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2dSam Bruce

RA pledges not to blow World Cup revenue

Rugby Australia boss Andy Marinos has pledged to not repeat the mistakes of the past, with the governing body already planning an endowment fund to manage the financial windfall that will be generated by hosting the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

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3dESPN staff

Australia named 'preferred candidate' for RWC 2027

Australia has been announced as the "preferred candidate" for the 2027 Rugby World Cup, virtually guaranteeing the tournament will return Down Under for the first time in 24 years.

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3dSam Bruce

NZ border plans wreaks havoc with SR Pacific draw

The inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season and its historic "Super Round" have been thrust back into uncertainty, after the New Zealand Government on Wednesdaty unveiled its plan for the staged reopening of its international border.

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5dSam Bruce

Re-ranking world rugby's top 10 two years out from the World Cup

The halfway point between Rugby World Cups has been reached, with the countdown now on to France 2023. After a fascinating few weeks of cross-hemisphere play, where does the pecking order sit for the game's elite nations?

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3dSam Bruce

A frustrating finish, but Wallabies can look to 2022 with quiet optimism

When the frustrations of several key decisions from the loss to Wales subside, the Wallabies can take pride in the fact that this was their best performance of the tour -- and look ahead to 2022 with the belief they have significant improvement to come.

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Wallabies furious at officials after Wales loss

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has delivered an uncharacteristic blast at the match officials after his brave but ill-disciplined Wallabies were beaten 29-28 in a thrilling European tour finale in Cardiff.

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Wales add to Australia misery with late penalty

Wales' Rhys Priestland kicked a penalty after the hooter as the hosts poured more misery on Australia with a 29-28 victory at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

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9dSam Bruce

No start for Skelton, but Rennie at ease with Giteau Law use

Will Skelton will be the only player of the Wallabies' recalled European quartet not to earn a run-on start, but coach Dave Rennie says he is comfortable with his management of the group, even considering the drama that unfolded in Japan.

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Slipper to captain Wallabies in Hooper's absence

James Slipper will replace the injured Michael Hooper as Wallabies captain against Wales this weekend in Cardiff with the promotion of the veteran prop a popular choice among the players.

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12dESPN staff

Wallabies skipper Hooper out of tour finale

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper has been ruled out of his side's season finale in Cardiff after suffering a foot injury in Saturday's loss to England.

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England's Itoje nominated for player of the year

England's Maro Itoje will challenge Australia captain Michael Hooper and teammate Samu Kerevi for the men's player of the year while scrum-half Antoine Dupont became the first Frenchman to be shortlisted for the award since 2012.

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Jones' England beat the Wallabies again

The Wallabies have suffered another wretched evening at the hands of their compatriot Eddie Jones, whose England side condemned them to a comprehensive 32-15 defeat at an exultant Twickenham.

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14dBethan Clargo

England claim emphatic victory over Australia

England's Jamie Blamire became the first forward in his country's history to score a try in four consecutive Tests as his side claimed an emphatic 32-15 victory against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Aussie 'inferiority complex' worries Jones

Eddie Jones smiles in his own inimitable way that he's just another Australian with an "inferiority complex" when it comes to playing the "mother country" England at sport.

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16dSam Bruce & Tom Hamilton

A thread: What to make of Eddie, England and Rennie's Wallabies

England and Australia meet for the first time since the 2019 World Cup, Eddie Jones' team riding a seven-match winning streak against the Wallabies. But both teams have a different look to them -- Sam Bruce and Tom Hamilton break it all down.

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15dTom Hamilton

England in front-row crisis as Genge ruled out

England have made four changes ahead of their autumn international match against Australia on Saturday and face a front-row crisis as Ellis Genge was ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

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14dESPN staff

All you need to know for the weekend's rugby Tests

After an enthralling opening weekend of the November Test window, the action goes up a gear with huge clashes in London, Dublin and Edinburgh. Read up on all you need to know here.

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17dSam Bruce

White: Eddie Jones the 'king of mind games'

Eddie Jones has already been up to his old tricks this week, earning a stinging rebuke for comments about Emma Raducanu in the process. But they won't be a distraction for the Wallabies and Nic White, who is all too aware of the coach's tactics.

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16dBrittany Mitchell

The business of building Super Rugby expansion teams

With just four months until the opening match of Super Rugby Pacific, the two new franchises Moana Pasifika and Fijian Dura have been given the unenviable task of finalizing their squad lists and confirm training facilities all before preseason starts.

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19dSam Bruce

'A steely resolve': Has Rugby Australia weathered the COVID storm?

Andy Marinos and Hamish McLennan will this week try to solidify Rugby Australia's bid for the 2027 World Cup. It is a long way from where the game was 18 months ago, though there is still more to be done on the road to recovery.

2021 RankingsRugby Championship

  • AUS2nd
    Tries Scored 1st New Zealand : 28 Tries Scored
  • AUS3rd
    Points Difference 1st New Zealand : 114 Points Difference