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Warren Gatland to take Chiefs job after Wales but will take year out for Lions

• New Zealander will return to homeland to coach home province• Gatland will take 12 months out from August 2020 for Lions roleWarren Gatland is to split his role as British and Irish Lions coach with a new job in Super Rugby in charge of the Chiefs. G…

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Calls for Super Rugby cull as Australian teams fail to fire again

The axing of the Western Force led to only an incremental improvement in Australia’s Super Rugby fortunes – is it time to lose another team?There are calls for Australia to cut another Super Rugby team after only one side, the Brumbies, reached the pla…

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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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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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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 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 is to be sacked by Rugby Australia: here’s why – video

Israel Folau is to be sacked by Rugby Australia following a post the player made on his Instagram account. RA released a statement on Thursday saying ‘whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs i…

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Israel Folau tight-lipped despite Rugby Australia’s threat of sack

Wallabies fullback keeps counsel on visit to RA HQ Contract set to be torn up over social media postsIsrael Folau has declined to address questions about his future despite Rugby Australia saying he would be sacked if he could not offer a good reason f…

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Freedom of speech does not preclude Israel Folau from consequences | Sally Rugg

The player is free to hold views that people like me are bound for hell. But Rugby Australia’s swift action should be applaudedRugby Australia’s move to sack star play Israel Folau for anti-gay social media posts sends a clear message to players, fans …

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Freedom of speech does not preclude Israel Folau from consequences | Sally Rugg

The player is free to hold views that people like me are bound for hell. But Rugby Australia’s swift action should be applaudedRugby Australia’s move to sack star play Israel Folau for anti-gay social media posts sends a clear message to players, fans …

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Crusaders to review Super Rugby club’s name and branding after Christchurch massacre

Club acts on calls for change after terrorist attacksNew Zealand team to retain current name this seasonThe Christchurch-based Super Rugby club, the Crusaders, have confirmed a name change and rebranding will be considered in the wake of the terrorist …

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Waratahs’ smarts point way for Wallabies in World Cup year | Bret Harris

NSW ended the Crusaders’ long winning streak and in doing so delivered a lesson Michael Cheika can learn fromThere was a time not so long ago when Australian rugby teams were regarded as the smartest in the world. The Wallabies won the 1999 World Cup a…

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Failed cash grab leaves Sunwolves on Super Rugby cutting room floor | Bret Harris

The Japanese franchise should never have been admitted to the competition, but Sanzaar now risks compounding the mistakeThe Super Rugby axe has swung once again, this time falling on the neck of the Tokyo-based Sunwolves, following a decision made in t…

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Failed cash grab leaves Sunwolves on Super Rugby cutting room floor | Bret Harris

The Japanese franchise should never have been admitted to the competition, but Sanzaar now risks compounding the mistakeThe Super Rugby axe has swung once again, this time falling on the neck of the Tokyo-based Sunwolves, following a decision made in t…

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Crusaders weigh up name change after Christchurch attack

Super Rugby club, whose base is not far from Al Noor mosque, will consult the Muslim community The most successful club in Super Rugby history, the Canterbury Crusaders, is weighing up a name change in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack.On W…

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All Blacks captain Kieran Read to play in Japan after World Cup

33-year-old to bring down curtain on Test careerExperienced No 8 signs up to play for Toyota Verblitz All Blacks captain Kieran Read has signed up to play with Japanese club Toyota Verblitz after this year’s World Cup, bringing an end to 13 seasons as …

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Date with destiny if Wallabies can follow Brumbies’ blueprint

The shock humbling of the Chiefs in Canberra gives Australia hope of competing with New Zealand at both Super Rugby and Test levelFebruary 23, 2019. Is this the date future rugby historians will pinpoint as the turning point for the game in Australia? …

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Waratahs accused of playing like Harlem Globetrotters after scare in Japan

NSW edge past Sunwolves 31-30 in TokyoCaptain Michael Hooper unhappy with outingCaptain Michael Hooper has accused his NSW Waratahs of trying to play like the Harlem Globetrotters after scraping to an unimpressive 31-30 Super Rugby win over the Sunwolv…

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Kurtley Beale ready to move on after creating ‘bad image’ for rugby with videos

Beale returns to action for Waratahs this weekend Two white powder videos emerged last monthAn apologetic Kurtley Beale says his focus is now solely on the rugby after admitting videos featuring him had created a “bad image” for the game. The Wallabies…