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Michael Hooper can’t see anyone but Israel Folau as Wallabies’ fullback

Wallabies vice-captain Michael Hooper doesn’t expect Karmichael Hunt’s terrific Super Rugby form will be enough to dislodge Israel Folau from fullback.

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The Lions and Crusaders will take some beating from here

It was hard not to be impressed with what the Lions and Crusaders served up this weekend just gone. It’s seriously starting to feel like the Super Rugby final will have a very red and black feel about it in 2017.

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SANZAAR is systematically killing southern hemisphere elite rugby

Sheer greed could be the only reason why SANZAAR changed the Tri-Nations – which had comprised of the All Blacks, Wallabies, and Boks – to add the Pumas as the Rugby Championship in 2012.

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Giteau makes it Suntory time

Australian playmaker Matt Giteau will join Japanese champions Suntory Sungoliath for the 2017-18 Top League season after bringing to an end his six-year stint in France with Toulon.

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A dream RWC 2019 draw for Wallabies but does Cheika have the cattle?

You just knew during the Rugby World Cup 2019 draw that Japan is going to run a brilliant tournament.

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The Wrap: The Australian conference finally gets interesting

It was a sleepy start to Super Rugby’s Round 12. Commentator John Kirwan repeatedly referring to Blues fullback Melani “Nigh Nigh”, before Cheetahs winger Raymond Rhule was made groggy by a head clash.

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McMahon ready for Wallabies: Rebels coach

He has only played 40 minutes of rugby this season but Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan says Sean McMahon will be ready for the Wallabies’ June Tests.

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Reds run over Rebels 29-24

The Reds are still alive in Super Rugby after a late try to standout centre Samu Kerevi snuffed out a second half comeback by the home side, securing a 29-24 win.

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Sizzling ‘Saders successful in sell-out

The Crusaders have edged out the Hurricanes in a very well contested affair in front of a sold out crowd.

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Will Genia’s Stade Francais win Euro title

Wallabies halfback Will Genia’s Stade Francais ran in two opportunist second-half tries to overpower Gloucester 25-17 in the Challenge Cup final and claim their first European rugby title.

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Cooper Cronk rules out switching codes

Cooper Cronk has dismissed speculation he is considering a switch to rugby union in 2018.

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You don’t mess with the Johan: exclusive Roar interview with Johan Ackermann

Dennis Dugan’s 2008 film “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” stars Adam Sandler as an Israeli agent who escapes his homeland to follow his dream.

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The Wallabies will reach the 2019 Rugby World Cup final

Little wonder Wallaby coach Michael Cheika sported a broad smile sitting next to his former Randwick teammate Eddie Jones, now coach of England, at Kyoto during the 2019 Rugby World Cup draw this week.

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Super Rugby format up for discussion. Again

ARU boss Bill Pulver will be front and centre at SANZAAR’s executive committee meeting in Tokyo on Friday, but rugby fans shouldn’t hold their breath waiting to hear which Australian franchise is cut from Super Rugby.

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The Hurricanes have named a largely settled side for this weekend’s all-Kiwi blockbuster against the Crusaders but will finally be able to call upon the power of ‘The Tongan Bear’ from the bench.

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Hunt, Frisby to return for Queensland Reds

Karmichael Hunt is back from a knee injury while halfback Nick Frisby has earned a return to the Queensland Reds’ starting side for their Super Rugby clash against the Melbourne Rebels.

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Nick Frisby running for the Reds

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Michael Cheika laughing

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England rugby union coach Eddie Jones

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A dejected Waratahs during their Super Rugby loss to the Hurricanes

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Agustin Creevy of the Argentina Pumas

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Waratahs Super Rugby Union 2017

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Kings vs Sharks: Super Rugby live scores, blog

The Southern Kings, who have been in scintillating form playing an attractive brand of rugby, will be out to make a statement against a strong Sharks side that is picking up its form. Join us at The Roar for live scores and a blog at 1:15am AEST.

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Bulls vs Highlanders: Super Rugby live scores

By Connor Bennett, 13 May 2017
Bulls vs Highlanders: Super Rugby live scores

The Highlanders are looking to extend their rich winning streak in the New Zealand Conference when they make the trip to Pretoria to take on the Bulls. Catch all the live scores on The Roar from 11:05pm (AEST).

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Rebels vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

By Geoff Parkes, 13 May 2017 Popular article!
Rebels vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Match result: The Reds are still alive in Super Rugby after a late try to standout centre Samu Kerevi snuffed out a second half comeback by the home side, securing a 29-24 win.

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Crusaders vs Hurricanes: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Match result: The Crusaders have edged out the Hurricanes in a very well contested affair in front of a sold out crowd.

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Lions roar to victory in Canberra

By Imran Ali, 13 May 2017
Lions roar to victory in Canberra

No matter how bad things appear at the Brumbies, they are in fact worse. With the 13-6 loss to the Lions in Canberra, this campaign is not going to recover.

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Brumbies vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores, blog

The in-form Lions have arrived in Canberra to tackle the stuttering Brumbies in a must-win game for the hosts at GIO Stadium on Friday night. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:45pm AEST.

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Blues vs Cheetahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

The team at the bottom of the New Zealand conference, the Blues, hosts the team sitting third in the Africa 1 conference, the Cheetahs. Join The Roar for commentary, scores and your say from 5:30pm AEST.

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Crusaders vs Hurricanes is Super Rugby’s game of the week

At the moment, no teams can live with the Kiwis – they are sweeping all in front of them. So the ladder-leading, unbeaten Crusaders against fourth-placed, reigning champion Hurricanes is a mouth-watering match-up.

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2019 Rugby World Cup draw: Japan 2019 pool draw live updates, blog

The 2019 Rugby World Cup draw is the first step towards the big dance in Japan as teams look to build and prepare for who they could be coming up against and how it will impact their campaign. Catch all the live draw updates and results from 6pm (AEST) on The Roar.

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‘You are the best in the world’ and other lies coaches told me

The first time I faced Pacific Island opposition on the rugby pitch, I was aware of a certain size differential.

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The Crusaders: A beacon of hope to all

By Kia Kaha, 10 May 2017
The Crusaders: A beacon of hope to all

In 1957, the physicist Hugh Everett came up with a theory of multiple realities that took in quantum mechanics. It suggested all possible alternate histories and futures are real within their own worlds.

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Gatland’s tough words hide an internal longing

As the ultimate series looms, Warren Gatland shows his flaws.

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The solution to the shambles that is Australian rugby (Part 2)

Last month I wrote the first of my two-part article on the solution to the shambles that is Australian rugby with hopes that there would be more clarity around which Super Rugby franchise will be cut by the time I released the second part. There hasn’t been.

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The Reds must focus on defence

By Rhys Bosley, 8 May 2017
The Reds must focus on defence

Eleven rounds into the Super Rugby season with only two wins on the board after a 46-17 loss to the Chiefs, the Reds could use a season-wide stocktake, fun though it may not be.

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Are the Waratahs recruiting from the wrong places?

Watching the NSW Waratahs this year has created a few long moments for reflection on the team’s obvious troubles.

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The Super XV: Australian team of the week, Round 11

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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Anthony Volmink Lions Super Rugby Union 2017

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Tony McGahan Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Union 2017

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Jamba Ulengo Bulls Super Rugby 2016

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Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco Sunwolves Super Rugby Union 2017

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Henco Venter Cheetahs Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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