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17hBrittany Mitchell

Adam Ashley-Cooper's unconventional World Cup call

Sitting in a birthing class alongside his expectant wife, Adam Ashley-Cooper thought Matt Giteau was ringing up for a yarn. But his great mate had some special news of his own to relay.

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2dAAP

Petaia gets nod in Wallabies' Cup squad

Michael Cheika has unveiled his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, handing uncapped Reds star Jordan Petaia a place at the expense of Tom Banks.

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2dESPN

Rugby World Cup squad lists

With less than a month until the World Cup kicks off in Japan squad lists are starting to roll in. Here we list every tournament squad as they drop.

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3dSam Bruce

Horan's World Cup calls: Take Petaia; bench Pocock

Wallabies great Tim Horan has called for Jordan Petaia to be included in Australia's World Cup squad and he is also in favour of using David Pocock as a super-sub off the bench in Japan.

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6dSam Bruce

Making World Cup sense of a wild Bledisloe Cup week

"Both teams are very talented teams and both teams will go to the World Cup with a good chance of winning it, I think." That was Steve Hansen's assessment of a wild week of Bledisloe Cup rugby, but just how accurate is it?

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6dAAP

All Blacks relaxed at losing No. 1 ranking

The All Blacks say Wales are welcome to the No. 1 world ranking, relaxed to shed themselves of the long-held status heading into a Rugby World Cup defence that is gathering serious momentum.

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6dSam Bruce

Bledisloe bloodbath corrects All Blacks' Cup course

The All Blacks are too old. The World Cup campaign is off the rails. What is Steve Hansen doing? They were the conversations circulating New Zealand this week, topics that were replaced by that grand old cliche about seven days and sport.

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9dAAP

Wallabies make one change for Bledisloe II

The Wallabies have made just the one change heading into their Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday.

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10dSam Bruce

Confidence, mindset all Wallabies can draw on at Eden Park

Wallabies great Daniel Herbert says Australia must strip back their mindset to 15 on 15 and otherwise ride the confidence earned from their victory in Perth, as they attempt to do the seemingly impossible and win at Eden Park.

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10dCraig Dowd

Why there's more on the line than just the Bledisloe Cup

Forget the excuses, New Zealand were dominated in Perth. The All Blacks forwards have rightfully been criticized, and they must realise their reputations and, for some, their careers, are now on the line in Auckland.

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11dReuters

Israel Folau court date set for 2020

Israel Folau's unfair dismissal case against Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs will head to trial in February, 2020 if no settlement is reached beforehand.

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11dAAP

New dimension to Wallabies attack: Beale

Shaun Berne's influence as Wallabies attack coach blossomed in Perth and Kurtley Beale thinks their all-encompassing approach to running rugby will only be better at the World Cup.

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12dAAP

Wallabies to make tough call on David Pocock

The Wallabies selectors face a dilemma before Saturday's Bledisloe Cup decider as they weigh up whether to play champion flanker David Pocock - and, if so, where

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11dAAP

All Black Barrett suspended three weeks

All Blacks lock Scott Barrett will miss this week's Bledisloe Cup decider but will be clear for World Cup selection after copping a three-week ban from the SANZAAR judiciary.

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12dESPN

Jones hits out at 'ridiculous' Barrett red card

Eddie Jones used his press conference after England's win over Wales on Sunday to call for World Rugby to address their high-tackle law ahead of the Rugby World Cup in September.

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12dSam Bruce

Cheika's Wallabies bully boys must simply go again

Michael Hooper and Lukhan Salakai-Loto set the tone with the Test's first two carries, and the Wallabies didn't take a backward step thereafter. Australia's victory in Bledisloe I was built on physicality, now they must repeat the dose at Eden Park.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

  • AUS2nd
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries Scored
    SA1st
    9
    11
  • AUS2nd
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points Difference
    SA1st
    9
    51