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Will Michael Cheika's persistence pay dividends?

Michael Cheika has given several Wallabies the chance to redeem themselves in the final Test against Ireland. Can they step up or will they let him down again?

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Beale backs ball-in-hand rugby to win the series

Kurtley Beale has revealed Australia's game plan to deliver the Wallabies a stirring series triumph over Ireland and it's not reliant on aerial kicks for superstar fullback Israel Folau.

Folau demands kicking accuracy

Israel Folau has placed the onus on Australia's tactical kickers to be more accurate to ensure he sees more ball in the Wallabies' series-deciding Test against Ireland on Saturday.


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Wallabies looking to experiment

Michael Hooper says his side will look to be more experimental against Ireland in the second Test.


Ireland not yet in Six Nations form

CJ Stander feels that Ireland still have room to improve ahead of the series decider against the Wallabies


Foley: We knew Ireland would target Folau

Bernard Foley says it's up to the referees to protect Israel Folau from illegal pressure from the Irish.


Folau: Ireland did a great job on me

Israel Folau says the Wallabies will need to improve their kicking game if they're to win the series.



Wallabies face huge task without Genia

The Wallabies face a huge task to re-establish the discipline and composure needed to beat Ireland in their Test series decider without the controlling influence of backline general Will Genia.

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Wallabies question Irish blocking of Folau

The Wallabies are unhappy with the tactics employed by Ireland on their superstar fullback Israel Folau

Cheika annoyed with soft penalties

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says the soft penalties against Ireland played a huge part in determining the outcome.


New Zealand

Barrett sent home to recuperate from concussion

All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett and loose forward Vaea Fifita will not travel with the team to Dunedin for next week's third test against France due to concussion.

Contested high kicks perilous: Barrett

Beauden Barrett's "scary" plunge against France has left his All Blacks brother pleading for players to reduce the inherent danger in mid-air collisions.

Red card questioned by French coach Brunel

France are questioning the need to send off fullback Benjamin Fall following an incident that condemned France to defeat in the second Test against New Zealand.

Fall red card hands series to All Blacks

An early red card to France fullback Ben Fall ensured the All Blacks sealed a 26-13 victory in the second test at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday and wrapped up the three-match series with a game to spare.

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Red card system needs review: Hansen

Hansen has suggested World Rugby should consider the introduction of a disciplinary report system like rugby league's rather than issuing red cards after his side beat a 14-man France 26-13 on Saturday.

South Africa vs. England

Springboks' Jantjies praises 'special' Erasmus

South Africa flyhalf Elton Jantjies believes it is coach Rassie Erasmus' attention to detail that has seen the side claim back-to-back test wins over England and be on the brink of a series clean sweep in Cape Town on Saturday.

Erasmus praises Coetzee for improved Bok skills

Rassie Erasmus praised his much-maligned predecessor Allister Coetzee for the improved skills of the South African side that have seen them clinch a three-match home series against England with a game to spare.

Brown: 'It would be nice to get some respect'

England back Mike Brown feels criticism of his game is unwarranted and wants more "respect" for his all-round contribution to the team as he targets a place at next year's World Cup in Japan.

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Women's Rugby Sevens

Aussie women turn focus to World Cup

Claiming their second World Series title in three years, the Australian women's sevens side will celebrate with a week of rest before they start preparations for next month's Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.


John Manenti was proud with how the women's team played in Paris to claim the World Series title.

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The Aussie women's sevens team are back in Sydney and celebrating winning the Sevens World Series.

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South Africa

Rugby Sevens

Blitzboks developing for Sevens World Cup, Olympics

Blitzboks coach Neil Powell believes the development and relatively seemless integration of new players was key to successful HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title defence.

Blitzboks coach Neil Powell says the team was able to win the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in adversity because of the systems in place.

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Paris Sevens

Blitzboks win Sevens World Series title

The Springbok Sevens team capped off a great weekend for South African rugby when they successfully defended their World Rugby Sevens Series title after beating in England 24-14 in the final Paris Sevens.

