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Category: Australia rugby union team

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Crucial World Cup year set to make or break Australian rugby | Bret Harris

The fortunes of Australia’s Super Rugby sides and the Wallabies are inextricably linked – more so than ever before this seasonThis year will be a year of living dangerously in which Australian men’s rugby will either begin to recover lost ground on and…

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Michael Cheika seizes back control of Wallabies as Stephen Larkham exits | Bret Harris

The head coach misjudged his man but is now free to set a new course after a disastrous year There were no bland euphemisms to describe Stephen Larkham’s departure from the Wallabies coaching staff just eight months out from the World Cup in Japan. In …

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Wallabies assistant Stephen Larkham axed after disagreement with Michael Cheika

‘We couldn’t agree on key points,’ says LarkhamAttack coach moves to new high performance roleStephen Larkham has been axed as Wallabies assistant coach by Michael Cheika, eight months out from the Rugby World Cup. The former Wallabies five-eighth says…

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Rugby Australia bank on Scott Johnson after costly year | Bret Harris

Stocks have plummeted but can the new director of rugby turn things around for the World Cup?In the stock market they call it the “Santa Rally” – the bounce in optimism two weeks out from Christmas. Rugby Australia’s own version may have come with the …

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Michael Cheika survives as Scott Johnson is named Wallabies’ director of rugby

Johnson brought in as overseer in run-up to World CupChanges will see new national selection panel formedMichael Cheika will lead the Wallabies to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, but the head coach will have to report to a director of rugby aft…

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Indecision over Michael Cheika prompts yet more questions | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia cannot afford the Wallabies issue to remain unresolved any longer. Fans are already frustrated enoughMichael Cheika and his Wallabies assistant coaches have their stay of execution, but suffering Australian rugby fans have been left han…

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Decision on Michael Cheika’s Wallabies future to be made ‘ahead of Christmas’

Rugby Australia board hear presentation from coachChairman Cameron Clyne refuses to answer questionsRugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne has declined to guarantee or clarify the position of Michael Cheika following a presentation from the Wallabies’ …

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A coach-less Wallabies team at the World Cup? It’s not as mad as it sounds | Bret Harris

With viable replacements for Michael Cheika scarce, it might be time to look outside the boxWith Rugby Australia’s board scheduled to meet on Monday to discuss the immediate future of Michael Cheika, one argument being trotted out for the retention of …

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Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees

Now that the autumn internationals have been completed we take a look at the prospects for the opening stage in JapanIreland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa Continue reading…

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Rugby union power rankings: Ireland overtake New Zealand to be top dogs

Our ratings show Ireland are in pole position and New Zealand have slipped back, while Wales and England have made good progress and South Africa and Australia have much work to doSteve Hansen knew what he was doing when anointing Ireland as the world …

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Rugby union: talking points from the final round of autumn Tests

Ireland have much to thank Schmidt for, Italy bear the brunt of All Blacks’ frustrations and Fiji look ominous foes for AustraliaEngland’s autumn ledger reads as follows: P4 W3 L1; tries scored 10, tries conceded six. They have looked both excellent an…

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Eddie Jones can plot an upward curve for his stirring English patient

The autumn internationals have uncovered some formidable fresh ammunition at the disposal of the England coachPerhaps the easiest way to sum up England’s autumn is to grab a sheet of paper and half a dozen coloured pens. Then draw a graph plotting the …

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Eddie Jones stands by Owen Farrell over controversial Australia tackle

• Jones: ‘Owen doesn’t try to tackle outside the laws’• Manu Tuilagi admits to nerves after injury comebackEddie Jones has defended Owen Farrell’s controversial tackling technique after another lucky escape for his co-captain against Australia, insisti…

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Rugby Australia must act as Wallabies’ worst calendar year finishes

Michael Cheika has tried his way, now it’s time for Rugby Australia to try something else The Wallabies have sunk to such a low point that Rugby Australia must now intervene in the coaching and selection of the team if it is to have any hope of success…

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Owen Farrell has got away with it twice – he won’t a third time | Nick Evans

England will fear Farrell shoulder-tackling makes him a marked man for officials. It could cost his side a match that mattersOwen Farrell has got away with it twice this autumn but we can be sure of one thing – he will not get away with it a third time…

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Michael Cheika calls referee’s decision over Owen Farrell tackle ‘ludicrous’ – video

Australia coach Michael Cheika has criticised referee Jaco Peyper after a try-saving no-arms tackle by Owen Farrell went unpunished in his side’s 37-18 defeat to England. With the tourists trailing 13-10 on the stroke of halftime, Australia lock I…

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Heady mix of fight and flight recalls Eddie Jones’ vision of Englishness | Andy Bull

Kyle Sinckler summed up the ruthless physicality which proved just too much for Australia to handle as Twickenham witnessed a return to traditional valuesBeneath all the mud and muck, you can just about make out the faded “England 2015” branding the RF…

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Dismal Australia fail to answer Michael Cheika’s demand for swagger

Bad luck and glimmers of brilliance could not disguise another abject performance. It’s been a grim year for the WallabiesThese are grim times for Australia. Outfought and outthought at the fag-end of a trying season, their annus horribilis ended in di…

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Australia’s Michael Cheika fury over ‘ridiculous’ Owen Farrell tackle

• Shoulder charge should have been penalty try, says coach• But Cheika admits superior England ‘deserved to win’Australia found themselves at the wrong end of crucial refereeing decisions for the second successive year against England here at Twickenha…

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England 37-18 Australia: how the players rated at Twickenham

Kyle Sinckler stood out in the front row as Eddie Jones’s side ended their autumn in style against a listless Wallabies packElliot Daly 7 He may move back to the wing when Anthony Watson is fit. Daly has had a mixed month but he picked a nice line to s…