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At half-time during the Hurricanes–Brumbies match, I was contemplating that for once I could write a positive article about the state of rugby in Australia. Something with this heading, perhaps: “Come back coach Stephen Larkham, all is forgiven.”
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The state of Australian rugby is such that two log points, like the ones gained by the Rebels for their unlikely 9-9 draw against the Sharks, go a long way – the closeness of the Australian conference is at least providing an edge that the quality of the rugby currently doesn’t.
Wallabies star Dane Haylett-Petty is sweating on scans to determine the seriousness of the hamstring injury he suffered in the Western Force’s 16-7 Super Rugby loss to the Chiefs in Perth.
Just past the halfway mark, Australia’s wretched results are on track to yield the country’s worst season in the 23-year history of Super Rugby.
The Melbourne Rebels have drawn 9-9 with the Sharks in an ugly, tryless Super Rugby match in Durban after Reece Hodge nailed a penalty in the final seconds of play.
The Bulls have narrowed the gap at the top of Super Rugby’s Africa 1 conference with a come-from-behind 20-14 win over the Cheetahs in Pretoria.
Turn the clock back to 1983 for an extraordinary slice of Australian rugby history when Alan Jones coached his only season of Shute Shield with Manly.
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The British and Irish Lions squad will witness a haka where Maori chiefs first signed New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi.
The drought continued for Australian sides against Kiwi teams on Saturday night, with the Force succumbing to the Chiefs by 9 points in Perth.
Winger George Bridge’s first-half hat-trick has set up the Crusaders for a relentless 57-24 Super Rugby win over the Stormers in Christchurch.
The Highlanders as expected emerged comfortable winners over the Sunwolves on Saturday.
The Waratahs face a week of soul searching as coach Daryl Gibson braces for the brutal backlash from most ignominious defeat in the side’s Super Rugby history.
Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has defended Eddie Jones’ decision to select New Zealand-born wing Denny Solomona despite the union lobbying to extend the residency rule to five years.
Five-eighth Elton Jantjies has kicked the only penalty of the game to help the Lions escape with a 24-21 home win over the Jaguares in a tight Super Rugby match at Ellis Park.
Remember the 2012 Waratahs, who were coached by Michael Foley, that won four Super Rugby games, and lost 12 – the last eight in succession?
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The NSW Waratahs were booed off Allianz Stadium after slumping to a humiliating 26-24 home loss to Super Rugby’s hapless Kings.
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2017 British and Irish Lions Tour squad announcement: Time, date, how to watch and all the other information you need to knowBy The Roar, 19 Apr 2017
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Allianz Stadium was a strange place to be on Friday night.
Each week we’ll be looking at the best of the best in Australian rugby and piecing together the top 15 players out of the Aussie Super Rugby sides from the round gone by.
As the boundaries of technology continue to expand into the future, the impacts have been felt in nearly every aspect of life, and sport has been no different.
Round 9 of Super Rugby has wrapped up and will perhaps be the Round best remembered for one of the biggest, if not the biggest upset in Super Rugby history while a few of the competition favourites really started to stretch their legs and stretching their conference leads.
It’s a wee while since I last played rugby. That was when it was a game enjoyed by players from the Extra Fifths from Wee Wah Wollongong, right up to the gods who were selected to play for my country (Scotland as it happens) against other fabulous gods from other countries.
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This Sunday morning game sees the Rebels travelling to Durban to play the Sharks. Join The Roar from 3:30am (AEST) for all the live action as we cover this Round 9 match from South Africa.
The Bulls and the Cheetahs meet this week, both with just two wins in this year’s competition. Join The Roar for live scores from the match and a live blog of the game, starting from 1:15am AEST.
The riddles of the night will show your world; awake or not.
Match result: The drought continued for Australian sides against Kiwi teams on Saturday night, with the Force succumbing to the Chiefs by 9 points in Perth.
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Match result: The Crusaders have won a high-scoring match with the Stormers by 23 points.
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Match result: The Highlanders as expected emerged comfortable winners over the Sunwolves on Saturday.
I came to Australia in 1996. By the time Rod MacQueen had led the Wallabies to a second World Cup I was almost ready to head back to New Zealand I spent that much time hearing how ‘those All Blacks used to be good didn’t they?’
This early Saturday morning game sees the Jaguares travelling to Johannesburg to play the Lions. Join The Roar from 3am (AEST) for all the live action as we cover this Round 9 match from South Africa.
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The Kings will finish what has been a tough tour of Australia when they take on a Waratahs side desperate for points and falling behind in their conference. Catch all the live scores, highlights and action on The Roar from 7:45pm (AEST).
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This Friday night game sees the Brumbies travelling to Napier to play the Hurricanes. Join The Roar from 5:35pm (AEST) for all the live action as we cover this Round 9 match from New Zealand.
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The big cats are out of the bag with the naming of Warren Gatland’s 41-man Lions squad to face the toughest assignment in world rugby, a fully fledged tour of All Black country.
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