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Rebels lose third straight Super Rugby match, face nervous wait on Dane Haylett-Petty and Jordan Uelese

THE Rebels missed a golden opportunity to take back top spot on the Australian conference and win their first match in South Africa as they went down to the Bulls 28-10 in Pretoria on Saturday night.

Chiefs smash Reds in Brisbane to continue Kiwi dominance over Australian Super Rugby teams

IT was supposed to be a night of celebration as the Reds ran out for their 1000th match, but the Chiefs made sure that they were short lived running out 36-12 winners in Brisbane.

Serious arm injury pushes former Wallabies star Rob Horne into premature retirement

FORMER Wallaby and Waratah Rob Horne has been forced to retire at the age of 28 after suffering major nerve damage to his right arm while playing in England.

Ryan Crotty double helps Crusaders run over the top of Sunwolves in Christchurch

THEY’VE been the laughing stock of Super Rugby ever since their inception in 2016, but the Sunwolves showed plenty of character despite falling to yet another defeat against the Crusaders on a wet Saturday night in Christchurch.

Waratahs set new standard in futility with embarrassing home defeat to rampant Lions

THE Waratahs’ credentials as a genuine contender were dealt a major blow after they failed to score a point for the first time ever in 23 seasons of Super Rugby.

Waratahs crash back to Earth as they go pointless for first time in Super Rugby history against Lions

FOR the first time in their 303-game history, the Waratahs didn’t score a point in a match as they were thrashed by the Lions 29-0 in Sydney on Friday night.

Super W Grand Final: Ash Hewson holds nerve to kick NSW to golden-point win over Queensland

SINCE she was five years old and playing backyard footy on NSW’s south coast, Ash Hewson practiced kicking a goal to win the Grand Final.

Shannon Frizell steps out of the shadow of older brother to lead Highlanders to victory over Blues

A HAT-TRICK of tries to Shannon Frizell, the younger brother of league sensation Tyson, saw the Highlanders smash the Blues 34-16 at Eden Park to keep pace with their New Zealand domestic rivals.

Former Eastwood premiership-winning coach John Manenti takes charge of Australian women’s sevens team

GIVEN his size gives him away as a card-holding member of the front rowers union, John Manenti has a practised answer when the question comes.

Super Rugby teams: round ten injury news, referees, previews

A WEEK after making his rugby comeback in Brisbane club rugby, Wallaby great George Smith has been recalled for the Reds’ blockbuster against the Chiefs.

Queensland get shot at trying to end dire Aussie run against Kiwi sides as Chiefs come to town

JAMES Slipper thinks Super Rugby’s trans-Tasman gulf is closing yet a stark 0-34 ledger will only cease to be a complete embarrassment if the Reds end the rot on Saturday night.

Former Wallabies teammate Drew Mitchell says Israel Folau has failed as a role model

FORMER Wallabies teammate Drew Mitchell believes Israel Folau has failed in his responsibility as a role model by expressing his controversial views on homosexuality via social media.

121-week ban for five Spanish players following Rugby World Cup qualifier against Belgium

FIVE Spain rugby internationals have been banned for between 14 and 43 weeks for abusing a match official at the end of a controversial Rugby Europe Championship match against Belgium last month.

Podcast: National skills coach Mick Byrne says New Zealand rugby’s extraordinary run against Australia is down to respect

AHEAD of Saturday’s fixture between the Reds and Chiefs in Brisbane, national skills coach Mick Byrne has disputed the idea that New Zealand rugby doesn’t respect Australian Super Rugby sides.

George Smith makes long awaited return, Lukhan Tui to undergo surgery

WALLABIES great George Smith will make his comeback for the Queensland Reds on Saturday night but luckless Wallaby Lukhan Tui is headed to surgery.

All Blacks ace TJ Perenara the latest to condemn Israel Folau

ALL BLACKS star TJ Perenara is the latest high-profile rugby player to condemn Israel Folau for his controversial views on homosexuality.

Irish rugby duo Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding sacked by Ulster despite being cleared of rape

FLY-HALF Paddy Jackson is unlikely to play for Ireland again after he and teammate Stuart Olding were sacked despite being cleared in a rape trial, the Ulster chief executive said.

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson recalls Tom Staniforth in forward pack reshuffle for Lions clash

THE Waratahs have beefed up their forward pack in expectation of a “massively physical” clash with the Lions on Friday night at Allianz Stadium.

Gay referee Nigel Owens issues sobering warning to Israel Folau about airing controversial views

RUGBY’S highest-profile referee Nigel Owens has urged Israel Folau to judge him on his personality rather than his homosexuality.

