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Wallabies no longer just believe they can beat the All Blacks – they know it | Bret Harris

Australia’s first win against their trans-Tasman rivals in two years was an indicator of how far they have come in just a few monthsIt was perhaps appropriate the Wallabies upset the All Blacks at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, the very arena where Austra…

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Reece Hodge inspires Australia to tense Bledisloe Cup win over New Zealand

• Australia 23-18 New Zealand• Wallabies end their seven-game losing run against All BlacksFittingly it was a drenched Brisbane that saw the Wallabies end the most worrying drought in Australian sport.Reece Hodge was the toast of the crowd, scoring the…

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Australia v New Zealand: third Bledisloe Cup Test – live!

Live updates as the Wallabies take on the All Blacks in BrisbaneGet in touch with Kieran on email or via Twitter @KieranPender 10.33am BST 22 min: Wallabies building pressure with several tackles around the 22 metre mark. The ball ends up on the ground…

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‘Leicester’s Matt Toomua: ‘My mind is firmly here, I want a few good years here’

The Australian centre talks about a year on the sidelines, being apart from his cricketer wife Ellyse Perry and why he is putting Leicester before his countryMidweek in Leicester and Australian accents are everywhere. Heading up the operation this seas…

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‘Leicester’s Matt Toomua: ‘My mind is firmly here, I want a few good years here’

The Australian centre talks about a year on the sidelines, being apart from his cricketer wife Ellyse Perry and why he is putting Leicester before his countryMidweek in Leicester and Australian accents are everywhere. Heading up the operation this seas…

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All Blacks missing Beauden Barrett for final Bledisloe Test

Lima Sopoaga replaces concussed five-eighth All Blacks otherwise unchanged for dead rubber in BrisbaneAll Blacks five-eighth Beauden Barrett will sit out Saturday’s third Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia due to concussion issues, opening the door …

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Wallabies’ rugby league converts out to prove they are a risk worth taking | Bret Harris

As the great league experiment of the early 2000s showed, there can be rewards amid the risks with players from the 13-a-side codeCould the Wallabies be on the cusp of a rugby league-led recovery? Should Karmichael Hunt be selected alongside Israel Fol…

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Wallabies jump to third in world rankings after Rugby Championship

  • Australia move above Ireland and South Africa
  • Michael Cheika’s side sit behind world No1 All Blacks and England

Despite recent concerns over the health of Australian rugby union, the Wallabies have jumped up two spots to third in the latest world rugby union rankings.

Michael Cheika’s side finished second in the Rugby Championship behind world No1 New Zealand to move ahead of Ireland and South Africa, with England ranked second behind the All Blacks, who went undefeated in the southern hemisphere competition.

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Wallabies end Rugby Championship on winning note in Argentina

Australia post hard-earned 37-20 win in MendozaReece Hodge stars for Wallabies with two tries and a hand in two othersThe travel-weary Wallabies have rounded out their 2017 Rugby Championship campaign with a hard-earned 37-20 win over Argentina in Mend…

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Argentina v Wallabies: Rugby Championship – live!

  • Updates from Australia’s final game in Mendoza
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11.40pm BST

1 min: Peeep! French referee Mathieu Raynal commences proceedings and we are underway in Mendoza. Stay tuned for live minute-by-minute coverage.

11.36pm BST

The Wallabies train ahead of today’s clash with Argentina in Mendoza.

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Wallabies v Argentina: Rugby Championship – live!

11.17am BST

10 min: The referee loses patience with the Pumas and hands it over to the Wallabies who go long, kicking deep into the Pumas half. A looping kick comes flying back and it’s as you were – with the Pumas on the attack.

11.16am BST

9 min: Well it’s been a solid start from the Wallabies, and they’ve deservedly edged in front… although there are a few signs of the Pumas fighting back. They have a scrum in the Aussie half after almost breaking the line.

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Wallabies’ tactical evolution is both encouraging and discouraging | Bret Harris

There has been more attacking intent at turnover ball but it defeats the purpose of having such a strategy if turnover ball cannot be secured in the first place

The Wallabies have finally arrived at the party only to find the music has stopped and the revellers have finished their drinks and moved on to the next event. Are Australia doomed to continually play catch-up?

There is a long-standing argument that the Wallabies, as well as Australia’s Super Rugby teams, should be more alive to attacking opportunities from turnover ball when defence is unstructured, just as New Zealand sides do.

