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Australia up to host mini rugby World Cup

Cash-strapped Rugby Australia has thrown up the prospect of hosting a mini World Cup during the Southern Hemisphere winter in what would be a huge boost to rugby-starved fans.

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Vunivalu off and running with Reds

The sight of the Queensland Reds' prized recruit Suliasi Vunivalu prowling on the wing at Ballymore has instantly excited Wallabies playmaker James O'Connor.

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Super Rugby AU trial match cancelled

Australian Super Rugby teams have chosen to reduce trial matches to just one each ahead of the Super Rugby AU season kick-off in February due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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NSW Waratahs sign former Broncos NRL star

The NSW Waratahs have bolstered their backline stocks with the signing of former Brisbane NRL star Izaia Perese for the 2021 Super Rugby season.

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Rebels training disrupted by border chaos

Melbourne Rebels are the latest sports team to get caught up in border mayhem with five Super Rugby players left in training limbo.


Western Force name new CEO

Former NZ rugby administrator Tony Lewis has been handed the job of turning the Western Force into a trans-Tasman powerhouse after being named as the franchise's new chief executive.

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How COVID-19 became the circuit-breaker Australian rugby needed

When they sit down to write the Australian rugby almanac for 2020 it's unlikely those involved will be able to keep it to one edition. We should, in fact, prepare ourselves for multiple volumes, such was the chaos created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RWC 2023 hosts France draw New Zealand

Rugby World Cup-holders South Africa have been drawn with Ireland for the 2023 competition while New Zealand are paired with France, England are in the same pool as Japan and Argentina.

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Super Round for rugby's Trans-Tasman comp

Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium could host every Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby team over one weekend in a Trans-Tasman Super Round next year.

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Salakaia-Loto rubbed out of Reds' 2021 openers

Wallabies lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto has been hit with a four-week ban for his dangerous tackle on Pumas back-rower Santiago Grondona in Saturday's Tri Nations finale.

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SANZAAR open to hub for Rugby Championship

SANZAAR say they are open to hosting the Rugby Championship in a centralised location again after this year's edition was reduced to three teams and played entirely in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ledesma hails spirit of resilient Pumas

Argentina coach Mario Ledesma detailed the "sleepless nights" and endless adversity the Pumas had to overcome to complete an extraordinary Tri Nations campaign with another spirited draw with the Wallabies.

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A drawn-out 2020: Wallabies fumble their way to predictable finale

A fumbling and bumbling Wallabies were fortunate to come away with a 16-all draw against Argentina in Sydney on Saturday and the resulting 1-2-3 record for 2020 poses more questions than it does answers -- Sam Bruce writes.

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Wallabies not out to entertain in Tri Nations finale

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie says he feels no obligation for his side to entertain in Saturday's Tri Nations finale, instead setting his sights on a "quality performance" to round out his first season in charge.

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Australian Super Rugby squads 2021

Following the success of Super Rugby AU, the competition will be revisited again in 2021 with all five Australia Super Rugby sides to face off in a 10 round season with a Final.

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Cheika keen for round two as Wallabies coach

Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika hasn't given up hope of one day returning to the role, despite a lack of success across his closing years in charge and an ugly fallout with Rugby Australia.

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O'Connor returns to pilot Wallabies against Pumas

James O'Connor has been rushed straight back into the Wallabies side for Saturday night's closing Test against Argentina, while stopgap solution Reece Hodge has been retained elsewhere in the backline.

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Pumas captain Matera suspended over racist posts

Argentina's Pablo Matera has been stripped of the Pumas' captaincy and suspended along with team mates Guido Petti and Santiago Socino for posting racist comments on social media, the Argentine Rugby Union said on Tuesday.

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O'Connor fit to return for Wallabies' 2020 finale

James O'Connor has declared himself fit to put on the Australia No. 10 shirt again in the last match of the Tri Nations against Argentina at the weekend after missing the rest of the tournament with knee and foot injuries.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

  • AUS2nd
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries Scored
  • AUS2nd
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points Difference