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All Black Cruden forgiven but forgotten

Exiled All Blacks playmaker Aaron Cruden’s punishment is over but he’s still paying for his sins after being completely overlooked for Saturday’s Bledisloe dead-rubber. Cruden, New Zealand’s first-choice five-eighth in the...

Wallabies feel responsible for coach

In a shot in the arm for Ewen McKenzie, vice-captain James Slipper says the Wallabies will fire for the besieged coach on Saturday night after feeling responsible for his current plight. Slipper on Thursday also hoped to clear the air on the Kurtley...

Hansen expects Wallabies backlash

Far from hunting wounded prey, the All Blacks expect the embattled Wallabies to be a dangerous beast on Saturday night and play out of their skins at Suncorp Stadium. New Zealand coach Steve Hansen and his backline general Conrad Smith both...

Alan Jones blasts Wallabies set up

Grand Slam-winning coach Alan Jones says embattled Kurtley Beale is a symptom, not the disease in the troubled Wallabies. The grand slam winning coach-turned broadcaster has blasted Australian rugby, saying it’s in “absolute...

Wallabies hopeful Speight set for comeback

Wallabies hopeful Henry Speight will make his long-awaited comeback from a hamstring injury in Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup curtain-raiser at Suncorp Stadium. Speight will play his first game since July when the University of Canberra Vikings face...

Carter’s NPC injury return delayed again

Dan Carter’s injury problems have ruled him out Canterbury’s NPC semi-final against Tasman, placing his immediate All Blacks future in further doubt. Five-eighth Carter has played just 40 minutes of NPC rugby because of shin pain...

Beers all round for Ashley-Cooper’s ton

The legendary tale behind Adam Ashley-Cooper’s Wallabies debut has a few variations. The best version has Ashley-Cooper summoned from the stands, beer and meat pie in hand, tackling the Springboks in Perth after Elton Flatley pulled out during...

Wallabies ready to counter All Blacks

There is a rallying on-field call the Wallabies make when they regroup in defence. Critics could argue they yell it a lot. But Wallabies flyer Joe Tomane reckons New Zealand are yet to decode it as they look to counter the world champion’s use...

Waugh backing Wallabies upset

Former Test captain Phil Waugh is backing the Wallabies to end one of the most tumultuous weeks in Australian rugby history with an improbable backs-to-the-wall Bledisloe Cup triumph over the All Blacks. Saturday night’s on-field match-up...

Pressured Wallaby coach McKenzie defiant

A defiant Ewen McKenzie has called on any disgruntled Wallabies to man up and spill their concerns face to face. As wild rumours fly left, right and centre that his days as Australian Test coach are numbered, McKenzie declared his hunger for the job...

Wallaby praises Patston as mother figure

Controversial former Wallabies staffer Di Patston has been described as a caring and hard-working mother figure who will be sorely missed by a number of players. A far different picture emerged on Tuesday about Patston, the team business manager who...

Cooper back for Wallabies but no Genia

Quade Cooper will make his Wallabies return from the bench but his longtime halves partner Will Genia has again been overlooked for Saturday night’s third Bledisloe Cup Test. Halfback Genia has trained with Australia’s squad for the last...