next year.

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ACT Brumbies' Fotu Auelua gave NSW Waratahs' Will Skelton a gee-up in Super Rugby semi-final

Canberra Vikings captain Fotu Auelua.

DAVID POLKINGHORNE Support from Fotu Auelua to Will Skelton came back to bite the Brumbies in the Super Rugby finals.

Waratahs close to deal with Warriors forward Sam Lousi

Hard worker:  Sam Lousi is seen as a  replacement for Kane Douglas at the Waratahs.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Waratahs are expected to announce the signing of young Warriors forward Sam Lousi next week. 

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How Mark Ella taught Michael Cheika to relax

Learning from the greats: Mark Ella playing for Randwick in 1984.

RUPERT GUINNESS When most people refer to the influence of Wallabies legend Mark Ella on the game of rugby union, they recall his on-field wizardry and brilliance with the ball in hand.

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie keen for Kurtley Beale to quickly sort his playing future

Deadly combination: Beale credits his improved form to a greater understanding with Bernard Foley.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Waratahs are hopeful of locking in off-contract playmaker Kurtley Beale within a fortnight. 

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The constant doubts that drive Mr Rugby Adam Ashley-Cooper

GEORGINA ROBINSON Privately, Adam Ashley-Cooper is locked in battle with obsessive self-doubt.

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ARU deal likely after Kurtley Beale feels the 'love'

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GEORGINA ROBINSON The signs are looking good for Kurtley Beale to announce a new one-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union.

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NSW Waratahs thank fans at victory parade in Sydney

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RUPERT GUINNESS After being cheered by almost 62,000 people to victory in Saturday’s Super Rugby final over the Crusaders in Sydney, the Waratahs turned a victory parade on Tuesday into an opportunity to thank their supporters.

Can the Waratahs come from in front and do it all over again?

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RUPERT GUINNESS It took 19 hard years for the Waratahs to win their first Super Rugby title. But following the breakthrough win, do they have it within themselves to defend the title next year?

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Matt Toomua warns the All Blacks are still a mountain to climb

Big Tests ahead: Wallabies star Matt Toomua.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Australian rugby is riding high on the Waratahs' Super Rugby triumph but Test playmaker Matt Toomua has warned the Wallabies have "a lot of ground to make up" against New Zealand before the first Bledisloe Cup match in less than a fortnight.

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NSW Waratahs duo Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper in line for Wallabies selection

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PAUL CULLY The final was so breathless it took repeat viewings for some of the quality to really stand out.

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Tatafu Polota-Nau injury causes anxiety for Wallabies

Agony: An injury to Tatafu Polota-Nau could cause maximum pain for the Wallabies.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Wallabies' plans for a Bledisloe Cup upset have taken a body blow with a major cloud over Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.

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NSW coach Michael Cheika inspired by Tiger Woods commentary

Blue salute: The Waratahs celebrate their Super Rugby triumph against the Crusaders.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Television commentary on Tiger Woods in his prime inspired NSW coach Michael Cheika to buy 25 golf clubs for his players and tell them to "tee off" on the Crusaders in their quest of Super Rugby glory on Saturday. 

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Israel Folau earns cross-code grand final double

Happy as Izzy: Waratahs fullback Israel Folau celebrates at ANZ Stadium.

Darren Walton Israel Folau ranks his Super Rugby crown with the NSW Waratahs right alongside his NRL grand final triumph with the Melbourne Storm - but knows this one can't be stripped.

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NSW Waratahs hero Bernard Foley reveals how he nailed title-winning kick

The moment: Bernard Foley launches the title-winning kick at goal.

RUPERT GUINNESS When the Waratahs were awarded a penalty inside the last minute of Saturday’s night Super Rugby final against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium in Homebush, NSW five-eighth Bernard Foley didn’t flinch.

