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Beale left out of Tahs’ Super semi squad

The NSW Waratahs appear have been dealt a huge blow ahead of their Super Rugby semi-final against the Highlanders with star playmaker Kurtley Beale left out of the side named for Saturday’s clash. Beale has been battling a quadriceps injury,...

Highlanders pick unheralded flanker

Unheralded provincial flanker James Lentjes has been called back into the Highlanders team to face the NSW Waratahs in Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final in Sydney. Lentjes replaces the injured Dan Pryor (dislocated elbow) in the only change to...

Canes to keep rugby semi emotions in check

Keeping the Hurricanes on an even keel will be captain Conrad Smith’s greatest challenge heading into their Super Rugby semi-final against the Brumbies. Veteran All Blacks centre Smith admits it will be hard enough to stay grounded himself on...

Beale not named for Tahs’ Super Rugby semi

NSW Waratahs playmaker Kurtley Beale has been left out of the side named to face the Highlanders in Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final in Sydney. Beale has been battling a quadriceps injury, only managing a brief jog on Thursday at...

Beale not named for Tahs Super Rugby semi

NSW Waratahs playmaker Kurtley Beale has been left out of the side named to face the Highlanders in Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final in Sydney. Beale has been battling a quadriceps injury, only managing a brief jog on Thursday at...

Kurtley Beale sits out Tahs’ training

NSW Waratahs playmaker Kurtley Beale will have a fitness test on Friday to determine if he plays in this weekend’s Super Rugby semi-final against the Highlanders in Sydney. Beale hasn’t trained with the side this week due to a quadriceps...

Stopping Folau vital in rugby semi: Smith

Ben Smith can’t speak highly enough of NSW Waratahs opposing fullback Israel Folau, who will be firmly in the Highlanders’ crosshairs throughout Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final in Sydney. The clash of arguably the world’s...

Brumbies consider appealing Speight’s ban

The Brumbies are considering whether to appeal the severity of Henry Speight’s five-week suspension, in the hope it will help his chances of playing for the Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup. The Fijian flyer was banned on Wednesday after being...

Rugby head hopes for Aust WCup media cover

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper says he hopes continuing negotiations will result in the Australian media covering the World Cup and end an impasse over the terms and conditions of accreditation for the tournament which starts in September...

All Blacks switch focus to defence

Defence is about to become a priority for the All Blacks. Coach Steve Hansen says several years spent fine-tuning their attacking game has come at the expense of their tackling technique and defensive structure. A desire to stiffen up that aspect is...

Tahs’ Hooper handling huge rugby workload

He jokes he has the body of a 40-year-old, but Waratahs ironman Michael Hooper feels he can cope with another long and brutal campaign after getting virtually no rest through the Super Rugby competition. The Waratahs were handed an especially...

Brumbies’ Speight suspended for 5 weeks

Wallabies and Brumbies winger Henry Speight will miss the rest of the Super Rugby finals and the opening two Test matches after being suspended for five weeks. SANZAR announced the penalty on Wednesday after earlier finding Speight guilty of a...