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Force back as part of Super Rugby AU

Western Force has officially signed on to join the four Australian Super Rugby teams in an Australia-based competition to be known as Super Rugby AU.

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I should have left sooner: Cheika

Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has said he should have quit the job in early 2019 after Rugby Australia (RA) brought in Scott Johnson as director of rugby and introduced a three-man selection panel.

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5dBrittany Mitchell

Rugby Australia slams door on Reds trio

The door back to Australian rugby has been slammed shut on Queensland Reds trio Izack Rodda, Isaac Lucas and Harry Hockings after Rugby Australia and the Reds terminated their contracts on Saturday morning.

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5dBrittany Mitchell

Reds trio terminate RA contracts

Queensland Reds trio Izack Rodda, Harry Hockings and Isaac Lucas have terminated their contracts with Rugby Australia and Queensland Rugby Union days after they were sensationally stood down by the QRU.

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Sunwolves unlikely for Aussie comp - Rebels CEO

Japan's Sunwolves are unlikely to take part in Australia's stand-in domestic competition with the country's four Super Rugby teams and Western Force because of logistical problems, the CEO of the Melbourne Rebels says.

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7dSam Bruce, Brittany Mitchell

Round Table: How will Brad Thorn respond to wayward Reds?

Given what he was building at Ballymore, how will Brad Thorn react to the dissenting Reds trio? And should the Sunwolves be involved in Australia's planned domestic Super Rugby tournament? Welcome to the Round Table.

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8dESPN staff

NZ Minister in cheeky Bledisloe dig at Wallabies

You might think that Wallabies 18-year Bledisloe drought would earn some sort of sympathy in New Zealand, yet one politician certainly couldn't help himself when the prospect of some trans-Tasman play was raised.

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10dSam Bruce

'Disappointing' Reds trio flout 'mateship, accountability'

Australia's director of rugby Scott Johnson is disappointed by the decision of the dissenting Reds trio as all three players are central to the game's future, while QRU chief David Hanham said the move went against what the franchise had been building.

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10dSam Bruce

Reds trio stood down after refusing pay cuts

Queensland Reds trio Izack Rodda, Isaac Lucas and Harry Hockings have all been stood down after refusing to agree to salary cuts and the club's participation in the Australian Government's JobKeeper scheme.

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13dESPN Staff

RA hope for rosy future under McLennan

After a tumultuous six weeks that saw the resignations of CEO Raelene Castle and director PeterWiggs, Rugby Australia has a new figurehead - former News Corp and Channel Ten executive Hamish McLennan.

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14dESPN staff

Jones' simple solution to fix Australian rugby

England coach Eddie Jones has wadded into Rugby Australia's [RA] current state of issues on Australian podcast The Rugby Ruckus suggesting RA focus on reviving club rugby to its former glory and avoid imitating other nation's structures.

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15dSam Bruce

Dismantling the Giteau Law may be RA's only option

Rugby Australia faces a litany of challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic, the latest of which is the threat of the NRL poaching its best young players. But there could be an answer in removing the already hotly-debated Giteau Law -- Sam Bruce writes.

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15dESPN Staff

FAQ: Where each major code stand on the flu jab

Where does each major Aussie football code stand of flu shots? We've compiled a list of how they're handling vaccinations ahead of a return to play.

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16dESPN staff

French club confirms signing of Wallaby star Beale

One of the worst kept secrets in Australian rugby has been confirmed, with French club Racing 92 announcing the signing of Wallabies veteran Kurtley Beale on a two-year deal.

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17dSam Bruce

Wallabies prop Sio happy to trial scrum clock

Wallabies prop Scott Sio is in favour of an idea to implement a scrum clock, among other law tweaks, when Australia launches its domestic Super Rugby competition in the coming months.

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21dBrittany Mitchell

RA interim CEO Rob Clarke establishes priorities

Rugby Australia interim CEO Rob Clarke has hit the ground running in his new role immediately establishing two priorities at the top of the agenda: returning to play and clarifying RA's financial position.

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21dBrittany Mitchell

Redemption: Western Force ready to make a lasting impression

Three years on from their unceremonious dumping from Super Rugby, Western Force are poised to return to the Australian rugby spotlight as part of a new domestic league. And they won't be wasting their moment in the spotlight.

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22dSam Bruce

Provincial Unions rally behind RA, McLean; NSW aside

Rugby Australia and chairman Paul McLean have received a timely vote of confidence amid the code's disastrous current predicament with the nation's provincial Unions united in their support ... all those except for New South Wales.

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22dSam Bruce

Rugby Australia appoints interim chief executive

The chaos continues to unfold at Rugby Australia [RA] with newly elected board member Peter Wiggs resigning after butting heads with colleagues throughout the week.

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24dSam Bruce

SANZAAR rebuffs trans-Tasman Super talk

SANZAAR has moved to quell talk of breakaway rugby competitions being created amid the coronavirus pandemic in declaring that all four member unions remain committed to the alliance through to 2030.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

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