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Beale close to re-signing with ARU

Kurtley Beale has revealed he’s likely to remain in Australian rugby beyond this year’s World Cup in Britain, while Wallabies captain Michael Hooper admits he can’t imagine playing anywhere else. In a huge boost to the ARU as it...

Brumbies brace for breakdown battle

A fierce breakdown battle is tipped as pivotal when the Brumbies take on a Blues team fired up for their long-awaited return to Eden Park on Friday night. Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has taken the rare step of benching big All Blacks backrower...

Cheika cops warning for ref approach

Wallabies and NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has been handed a formal warning by SANZAR for approaching a referee during a match. Cheika copped the warning after Super Rugby governing body SANZAR investigated a complaint about him stemming from...

Crusaders stick with unchanged backline

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has named an unchanged backline to face the Highlanders in Saturday’s Super Rugby match in Christchurch. Blackadder has tweaked his forwards, but is running with the same backline which featured in the...

Another Reds blow as O’Connor ruled out

The Queensland Reds have copped yet another hit on their tour of South Africa with James O’Connor sidelined due to a calf injury. As if they had not faced enough obstacles in their preparations for their clash with the Bulls in Johannesburg on...

Adam Ashley-Cooper back for NSW Waratahs

Wallabies vice-captain Adam Ashley-Cooper will make his long-awaited return for the NSW Waratahs in Saturday’s Super Rugby clash with the Stormers at Allianz Stadium. Ashley-Cooper has been sidelined for almost two months with a rare knee...

Brumbies wary of battling Blues

They’re winless and coming stone last, but the Brumbies know there’s good reason to be wary of the Blues in Friday night’s Super Rugby clash. For starters it’s the Blues’ first match this season at their true home...

Reds focused on present against Bulls

Queensland Reds centre Anthony Fainga’a says history means little as the embattled Super Rugby side attempt to end their five-match losing streak against the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday. No Australian Super Rugby team has won a regular...

Spud Carroll drops in on Tahs training

One-time State of Origin hardman Mark Carroll has made a conspicuous appearance at NSW Waratahs training. Waratahs coach Michael Cheika is not averse to mixing things up, last year training and trading ideas with Moore Park neighbours the Sydney...

Sharks rugby forward banned for 7 weeks

Sharks flanker Jean Deysel has been banned for seven weeks for kneeing an opponent in the head in a Super Rugby game. SANZAR said Deysel pleaded guilty in a disciplinary hearing to striking Crusaders flanker Matt Todd in the Sharks’ 52-10 loss...

Singapore clinches deal to host sevens

Singapore has clinched a four-year deal to host a leg of the Sevens World Series at its state-of-the-art National Stadium starting next year, World Rugby said Tuesday. The wealthy Southeast Asian city-state will join Vancouver, Sydney and Cape Town...

Folau eyes rare Super Rugby double

Israel Folau believes the NSW Waratahs have the hunger and desire to win back-to-back premierships in what would be a first in the code-hopper’s storied career. Despite the Waratahs labouring along mid-table entering the halfway point of the...