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David Pocock set for early return for Wallabies, says Michael Cheika

Coach expects him back for Rugby ChampionshipFlanker is racing to recover from a rare calf injuryIn a huge boost for the Wallabies’ World Cup prospects, champion flanker David Pocock is set for a surprise early return during the Rugby Championship. Bat…

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Israel Folau launches legal action against Rugby Australia

Sacked player takes case to Fair Work CommissionClaims he was dismissed because of his religionSacked former Wallabies star Israel Folau has taken his case to the Fair Work Commission, saying his employment was terminated because of his religion.On Thu…

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David Pocock in race for World Cup fitness after announcing domestic retirement

Brumbies flanker to call time on Super Rugby careerWallabies sweat on integral team member for JapanDavid Pocock, the veteran Brumbies flanker, has called time on his domestic rugby union career after a persistent calf injury ruled him out for the rema…

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Kurtley Beale insists Wallabies are united despite Israel Folau sacking

Training camp was ‘all positive’, says Waratahs starSpeculation that Folau case has divided campKurtley Beale has dismissed talk of division within the Wallabies playing ranks, insisting the entire squad of Rugby World Cup hopefuls were “pretty good” t…

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Kurtley Beale insists Wallabies are united despite Israel Folau sacking

Training camp was ‘all positive’, says Waratahs starSpeculation that Folau case has divided campKurtley Beale has dismissed talk of division within the Wallabies playing ranks, insisting the entire squad of Rugby World Cup hopefuls were “pretty good” t…

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Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu stood down by Waratahs pending court appearance

Player facing court over alleged drink driving offence‘I should have spoken to the coach earlier,’ says LatuWaratahs and Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu has been stood down by his Super Rugby club until a court appearance for alleged drink driving. Latu wil…

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Israel Folau case highlights need to reassure Pacific Island Wallabies | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia runs the risk of a mass exodus if it does not wisely manage fallout from the sackingWith the sacking of Israel Folau has come an urgent need for Rugby Australia to re-engage with its largest and most important minority playing group, th…

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Israel Folau opts not to appeal Rugby Australia sacking

Former Wallabies star fails to meet Monday’s deadline Four-year, $4m contract officially terminatedIsrael Folau has decided not to appeal against Rugby Australia’s decision to tear up his four-year, $4m contract for his recent social media posts, but a…

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Tolu Latu kicked out of Wallabies camp after alleged drink driving

Waratahs hooker reportedly over the limit last weekDoubt cast over inclusion in World Cup squad Tolu Latu has some explaining to do, his NSW Waratahs coach says, after the hooker’s failure to inform the Super Rugby club of an alleged drink driving offe…

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Israel Folau’s fight for religious freedom leaves behind ugly mess | Bret Harris

The sacked Wallaby’s test case will prompt a lot of soul-searching about how rugby arrived at this pointThe Israel Folau dispute is set to become a test case for religious freedom in Australia with ramifications that will potentially go way beyond the …

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Israel Folau sacked after panel rules in favour of Rugby Australia

Social media post proves the end for Wallabies starPlayer’s four-year, $4m contract terminatedIsrael Folau sacked – live updatesIsrael Folau’s rugby career appears over after an independent panel backed Rugby Australia’s intention to rip up his four-ye…

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Israel Folau and Australian rugby’s moment of reckoning

A homophobic tweet has exposed deep fault lines running through the dressing room as the team prepares for the World CupAustralian rugby is facing an unprecedented moment of reckoning after star fullback Israel Folau posted a warning on Instagram that …

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Israel Folau says he resisted ‘temptation’ of Rugby Australia peace offering

‘It’s been really challenging,’ player says at church serviceOutcome of hearing expected early this weekIsrael Folau has revealed how he resisted the “temptation” of a peace offering from Rugby Australia that would have allowed him to resurrect his pla…

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Israel Folau says he resisted ‘temptation’ of Rugby Australia peace offering

‘It’s been really challenging,’ player says at church serviceOutcome of hearing expected early this weekIsrael Folau has revealed how he resisted the “temptation” of a peace offering from Rugby Australia that would have allowed him to resurrect his pla…

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Potential financial fallout of Israel Folau case brought into sharp focus | Matt Cleary

The first sponsor has pulled the plug on the Wallabies star. How many more will follow suit?In March of 2014 the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Arizona Diamondbacks in a Major League Baseball match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. To promote the event, th…

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Israel Folau dropped by sponsor Asics over homophobic comments

• Sportswear company says partnership ‘has become untenable’• Folau facing Australia suspension after breach of contract rulingIsrael Folau has been dropped by Asics in response to homophobic social media posts he published last month. The sportswear c…

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Israel Folau case: the agony could go on for years unless common sense prevails | Bret Harris

An out-of-court settlement is the most pain-free outcome if both parties can act reasonablyAfter a marathon code of conduct hearing, the Israel Folau case appears to be heading towards the place it was always likely to end up – a court room. That is un…

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Israel Folau’s Rugby Australia code of conduct likely to run into fourth day

Outcome not expected by end of Tuesday Panel hopes to determine severity of player’s breachIsrael Folau has now spent more than twice as long holed up at his code of conduct hearing as he has played Super Rugby for the NSW Waratahs in 2019. The Wallaby…

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Israel Folau’s Rugby Australia code of conduct hearing into second day

Player reportedly rejects $1m offer to walk awayNo more witnesses expected to be called on SundayIsrael Folau’s landmark code of conduct hearing has resumed in Sydney. The controversial Wallabies star returned to Rugby Australia headquarters on Sunday …

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Michael Cheika makes appearance at Israel Folau hearing

Code of conduct hearing to continue on SundayWallabies star in bid to retain playing contractIsrael Folau’s landmark code of conduct hearing will continue on Sunday after almost eight hours of legal jousting was not enough to resolve the dual internat…