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Wear Indigenous Test jersey more: Genia

Halfback Will Genia would like to see the Wallabies wear their Indigenous jersey more often, as a nod to all the many different cultures represented in an increasingly cosmopolitan lineup.

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Impossible to swallow 'Wallabies are favourites' line

If Rugby Australia manages to avoid a record low crowd at ANZ Stadium this week they should thank Steve Hansen, specifically the praise he continues to throw the Wallabies' way. Even more so, that he is doing it with a straight face.

Overseas experience invaluable for Toomua

Australian fly-half Matt Toomua believes the knowledge playing overseas has helped grow his game immensely.


Perenara: All Blacks don't own Bledisloe Cup

New Zealand scrum half TJ Perenara says the All Blacks don't own the Bledisloe Cup, despite their recent dominance over Australia.


Genia: Pocock a huge difference maker

Will Genia emphasizes the impact David Pocock makes not just for the Wallabies on the field, but in their work throughout the week.


Cane denies dominance killing Bledisloe

All Black Sam Cane says the team's hunger for the Bledisloe Cup is as strong as ever and dominance over the Wallabies hasn't changed that.


Pocock: Focus on the breakdown

David Pocock says that the Wallabies are preparing for a pivotal battle at the breakdown in the Bledisloe opener.


Cane denies dominance killing Bledisloe

All Black Sam Cane says the team's hunger for the Bledisloe Cup is as strong as ever and dominance over the Wallabies hasn't changed that.


Genia: Pocock a huge difference maker

Will Genia emphasizes the impact David Pocock makes not just for the Wallabies on the field, but in their work throughout the week.


Pocock: Focus on the breakdown

David Pocock says that the Wallabies are preparing for a pivotal battle at the breakdown in the Bledisloe opener.


Smith confused by Hansen's comments

All Blacks' Ben Smith isn't quite sure what his coach meant when he claimed that the Wallabies were 'favourites' coming into this weekends Bledisloe matchup.


Waugh: Wallabies must contain Read

Former Wallaby flanker Phil Waugh says the key to an opening Test win for Australia is to limit Kieran Read.


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Wallabies skipper Hooper inks five-year deal

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper has spurned the advances of rich overseas clubs to re-sign with Rugby Australia.

Hooper signs five-year, $6 million extension

The Wallabies captain stays on through at least the next two World Cup campaigns.


Cheika: Barrett is better than Mo'unga

The Wallabies coach reveals his preference in the All Blacks number 10 jersey for the first Bledisloe Test.


Rugby Championship

Rugby Championship first look: Squad news, storylines

The squads are in for the opening fortnight of the Rugby Championship with Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa each having their own selection headaches. We investigate the key storylines.

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Wallabies captain Hooper fit for Bledisloe Cup

The Wallabies openside flanker is one of three who have passed fitness tests to be available for Bledisloe 1

Barrett to play, Milner-Skudder out for NZ

Beauden Barrett is a confirmed starter in a trimmed-down All Blacks team to face the Wallabies in Sydney.


Petaia's selection a nod to the future

Michael Cheika admits he had one eye on the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the other looking even further ahead when he included teenage sensation Jordan Petaia in his extended Wallabies train-on squad.

Polota-Nau and rookies in Wallabies squad

Veteran hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and six uncapped rookies feature in Michael Cheika's 36-man Wallabies train-on squad for this month's Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener against the All Blacks.

Cooper would love to return to Wallabies

Quade Cooper speaks about what's in store for his future after Souths exited the Queensland Premier Rugby finals.


Jordan Petaia nearing Wallabies debut

The Reds teenager will join Wallabies camp in Cessnock ahead of the Bledisloe Cup.


Ruthless Crusaders ice ninth Super title

The Crusaders rumbled to a ninth Super Rugby crown in Christchurch on Saturday night, the defending champions running in four tries as they completed yet another marvellous season.

The anatomy of the Crusaders' 20-year dominance

The Crusaders on Saturday secured their ninth Super Rugby title in 20 years. It is an extraordinary run of success built on the ideas of few, but maintained by the culture of many, Reuben Thorne reveals to Sam Bruce.



Banks delivers in Cheika's Bledisloe Cup trial

Matt Toomua made a surprise return to the Wallabies setup on Friday night, but it was the uncapped Tom Banks who delivered a compelling plea for inclusion in the Bledisloe Cup opener.

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Cheika: A number of players impressed tonight.

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Players shake hands after the Wallabies' trial match at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney. Over 9000 people turned up to watch them defeat a Super Rugby Selection Squad 57-12.

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Super Rugby

Growden's Australian Super Rugby report card

The Waratahs might have made the Super Rugby semifinals but their rating reflects their easy ride to the finals, while another team's year can only be described as a "missed opportunity", writes Greg Growden.

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Craig Dowd's NZ Super Rugby team of 2018

There were tough decisions to make all over the park, but Craig Dowd has settled on his NZ Super Rugby team of the season.


Ashton adds another chapter to turbulent love affair with Test rugby

Chris Ashton's inclusion in the 44-man pre-season England training camp adds another chapter to a turbulent love affair with international rugby where at one stage it looked like he would be another talented player who had fallen short of the cap tally.

