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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’…

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Super Rugby race ‘wide open’ after Tahs break New Zealand hoodoo

NSW snap New Zealand’s 40-match Australian winning streakSunwolves with second upset while Reds just shortHighlanders coach Aaron Mauger has declared the 2018 Super Rugby title race wide open after watching his side become the first New Zealand team in…

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Super Rugby player drain looms as New Zealand’s biggest foe | Bret Harris

The Waratahs’ performance against the Crusaders highlighted fallibility but sterner challenges may lie elsewhereAsk not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee, New Zealand.Recent commentary in the New Zealand media that Australian rugby is sinking …

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Israel Folau’s comments hurt LGBT people, but sport can be a platform for good

Discrimination in sport is common but organisations like Proud 2 Play are making changeIsrael Folau: enough is enough. Your words have impact. You are entitled to free speech but not to freedom from the consequences of this speech. Posting anti-LGBT+ r…

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Israel Folau again courts controversy with anti same-sex marriage post

Folau posted link to anti-gay evangelist’s sermonRugby Australia has so far chosen not to sanction playerAustralia’s highest-profile rugby union player Israel Folau has again courted controversy after posting a link on social media to a video that warn…

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Stuart Lancaster pledges future to Leinster amid Harlequins speculation

• Former England head coach ‘100% committed’ to Irish province• ‘I wouldn’t even contemplate doing it. For me it’s all about Leinster‘Stuart Lancaster is not interested in the vacant job at Harlequins and has ruled out a return to the Aviva Premiership…

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Israel Folau returns to action for first time since controversial comments

Waratahs player to face Blues following hamstring injuryAustralian teams yet to beat Kiwi opposition in 36 gamesIsrael Folau returns in a revamped NSW Waratahs line-up desperate for redemption in Saturday night’s Super Rugby clash with the Blues at Bro…

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‘A bloody idiot’: Waratahs player Nick Phipps apologises for urinating on bar

Halfback thrown out of Sydney pub on his buck’s night‘If I’m going to do the crime, I’ll pay the time,’ Phipps saysWallabies halfback Nick Phipps has apologised and says he will accept an expected sanction for urinating on a bar during his buck’s night…

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Results-based evidence points towards second Super Rugby cull | Bret Harris

After a woeful round for Australian teams it may be time to think the unthinkable In an alarming round Australia’s Super Rugby teams – the Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels, NSW Waratahs and Queensland Reds – all lost their games even though three of the matc…

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Eddie Jones allowed to pick Brad Shields for England’s South Africa tour

• New Zealand-born flanker Shields joins Wasps next season• Shields could play for Hurricanes after three-Test seriesEddie Jones will have the green light to select Brad Shields for England’s summer tour of South Africa despite the fact the New Zealand…

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Israel Folau’s beliefs are ugly but censoring him won’t weed out homophobia | Paul Karp

If Rugby Australia sponsors don’t like Folau’s views they can pull their support but the only real solution is to talk people around so there is less hateHowever much I disagree with him, Israel Folau should be allowed to express the opinion that gay p…

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Israel Folau asked to explain Instagram post saying gay people will go to hell

• Folau criticised after controversial Instagram post• Rugby Australia and New South Wales Waratahs want explanationRugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs will seek explanation from Israel Folau after his comment on social media suggesting th…