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Beale’s road back begins on training pitch

Kurtley Beale’s road to Wallabies redemption has begun on a training paddock in Dublin and teammate Quade Cooper says it’s the perfect place to show he’s turned a corner. Cooper knows all about rebuilding a career, having...

Quade Cooper eyes off return to ring

Quade Cooper is targeting a return to the boxing ring early next year to aid his Rugby World Cup preparations. Cooper, who has a 2-0 professional boxing record, sparred with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika as part of fitness work in the lead-up to...

Wingers face off in Wales-NZ rugby Test

Welsh winger George North is in no doubt of the challenge posed by the All Blacks’ “exceptional” Julian Savea this weekend in Cardiff. Both wingers will face off on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) at Millennium Stadium. But while North has...

England rugby team and coach hurting

England coach Stuart Lancaster says his side are hurting after five losses in a row including defeats to world champions New Zealand and South Africa at Twickenham. England have only 10 more games until they stage next year’s World Cup,...

Samoa warned over rugby boycott threat

The International Rugby Board (IRB) wants no repeat of Samoa’s threatened boycott of this weekend’s match against England ahead of next year’s World Cup. Samoa’s players had warned they were contemplating pulling out of...

Picking All Black No.10 causing headaches

Picking the All Blacks five-eighth for Saturday’s Test against Wales is as easy as ABC. Oh and don’t forget D. The names Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett, Colin Slade and Dan Carter will stare back at the New Zealand selectors this week and...

Beale, Schatz train with Wallabies

Kurtley Beale was all smiles as he returned to Wallabies training in Dublin as forgotten man Jake Schatz quietly set about making a comeback of his own. The duo, who received mid-tour call-ups last week, slotted seamlessly into the Australian squad...

Ireland pass Wallabies in world rankings

In-form Ireland have overtaken Australia in the IRB rankings for the first time in eight years but aren’t viewing the Wallabies as vulnerable in this weekend’s Test at Lansdowne Road. The Six Nations champions on Monday climbed to third...

Beale could play against Ireland

Kurtley Beale could be thrust back into Test action off the bench against Ireland if the controversial utility proves himself in his first week back with the Wallabies. Beale has been reunited with his Australian teammates for the first time since...

Cheika doesn’t fear Dublin Six repeat

The Wallabies have returned to the scene of the crime that may have kick-started the demise of former coach Ewen McKenzie. But his successor Michael Cheika is adamant a strong culture of respect and trust within the current playing group will ensure...

Irish warm up for Aust with Georgia win

Fullback Felix Jones scored two of Ireland’s seven tries as the Six Nations champions got over a poor first-half to coast to a 49-7 victory over Georgia at Lansdowne Road on Sunday for their sixth successive win. Five-eighth Ian Madigan...

Injured Vito out of All Blacks’ tour

Luckless flanker Victor Vito is heading home from the All Blacks’ tour after pulling a calf muscle in the scratchy win over Scotland. Lock Dominic Bird, drafted in to the side after Brodie Retallick picked up a shoulder injury against England,...