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McIsaac to rejoin Western Force as coach

Former Wallabies hooker Tai McIsaac has been lured back to the Western Force on a three-year deal – but this time as a coach. McIsaac, who played 52 consecutive matches for the Force between 2006-09, will take up a key coaching role alongside...

Wallabies hungry to finish tour on a high

England are stinging from a rocky run of results against some of the world’s best and Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper knows exactly how it feels. “Welcome to our world,” Hooper said as two nations in desperate need of a win...

Early rugby debut a WC bonus for Burgess

England coach Stuart Lancaster says Sam Burgess’s earlier-than-expected rugby debut is a “bonus” as the code-hopping star looks to secure a place in his World Cup squad. Burgess has been named on the bench for Bath’s Friday...

Wallabies to honour Hughes at Twickenham

The Wallabies plan to honour Phillip Hughes by wearing black armbands against England at Twickenham after being rocked by the young cricketer’s death. Both teams on Thursday expressed their shock and sadness at Hughes’ passing and...

England drop Farrell, recall Twelvetrees

England dropped Owen Farrell to the bench and recalled specialist centre Billy Twelvetrees to the midfield in a bid to finish a disappointing November campaign with victory against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday. Farrell, normally a...

Skelton to benefit from Wallabies tour

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika believes Will Skelton is slowly getting to grips with international rugby and hasn’t given up on luring the giant lock’s younger, bigger brother back to Australia. Skelton, 22, exploded onto the...

Horne, McMahon recalled for Wallabies

Waratahs winger Rob Horne and rising Melbourne Rebels flanker Sean McMahon have earned recalls to the starting side for the Wallabies’ European tour finale against England. Horne will start a Test for the first time in two years at Twickenham...

England under fire ahead of Wallabies duel

A – Under-fire England see victory over the Wallabies as they only way to save a frustrating November campaign. Both sides are out to avoid a third defeat of the month when they meet at Twickenham on Saturday (early Sunday AEDT), with England...

Sam Burgess close to union debut

NRL grand final hero Sam Burgess could be about to make a surprise rugby union debut less than eight weeks after surgery to repair his fractured cheekbone and eye socket. The 25-year-old only joined in his first training session with teammates at...

Beale begins to pay his $45k fine

Troubled Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has begun to pay his dues, ponying up the cash for the first instalment of his $45,000 fine. An Australian Rugby Union spokeswoman said, while the ARU do not comment on specific payment schedules, the first...

England wary of Wallabies captain Hooper

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has been singled out for “special attention” from England in Saturday’s Test at Twickenham. Hooper has been outstanding for Australia since winning the first of his 41 caps in June 2012 with his...

Size doesn’t matter for Wallabies pack

It’s not the size of the pack but the heart within. That’s the mentality Australia’s maligned forwards will carry into the toughest Test of their European rugby tour against England this weekend. The Wallabies’ scrum has been...