The 'truth' Folau doesn't want to hear
Rugby Australia's weak-kneed approach in not sanctioning Israel Folau won't see an enormous problem go away. Folau has deeply upset people- and his intentions must be questioned by continuing to comment on the issue, Greg Growden writes.
Foley supports Folau despite beliefs.
Waratahs vice captain Bernard Foley believes there is more to Israel Folau than his religious beliefs.
W2W4: Heat on Reds' limp attack, Lance
Super Rugby Round 10 has barely rated a mention this week given the ongoing saga involving Israel Folau. That might be a good thing for the Reds for whom attack has become an enormous problem.
Weekend predictions: Champions, Challenge Cups
Following six months of intense continental competition the protagonists have been whittled down to just four teams in both the Champions and Challenge Cups.
Perenara '100 percent against' Folau comments
All Blacks scrum-half TJ Perenara added his voice to those condemning Israel Folau as he took to social media to show his support for young people "who may be struggling with their identity".
Gay rugby club add voice to Folau debate
Rugby's highest-profile referee Nigel Owens has spoken out against Israel Folau's latest comments on homosexuality, while All Blacks Brad Weber has come out firing on twitter.
Folau takes swipe at Rugby Australia CEO
Israel Folau has taken a swipe at Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle in an online essay for PlayersVoice after the pair met alongside NSW Waratahs general manager Andrew Hore to discuss his social media post that caused a public uproar.
Super Rugby Rebooted: Lam slaughters Chiefs
Round 9 Super Rugby action saw Ben Lam continue his emergence as a new All Blacks candidate with a huge performance against the Chiefs, while the Waratahs are still surging, and Warrick Gelant is shining for the Bulls.
'Outstanding man' Friend's parting advice for Rugby Australia
The curtain came down on Andy Friend's tenure as Australia sevens coach but not before stand-in skipper Jesse Parahi paid him the ultimate compliment. Emily Cherry, meanwhile, warned her male counterparts to prepare for a new approach under Tim Walsh.
New Zealand claim Games sevens double
New Zealand created history on Sunday by sweeping the Commonwealth Games sevens gold medals.
NZ women defeat Australia in sevens final.
New Zealand women edged out rivals Australia to the first ever rugby sevens gold at the Commonwealth Games, with a thrilling overtime 17-12 win.
New Zealand win rugby gold.
The New Zealand men's rugby sevens team defeated Fiji 14-0 to collect the inaugural Commonwealth Games gold medal.
Hamstring tear rules Genia out for Rebels
Melbourne face a testing two-game trip to South Africa without their best player after star halfback Will Genia injured his hamstring in the Rebels' loss to the Jaguares.
Waratahs plotting title tilt
The Waratahs believe they are building nicely for another Super Rugby title tilt after embarking on their best start to a season in 12 years.
Brad Thorn slams door shut on Quade Cooper
Queensland coach Brad Thorn has slammed the door shut on Quade Cooper, saying the superstar outcast would remain just that despite admitting the Reds were lacking inspiration after Saturday night's Super Rugby drubbing in Sydney.
Pollard can be as sharp as 'Lem'
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus doesn't have to look further than Handré Pollard to help him rebuild the Springboks.
Weekend review: Player of the weekend, flop & more
It is all about the playoffs as the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14 edged even closer to the finish flag. The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup may take centre stage this week but there is still plenty at stake after the latest round of games.
Naiyaravoro stars as Waratahs roll Reds
Taqele Naiyaravoro has powered the Waratahs to the top of the Australian conference with a dominant man-of-the-match display against the Reds.
Brumbies lose it late against Highlanders
The Brumbies have capitulated in the final quarter to lose an otherwise hard-fought Super Rugby match 43-17 to the Highlanders in Dunedin.
Hurricanes Super Rugby leaders after win
The Hurricanes' all-star backline has propelled them to a 25-13 win over the Chiefs and the outright Super Rugby lead.
Waratahs can't not be inspired by SCG history
The Waratahs' Round 9 Super Rugby clash with the Reds will be the first interstate rugby game played at the SCG since 1983. But the ground's history runs beyond that and includes some of rugby's most pivotal moments, Greg Growden writes.
Weekend predictions: Prem, PRO14, Top 14
The Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and French Top 14 are drawing to a close and with playoff places up for grabs it is time for teams to stake a claim to Champions Cup places or be left to fight it out in the Challenge Cup next season.
Blues' culture plagued by expectation of defeat - Dowd
The Blues suffered yet another close loss last weekend despite the game being there to be won yet again. The fact that defeat hasn't come as a shock for some time, though, is the quagmire the three-time Super Rugby champions are in, Craig Dowd writes.
NZ Super teams don't respect us: McKellar
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar says Australian Super Rugby teams need to earn respect from their New Zealand counterparts.
Folau social post a Tahs "teaching tool"
Israel Folau's controversial social media posts have provided the NSW Waratahs with a "teaching tool" to educate players about online conduct, says coach Daryl Gibson.
Israel Folau escapes ban.
Australian Rugby player Israel Folau has not been disciplined for his divisive 'gays go to hell' social media post after a meeting with his rugby bosses.
Erasmus satisfied with Springbok preparations
Springbok boss Rassie Erasmus expressed his satisfaction with the progress of the team's preparations for the forthcoming international season following conclusion of the second Springbok alignment camp in Vanderbijlpark on Wednesday.
