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114dESPN Staff

COVID forces Force's withdrawal from Super W

The growing COVID-19 situation across Australia has seen the Western Force withdraw from Super W effective immediately to ensure players and staff are able to return to families and fulfill employment obligations.

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131dSam Bruce

Power Rankings: The Highlanders' chilly challenge in Canberra

The Blues are so close to a home final they can touch it, but how will things pan out for the Crusaders and Highlanders this weekend? Our latest edition of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Power Rankings has the good oil.

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137dSam Bruce

Brad Thorn laments loss of NRC: 'A tough one'

Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn has lamented the loss of the National Rugby Championship as a means of player development, suggesting it has affected the fortunes of Australia's teams in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman.

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138dSam Bruce

Super Rugby TT Power Rankings: Focus squarely on Blues, Hurricanes

New Zealand's unbeaten streak was halted at 13, with the Reds at last getting Australian rugby on the board in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman. So who rose, who fell, and who kept their place? Read for every move the Power Rankings.

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145dESPN Staff

Super W fixtures, location confirmed

A restructured Super W season has been announced with fixtures and locations confirmed after months of delays, with the tournament to be played across three weeks and three locations.

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Australia kicks off bid to stage 2027 RWC

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan says that hosting the 2027 World Cup would be a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

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152dBrittany Mitchell

Super Rugby TT Power Rankings: Blues rise as Reds fall

The opening round has been run and won, and there's been plenty of movement on the ladder after two close finishes and one blow out on Saturday. Read for every move the Power Rankings.

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RA boss retains full faith in Wallabies

Rugby Australia chief Andy Marinos concedes there's a gulf in standard between Australian rugby and the might of New Zealand but remains "absolutely" confident the Wallabies will beat France in July's three-Test series.

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159dESPN Staff

Wallabies announce Cadbury as principal partner

Rugby Australia have unveiled a new principal partner for the first time in 30-years with chocolate giant Cadbury partnering with the Wallabies and Wallaroos until 2026.

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160dESPN staff with AAP

McReight: Reds' Trans-Tasman odds 'white noise'

Reds star Fraser McReight says bookmaker odds that have his side at a longer price for Super Rugby Trans-Tasman are little more than white noise, but veteran Force winger and former All Black Richard Kahui believes Australia's teams are in for a shock.

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160dBrittany Mitchell

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Power Rankings Round 1

Across the five weeks, ESPN will rank all 10 teams, from top to bottom, taking into account which teams are playing the best rugby, injuries, each team's recent opponents, and which teams are looking most like title contenders.

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Super Rugby TT retains some law variations

Australia and New Zealand have agreed to retain replacements for red-carded players and goal-line drop-outs in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition after trialling the rule innovations in domestic seasons, organisers said on Monday.

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163dSam Bruce

Super AU success gives RA 'something to ponder'

Rugby Australia chief executive Andy Marinos says the success of Super Rugby AU has given his board something to ponder in terms of competition structures for next season, admitting a fully united trans-Tasman competition is not yet a guarantee.

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Force winger Pulu cops three-game ban

Western Force winger Toni Pulu has been banned for three games for his clumsy tackle during the Super Rugby AU qualifying final against the Brumbies.

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Brumbies tested but seal place in 2021 final

The Brumbies have booked their place in another Super Rugby AU title decider with a tense and drama-charged 21-9 qualifying final triumph over the Western Force in Canberra.

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174dSam Bruce

Analysing the red-card replacement trial in Super Rugby AU

They're the numbers that should both please and concern Rugby Australia, but also deliver a message to World Rugby administrators that one of supporters' biggest gripes with the game can be addressed.

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176dSam Bruce

Super Rugby wrap: Historic night for Western Force, now to back it up

Things could not have been anymore dramatic as the Western Force qualified for the Super Rugby AU finals, adding another chapter to their remarkable recent history. Catch up with all the weekend's talking points from both sides of the Tasman here.

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Force dare to dream of Super Rugby AU glory

The Western Force are daring to dream of snaring the Super Rugby AU crown after securing a landmark finals appearance in the most dramatic circumstances.

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178dBrittany Mitchell

Force's class of 2021 writing chapter on their own terms

On the precipice of Western Force history, the team of 2021 are determined to write their own chapter in the club's unique history book after years of heartbreak in the west, writes Brittany Mitchell.

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Force beat NSW in after-siren thriller

The Western Force's finals hopes are still alive after Argentinian flyhalf Domingo Miotti nailed a penalty after the final siren to lift his side to a 31-30 victory over the NSW Waratahs.