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NSW Waratahs claim first Super Rugby title with 33-32 win over Crusaders

Flying high: Adam Ashley-Cooper grabs a kick for the Waratahs against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Waratahs have ended almost two decades of pain, winning their maiden Super Rugby title by the slimmest of margins.

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Five reasons the Waratahs will win the Super Rugby grand final

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GEORGINA ROBINSON The key players who can deliver the Waratahs a maiden Super Rugby title?

Kurtley Beale rises above the bad times to spark Waratahs

Raw talent: Kurtley Beale.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Phil Waugh says he will be one of the great Waratahs and Daryl Gibson believes he is the "free spirit" rugby badly needs.

Stephen Hoiles urges NSW Waratahs to embrace the pressure

Wise words: Former Brumby Stephen Hoiles says the Waratahs must be positive.

CHRIS DUTTON It is the second chance Stephen Hoiles thought he would never get - playing in a Super Rugby grand final less than a year after most people thought he had retired.

Waratahs' Alofa relies on heart in clash with Nadolo

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GEORGINA ROBINSON It is shaping as the David and Goliath battle of the Super Rugby final and diminutive NSW winger Alofa Alofa is backing heart to win out over heft on Saturday night. 

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NSW Waratahs' Super Rugby win will help Wallabies reclaim Bledisloe Cup

Ben Alexander says a Waratahs win could spark a Bledisloe Cup bid.

DAVID POLKINGHORNE Momentum is hard to stop and Wallabies prop Ben Alexander believes if the NSW Waratahs win their inaugural Super Rugby title then it will help springboard the Australian side to ending its 12-year Bledisloe Cup drought.

NSW Waratahs forward Will Skelton proves size matters

Man mountain: Waratahs forward Will Skelton brushes off the Brumbies' Robbie Coleman on Saturday night.

PAUL CULLY Big man, big occasion, big impact. No one else in Australia could have done what Will Skelton did in setting up that try for Bernard Foley to put the icing on the Waratahs' cake in their Super Rugby semi-final on Saturday night.

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Waratahs took plenty of knocks on way to Super Rugby grand final, says Nick Phipps

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GEORGINA ROBINSON They are taking the hard road to glory and they would not have it any other way.

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Will Skelton's younger brother signs with Chiefs

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GEORGINA ROBINSON His big brother might be a cult hero in NSW but Cameron Skelton wants to make his name elsewhere. 

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Waratahs' chance to make history - twice

We did it: Jubilant Waratahs after victory on Saturday night.

GEORGINA ROBINSON A Super Rugby record crowd of more than 55,000 could swamp ANZ Stadium to watch the Waratahs shoot for a historic first Super Rugby title against seven-time champions the Crusaders on Saturday night. 

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Brumbies adamant they can learn from mistakes after losing to NSW Waratahs

The Brumbies are determined to use the pain of finals defeat to drive them to a title win.

CHRIS DUTTON The ACT Brumbies have vowed to use three heartbreaking years to make them a better team.

Brumbies back arch rivals the Waratahs to win Super Rugby championship

Buried: Matt Toomua says the Waratahs have the strength to win the title.

CHRIS DUTTON The Brumbies✓ have thrown their support behind the Waratahs to win their first Super Rugby title

NSW Waratahs magic makes this tragic see the light ... testify

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PETER FITZSIMONS Oh people my people, “’Tah-gics” all ... Long, long have we suffered, meandering in ever diminishing numbers through the shadow of the Valley of Death, heaped with derision and suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, but now, now my people, the hour of redemption is upon us. For we can see the Promised Land up ahead!

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Rugby Championship 2014

Round 1
Sat, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
AUS 12 vs NZL 12 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NZL 51 vs AUS 20 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 28 vs ARG 9 Report Stats
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NZL 14 vs RSA 10 Report Stats
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RSA vs NZL 01:05EllS
ARG vs AUS 09:40Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
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South Africa 4 2 2 0 4 10
Australia 4 2 1 1 -23 10
Argentina 4 0 4 0 -35 3
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