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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 …

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Byron McGuigan and Scotland hammer Australia after Sekope Kepu’s red

• Scotland 53-24 Australia• Australia rally to 17-17 after Sekope Kepu’s red but are overwhelmedScotland put Australia to the sword in some style at Murrayfield, running in eight tries against opponents who played more than half the game a man down aft…

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Wallabies to unleash powerhouse Taniela Tupou on Scotland

Queensland Reds player breaks down in tears upon learning of selectionStephen Moore named as starting hooker in his final international appearanceTaniela Tupou is set to make his international debut against Scotland, just a week after the prop complete…

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Michael Cheika facing World Rugby investigation for conduct during England v Australia

• Governing body looking into coach’s post-match comments at Twickenham • Cheika is expected to discover his fate on TuesdayMichael Cheika’s conduct during Australia’s 30-6 defeat by England at Twickenham has been referred for investigation by World Ru…

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Michael Cheika facing World Rugby investigation for conduct during England v Australia

• Governing body looking into coach’s post-match comments at Twickenham • Cheika is expected to discover his fate on TuesdayMichael Cheika’s conduct during Australia’s 30-6 defeat by England at Twickenham has been referred for investigation by World Ru…

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Eddie Jones’ marginal gains show value of keeping man in the middle on side | Andy Bull

England coach’s pre-match charm offensive towards referee Ben O’Keeffe looks a canny move after five tight decisions against Australia favour his sideAn hour after the match, Eddie Jones snapped. Four questions into his press conference, Jones was aske…

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Danny Care’s blazing cameo adds a final flourish for England’s late bloomers

• England 30-6 Australia• Replacement sets up two tries and scores one to underline squad depthIt is just over two years since Australia beat England 33-13 in London to knock the hosts out of the Rugby World Cup. Since then it has been an entirely diff…

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Cheika’s referee rage a reputational and strategic risk for Wallabies

Australian rugby union has an image problem, and Cheika’s behaviour harms Wallabies’ World Cup 2019 chancesThe Wallabies are in danger of gaining a reputation as the ugly Australians. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika’s incandescent rage against the refer…

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Danny Care’s kicking game makes him England’s No1 scrum-half contender | Nick Evans

Skill at ‘seeing space and putting ball over the top’ is his finest attribute and he could make his case with Eddie Jones in Saturday’s game against SamoaDanny Care is one of the best running scrum?halves in the world but I was really pleased with how …

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Rugby union: talking points from the second round of autumn internationals | Paul Rees

England still not the finished article while TMO controversy continues; the gap between New Zealand and rest is closing and the second tier show improvementEngland will finish the year on a winning note unless Samoa, vanquished by Romania in Bucharest …

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Eddie Jones compares Danny Care to Alexis Sánchez after match-turning arrival

• England scrum half involved in three tries after coming on from bench• ‘He was like a little Sánchez,’ says head coach Eddie JonesEddie Jones believes England have found their Alexis Sánchez in Danny Care after the Harlequins scrum-half plotted Austr…