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Hunt, Titans embroiled in drugs sting

The unique career of code-hopper Karmichael Hunt is in danger of an implosion, with the Queensland Reds recruit facing allegations of supplying cocaine. Hunt, along with Gold Coast NRL players Beau Falloon and Jamie Dowling, have all been charged...

Reds in crisis mode before Force clash

Just when it looked like things were turning around for the Queensland Reds, their Super Rugby crisis has deepened. With the Reds looking to bounce back from last week’s 47-3 opening round hiding by the Brumbies in Canberra, preparations for...

France’s Tillous-Borde in against Wales

Toulon halfback Sebastien Tillous-Borde has recovered from a knee injury in time to get called up for France’s Six Nations game against Wales. Tillous-Borde, 29, comes in for Castres’ Rory Kockott, who suffered a quadriceps injury in...

McCaw says likely to quit after World Cup

Richie McCaw says it’s likely he’ll retire after this year’s Rugby World Cup, but it’s not a done deal yet. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain told media at Crusaders training on Thursday that he won’t chase overseas...

Waratah Palu out of Super Rugby game

NSW Waratahs have suffered a blow on the eve of their Super Rugby clash with the Rebels in Melbourne, losing Wallabies No.8 Wycliff Palu to a knee injury. Coach Michael Cheika said earlier in the week that Palu had been troubled by the knee in the...

O’Connor relishing Reds five-eighth role

A slogfest awaits James O’Connor in his Super Rugby return but the new Queensland Reds flyhalf believes he has the added maturity to handle the playmaking responsibilities better than ever before. As wild weather lashes Brisbane in the lead-up...

Brumbies’ Vaea to step up comeback

Brumbies powerhouse Ita Vaea will step up an inspiring Super Rugby comeback when he starts against the Chiefs on Friday night. Told his rugby career was over after scans found life-threatening blood clots on his heart, the 119kg backrower will play...

Western Force happy to fly under the radar

The Western Force love being underdogs – but it’s a tag they know probably won’t stick with them for much longer. Despite beating the NSW Waratahs 25-13 on enemy territory last week, the Force will again be underdogs when they...

O’Connor to make Reds debut at five-eighth

James O’Connor will play at five-eighth in his debut for the Queensland Reds against the Western Force on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium. O’Connor and fellow big-name recruit Adam Thomson missed the heavy opening round defeat to the...

Thomson itching to help embattled Reds

Star recruit Adam Thomson has vowed the Queensland Reds forwards will “front up” against the Western Force after being embarrassed by the Brumbies. Former All Blacks flanker will make his debut for the Reds in Saturday’s home Super...

Rugby Rebels to be faster than Force

NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika expects Melbourne Rebels to throw a high-tempo game at his side on Friday, rather than try and repeat the slow down tactics Western Force successfully employed against the Super Rugby champions last weekend. Just...

Cheika loving extra coaching workload

Workaholic Wallabies and Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has answered critics of his dual role by declaring he loves the extra workload and describing it as good fun. Some critics questioned the wisdom of Cheika juggling both jobs after the Waratahs...