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Two debutants in women’s sevens Rio bid

Former netballer Tanisha Stanton and ex-basketballer Chloe Dalton are set to make their debuts when the gun Australian women’s rugby sevens team begin their Olympic qualifying campaign. The 2014-15 Rugby Sevens World Series beginning in Dubai...

Wallabies wary of unknown quantity Ford

England will stick with emerging five-eighth George Ford for this weekend’s clash with Australia, adding an element of the unknown to the Wallabies’ preparations. Ford, 21, impressed on his starting debut in a 28-9 win over Samoa and...

Kuridrani out, Wallabies sink in rankings

The Wallabies have suffered a double blow ahead of their tour finale against England, losing in-form centre Tevita Kuridrani to injury and slumping to their equal lowest ever ranking. Kuridrani was hurt early in the second half of Saturday’s...

Wallabies prepare for England ‘bombing’

The Wallabies are bracing for another aerial assault against England after admitting to being exposed by Ireland’s clever kicking game. The Irish – led by brilliant five-eighth Johnny Sexton – peppered Australia with 34 kicks in...

Few openings for World Cup hopefuls

About six seats on the plane to the World Cup are up for grabs if the All Blacks remain injury-free in 2015. Coach Steve Hansen will name a squad of 31 in late August to pursue a second consecutive title and says 25 are pencilled in...

Kuridrani to miss Wallabies’ tour finale

The Wallabies have suffered a significant blow ahead of their spring tour finale against England, with in-form centre Tevita Kuridrani ruled out with an ankle injury. Kuridrani was hurt early in the second half of Saturday’s 26-23 loss to...

Belief is key for Wallabies: Cheika

Michael Cheika is keeping full faith in his World Cup vision despite a rocky start to his tenure as Wallabies coach. After being thrust into the role less than a week before the spring tour, Cheika faces the prospect of overseeing Australia’s...

World Cup history to drive All Blacks

The chance to become the first nation to win successive Rugby World Cups will drive the All Blacks next year. Always keen to lay a new challenge before his players, coach Steve Hansen outlined how the pursuit of back-to-back titles will be the...

All Blacks content after ‘ugly’ season

Perfect one year, ugly the next. Yet Steve Hansen is hardly reacting like the coach of an All Blacks team who, on results alone, have taken a step backwards in 2014. After winning 14 Tests from 14 last year, Hansen’s men can reflect on a...

Second half stumbles frustrate Wallabies

The Wallabies’ worrying trend of losing attacking steam in the second half is becoming a cause for concern in the build-up to next year’s World Cup. Australia carried all the momentum into halftime against Ireland in Dublin but...

All Blacks annoyed by opposition go-slow

The All Blacks ended the year as they began it – irked by opponents they say use go-slow tactics to nullify their game. Players and management highlighted the painfully slow nature of the first half, in particular, of Saturday’s 34-16...

Hansen wants Sonny Bill to box clever

Sonny Bill Williams’ return to the boxing ring has been given the All Blacks’ green light although they hope his opponent is no gun. Dual code international Williams is likely to fight over the off-season, probably in late January,...