Three Australian finalists a pipedream

Paul Cully 7:16 PM   ARU boss Bill Pulver's pre-season prediction about three locals in the finals is already looking on the hopeful side.

Cheika hints Foley will reject lucrative Japan deal

Staying home: Bernard Foley.

Georgina Robinson   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has indicated Test No.10 Bernard Foley will reject a lucrative offer to play rugby in Japan and stay in Australian rugby beyond the World Cup.

Hooper says Waratahs must evolve or risk title defence

Pressure: Michael Hooper says it’s not all about running in tries.

Georgina Robinson   The Waratahs are over the white-knuckle approach. They tried it once and managed to win a title, despite a lineout and scrum that ranked among the worst in the competition.

'The boys are hungry for that again,' says Dennis of return to winning ways

NSW Waratahs captain Dave Dennis .

Rupert Guinness   The Waratahs deservedly cheered their Super Rugby win against the Rebels in Melbourne last Friday after a season opening loss to the Force.

'We need to increase the tribalism', says new Tahs boss Harris

New Waratahs boss Greg Harris.

Rupert Guinness   Greg Harris will take the age old "look and listen" approach to the infancy of his tenure as the Waratahs' new chief executive officer to replace Jason Allen.

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Waratahs announce new Chief Executive Officer

Greg Harris

Waratahs chairman Roger Davis announced on Tuesday morning that Rugby Union Player's Association CEO, Greg Harris, will take up the role as Chief Executive Officer of the Waratahs.

Stars "paid well to be role models", says Hoiles

Action should be taken: Waratahs second-rower Stephen Hoiles said drugs have no place in sport.

Rupert Guinness   Stephen Hoiles would love for Australia's two rugby codes to be spared the damage that has come from the drugs supply investigation by police that has implicated star Queensland Reds signing Karmichael Hunt and a number of Gold Coast Titans NRL players.

Bye week for Waratahs won't mean an easy time, says Betham

Chance to prove himself: Peter Betham is hoping to make the most of the Waratahs' bye week.

Rupert Guinness   It might be a bye round for the Waratahs, but ask winger Peter Betham and this week will be just as cutthroat as any in the season, knowing he now has a chance to fight his way into the starting side for NSW's next game against the Reds.

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Rugby: Cheika aware Waratahs now have target on their back

Watch your back: Michael Cheika talks to his squad.

Georgina Robinson   The Waratahs have had their first true taste of life with a target on their backs and coach Michael Cheika has warned it will only intensify from here.

Beale determined to maintain his style

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20:  Kurtley Beale of the Waratahs is congratulated by team mates after scoring a try during the round two Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Waratahs at AAMI Park on February 20, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Georgina Robinson   Kurtley Beale has bad news for anyone hoping he will ditch the high-risk plays that have characterised his game over an eight-year career filled with magnificent highs and costly lows.

League convert learns two big lessons

Taqele Naiyaravoro

Georgina Robinson   Rising Waratahs star Taqele Naiyaravoro learnt two big lessons in Melbourne on Friday.

Cheika backs standing down of Hunt

"We're talking about stuff that's not even in the zone of the game": Cheika.

Georgina Robinson   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed the Australian Rugby Union's tough stance on Reds star Karmichael Hunt, saying elite sport is no place for drugs.

Brumbies are Canberra's team: Barr

Joe Tomane scores for the Brumbies in round one at Canberra Stadium.

Chris Dutton   The ACT government has reaffirmed its commitment to the Brumbies, amid talks of a move to ANZ Stadium.

Tahs bring the brutality to get back on track

The Beale-breaker: Kurtley Beale goes for the clinching try late on against the Rebels.

Georgina Robinson   Waratahs fans can breathe easy: the magic did not evaporate over the summer.

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Rebels coach says team treated unfairly by referee

Jack Debreczeni of the Rebels attempts to convert a penalty.

Roy Ward   Rebels coach fumes at referees but also sees harsh lessons for his team.

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Cheika praises show of character from Tahs

Dictating play: Bernard Foley.

Georgina Robinson   Michael Cheika has praised his side's character after the Waratahs rallied from being a man down to close out a relentless battle with the Melbourne Rebels and snatch a four-try bonus point in Melbourne on Friday.

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Rebels rising? The signs are certainly there

Jack Debreczeni of the Rebels passes as he is tackled by Bernard Foley of the Waratahs.

Michael Lynch   It was brisk, bruising and bursting with brio. As it should have been at this early stage of the season, when hope springs eternal and all seems possible.

Rebels fall to Waratahs in final minutes

Full steam: Scott Higginbotham makes a run against the Waratahs.

Roy Ward   Melbourne Rebels lost 38-28 to NSW Waratahs at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Keep Foley away from the Wallabies

Spiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos   Call me an idealist but the Foley "play-no-rugby-to-win" attitude is unacceptable for the Wallabies (and the Force, in the long run, but that is another argument).

Refs must be more accountable: Poidevin

Under scrutiny: Steve Walsh during the round one match between the Waratahs and the Force.

Rupert Guinness   The standard of refereeing by Steve Walsh in last Sunday's match between the Waratahs and Western Force can ill afford to continue if the attraction of Australian local derbies is to continue, believes Wallabies great Simon Poidevin.

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