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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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Hooper: Penalties caused confusion for Wallabies

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper believed the difference in penalties given caused confusion in his team.


Cheika annoyed with soft penalties

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



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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

Erasmus to assess Springboks' options

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus will make changes for the third test against England in Cape Town on Saturday with the series wrapped up and next year's World Cup very much on his mind.

Jones apologises for 'Trump of rugby' remark

England coach Eddie Jones has issued a 'sincere apology' to Bath owner Bruce Craig after branding him as the 'Donald Trump of rugby'.

Are England becoming too predictable?

South Africa defeated England in another pulsating Test match, albeit the action perhaps didn't ultimately match that at Ellis Park in Johannesburg the week before. John Goliath assesses five points out of the action.

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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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