Former Aussie sevens coach Andy Friend lands new job at Connacht

DUMPED Australian men’s rugby sevens coach Andy Friend will join Irish club Connacht on a three year deal.

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Super Rugby: Crusaders beat Hurricanes 24-13 in Christchurch

THE Crusaders have taken a major step towards defending their Super Rugby title with a table topping 24-13 win over the Hurricanes in Christchurch.

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Super Rugby: Rebels wingers star in 40-13 win over the Sunwolves

MELBOURNE have moved to within striking distance of Super Rugby Australian conference leaders NSW after rolling the understrength Sunwolves 40-13.

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Tevita Nabura cops six week ban for karate kick to Cam Clark’s face

HIGHLANDERS winger Tevita Nabura has been suspended for six weeks by Super Rugby bosses for his spectacular boot to the face of Waratahs opposite Cam Clark.

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Reds captain Scott Higginbotham shocked by James Slipper’s cocaine use

SCOTT Higginbotham says James Slipper’s private persona meant he never knew the full extent of his troubles.

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Melbourne Rebels at Winx-like odds to skin Sunwolves at AAMI Park

AFTER two straight wins the Sunwolves made 14 personnel and positional changes for Friday’s clash with the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park and the home team are prohibitive favourites.

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James Slipper might have played his last match in a Reds jersey after testing positive to cocaine again

TWO weeks shy of his 29th birthday, James Slipper should be coming into the prime of his career as a Test prop.

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Fox Sports Lab picks best Wallabies team based on stats

THE Wallabies squad to play Ireland will be unveiled on Kick & Chase on Wednesday.

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Jim Tucker: the day I ask James Slipper if he used cocaine

THE toughest question I’ve had to ask in 39 years as a sports writer was to front James Slipper, face-to-face, on whether he used cocaine.

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Veteran Wallaby James Slipper stood down after testing positive to cocaine

VETERAN Wallaby James Slipper has been stood down from rugby for two months and fined $27,500 after twice testing positive for cocaine.

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