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Jones: Ashton knows this is his last chance

Eddie Jones explains to decision to recall Chris Ashton to the England squad.


Jones fears for Tuilagi after injury nightmare

Eddie Jones is hoping for a "bit of luck" to end Manu Tuilagi's injury woes after the Leicester centre underwent further surgery in a bid to solve his knee problem.

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Could 'whole package' Mo'unga really usurp Barrett?

Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar has lauded Richie Mo'unga as the "whole package" as debate continues to rage about the All Blacks No.10 jersey. Could Mo'unga start ahead of Barrett in Bledisloe I? Vote now!

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Genia good to go for Bledisloe

The Wallabies scrum half has recovered from a broken arm to return for the intra-team trial ahead of the Bledisloe Cup.


Genia: Toomua is the missing link

Will Genia backs Matt Toomua to make a big impact on his return to Australian rugby.



Slipper 'embarrassed' by drugs ban

Testing positive for cocaine twice and being banned from rugby for two months had been embarrassing but it also allowed James Slipper to address his mental health issues, the Wallabies prop said on Wednesday as he prepares for a return to the field.

Slipper: I couldn't be more sorry

James Slipper says this is the happiest he's been in a long time after conceding he wasn't coping with certain aspects of his life.



Carter leaves French rugby 'in a better place'

No All Black has stood up to this challenge more than Dan Carter, who is about to take that approach with him to Japan and the final stage of his playing career with Kobe Steelers. Here, he speaks to ESPN ahead of his move.

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Mako, Billy Vunipola extend Saracens deals

England internationals Mako and Billy Vunipola have extended their contracts with Premiership champions Saracens until 2022.

Jones must deliver in autumn Tests - RFU

England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) Chief Executive Stephen Brown has served notice to Eddie Jones, urging the head coach to turn England's fortunes around during the November tests.


Trial match leaves Wallabies with no excuses

The addition of an internal Wallabies trial is a smart move by Michael Cheika as players begin to return from injury. It also means he can distance the squad from the disastrous Bledisloe narrative of the last two years, Sam Bruce writes.

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Super Rugby


QFs Rebooted: Waratahs' 'big three' take charge

The Crusaders were the only team to coast into the Super Rugby semifinals at the weekend with the other three encounters all closely-fought affairs. The Waratahs looked gone at halftime in Sydney, before the "big three" burst into life.

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Beale Waratahs' spark: Phipps

Kurtley Beale can provide the spark needed to create some Super Rugby history in Johannesburg for the NSW Waratahs, halfback Nick Phipps says.

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Review: NZ complete double-double

All Blacks Sevens make RWC7s history

New Zealand have made Rugby World Cup Sevens history claiming a third title with an impressive 33-12 win over England at a packed out AT&T stadium, after South Africa downed Fiji to claim bronze.

Black Ferns hammer France for RWC7s crown

New Zealand have claimed a historic back-to-back Rugby World Cup Sevens title, and 26 straight wins, after they hammered France 29-0 in the gold medal final, while Australia claimed bronze over USA at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Rugby World Cup Sevens in photos

San Francisco hosted the biggest rugby tournament yet staged in the United States, with AT&T Park the venue for the Rugby World Cup over the weekend. We bring you best of the action in photographs.

From abject to awesome: Tahs' unlikely season still alive

The Waratahs produced one of the great 10-minute spells in Super Rugby history to keep their season alive just when it appeared destined to die with little more than a whimper in Sydney on Saturday night.

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Waratahs skipper Bernard Foley says his side have work to do at lineout time and at the breakdown, but has every confidence his side has the "belief" to fight back in any situation.

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Highlanders captain Ben Smith says the Waratahs capitalised on their opportunities, and lamented the way his side let themselves down with their execution in the final minutes.

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Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says his side showed "incredible fight" to surge back and defeat the Highlanders.

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Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger had no complaints about yellow card given to Waisake Naholo. Says it was clearly pivotal moment of the match.

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Warburton's world has changed, but rugby cannot lose him completely

Sam Warburton's career was far too short, but as he draws a line under a bruising nine-year spell, his legacy in the game rivals any in the northern hemisphere and in the British & Irish Lions' fine history.

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Super Rugby

Israel Folau

Israel Folau coy on Reds move speculation

Wallabies superstar Israel Folau has not ruled out an off-season switch from the NSW Waratahs to the Queensland Reds.

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Aussie sevens taking World Cup 'game-by-game'

Australian women's sevens co-captain Sharni Williams says her side have adopted "game-by-game" cliché as they head into their opening match at the Rugby World Cup Sevens, while Lewis Holland says the men have put Paris and London behind them.

Just gone crazy for women's sevens - Brazier

New Zealand sevens veteran Kelly Brazier believes the women's game may only be scratching the surface in terms of its potential, and she is prepared for a whole new level of "crazy" when the Rugby World Cup Sevens gets underway in San Francisco.

Carlin Isles: More than fastest man in rugby

The U.S. Eagles superstar wants to win the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francsico, but the "fastest man in rugby" has designs also on the Olympic 100m gold medal at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Super Rugby

R19 Rebooted: Waratahs are finals fraudsters

There was plenty on the line in the final regular season round yet two Australian teams were unable to perform when it mattered most. The Brumbies did, however, exposing the Waratahs for exactly what they are.

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