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Category: Australia rugby union team

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Israel Folau would ‘sooner lose friends, family and rugby’ than his religion

Wallabies player offered to walk away from gameFolau says his position and comments were ‘misrepresented’ Israel Folau has revealed he offered to walk away from his Rugby Australia contract in the wake of his controversial comments on homosexuality and…

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Israel Folau’s beliefs are ugly but censoring him won’t weed out homophobia | Paul Karp

If Rugby Australia sponsors don’t like Folau’s views they can pull their support but the only real solution is to talk people around so there is less hateHowever much I disagree with him, Israel Folau should be allowed to express the opinion that gay p…

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Israel Folau asked to explain Instagram post saying gay people will go to hell

• Folau criticised after controversial Instagram post• Rugby Australia and New South Wales Waratahs want explanationRugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs will seek explanation from Israel Folau after his comment on social media suggesting th…

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David Pocock returns to tackle crucial change in ruck law

With the stroke of a pen law-makers may succeed where the world’s best backrowers have failedDavid Pocock will face his greatest challenge when he makes his comeback for the Brumbies against the NSW Waratahs in the Super Rugby game in Canberra on Satur…

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Tactical kicking back in fashion as Wallabies look for Test edge

Cheika has preferred ball in hand, but tactic changes are needed to keep up with IrelandIt is the tactic Michael Cheika once banned at the NSW Waratahs and has restricted at the Wallabies, but it may well be just the strategy Australia will need to suc…

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Rugby Australia should buy European club to tap into northern wealth

An overseas-based Australian team could become an additional talent pool for the WallabiesIn an historic, yet largely unnoticed announcement, Raelene Castle revealed last Friday that Rugby Australia was exploring partnership arrangements with Japanese …

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Rugby Australia should buy European club to tap into northern wealth

An overseas-based Australian team could become an additional talent pool for the WallabiesIn an historic, yet largely unnoticed announcement, Raelene Castle revealed last Friday that Rugby Australia was exploring partnership arrangements with Japanese …

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Cheika’s intent to resign begins race to replace Wallabies coach

Stephen Larkham once looked sure to succeed him, but he faces stiff competition in Dave WesselsMichael Cheika has always been a gypsy. That is why it was not surprising to see him flag his intention to resign as Wallabies coach if Australia does not wi…

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Karmichael Hunt avoids cocaine conviction but pleads guilty to lesser charge

Wallabies player pleads guilty to possessing Xanax and failing to attend a police station Code-hopping footballer Karmichael Hunt has avoided a conviction for alleged cocaine possession but his future remains unclear after his latest court matter was b…

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Bledisloe Cup Test match to be played in Japan this year

Australia and New Zealand to clash on neutral territoryNissan Stadium in Yokohama to host game three in OctoberThe Wallabies’ hopes of ending their long Bledisloe Cup drought have been boosted with this year’s third Test to be played on neutral territo…

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Women’s ??rugby is a successful sport whose time to share spotlight and money has come

New pay deal is not just tipping its hat at women’s rugby, it is a reflection of a changing mindset on its vital place in Australia’s rugby landscapeIt became another momentous day to mark down in the annals of women’s sport in Australia when on Wednes…

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Australia’s sporting year in review – success stories and slip-ups of 2017 | Paul Connolly

It has been a rollercoaster year across the codes but women’s sport has gone from strength to strength‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017Australian sports quiz of the year 2017In the 43rd minute of the Matildas’ 30 July match agains…

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Wallabies player Karmichael Hunt charged with drug possession

Queensland Reds star arrested in the early hours of SaturdayFormer NRL and AFL player and another man issued with noticesAustralian rugby union player Karmichael Hunt is once again in trouble with the law after being charged with drug possession.The 31…

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Wallabies player Karmichael Hunt charged with drug possession

Queensland Reds star arrested in the early hours of SaturdayFormer NRL and AFL player and another man issued with noticesAustralian rugby union player Karmichael Hunt is once again in trouble with the law after being charged with drug possession.The 31…

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Australian rugby union great Ken Catchpole dies aged 78

The former Wallabies captain and halfback, who was inducted in the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2013, had been ill for a long timeWallabies legend Ken Catchpole has died aged 78.Catchpole, who played 27 Tests from 1961 including 13 as captain, is revere…

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Australia to bid for 2027 Rugby World Cup and 2021 women’s tournament

Rugby Australia also announces national women’s competition for 2018Women’s World Cup has never been held in southern hemisphere beforeAustralia will bid to host the Rugby World Cup for a third time in 2027 and the women’s version for the first time, i…

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Raelene Castle’s fresh outlook well suited to enormity of task facing her | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia’s new chief executive will need to make good decisions on a regular basis. The margin for error is very slimHas Raelene Castle been given the worst hospital pass in Australian rugby history?With her appointment as chief executive of the…

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Scotland flowering nicely while southern hemisphere sides show signs of wear | Paul Rees

Everybody has felt the pace in the autumn internationals but Australia, South Africa and Argentina look pale imitations of the sides who reached the World Cup semi-finals in England two years agoEngland and Ireland both won their three matches but thei…

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Autumn internationals: a team-by-team verdict of the tier-one nations | Nick Evans

With one international to go this autumn New Zealand and Scotland will be delighted, while Australia’s tour nosedived and South Africa are in a sorry stateThey have definitely got a rock under their towels when it comes to their holidays now. The red c…

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Wallabies’ mediocre year exposes flaws in character and style of play

The Australian side’s ill-discipline and persecution complex reveals an incapacity to adjust to adversity It would be easy for the Wallabies to dismiss their record loss to Scotland as an aberration, having played under-manned for 41 minutes, but they …