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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…

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Crucial World Cup year set to make or break Australian rugby | Bret Harris

The fortunes of Australia’s Super Rugby sides and the Wallabies are inextricably linked – more so than ever before this seasonThis year will be a year of living dangerously in which Australian men’s rugby will either begin to recover lost ground on and…

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After marginal gains, where now for Super Rugby in Australia? | Bret Harris

If there is one thing the game in Australia desperately needs it is an injection of private equity The NSW Waratahs have given Australian rugby a much-needed shot in the arm, but their run to the semi-finals has not disguised the fact the code is still…

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Waratahs go down fighting against Lions in Super Rugby semi

The Lions prevail 44-26 in JohannesburgSouth African side advance to take on CrusadersThe Lions are through to their third straight Super Rugby final after powering over the top of the NSW Waratahs 44-26 in Johannesburg.The South African side recovered…

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After a Super Rugby season without the Force, is history repeating? | Bret Harris

The Melbourne Rebels – like the Force – have struggled with finances by trying to buy successThe first Super Rugby regular season without the culled Western Force has just concluded, begging the question: was all the pain and anguish worth it?To be sur…

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Waratahs’ Super Rugby revival can have far-reaching impact | Bret Harris

Even states beyond NSW borders could cheer on Daryl Gibson’s team for their own selfish reasonsAustralian rugby, and in particular Super Rugby, has been in the doldrums in recent years, but the Waratahs have finally given long-suffering rugby fans caus…

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Wallabies prop James Slipper banned after positive cocaine test

Queensland captain suspended for two monthsRaelene Castle says player dealing with personal issuesJames Slipper has been banned for two months by Rugby Australia after testing positive to cocaine twice, with a tribunal factoring in the Wallabies prop’s…

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Super Rugby is gravely ill but its last breath is yet to be taken | Bret Harris

It is ailing but the competition – or some version of it – is still the best way forward for AustraliaReports of Super Rugby’s death are greatly exaggerated. The competition may be gravely ill, but it still has a pulse as evidenced by the NSW Waratahs’…