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Michael Cheika puts faith in Wallabies rookie Jordan Petaia for Italy Test

Winger one of six changes to Australian sideJake Gordon will also make his debut in Padua Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed 18-year-old rookie Jordan Petaia to successfully make the transition to Test rugby. The Queensland Reds flyer has been n…

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Wales angry that Samu Kerevi has escaped punishment for late tackle

• Leigh Halfpenny not fit to face Tonga• Referee did not consult match officialWales cannot understand why the Australia centre Samu Kerevi escaped punishment for a late tackle on Leigh Halfpenny last weekend that left the full-back concussed.Halfpenny…

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Warren Gatland content with Wales’ World Cup momentum

Even though Wales are not playing well, ending Australia hoodoo augers well for Six Nations and World CupWales are not playing particularly well – their 9-6 victory over Australia and the previous weekend’s success against Scotland came after two of th…

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Wales finally break Australia hoodoo with late Dan Biggar penalty

• Wales 9-6 Australia• Penalty kicks from Leigh Halfpenny and Biggar seal narrow winWhen a losing run is as long as this, you do not care how it ends. Wales, after 13 consecutive defeats against Australia, finally managed a win. That the score was 9-6,…

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Wales v Australia: rugby union international – live!

Live updates as Wales play the Wallabies, kick-off 5.20pm GMTAustralia’s tough year can end on high if history repeats itselfFeel free to email Will or tweet @Will_Unwin 5.09pm GMT Michael Cheika has no worries about being the underdog this week.He sai…

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Australia’s tough year can end on high if history repeats itself in Wales | Paul Rees

The Wallabies have endured a rollercoaster 12 months since winning in Cardiff a year ago but their record against Wales suggests Michael Cheika’s side can get back on trackWhen Wales were thrashed by New Zealand in the 1987 World Cup semi-final, their …

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Confusion over Owen Farrell’s tackle is widespread and understandable | The Breakdown

Kurtley Beale’s expression said it all when he was asked about the controversial hit, and his incredulity is shared by manyWhen Kurtley Beale was asked this week about Owen Farrell’s challenge on André Esterhuizen, his first thought was to glance in th…

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Key Wallabies selection decisions loom for Michael Cheika

Wallabies are 10 years unbeaten against WalesTolu Latu could claim the starting hooker role Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has important decisions to reveal as he looks to fire up his struggling side for Saturday’s opening Spring Tour Test against Wale…

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Key Wallabies selection decisions loom for Michael Cheika

Wallabies are 10 years unbeaten against WalesTolu Latu could claim the starting hooker role Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has important decisions to reveal as he looks to fire up his struggling side for Saturday’s opening Spring Tour Test against Wale…

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Furore over Owen Farrell’s big hit leads to call for refereeing consistency

• Australia’s Kurtley Beale: ‘A couple of years ago it is a red’• Referees to meet this week, with six Saturday Tests in EuropeKurtley Beale said confusion will remain over tackles which merit a red card until there is consistency from referees. The Au…

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Cheika’s call for belief falls on deaf ears while Wallabies repeat mistakes

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has a plan for the World Cup, but fans need to see more proof With almost religious fervour Michael Cheika implored long-suffering Walllabies supporters to “believe in advance” as they stumbled towards the World Cup in Ja…

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Bledisloe Cup: All Blacks wow fans in win over Wallabies

New Zealand 37-20 AustraliaRecord crowd of 46,143 for rugby Test in JapanThe All Blacks have turned Harlem Globetrotters in a dazzling 37-20 victory over the Wallabies in Yokohama.The rampant world champions wowed enthralled fans on Saturday at Japan’s…

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New Zealand v Australia: Bledisloe Cup Test – live!

Updates from the match at Nissan Stadium in YokohamaAny thoughts? Get in touch with Pádraig on email 8.44am BST 77 mins: Latu is back on the pitch after his yellow card banishment. 8.43am BST 75 mins: strong run and try from Folau, quickly converted b…

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All Blacks name Damian McKenzie at fullback for final Bledisloe Test

TJ Perenara preferred to Aaron Smith at scrumhalf Sonny Bill Williams to earn 50th cap in JapanThe All Blacks have sprung a major surprise by naming Damian McKenzie to start at fullback in the third Bledisloe Cup Test in Yokohama on Saturday. Coach Ste…

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Three uncapped players called up for Wallabies’ Bledisloe Cup finale

Jed Holloway, Jake Gordon and Angus Cottrell namedCentre Samu Kerevi returns for Yokohama dead rubberAustralia coach Michael Cheika has included New South Wales Waratahs lock Jed Holloway among three uncapped players in a 31-man squad released on Thurs…

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All Blacks fearing autumn fall after Rassie Erasmus’s surprise lesson | Paul Rees

New Zealand’s stuttering Rugby Championship form means they could be toppled from No 1 spot by Ireland next month, while South Africa and Argentina have reasons to look upNew Zealand have looked down on the rest from the top of the world rankings for m…

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Tactics not theatrics spur Wallabies’ Salta second act reversal

Michael Cheika’s furious half-time spray captured the cameras, but it was a tactical tweak that spurred Australia’s improvementIt may have been long overdue, but the Wallabies finally figured out how to adapt to one of the key law changes in the game w…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend action

Joe Cokanasiga will bring bulk to England’s backline and Billy Vunipola does the game a good turnAlready it seems likely Joe Cokanasiga will win his first England cap this autumn and the smart money would be on him doing so against Japan in the third m…

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Rugby Championship: Wallabies produce 24-point comeback win

Australia trailed Argentina 31-7 at the break but had a superb second half comebackThe Wallabies have produced a huge second half comeback to beat Argentina 45-34 and potentially save coach Michael Cheika’s skin.But it may not be enough to avoid change…

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Rugby Championship 2018: Argentina v Australia – live!

Updates from the Pumas v Wallabies clash in SaltaThoughts? Join the conversation: email or twitter 1.14am BST 74 min: No mistake from Foley, who marks his return to the side with a consummate performance from the boot. It hooked viciously late on, but …