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3hSam Bruce & Brittany Mitchell

Heartbreak aside, there are signs of life at the Waratahs

An intense final round of Super Rugby AU awaits this weekend, particularly with the Waratahs at last showing signs of life following the sacking of Rob Penney. Meanwhile in New Zealand, the captain's challenge continues to befuddle.

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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.

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McKenzie kicks Chiefs to late win over Crusaders

Damian McKenzie kicked the winning penalty for the second week running as the Waikato Chiefs kept their final hopes alive with a 26-25 Super Rugby Aotearoa victory over the Canterbury Crusaders.

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Highlanders keep alive title hopes with 35-29 win over Blues

The Otago Highlanders held on for a 35-29 win over the Auckland Blues in Dunedin on Friday to keep alive their Super Rugby Aotearoa title hopes after the visitors finished with 14 men because of a late red card.

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5dSam Bruce

Valetini targets 'repeat efforts' in quest for Test start

Brumbies back-rower Rob Valetini says he models his game on late All Blacks great Jerry Collins and former France enforcer Sebastien Chabal as he pushes hard to win the Wallabies No. 6 jersey when Australia faces France later this year.

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3dSam Bruce

'Make a statement': Rennie's message to Wallabies hopefuls

The Wallabies wrapped up a three-day camp on Tuesday, the 40 players in attendance each getting a indication of where they are for Test selection. But that doesn't mean the door is closed on those who didn't make the trip to Sydney, Sam Bruce reports.

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Force to treat every game like a final

Western Force players will treat their final two games like finals fixtures, and they're well aware bonus points could end up deciding their fate.

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7dSam Bruce

Vunivalu: Thorn a lot like Storm boss Bellamy

Suliasi Vunivalu may have endured a rocky start in his switch to rugby, but with the help of Brad Thorn he is starting to feel at home at the Reds and now has a taste of what life with the Wallabies might look like in 2021.

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Injured Hodge to miss rest of Super Rugby

The Melbourne Rebels will be without Wallabies star Reece Hodge for the rest of their Super Rugby campaign after he suffered a knee injury.

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'Lomu rule' applies to Petaia: Thorn

Fullback, centre or wing? It doesn't really matter when it comes to Jordan Petaia if you ask his Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn - as long as you stick to one rule.

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Force score late to secure win over Rebels

Western Force have come from behind to snatch a 16-15 win over Melbourne Rebels to keep alive their hopes of a Super Rugby AU finals berth.

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10dSam Bruce

Life in Japan: How Will Genia & Quade Cooper found a 'sweet spot'

Will Genia and Quade Cooper are loving life in Japan. Having reflected on their careers to date and changed the way they prepare, both men feel as though their careers have been extended - and they see big things ahead for rugby in the region.

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Lock Philip returns to Rebels from France

Lock Matt Philip will return from France in July in a boost for the Wallabies and Melbourne, signing with the Super Rugby club through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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11dBrittany Mitchell

Reds vs. Brumbies: Five key Wallabies clashes

It's the biggest game of Round 8, the Reds hosting the Brumbies. It's not just about who'll take home the spoils though, but who'll come out on top as Wallabies favourites? Here's five key contests to watch for this weekend.

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3dESPN Staff

Super Rugby AU R9 & Aotearoa R8: Line-ups, odds, analysis

It's down to the pointy end of the season in Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa, with plenty of competition for the remaining finals places. Stay across the latest team news, odds and analysis here.

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Super Rugby AU R8 & Aotearoa R7: Line-ups, odds, analysis

How impressive was last week's action? This weekend's sure to be just as exciting with the Reds hosting the Brumbies, while the Highlanders and Chiefs face off in Dunedin. Stay across the latest team news, odds and analysis here.

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O'Connor seeing rugby clearly as captain

James O'Connor believes he's only now appreciating the beauty of rugby, likening his stint as Queensland Reds captain and progression as a No.10 to being unplugged from the Matrix.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

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