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Super Rugby AU R7: Line-ups, odds, analysis

Last week saw the competition come to life with some impressive performances. This week, we'll be hoping for more of the same as the Force look for their first win, while the Rebels aim to keep the winning streak going.

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Blues-Crusaders finale in doubt after NZ COVID cases

Super Rugby Aotearoa's blockbuster finale is at risk of being played within an empty stadium or even not at all after New Zealand reintroduced restrictions following a COVID-19 breakout in Auckland.

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No compromise - RA won't pander to NZR as TV deadline looms

Rugby Australia interim CEO Rob Clarke announced the formal part of the broadcast process has begun as RA attempt to seal the code's broadcast future, as D-day looms for New Zealand Rugby's inclusion in a trans-Tasman competition.

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3dSam Bruce

Super AU R6: Mourning Reds 'mindset' still a work in progress

Brad Thorn didn't want to judge his Reds side too severely after Saturday's loss to the Waratahs because of the sudden death of Jordan Petaia's father. But he also knows they must be stronger mentally if they are to achieve their potential.

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0-8: Gatland's winless Aotearoa a worry for Lions?

Warren Gatland's first season in charge of the Chiefs ended far from the way he had planned, but he expects the team will be better for the experience next year under his temporary replacement, Clayton McMillan.

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Waratahs rampage to big win over Reds

Jake Gordon scored three tries in 17 minutes as the New South Wales Waratahs produced a blistering start to beat the Queensland Reds in their Super Rugby AU clash.

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Hurricanes beat Chiefs to keep title hopes alive

The Hurricanes beat the Chiefs in the penultimate weekend of Super Rugby Aotearoa on Saturday and consigned the visitors to a ninth successive loss.


Wallabies coach still hopeful of signing teenager

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie hasn't given up on winning the tug-of-war for teen sensation Joseph Suaalii who's currently weighing up whether to sign with the NRL or with Rugby Australia.

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Rebels dominate high-flying Brumbies in Sydney

The Rebels handed Super Rugby AU pacesetters the Brumbies their first defeat of the campaign with a convincing 30-12 victory at a rain-drenched Leichhardt Oval on Friday.

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Gatland hopes to stay at Chiefs if Lions tour cancelled

Warren Gatland says he would like to continue coaching at New Zealand's Chiefs next year if the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa is unable to go ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wallabies coach backs trans-Tasman concept

Rugby Australia is set to rebuff a proposal by its New Zealand counterpart for an eight-team competition featuring just two Australian teams. But Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is confident a solution will be brokered.

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South Africa Rugby hopes to play in September

The South African Government has approved the return-to-play conditions for professional rugby in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Reds to unleash 'Baby Thor' on Waratahs at SCG

Tongan Thor has a new sidekick with Baby Thor poised to make his Super Rugby AU debut when the Queensland Reds take on the NSW Waratahs in Saturday's SCG clash.

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4dSam Bruce

Wallabies: Four more games to force Dave Rennie's hand

If Dave Rennie was picking a Wallabies starting XV tomorrow, how many positions could he sort with one swift swipe of the pen? There is an argument to be made that all 15 spots are open, adding extra weight to the second half of Super Rugby AU.