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Dec 30

Karmichael Hunt stood down by Rugby Australia after drug possession charges

Wallabies and Queensland Reds player arrested on SaturdayHunt will not take part in any rugby-related activities during investigationRugby Australia has stood down Karmichael Hunt from all playing and training activities after he was arrested and charg…

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Dec 22

Australian rugby union great Ken Catchpole dies aged 78

The former Wallabies captain and halfback, who was inducted in the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2013, had been ill for a long timeWallabies legend Ken Catchpole has died aged 78.Catchpole, who played 27 Tests from 1961 including 13 as captain, is revere…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/22/australian-rugby-union-great-ken-catchpole-dies-aged-78

Dec 13

Rugby Australia choose best person for job but Castle’s appointment still symbolic | Kate O’Halloran

New chief executive keen to play down down gendered analysis after being tasked with addressing the game’s many issuesThe decision by Rugby Australia to appoint Raelene Castle as its new chief executive is a watershed moment for women in sports leaders…

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Dec 13

Australia to bid for 2027 Rugby World Cup and 2021 women’s tournament

Rugby Australia also announces national women’s competition for 2018Women’s World Cup has never been held in southern hemisphere beforeAustralia will bid to host the Rugby World Cup for a third time in 2027 and the women’s version for the first time, i…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/13/australia-to-bid-for-2027-rugby-world-cup-and-2021-womens-tournament

Dec 12

Raelene Castle’s fresh outlook well suited to enormity of task facing her | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia’s new chief executive will need to make good decisions on a regular basis. The margin for error is very slimHas Raelene Castle been given the worst hospital pass in Australian rugby history?With her appointment as chief executive of the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/12/raelene-castles-fresh-outlook-well-suited-to-enormity-of-task-facing-her

Nov 30

Wallabies in danger of falling behind as southern hemisphere influence widens | Bret Harris

As the north-south divide continues to close, life will only become tougher for Michael Cheika’s sideOne of the main talking points following the completion of the autumn internationals in Europe was the narrowing of the divide between the northern and…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/01/wallabies-in-danger-of-falling-behind-as-southern-hemisphere-influence-widens

Nov 26

Wallabies’ mediocre year exposes flaws in character and style of play

The Australian side’s ill-discipline and persecution complex reveals an incapacity to adjust to adversity It would be easy for the Wallabies to dismiss their record loss to Scotland as an aberration, having played under-manned for 41 minutes, but they …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/27/wallabies-mediocre-year-exposes-flaws-in-character-and-style-of-play

Nov 20

Eddie Jones’ marginal gains show value of keeping man in the middle on side | Andy Bull

England coach’s pre-match charm offensive towards referee Ben O’Keeffe looks a canny move after five tight decisions against Australia favour his sideAn hour after the match, Eddie Jones snapped. Four questions into his press conference, Jones was aske…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/20/eddie-jones-england-australia-referee

Nov 20

Danny Care’s blazing cameo adds a final flourish for England’s late bloomers

• England 30-6 Australia• Replacement sets up two tries and scores one to underline squad depthIt is just over two years since Australia beat England 33-13 in London to knock the hosts out of the Rugby World Cup. Since then it has been an entirely diff…

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Nov 19

Danny Care’s kicking game makes him England’s No1 scrum-half contender | Nick Evans

Skill at ‘seeing space and putting ball over the top’ is Care’s finest attribute and Saturday’s game against Samoa can be excellent chance to press home his case with Eddie JonesDanny Care is one of the best running scrum‑halves in the world but I was …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/19/danny-care-perfect-kicking-game-england-scrum-half-autumn-international-rugby-union

Nov 19

Eddie Jones challenges England to win historic hat-trick of Six Nations titles

• Head coach calls on side to make it a ‘three-peat’ of victories in spring• Dylan Hartley poised to stay on as captain after glowing assessmentEddie Jones has challenged his England side to make further history by clinching a record third consecutive …

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Nov 19

Cheika’s referee rage a reputational and strategic risk for Wallabies

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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Nov 18

England waltz away from Australia as Danny Care completes smash and grab

• England 30-6 Australia• Elliot Daly, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May and Danny Care all score triesIf the scoreboard does not lie, it does not always reveal the whole truth. Three tried in the final eight minutes took England to a record victory over Aust…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/18/england-australia-autumn-international-match-report

Nov 18

England 30-6 Australia: rugby union international – as it happened

England recorded their biggest ever winning margin over Australia but had the TMO to thank for several tight decisions which went their way 5.32pm GMT Related: England waltz in as Danny Care completes smash and grab over Australia 5.07pm GMT That’s …

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Nov 18

Chris Robshaw: ‘There is always extra spice when England play Australia’

The England flanker believes victory over the Wallabies on Saturday can restore Twickenham to a world rugby fortress after the painful 2015 World Cup exitEngland’s official position as the world’s second-best team hangs in the balance at Twickenham on …

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Nov 17

Eddie Jones ready to throw his England pen if it makes great TV against Australia

The head coach was heavy on sarcasm as he aims to make England’s Vauxhall Viva stop stalling and leave Australia cursing at Twickenham on SaturdayWhen Eddie Jones was trying to motivate his Australia teams before playing England he instinctively knew w…

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