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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 level

February 23, 2019. Is this the date future rugby historians will pinpoint as the turning point for the game in Australia? Or was the Brumbies’ astonishing 54-17 win against the Chiefs in Canberra on Saturday night just another false dawn for the struggling code?

Australia’s Super Rugby teams failed to win a single game against New Zealand opposition in 2017 and won only four matches last year. But in the second round of the 2019 season, the Brumbies smashed the Kiwi hoodoo, raising hopes of a long-awaited revival of Australian rugby at Super Rugby and Test level.

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