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16hSam Bruce

Toomua's big Wallabies moment might just have arrived

Australia avoided a major scare in Sapporo on Saturday but with their next game against Wales on Sunday already on the horizon, some big selection calls will need to be made, writes Sam Bruce.

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2dSam Bruce

Wallabies maul their way out of Sapporo stunner

Four years on from the corresponding matchday that delivered The Miracle of Brighton, the 2019 Rugby World Cup very nearly provided The Stunner in Sapporo after the Flying Fijians gave the Wallabies an almighty scare on Saturday afternoon.

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1dSam Bruce

Wallabies sweating Hodge hit as further changes loom

Reece Hodge is facing a possible suspension after being cited for a brutal hit on Fiji's Peceli Yato, and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika may also make some unforced changes to the side that faces Wales next Sunday.

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2dAAP

Wallabies survive Fiji World Cup fright

The Wallabies have fought back to avoid a catastrophic result at the Rugby World Cup, needing two tries from hooker Tolu Latu to help see off Fiji 39-21 in Sapporo.

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4dESPN staff and Reuters

Wallabies name Pocock, Hooper for World Cup opener

David Pocock and Michael Hooper will team up alongside one another for the first time this year after Michael Cheika opted for their twin breakdown threat for Australia's World Cup opener against Fiji.

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6dAAP

Wallabies cousins in World Cup hooker race

Missing out on a Rugby World Cup start against Fiji will sting for most players in the Wallabies squad but there is a comfort blanket for hookers Tolu Latu and Folau Fainga'a.

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6dSam Bruce

What leading the haka means to TJ Perenara

The All Blacks' haka is world-famous but for the man who will lead Ka Mate and Kapo O Pango in Japan, it's the connection with the land, his ancestors and teammates that's important rather than putting on a show for the crowd.

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7dTom Hamilton

Love, rugby and a sport's crucial battle with concussion

On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Tom Hamilton assesses how far the game has come and how far it still has to go in its understanding of the most prevalent -- and damaging -- injury in rugby.

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7dAAP

World Cup selection a headache: Cheika

Michael Cheika has described the Wallabies' lead-up to the Rugby World Cup as "perfect" but that has only muddied the selection waters for their opening Test against Fiji.

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10dSam Bruce

Michael Cheika's Wallabies legacy reaches moment of truth

Michael Cheika's Wallabies tenure began with a dream run to the 2015 World Cup final. But four years on the coach has little more to show for his efforts than an instinct for survival which is about to boil over in Japan.

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11dSam Bruce

Key Wallabies selection calls ahead of Rugby World Cup opener

We're now just a week out from the start of Rugby World Cup 2019 with the Wallabies' opening game set down for Sept. 21. Michael Cheika's team begins its campaign against Fiji, for which the selectors still have some decisions to make.

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13dAAP

Early starts for Super Rugby in 2020

Everything happens earlier in Super Rugby next year in changes that SANZAAR hopes will make the faltering product more successful in the Australian marketplace.

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15dSam Bruce

Wallabies' Fijian flavour at its most sumptuous yet

Marika Koroibete's devastating form coupled with Samu Kerevi's power-running and Isi Naisarani's ball-carrying has the Wallabies' Fjiian influence at an all-time high, just in time for their World Cup opener against ... Fiji.

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16dSam Bruce

David Pocock comes through mixed final Wallabies hit-out

David Pocock got through a solid 58 minutes as the Wallabies wrapped up their preparations for the Rugby World Cup with a less-than-convincing 19-point victory over Samoa at Bankwest Stadium.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

  • AUS2nd
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries Scored
    SA1st
    9
    11
  • AUS2nd
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points Difference
    SA1st
    9
    51