Wallabies end Ireland unbeaten streak

The Wallabies have reversed their recent mid-year fortunes with a season-opening 18-9 first Test victory over Six Nations champions Ireland in Brisbane.

Cheika: Work ethic key in Wallabies win

Australia coach Michael Cheika said his team's work ethic was the key factor in their 18-9 victory over Ireland in Brisbane on Saturday but warned his players they would have to step up to another level next week.

Jones in row with Boks fans after England defeat

England head coach Eddie Jones has confirmed he was involved in a row with South Africa fans at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, after his side lost 42-39 in the first Test of their summer tour.

Five takeaways from Ellis Park Test

KweséESPN looks at five talking points from South Africa's win over England at Ellis Park on Saturday.

South Africa claim dramatic win over England

South Africa began a new era for their rugby with a dramatic 42-39 victory over England in the first test at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Super Rugby

R16 rebooted: Best Aussie derby in how long?

The Rebels may have ended Australia's 32-game winless streak in New Zealand, but it was the Waratahs, Reds derby that produced the highlights, meanwhile two All Blacks players have been left red-faced for off-field hijinks.

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Latu joins Wallabies to replace Uelese

New South Wales Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu has joined the Wallabies squad to take on Ireland as the worst fears for Rebels hooker Jordan Uelese were confirmed.

Koroibete no longer on a wing and prayer

Marika Koroibete no longer feels lost on a rugby field - and that should scare Ireland.

South Africa vs Wales

Wales defeat Springboks again

Wales claim their third successive victory against South Africa, Ryan Elias scoring the match-winning try after a clearing kick from Robert du Preez was charged down.

4 Takeaways from the Springboks' clash against Wales

KweséESPN looks at four things that stood out in the historic Test matches between Wales and South Africa in Washington DC.

International rugby hits U.S. capital

Relive the experience of Washington D.C.'s historic Test match between the Springboks and Wales at RFK stadium.



Australia's dearth of experienced hookers revealed

Australia's lack of experienced hookers has been revealed by Michael Cheika selecting in his Wallabies squad three youngsters with just two Tests caps between them, writes Greg Growden.

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Wallabies announce June series squad 

Sam Bruce and Greg Growden take a look at Michael Cheika's squad for their June series, which includes a few inexperienced names.


Hammer time: Behind the shaping of Taniela Tupou

Taniela "Tongan Thor" Tupou was named in Michael Cheika's Wallabies squad to face Ireland next month. For the man who helped develop his skills at Auckland's Sacred Heart College, Tupou's ascension to Test rugby was never in any doubt.


Flashback: Rare schoolboy footage of 'Tongan Thor'

Named in Michael Cheika's Wallabies squad to face Ireland, Taniela "Tongan Thor" Tupou was always set for the big time. Check out this rare footage of him in action for Sacred Heart College.


South Africa

Siya Kolisi wants to 'inspire' South Africa

Newly appointed Springbok captain Siya Kolisi believes his new role is a genuine gesture by coach Rassie Erasmus and wasn't motivated by politics.


Eddie Jones' England suffer pre-SA tour blow

It was billed as a warm up for England ahead of bigger, better and scarier things in South Africa. But the Barbarians had other ideas. England have now lost four on the bounce, the Barbarians leave Twickenham having put on a remarkable show of genius.

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Scotland name tour captain as Gray is ruled out

Stuart McInally is delighted the gamble he took in switching from flanker to hooker five years ago has finally paid off after being named Scotland skipper for their upcoming summer tour.

Payne: I have to give up Ireland, Ulster dream

Ireland, Ulster and British & Irish Lions centre Jared Payne has been forced to retire after being unable to recover from a head injury sustained on the Lions' tour of New Zealand last year and will take up a coaching role with the Irish province.

Thorn weighs in on Slipper, nipple rule

Queensland Reds Head Coach Brad Thorn won't guarantee a future at his club for suspended veteran James Slipper.

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