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2dSam Bruce

Eddie: NRL showed rugby what rule change achieves

A student of all sports, Eddie Jones recognised the improved quality of action in the NRL after it made one simple rule change. He says rugby now resembles the NFL and needs far more continuity.


Australia want to host Rugby Championship "hub"

Rugby Australia is in talks with the government about allowing New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina's teams to enter the country and be based in a "hub" for a condensed Rugby Championship later in the year.

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3dSam Bruce

Rugby Australia confirms savage job cuts at HQ

Rugby Australia has continued the difficult task of reducing costs across the business by confirming the departures of 47 fulltime staff, and a further 30 freelance contractors, on Monday afternoon.

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Philip torn between Wallabies hopes, overseas offers

A sudden shortage of locks in Australian rugby has opened the door for Matt Philip to reclaim his Wallabies jersey but the Melbourne Rebels forward says the uncertainties wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have left him with a difficult choice.

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6dSam Bruce

What's the point of World Rugby's 'optional' law trials?

World Rugby continues to baffle as an organisation. By making a series of law trials "optional" for national Unions they are virtually committing to no longer-term change for the game -- and Australian rugby will suffer even more as a result.

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8dESPN staff

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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13dBrittany 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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13dBrittany 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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14dSam 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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16dESPN 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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18dSam 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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18dSam 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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21dESPN 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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22dESPN 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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23dSam 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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23dESPN 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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23dESPN 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.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

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