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Inspiring Lealiifano back to give Brumbies lift

Christian Lealiifano will start from the bench. CANCER survivor Christian Lealiifano will make a remarkable return for the Brumbies in Friday’s Super Rugby quarter-final against the Hurricanes. Lealiifano has been named on the bench, less than a year after being diagnosed with leukaemia. His fellow co-captain Sam Carter will also …

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Lame Tahs to get Super final lesson

Rugby: Stephen Holies has some strongwords on Tahs’ future, says coaches should be under the pump. Dejected Waratahs after their loss to the Jaguares. COACH Daryl Gibson will get his underachieving NSW Waratahs watching the Super Rugby final to see just how much they need to improve after a disastrous …

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Lightning Rod for change

Super Rugby: Christian Lealiifano will make his return o Rugby after going through cancer treatment. Rod Kafer is Australia’s new head of national coaching development. RESTORING Australia’s reputation as the clever country of rugby and ridding its players of an Kiwi inferiority complex. Those are two of Rod Kafer’s goals …

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Quade fade gives Kurtley chance to shine

Rugby: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika explains why Quade Cooper was left out of the Wallabies training squad. Quade Cooper’s only route back in to the Wallabies side now looks to be injuries elsewhere. KURTLEY Beale will be the designated deputy at No.10 for Australia after a lacklustre Super Rugby season …

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Quarterfinal teams: Crusaders, Highlanders name teams

Rugby: Steve Larkham has lauded the work ethic of Christian Lealiifano, who is set to make his much anticipated return to Super Rugby just a year after being diagnosed with Leukemia. Ben Smith is back to captain the Highlanders in their quarterfinal blockbuster in Christchurch. AFTER resting a number of …

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Impressive Mafi gets Rebels best player nod

Amanaki Mafi played every game in 2017 for the Rebels. ONE of the few shining lights for the Melbourne Rebels in 2017, Amanaki Mafi, has been announced as the club’s best player for the season. And on a potential bright note to finish the wooden spoon-winning campaign, six Rebels have …

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Cheika big fan of rising star Magnay

Rugby: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika explains why Quade Cooper was left out of the Wallabies training squad. Campbell Magnay has certainly caught the attention of Michael Cheika. WALLABIES coach Michael Cheika has delivered an interesting twist to Campbell Magnay’s uncertain future after nominating the 20-year-old centre as a player with …

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SBW back from ban for Bledisloe opener

Sonny Bill Williams will be eligible for the Bledisloe opener after serving his ban in provincial rugby. MISSING a couple of pre-season matches will allow Sonny Bill Williams to return from suspension to face the Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup series opener in Sydney. All Blacks centre Williams copped a …

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Canes unmoved by Brumbies not-so-Super run

Kick Chase: Weekend corkies (18/07/17) The Hurricanes aren’t taking the Brumbies lightly ahead of their away quarterfinal in Canberra. THE Hurricanes have declared Australia’s dismal trans-Tasman Super Rugby record irrelevant as they prepare to face the Brumbies in a knockout quarter-final. The Wellington-based team touched down in Canberra on Tuesday …

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Axed South African teams set to join Pro 12

The Kings and Cheetahs are expected to join Europe’s Pro 12 competition. THE two South African teams that were dropped from Super Rugby could join Europe’s Pro12 competition for its new season starting in September. Celtic Rugby, the body that runs the Pro12, says it is in “advanced and positive …

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