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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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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 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 …

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New Zealand stun South Africa thanks to Ardie Savea’s last-gasp try

• South Africa 30-32 New Zealand• All Blacks come back from 12 points down in final minutesThe replacement flanker Ardie Savea scored a try in the final minute as champions New Zealand staged a stunning comeback to secure a 32-30 victory over South Afr…

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New Zealand stun South Africa thanks to Ardie Savea’s last-gasp try

• South Africa 30-32 New Zealand• All Blacks come back from 12 points down in final minutesThe replacement flanker Ardie Savea scored a try in the final minute as champions New Zealand staged a stunning comeback to secure a 32-30 victory over South Afr…

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‘I hope the fan is happy,’ says Cheika after Lukhan Tui incident – video

Australian flanker Lukhan Tui says he no longer wants to play following an altercation with a fan after his sides 23-19 loss to Argentina.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika claimed that the incident occurred because the fan pushed Tui’s sister. Continue re…

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Woeful Wallabies stunned as Argentina win in Australia for first time since 1983

Australia fall 23-19 in Rugby Championship clashFifth defeat in seven Tests this season for WallabiesAustralia slumped to their first home loss to Argentina in 35 years, falling 23-19 in Saturday night’s Rugby Championship Test. The Wallabies were once…

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Australia v Argentina: Rugby Championship 2018 – live!

Updates on the Wallabies-Pumas clash on the Gold CoastNew Zealand 34-36 South Africa: Springboks stun All BlacksAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 11.15am BST 10:17 There they go! The Wallabies won a line-out, kept possession, went well out …

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Springboks hold on to inflict shock home defeat on the All Blacks

New Zealand 34-36 South AfricaFirst Springboks win in New Zealand since 2009Winger Aphiwe Dyantyi scored two tries as the Springboks upset the form book to record a 36-34 victory over New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash in Wellington on Satur…

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Israel Folau to wing it for Wallabies against Argentina

Fullback to play on flank for first time since 2013David Pocock also set for return on Gold CoastIsrael Folau has been named to make his Wallabies return against Argentina – but not in his usual position. Instead, coach Michael Cheika starts Folau on t…

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Australian rugby breathes sigh of relief but problems persist | Bret Harris

With the World Cup in Japan just 12 months away both the Wallabies and the Springboks have a lot to worry aboutThe collective relief was palpable when the full-time whistle sounded in Brisbane on Saturday night. The Wallabies had defeated the Springbok…

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Australia v South Africa: Rugby Championship 2018 – live!

Updates on the Wallabies’ clash with the Springboks in BrisbaneAny thoughts? Send an email or tweet @rrjparkin 11.30am BST 23 min: Another penalty against the Australians – what is this, about seven so far?Deary me, is it nerves? Or just poor decision …

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Bernard Foley dropped by Wallabies as Israel Folau proves fitness

Kurtley Beale will replace Foley against SpringboksFolau overcomes ankle injury for Saturday’s gameAustralia coach Michael Cheika sprung a selection surprise by dropping flyhalf Bernard Foley to the bench and installing Kurtley Beale into the playmaker…

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Israel Folau ’50-50′ to play South Africa in Rugby Championship

Wallabies fullback recovering from ankle injuryAustralia seeking first win after defeats to All BlacksAustralia fullback Israel Folau rates himself only a “50-50” chance to line up against South Africa in the Rugby Championship in Brisbane on Saturday …

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Record-breaker Beauden Barrett scores four as All Blacks thump Wallabies again

New Zealand 40-12 AustraliaAll Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup for another yearThe Bledisloe Cup will remain in New Zealand for another year at least as the All Blacks’ mastery of Australia continued with a thumping 40-12 win at Eden Park.After a 25-point …

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

Updates from the game between New Zealand and AustraliaAny thoughts? Feel free to email or tweet @OliverTrenchard 9.22am BST That is why the All Blacks are number one in the world. They can punish you when you least expect it. Ben Smith exchanges passe…

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Michael Cheika focused on All Blacks not job security, says Michael Hooper

Wallabies coach under pressure after heavy defeatNew Zealand can retain Bledisloe Cup in AucklandWallabies coach Michael Cheika has ignored any talk of his job security as the Wallabies prepare for their Bledisloe Cup clash with the All Blacks in Auckl…

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Wallabies make four changes as they look to improve Bledisloe Cup set-piece

Scrum and lineout key focus for Wallabies in AucklandScott Sio back, Allan Alaalatoa replaces Sekope KepuProps Tom Robertson and Sekope Kepu have paid the price for Australia’s poorly performing scrum by being dropped to the bench for the second Bledis…

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Wallabies fitness questioned by All Blacks great ahead of second Test

Jeff Wilson suggests over-training for drop-offSecond Bledisloe takes place in Auckland on SaturdayThe fitness level of Australia’s players is being questioned for a second straight year as they struggle to keep pace with New Zealand. Former All Blacks…

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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…