Rugby Australia cop financial hit
The financial cost of Australian rugby's horror 2017 has become clearer, with Rugby Australia posting a $7.5 million reversal.
Super Rugby Rebooted: Brumbies finally deliver
Round 8 Super Rugby action saw the Brumbies offer a glimmer of hope to their fans, a Beauden Barrett-less Hurricanes scrape to victory while the Lions found their attacking mojo.
Weekend review: Player of the weekend, flop & more
It is now or never for many teams across European rugby's domestic competitions as teams battle it out for relegation and playoff positions in the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and the French Top 14.
Northern Suburbs make amends for GF loss.
Northern Suburbs turned the tables on Warringah in the first round of 2018's Shute Shield.
Crusaders crush Jaguares to go top
The Crusaders have gone to the top of the New Zealand conference with a convincing victory over the Jaguares.
Brumbies smash Reds in Super Rugby clash
The Brumbies have recorded their best win of the Super Rugby season, turning around a slow start to smash the Queensland Reds 45-21 on Saturday night.
Lions rediscover their mojo to down Stormers
Madosh Tambwe scored four tries, including a hat trick in less than 13 minutes, to help the Lions beat the Stormers 52-31 in a Super Rugby match at Ellis Park.
Waratahs post bonus-point win in Tokyo
The NSW Waratahs have seized control of the Australian conference with a comprehensive victory over the Sunwolves in Tokyo.
Chiefs add to Blues misery in Super Rugby
A penalty try in the closing minutes has gifted the Chiefs a 21-19 win over the Blues and continued the most lop-sided rivalry in Super Rugby history.
Hurricanes pip Sharks in rugby thriller
Ihaia West has done his best impression of Beauden Barrett for the Hurricanes who have secured a last-gasp 38-37 Super Rugby win over the Sharks in Napier.
Rebels must rethink prime attack weapon
Less than six months ago, the Wallabies appeared to have discovered in Marika Koroibete the most important of Test assets - a penetrative, unpredictable, match-changing winger. Now, he looks dejected and lost on the Rebels wing, writes Greg Growden.
South African sides need stronger leaders
South Africans need to play smarter and execute better under pressure; it's the only way they are going to beat New Zealand teams in their own backyard and get back to the days when the Boks were on top of the world.
Mercurial Hernandez left indelible mark
No one player has done more over the last 20 years to elevate Argentina's international standing than "El Mago" Juan Martin Hernandez.
Rebels hit with reality check, Lions look lost
Round 7 Super Rugby action saw the Rebels brought back to earth with a thud, the Rieko Ioane experiment falter and the Lions look disjointed against the Crusaders.
From country girl to Commonwealth Games.
Australia Sevens star Demi Hayes sits down with ESPN's Stephanie Brantz, discussing her journey from a camp-drafting country girl to professional rugby player at the Commonwealth Games.
Keith Murdoch: The most tragic All Black
Rugby lives come in many shapes and forms, but few stranger than that of All Black prop Keith Murdoch, who died aged 74 this week.
WATCH: Jordie Barrett's conversion from an impossible angle.
The All Blacks' Jordie Barrett showed off his impressive skills to convert a goal kick from a near impossible angle.
All Blacks into the future: Quins deal & Joe Schmidt
Why Thorn's old-school approach is resonating with Reds
Queensland Reds are playing for Brad Thorn. You can go on about team goals and intricate game-plans, but privately ask players- and many will admit a critical factor in them going the extra metre is if they believe in their coach, Greg Growden writes.
The Dominant 20: All Blacks among teams that made biggest impact
Behold! It's our unassailable list of the most dominant champions of the past 20 years, headed by one very recent, very dominant basketball team.
How nationwide search brought Aussie Sevens success
Australia women's sevens coach Tim Walsh credits a nationwide search to uncover a "point of difference" as the key to his side's success, a six-year journey he hopes to wrap up with Commonwealth Games gold.
Thorn effect working wonders for gritty Reds
The Brad Thorn effect has taken hold at the Reds, a third straight win built on yet another gritty defensive performance. Meanwhile, the unbeaten Highlanders and a young Stormers fly-half also make the headlines in Round 5.
Damian Willemse has the tools to become a Springbok
KweséESPN looks at four reasons why Stormers flyhalf Damian Willemse is so highly regarded by rugby pundits all around the world.
NZ derby 'pressure' moments keep Kiwi teams clear
The Crusaders are a wounded franchise for the second year running but fullback David Havili believes the physical nature of derbies provides the pressure test teams need to be Super Rugby contenders.
Australia must reassert itself at World Rugby table
No.8 battle offers Cheika frustration, hope
Friday's Australian derby produced a quality battle between two impressive No. 8s but the result is nothing more than short-term agony for Michael Cheika. The Blues and South African youngsters also wrote themselves into the Round 4 headlines.
Why Michael Hooper is the Tahs' best ever Super Rugby forward
Force return in World Series Rugby
Western Force will return to the field in under two months' time after billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest announced a series of invitational matches, dubbed World Series Rugby.
Hodgson's mission to keep rugby relevant in WA
Bitterness. Betrayal. Disgust. They're emotions you wouldn't dare begrudge Matt Hodgson. But don't for a minute think he's given up on rugby in Western Australia. The club great is in for the long haul.
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