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Rebels see Tahs as Super Rugby must-win

The Melbourne Rebels are relishing the chance to measure themselves against another Australian Super Rugby team as they head into a must-win clash with the Waratahs at AAMI Park on Friday night.

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Brumbies make raft of Super Rugby changes

The Brumbies have made five changes to their Super Rugby starting line-up to face the Highlanders, with Scott Sio and Saia Fainga’a named on the bench to play their first match for the season.

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Waratahs conscious of empty trophy cabinet

The NSW Waratahs’ trophy cabinet is all but empty and skipper Michael Hooper wants something done about it. Pronto.

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All Blacks opt for Barbarians over England

Only a final approval from World Rugby stands in the way of the All Blacks taking on the Barbarians on November 4 at Twickenham, putting any prospect of a Test against England to bed.

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Peter Kimlin “seems to be definitively out of this affair” after helping French police with investigation

Former Wallaby Peter Kimlin has been helping police investigating a young woman’s allegation that she was raped by players from French rugby club Grenoble.

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Super Rugby Round 5 tips and predictions: Do your best, tipsters

If you thought last week was an easy round to tip, you need only look as far as my Round 4 result for the proof. If I’m picking the card, then it can’t have been too hard.

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Folau shifted to fullback as Waratahs aim to get a win

Daryl Gibson believes the NSW Waratahs will profit from Israel Folau’s 14-game stint in the centres after ending the “experiment” for the greater good of his fallen Super Rugby champions.

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Families unsettled by SANZAAR uncertainty

Western Force coach Dave Wessels says the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future of the franchise is hindering his chances of recruiting star players for next year.

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Former Wallabies and Brumbies player reportedly arrested after rape allegation

Former Wallaby Peter Kimlin is one of six Grenoble players to be arrested in France following a rape allegation.

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Baa-baas to take on All Blacks, dash hasty England-NZ Test hopes

New Zealand will play the Barbarians at Twickenham on November 4 after plans for England to face the world champions failed to come to fruition.

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Gibson rings the changes in Waratahs’ backline for clash with Rebels

Bernard Foley has been named to make his long-awaited return while Israel Folau reverts to fullback for the NSW Waratahs’ Super Rugby crunch match with the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night.

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Have four Lions captains, says Jones

England coach Eddie Jones has a novel solution to the question of who should captain the British and Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand this year – make it a four-man job.

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Why ‘versatility’ is no longer a dirty word in rugby

Austin Healey might not agree with the title of this article. Back in 2003, he lost his place in the England World Cup squad precisely because of his versatility.

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It’s official: New Zealand’s unbeaten record is better than England’s

Since Ireland upset England on Saturday and halted their winning sequence at 18 – just as they did to the All Blacks in November – there has been a lot of appendage swinging as to whose record is the most worthy.

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Tahs desperate for win against Rebels

The NSW Waratahs will field a new-look line-up on Friday night as they venture to Melbourne with a genuine desperation to save their Super Rugby season.

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Quade Cooper gets three-match suspension

Quade Cooper will miss three Super Rugby matches after being found guilty of a dangerous tackle against the Lions.

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Owen Farrell celebrating England's win

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Tony McGahan Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Union 2017

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Scott Fardy Brumbies Rugby Union Super Rugby 2017

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Ireland Rugby Union Six Nations 2017

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Tony McGahan Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Union 2017

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The Roar of the crowd

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No easy answers to this Super debacle

By Hugh Jarse, 21 Mar 2017
No easy answers to this Super debacle

As a long-standing Super Rugby fan, who has adored the competition for years – watching Lions versus Western Force replays just to satisfy my cravings – the funny business we seem to have stepped in is really grinding my gears.

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Rugby Europe’s drive to be part of the Six Nations

At Rugby Europe’s meeting on March 9 in Paris, the board of directors formalised a request for Six Nations Limited to admit other nations to their tournament.

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If the Brumbies are in the firing line, why not the Tahs and Reds?

Why does the so-called ‘rugby establishment’ of Sydney and Brisbane have this sense of entitlement that automatically relegates the Brumbies, Rebels and Force to the group that should lose one of its members?

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England aren’t yet ready to trouble the All Blacks

Are England really as good as some commentators have suggested? Are they worse? While the Six Nations has not definitively answered this question, England are still well below the All Blacks’ standards.

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Super Rugby needs to be saved – here’s how

Super Rugby suffers from ridiculous travel requirements, maddening scheduling and mystifying fixture lists. How does scrapping a side in Australia or in South Africa fix any of those fundamental problems?

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The Super XV: Australian team of the week, Round 4

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.

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The High Five: Super Rugby Round 4

By Diggercane, 19 Mar 2017
The High Five: Super Rugby Round 4

Another Round of Super Rugby has drawn to a close and many of the results were as predicted, though a few eyebrows have been raised in the process as the ‘little’ guy punched back.

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Jaguares vs Cheetahs: Super Rugby live scores

The Jaguares and the Cheetahs both have the opportunity to continue good recent form with another win when they meet in Argentina in the early hours of Sunday morning. Join The Roar for live scores from the match at Estadio Jose Amalfitani, starting from 6:40am AEDT.

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Sharks vs Kings: Super Rugby live scores, blog

The Sharks will be on the hunt for a third consecutive victory when they go into a tussle against the Kings at Kings Park Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 4.30am AEDT.

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Ireland vs England: Six Nations live scores, blog

Match result: Ireland have denied England the chance to make some serious history, ending their undefeated streak with a 13-9 win in Dublin on Sunday morning (AEDT).

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Lions vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Match result: The Reds were given a comprehensive beating by the Lions in Johannesburg, scoring two tries to seven and losing by 30 points.

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Waratahs vs Brumbies highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Match result: The Brumbies were victorious in an all-Australian Super Rugby clash on Saturday night, defeating the Waratahs by 16 points.

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Hurricanes vs Highlanders: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Match result: The Hurricanes took a home-field win over a depleted Highlanders side 41-15 on Saturday afternoon.

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Super Rugby is at an inflection point

The indecision on whether to maintain the current structure or grow the game further is suffocating Super Rugby followers.

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Reed Prinsep: Fighting to be his own man

By Adam Julian, 18 Mar 2017

“I’m not here to be Victor Vito, I’m here to be Reed Prinsep,” insists the Canterbury loose forward in his first season with the Hurricanes.

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Bulls vs Sunwolves: Super Rugby live scores

The Bulls are the overwhelming favourites when they come up against the Sunwolves at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. Join The Roar for live scores from the match, starting from 4am AEDT.

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Michael Hooper makes a tackle on Conrad Smith

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Stephan Lewies Sharks Super Rugby 2012

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Ireland's fly half Jonny Sexton kicks a penalty

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Sean McMahon of the Rebels fends off Nick Phipps

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Crusaders Israel Dagg runs after the ball

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ACT Brumbies' Ben Alexander. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

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