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Draw leaves Wallabies in danger of Rugby Championship wooden spoon | Bret Harris

Michael Cheika’s team appear to be progressing and regressing simultaneously but one fundamental flaw in their game is becoming an alarming constant

There are still three full rounds to go and anything can happen, but the law of probability strongly suggests the Wallabies have already done their dash in this year’s Rugby Championship.

Saturday’s frustrating 23-all draw with South Africa in Perth means the All Blacks and Springboks are likely to compete for the title, leaving Australia and Argentina to battle it out for third and fourth.

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All Blacks v Wallabies: second Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship Test – live!

  • Live updates from the second Test in Dunedin
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10.50am BST

It’s all over! What a thrilling match! New Zealand are ecstatic! Australia gutted. After what happened last week, after everyone writing them off, they almost pulled off what would have been the biggest Bledisloe upset in some time.

10.48am BST

80 min: The Wallabies need to win possession from the kickoff but they can’t manage it. NZ need to play it out here… what a finish to this game!

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Wallabies’ more ‘violent’ approach to Bledisloe Cup hit by Adam Coleman injury

  • Australian lock ruled out of second Test with shoulder injury
  • Coach Michael Cheika has called for tougher tackling from his side

The Wallabies have been dealt a major blow on the eve of the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Dunedin, losing chief aggressor Adam Coleman to injury a day after coach Michael Cheika had called for a more “violent” approach from his side.

Related: Wallabies’ new defensive strategy will mean nothing if their players don’t tackle | Bret Harris

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David Squires on … the Wallabies’ chances against the All Blacks

Our resident cartoonist looks at the miserable state of the game in Australia following a heavy defeat and ahead of another likely pummelling

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Wallabies’ new defensive strategy will mean nothing if their players don’t tackle | Bret Harris

Australia will have to improve on the first Bledisloe Test against the All Blacks when they seemed to lose faith in their new system and trust in each other

New South Wales were preparing for the second game of the 1989 State of Origin series against Queensland when dual international Michael O’Connor asked coach Jack Gibson a question about the team’s defence.

“What are we doing? Sliding or up and in?” O’Connor asked innocently. Gibson went red in the face. “Sliding defence, !@#$ defence, I don’t care what you call it. You’ve just got to move up and tackle.”

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Ruthless All Blacks teach Wallabies lesson in Bledisloe Cup opener

  • Australia 34-54 New Zealand
  • Kiwis run in eight tries in record tally against Wallabies

There was hope it would be the start of something big, the resuscitation of Australian rugby no less – a Wallabies-led recovery which would bring the game in this country back from a near death experience. But it turned out to be a sad, forlorn longing, crushed by the weight of 23 men in black.

Some claimed there were cracks in the All Blacks’ armour. Sex scandals, bugging dramas and even a spelling crisis, but the only cracks were in the Wallabies’ defence.

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Wallabies v All Blacks: Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship opener – live!

  • Live updates as old foes Australia and New Zealand clash in Sydney
  • Get in touch with Kieran on email or via Twitter @KieranPender

10.42am BST

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has offered some words of wisdom to Australian broadcaster Fox Sports in a pre-match interview. “The game will be won by scoring tries,” offered the gruff 58-year-old. “So we will have to score more then them.” Sagely indeed.

10.36am BST

Crisis is an oft-used word in Australian rugby right now. The Wallabies are at a low ebb, the Western Force have been removed from the Super Rugby competition after a chaotic few months and Australian Rugby Union (ARU) boss Bill Pulver has resigned. The prospect of an another embarrassing defeat to arch rivals New Zealand tonight threatens to compound a month of misery.

It is not all bad news for our Australian readers though. Kurtley Beale is back, the pack is full of potential and the Foley-Beale-Folau trio provide a potent attacking threat. The surprise selection of debutant winger Curtis Rona, a rugby league convert, could prove an inspired choice.

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Curtis Rona to make Wallabies debut as All Blacks spring selection surprise

  • Former NRL player to play in Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney
  • Damian McKenzie named at fullback for All Blacks

Curtis Rona, the former rugby league player, will make his Wallabies debut in this year’s Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney, while the All Blacks have sprung a selection surprise of their own ahead of Saturday night’s match.

The former North Queensland and Canterbury NRL winger, who starred in his first Super Rugby season for the Western Force, was named to play on the wing in the absence of the injured Dane Haylett-Petty.

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