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All Blacks back Smith amid scandal claim

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has backed halfback Aaron Smith to play well in Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup opener against the Wallabies despite latest allegations about his airport “toilet tryst” scandal.

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Matt Lucas bolts to the Brumbies

Waratahs scrumhalf Matt Lucas has defected to their Australian rivals the Brumbies, with the ACT-based franchise announcing today the 25-year-old had signed a two-year deal with the team.

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McKenzie, Squire in for Bledisloe opener

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a major surprise ahead of the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener against Australia in Sydney, opting for young gun Damian McKenzie at fullback.

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Sonny Bill ready to fire for All Blacks after suspension

A fitter and more fired-up Sonny Bill Williams has returned to Sydney with a point to prove for the All Blacks after serving a four-game suspension.

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Rebels intensify search for new coach

With Wallabies halfback Will Genia locked in for the next two Super Rugby seasons, the Melbourne Rebels are stepping up the hunt for a new coach.

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Perspective: Why Christian Lealiifano is the rugby story of 2017

With all that’s gone on in Australian rugby this year, it has been a bit harder and you’ve had to dig a bit deeper to find an uplifting story. Yesterday wasn’t one of those days.

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Chaos reigns off the field, but also in the Wallabies’ back three

The force appears to have deserted Australian rugby.

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The Roar’s Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1, picked by the fans

Ahead of the Wallabies team being announced tomorrow, we’ve decided to do Michael Cheika a favour in helping him pick the Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1.

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Grateful Lealiifano excited for future

Christian Lealiifano has admitted he thought he would never play rugby again, even when he resumed training, and says he’s grateful for the changed outlook he got from his leukaemia battle.

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Will Genia signs on with Australian rugby until 2019

Will Genia has confirmed his playing future, signing a two-year deal with Australian rugby that will see him play his Super Rugby with the Melbourne Rebels.

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A hell of a way to find out bad news

The Friday 5pm press conference is the oldest trick in the public relations book.

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Coleman: We can beat the All Blacks

Lock Adam Coleman insists the Wallabies believe more than ever they can beat the All Blacks.

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Western Force win injunction against ARU

Billionaire Andrew Forrest was celebrating a moral victory after helping RugbyWA gain an injunction order against what he labelled as the ARU’s “sham” decision to axe the Western Force.

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Lealiifano’s comeback continues with Ulster

Brumbies captain Christian Lealiifano is set to join Irish club Ulster on a short contract as he continues his remarkable rugby comeback.

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Western Force granted injunction as legal battle heats up

Shocked Western Force stars say the players are sticking tight and believe the fight to save their Super Rugby team is not over.

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Tearful Force players left in Super Rugby limbo

Western Force coach Dave Wessels says some of his players were reduced to tears following the ARU’s decision to axe the franchise, but he’s urging them not to jump ship just yet.

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Dane Haylett-Petty and Michael Hooper tackle Waisake Naholo.

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Matt Hodgson Western Force Super Rugby Union 2017

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Dane Haylett-Petty of the Force

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Matt Philip Western Force Rugby Union Super 2017

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Pekahou Cowan Western Force Super Rugby Union 2017

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Pekahou Cowan Western Force Super Rugby Union 2017

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There must be some positives about Australian rugby, right?

Finally a decision about Super Rugby has been made.

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West Australian rugby razed

Rugby union in Western Australia has been abandoned by its supposed parent union, which must now be known as Eastern Rugby Union.

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How the west was lost – and won

By Daren Weippert, 12 Aug 2017 Popular article!
How the west was lost – and won

Let’s be clear: the ARU was always going to make the wrong decision. This is sadly not a surprise, but it demonstrates the lack of vision and courage that exists within the ARU.

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Could we federate our football codes?

By Evanfinity, 12 Aug 2017
Could we federate our football codes?

Aussie winter sport is a dysfunctional family.

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Ambush at Homebush

By bigbaz, 12 Aug 2017 New author!
Ambush at Homebush

On Saturday, August the 19th, a platoon of Australian Wallabies were cowardly ambushed by a group of New Zealand All Blacks.

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Western Force axed: ARU press conference live blog, updates

It’s official, the Western Force has been cut from Super Rugby effective immediately after the ARU dropped the bombshell. Join The Roar for all the live updates and info coming in from the ARU’s press conference.

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Damn you ARU! The wrong team is dead and you know it

So the curtain falls on one of the pathetic debacles in recent Australian sporting memory, with the wrong heads on the chopping block.

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Twitter reacts to the axing of the Western Force

By Connor Bennett, 11 Aug 2017 Video
Twitter reacts to the axing of the Western Force

The Australian Rugby Union has finally swung the axe after months of administrative limbo for fans and teams alike, with the Western Force being cut from Super Rugby effective immediately.

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Rugby’s loss could be League’s gain in WA

Every Western Australian rugby fan’s worst nightmare was confirmed today as The Australian Rugby Union announced the Western Force will be axed from Super Rugby.

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Michael Cheika’s time is running out

Michael Cheika is running out of time and good will.

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Solving the Wallabies’ playmaking conundrum

Of all the problems plaguing the Wallabies’ backline, one of the most important is the lack of a settled second playmaker.

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What’s your Wallabies selection bias?

By Timbo (L), 10 Aug 2017
What’s your Wallabies selection bias?

After a couple of controversial, polarising articles about Wallabies selection, it might pay for all of us to take a break and understand why it is such an emotive topic.

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Touch, pause, don’t engage: How the old rugby world is hurting the game

1995. It was the year Will Carling infamously and accurately described the RFU general committee as ’57-year-old farts’, and 22 years on his comments seem eerily prescient of the plaid and staid attitude rugby administration continues to exhibit towards non-traditional countries and regions.

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Who would want to dumb down our beautiful game?

South Africa rugby is trialling a bunch of new laws in the Currie Cup this year to speed up and simplify the breakdown.

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Rugby has gone card crazy

By Adam Julian, 8 Aug 2017
Rugby has gone card crazy

In 141 Super Rugby matches this year there were 143 yellow cards. That’s an average of one a game and an increase of 49 on the 2016 tally of 94.

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This Wallabies side selects itself

By Rugby Tragic Too, 7 Aug 2017 Popular article! New author!
This Wallabies side selects itself

The upcoming selection of the Wallabies to play New Zealand in Sydney should not come as much of a surprise to any level-headed rugby follower.

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Lions coach Johan Ackermann

It’s all about the coaches

By Rhys Bosley, 7 Aug 2017

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Mitch Hunt Crusaders Super Rugby Union 2017

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Kings Super Rugby player Shane Gates

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Lions Crusaders Super Rugby 2016

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Sam Whitelock Crusaders Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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Referee Jaco Peyper of South Africa

Questionable decisions at the highest level

By Tim Reynolds, 4 Aug 2017

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Southern Kings Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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