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Countdown on: RWC 2019 is rugby's coming of age

In exactly a year's time, World Rugby can say it has grown up. This time next year Japan will turn on one of the great Rugby World Cups, albeit eight years later than it should have, Greg Growden writes.

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Way-too-early predictions for Rugby World Cup 2019

With one year to go until the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, our writers take a look through each of the pools and decide where it will all be won and lost in 2019.

Snubbed before, Jake White would still consider Wallabies

World Cup-winning coach Jake White would consider any opportunity to coach a top-tier contender such as the Wallabies, but says he can't understand the crisis narrative currently emanating out of Australia.

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Team of the Week: Boks heroes toast of rugby world

Last week not a single Springbok made our team of the week following their defeat at the hands of the Wallabies in Brisbane. This week, however, there are South Africans sprinkled all over after their courageous victory over the All Blacks.

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Rebooted: We have to talk about Barrett's goal-kicking

Steve Hansen says it's the nature of goal-kicking, a player can hit 100 percent one week and then have a shocker the next. But how concerned should the All Blacks be about their fly-half's inconsistent right boot?

Wallabies need new blood, new ideas and a new coach - Growden

As the Wallabies slip to a demoralising seventh in the world rankings, the need for a change in direction has never been clearer. These lost Wallabies souls need revitalising, the time to act is now -- Greg Growden writes.

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Cheika: Wallabies fans right to be angry

Talk is cheap and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika knows the only way to placate an increasingly agitated Australian rugby fanbase, after letting them down once again, is through actions on the field.

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Rugby Australia will take no further action against fan

Rugby Australia will not take any action against a fan that was involved in a physical altercation with Wallabies flanker Lukhan Tui following their loss 23-19 loss to the Pumas on Saturday night.

Springboks stun in famous upset of All Blacks

Winger Aphiwe Dyantyi scored two tries as the Springboks upset the form book to record a 36-34 victory over New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday.

ABdV and Habana lead tributes to triumphant Boks

South Africa's shock win over New Zealand's All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday had the likes of former Springboks winger Bryan Habana and former Proteas cricket captain AB de Villiers in raptures.

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Round 3

Team of the Week: Moyano, Frizell shine in Nelson

New Zealand and Argentina dominate our selections for the Round 3 Rugby Championship Team of the Week. But did any Wallabies or Springboks make the grade?

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Genia wanted Wallabies' character, then went and drove it

A shaky step, but an important stride. The Wallabies reminded all they still have fire in the belly by producing old-fashioned grunt and grind to beat the Springboks, a performance driven by veteran No.9 Will Genia -- Greg Growden writes.

Rebooted: Frizell steps up for undermanned ABs

Hit by injury after making wholesale changes, the All Blacks found an unlikely leader in Shannon Frizell. But it wasn't as happy a night for Richie Mo'unga. And where to now for the struggling Wallabies and Springboks? Your R3 review is here.

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Is the pressure getting to Rassie Erasmus?

The biggest concern when Rassie Erasmus was appointed Springboks coach was whether he will be able to handle the pressure that goes hand in hand with the toughest job in South African sport. And, at the moment, it seems like he is about to crack.

Erasmus: Future depends on win over NZ

Rassie Erasmus' future as Springbok coach hinges on his team getting a result against New Zealand in Wellington, he said.

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    Sam Bruce and Greg Growden go head-to-head to review the Wallabies' 2017 season, identifying the positives, problem areas and rating their progress towards Rugby World Cup 2019.

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