Australian rugby union has an image problem, and Cheika’s behaviour harms Wallabies’ World Cup 2019 chancesThe Wallabies are in danger of gaining a reputation as the ugly Australians. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika’s incandescent rage against the refer…
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How coach Michael Cheika manages the workload of his players will be crucial to their hopes of fielding a full-strength team in JapanIt’s a harsh reality for rugby union players, but the more you play the game, the greater the chances are of sustaining…
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Australia’s first win against their trans-Tasman rivals in two years was an indicator of how far they have come in just a few monthsIt was perhaps appropriate the Wallabies upset the All Blacks at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, the very arena where Austra…
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As the great league experiment of the early 2000s showed, there can be rewards amid the risks with players from the 13-a-side codeCould the Wallabies be on the cusp of a rugby league-led recovery? Should Karmichael Hunt be selected alongside Israel Fol…
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Never in the history of sport has there been such a dominant team – and that could have serious ramifications for the gameNever in the history of sport has there been an international team as dominant as the All Blacks. The New Zealanders have lost onl…
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Australia have improved since this year’s first Bledisloe, just how much will be determined when they meet the All Blacks again on Saturday weekThe time for experimenting and blooding new players is over. With less than two years to go before the start…
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Players and fans seek the gratification of winning, the elixir of sport. A draw is too often a waste of time and energyBack to back draws between the Wallabies and the Springboks in less than a month have strengthened the argument for extra time to be …
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History and tradition are wonderful things, but keeping the AFL and NRL deciders at the MCG and ANZ Stadium is inward-looking
They are the last vestiges of Victorian and NSW parochialism in Australian football and rugby league – despite 34 teams representing 13 cities in both competitions, the AFL and NRL grand finals are always played in Melbourne and Sydney.
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How Michael Cheika’s side will fare in Bloemfontein against South Africa depends on which of the team’s identities turns up on the day
Michael Cheika’s grin stretched from ear to ear. And who could blame him? The Wallabies had just beaten Argentina 45-20 in chilly Canberra on Saturday night, their first win in the Rugby Championship and their first victory against anyone since beating Italy in June.
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There has been more attacking intent at turnover ball but it defeats the purpose of having such a strategy if turnover ball cannot be secured in the first place
The Wallabies have finally arrived at the party only to find the music has stopped and the revellers have finished their drinks and moved on to the next event. Are Australia doomed to continually play catch-up?
There is a long-standing argument that the Wallabies, as well as Australia’s Super Rugby teams, should be more alive to attacking opportunities from turnover ball when defence is unstructured, just as New Zealand sides do.
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Michael Cheika’s team appear to be progressing and regressing simultaneously but one fundamental flaw in their game is becoming an alarming constant
There are still three full rounds to go and anything can happen, but the law of probability strongly suggests the Wallabies have already done their dash in this year’s Rugby Championship.
Saturday’s frustrating 23-all draw with South Africa in Perth means the All Blacks and Springboks are likely to compete for the title, leaving Australia and Argentina to battle it out for third and fourth.
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At a time when the AOC is facing an organisational overhaul in the wake of bullying claims, the new CEO says he is well positioned to action change
It did not take long for Matt Carroll to face his first major challenge as the new chief-executive of the Australian Olympic Committee: last month an independent review found the AOC’s workplace culture to be dysfunctional amid claims of bullying, favouritism and open hostility.
It’s absolutely true to say that his association with me hurt his prospects
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Despite a much-improved showing, the Wallabies will not meet the All Blacks on home turf again until 2020 – 18 years after their last triumph
Was it the most important Test loss in the history of Australian men’s rugby? The Wallabies’ brave 35-29 loss to the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup-deciding Test in Dunedin on Saturday night regained the respect of their great Trans-Tasman rivals and restored the faith of long-suffering Australian rugby fans. Could you imagine the reaction if the Wallabies had capitulated the way they did in their record 54-34 loss to the All Blacks in Sydney the week before? It could have been terminal for Australian rugby. Instead, the Wallabies showed they can compete with the best team in the world, giving hope where previously there was only despair.
For all that, it was still a loss, yet another at the hands of the men in black in a record 15-year run of Bledisloe Cup dominance. Like the Golden Wallabies of the late 1990s and early 2000s, the All Blacks found a way to win when it looked like all was lost, while the Australians found new ways to lose.
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- New Zealand 35-29 Australia
- Barrett try in final minutes denies Wallabies
They told them they were dreaming. The New Zealand press screamed it in bold type during the week, what four million Kiwis thought of the Wallabies’ chances of causing an upset in the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Dunedin tonight.
Well, the Wallabies dared to dream. After their record 54-34 loss to the All Blacks in Sydney last Saturday night, they produced a stunning form reversal and were just minutes away from a breathtaking upset victory.
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Australia will have to improve on the first Bledisloe Test against the All Blacks when they seemed to lose faith in their new system and trust in each other
New South Wales were preparing for the second game of the 1989 State of Origin series against Queensland when dual international Michael O’Connor asked coach Jack Gibson a question about the team’s defence.
“What are we doing? Sliding or up and in?” O’Connor asked innocently. Gibson went red in the face. “Sliding defence, !@#$ defence, I don’t care what you call it. You’ve just got to move up and tackle.”
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The Wallabies plumbed new depths in their record defeat to the All Blacks on Saturday night , but a new high performance model may offer a glimmer of hope
Quo vadis rugby union? Where on earth is the game going in this country? Just when you thought things could not get any worse, they did on Saturday night and the Wallabies’ record 54-34 loss to the All Blacks in Sydney may have been the last nail in the coffin of Australian rugby, which has been on life-support for at least two years.
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