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1dSam Bruce

How the Sea of Blue helped keep rugby alive in WA

Heartbroken by the axing of the Western Force in 2017, the team's fans had every right to walk away from rugby altogether. But a small group instead decided to mobilise, and can now bask in the franchise's return to the national stage on Saturday.

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3dSam Bruce

NZ review to recommend trans-Tasman rugby comp - report

The future of the SANZAAR alliance has been cast into further doubt after a leaked report suggested New Zealand's Aratipu review will recommend the country pursues a trans-Tasman provincial competition from 2021.

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4dSam Bruce

RA racing clock on broadcast deal, 2021 comps

Having successfully commenced its Super Rugby AU competition over the weekend, Rugby Australia is now in a race against the clock to finalise its competition plans for 2021 and secure a broadcast deal beyond this season.

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5dSam Bruce

Super AU R1: Just enough to be excited about Aussie rugby

It was far from perfect and there were too many penalties, but the opening week of Super Rugby AU provided enough entertainment to be optimistic about what the next few months might hold for Australian rugby.

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6dESPN Staff

Rebels to host Reds in Sydney for R2

The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed their Round 2 clash with the Queensland Reds will be played in Sydney at Brookvale Oval, following a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne.

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11dSam Bruce

Tahs '100 percent committed' as NSW Rugby reveals cuts

NSW Rugby boss Paul Doorn says he has received no indication from Waratahs players about potential strike action, a move that would be met with severe backlash after NSW Rugby revealed its staffing cuts on Tuesday.

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12dSam Bruce

Rebels' plans, Super AU hit by QLD changes

Melbourne Rebels look set for an extended stay away from home after the Queensland Government handed down new restrictions for any of the state's football teams involved in a match with Melbourne-based opposition.

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15dSam Bruce

Super Rugby AU: squad updates, form guides, analysis

A lot has happened in Australian rugby since Super Rugby was suspended on March 14. But after all the drama, we are now just a week away from the launch of Super Rugby AU. Your ultimate guide to the tournament is here.

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17dSam Bruce

RA boss tempts New Zealand with World Cup carrot

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan has dangled the carrot of a Rugby World Cup pool being hosted in New Zealand in 2027 as negotiations continue around a potential trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition in 2021.

19dSam Bruce

Rennie: 'Impressive, mature' Suaalii kind of kid rugby must keep

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie admits the battle has been all but lost to keep teenage prodigy Joseph Suaalii in Australian rugby, and says the code must do a better job of retaining a greater share of the country's best young talent moving forward.

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19dSam Bruce

No guarantees Hooper will remain Wallabies skipper

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie says there are no guarantees Michael Hooper will be retained as captain, saying the selectors will first pick their team fbefore settling on a leader.

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18dESPN and Reuters

NSW Waratahs release Kurtley Beale immediately

Australia utility back Kurtley Beale has requested an early release from his New South Wales Waratahs contract and will not play Super Rugby Australia, according to a media report on Sunday.

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Small crowd green lit for Brumbies' Super AU opener

The Brumbies have been given the green light for a crowd of up to 1,500 spectators at their Canberra Stadium when professional rugby returns to Australia in July after a four-month pause because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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22dESPN Staff

Brumbies open doors to small crowds

The Brumbies will open their stadium for up to 1500 fans for their opening match of Super Rugby AU after the ACT Government gave the green light under COVID-19 restrictions.

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23dESPN staff

Cheika to O'Connor: Line has been crossed

Michael Cheika has rebuffed claims from Michael O'Connor about the Wallabies' selection process and that there was a "disturbing" lack of training execution during last year's failed Rugby World Cup campaign.

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24dSam Bruce

Trans-Tasman comp has support of All Blacks great

Australia's Super Rugby chief executives have been invited to be part of a conference call with their New Zealand counterparts as All Blacks great Justin Marshall says both nations need each other moving forward.

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24dESPN staff

Wallabies poor training standards under Cheika exposed

Outgoing selector Michael O'Connor has lifted the lid on Australia's failed Rugby World Cup campaign, revealing how Michael Cheika's virtual autocracy and a "secret" game plan never sat well with a playing group that made countless errors at training.

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Former PM Howard, Eales join RA Cup bid Board

Former Prime Minister John Howard and Wallabies great John Eales are among an Advisory Board that also includes Fortescue Medals chief Elizabeth Gaines that will oversee Rugby Australia's 2027 World Cup bid.

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Wallabies' Ainsley to return to New Zealand

Melbourne Rebels prop Jermaine Ainsley has signed a two-year deal with the Highlanders that will see him return home from Australia and become ineligible for selection in Dave Rennie's Wallabies squad.

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27dESPN staff

Reds let Speight depart, look to Vunivalu's arrival

Queensland Reds have granted Henry Speight an early release while taking the opportunity to raise the looming arrival of Suliasi Vunivalu, who last week voiced his concerns over Australian rugby's financial position.

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29dSam Bruce

To'omua: Aussies can 'increase ability' under trial laws

Wallabies veteran Matt To'omua is a fan of the in-goal and 22-metre law trials that will be used in Super Rugby AU, saying that they could actually develop the abilities of Australian players rather than thwart preparations for a Test later his year.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

  • AUS2nd
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries Scored
  • AUS2nd
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points Difference