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All Blacks run riot against Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup opener

Australia 13-38 New ZealandAll Blacks dominant in comfortable win in SydneyThe All Blacks outclassed the Wallabies as the world champions opened their Rugby Championship campaign with a bang and stole a march in this year’s Bledisloe Cup series.On a ni…

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All Blacks run riot against Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup opener

Australia 13-38 New ZealandAll Blacks dominant in comfortable win in SydneyThe All Blacks outclassed the Wallabies as the world champions opened their Rugby Championship campaign with a bang and stole a march in this year’s Bledisloe Cup series.On a ni…

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Wallabies v All Blacks: Bledisloe Cup – live!

Updates from the Rugby Championship opener in SydneyAny thoughts? Feel free to email or tweet @rrjparkin 11.53am BST Big play. Amazing, All Blacks running rugby!The Wallabies were hot on the Kiwis line. Koroibete isolated one-on-one with his Fijian-bor…

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Super Rugby final points way for Wallabies in Bledisloe opener | Bret Harris

Various All Blacks traits found in New Zealand’s best club side could provide the key to an Australian victory in SydneyAs Australia prepare for Saturday’s opening Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks in Sydney, the recent Super Rugby final betwee…

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Bledisloe Cup classics, a Maradona unveiling and a Barry Chuckle tribute | Classic YouTube

Also featuring Stuart Broad and beans at Trent Bridge, a goose on the pitch and a Nick Kyrgios 115mph forehand winner1) It’s the first Bledisloe Cup match of 2018 between New Zealand and Australia so let’s begin with this utterly ridiculous Christian C…

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Reece Hodge to start at centre for Wallabies in Bledisloe opener

Captain Michael Hooper returns from injuryTatafu Polota-Nau and Matt Toomua recalled Utility back Reece Hodge will fill the Wallabies’ troublesome centre position for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with the All Blacks in Sydney. Hodge, who spent m…

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Bledisloe Cup is ‘pinnacle’ of rugby, says Australia’s Will Genia

Wallabies face All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday nightAustralia haven’t won trans-Tasman series since 2002Australia scrumhalf Will Genia would never turn down a World Cup win if one came along but the Wallabies playmaker believes wresting the Bledisloe …

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Michael Hooper aims to combat Wallabies player drain with long-term deals

Australia captain signs five-year contract Flanker expected to pocket $6mWallabies skipper Michael Hooper, who signed a five-year contract extension on Friday, believes long-term deals can be a big weapon in Rugby Australia’s attempt to combat player d…

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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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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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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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All Blacks’ dominance threatens the health of international Test rugby | Bret Harris

Never in the history of sport has there been such a dominant team – and that could have serious ramifications for the game

Never in the history of sport has there been an international team as dominant as the All Blacks. The New Zealanders have lost only two games since winning the 2015 World Cup – an exhibition against Ireland in Chicago and the second Test against the combined might of the British and Irish Lions, which they played with 14 men for almost three quarters of the game after Sonny Bill Williams was red-carded.

The All Blacks’ dominance might be wonderful for rugby in New Zealand, but questions remain as to whether it is positive for Test rugby and the health of the game in other countries. This is particularly true for Australia, as the Wallabies play the Kiwis more often than any other team.

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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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