Super Rugby star Brad Weber lashes Israel Folau on Twitter

SUPER Rugby star Brad Weber has expressed his disdain at Rugby Australia’s decision to keep Israel Folau on the field in a series of furious tweets aimed at the controversial Wallaby

Super Rugby: Taniela Tupou to return for Queensland Reds for clash with Chiefs

THE return of explosive prop Taniela Tupou will enliven a Reds side that desperately needs to pull the trigger in attack with greater confidence to upset the Chiefs.

Queensland eager to take down NSW in Super W grand final

SLEDGING, hair-pulling and a grating superiority complex have made the NSW women’s team easy to dislike for 15 Queenslanders fired up for Friday night revenge.

Wallabies star Israel Folau stands by comments on homosexuality and offered to quit rugby union

ISRAEL Folau’s future in Australian rugby remains on tenterhooks.

Israel Folau says code switch from league to AFL’s GWS Giants left him ‘emotionally broken’

CODE-switching rugby player Israel Folau says signing with the then-new Greater Western Sydney AFL side and switching from league left him “emotionally broken”.

Queensland Reds recall George Smith to help end two year win drought against Kiwi clubs

EVERGREEN Wallabies great George Smith is set to be recalled to the Queensland Reds on Saturday night for their shot at toppling a Kiwi side at Suncorp Stadium for the first time in two years.

Super Rugby Power Rankings: Waratahs into top four, Rebels slide and watch out for the Bulls

EVERY team has two byes per season and I gave myself one last week.

NSW Women go into Super W final against Queensland undefeated

NSW Women will take on Queensland in the final match of the inaugural Buildcorp Super W series later this month at the start of what will be Australian sports newest State-of-Origin rivalry.

Heartbreak for Australia as New Zealand gets Commonwealth Games gold medal revenge after epic Kelly Brazier try

EIGHTEEN months after losing to Australia in the final of the Rio Olympics, New Zealand has got their revenge claiming gold at the Commonwealth Games in an epic contest that had to go to extra time.

New Zealand beat Fiji to claim Commonwealth Games gold medal in men’s rugby sevens

THE All Blacks Sevens have completed a Commonwealth Games rugby sevens clean sweep for New Zealand with a 14-0 final win over Fiji.

Test halfback Will Genia to miss Melbourne Rebels’ match against Bulls in Pretoria with hamstring injury

THE Melbourne Rebels will be without their star halfback Will Genia for at least the first match of their two-week tour of South Africa.

Live Commonwealth Games: England end Australia’s Commonwealth Games dream

AUSTRALIA’S Commonwealth Games dream is over after they suffered a heartbreaking 26-17 loss to England in their do-or-die final pool match on the Gold Coast.

NSW Waratahs smash Queensland Reds at Sydney Cricket Ground to win Templeton Cup

THE NSW Waratahs moved to the top of the Australian standings with a 37-16 win over traditional rivals the Queensland Reds at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Super Rugby: NSW Waratahs beat fierce rivals Queensland Reds 37-16

AFTER two years, the Waratahs are back on top of the Australian Super Rugby conference table, and again winger Taqele Naiyaravoro was chief destroyer.

Highlanders run riot in second half to crush Brumbies in Dunedin and continue Australia’s 34 match winless run

THERE were glimmers of hope, but not nearly enough as the Highlanders smashed the Brumbies 43-17 to continue Australia’s miserable run against New Zealand opposition.

Melbourne Rebels bomb match against Argentina Jaguares and face nervous wait on Will Genia

THE Melbourne Rebels’ grip on the Australian conference has been relinquished after suffering a heartbreaking 25-22 loss to the Jaguares at AAMI Park.

Blues come from behind to beat Sunwolves in Tokyo to ease pressure on Tana Umaga

THE Blues have put the embarrassment of last season’s Super Rugby loss to the Sunwolves behind them with a 24-10 win in Tokyo.

Waratahs-Reds rivalry as intense as ever, according to captain Michael Hooper

WARATAHS captain Michael Hooper has shot down suggestions the NSW-Queensland rivalry has lost its intensity as his side prepares to lock horn with the Reds in a retro Super Rugby derby in Sydney.

Hurricanes lead Super Rugby standings after Beauden Barrett brilliance sees them past Chiefs

ON the back of a Beauden Barrett masterclass the Hurricanes moved to the top of the Super Rugby standings as they saw off domestic rivals the Chiefs 25-13 at Westpac Stadium.

Wallaby great George Smith talks about being held in a Tokyo police cell for 20 days

WALLABY great George Smith has spoken for the first time about being held in isolation for 20 days in a Tokyo police cell while he fought for his freedom and his reputation.

Israel Folau feeling ‘positive’ after controversial anti-gay comments says teammate Michael Hooper

NSW Waratahs and Wallabies captain Michael Hooper says embattled teammate Israel Folau is in a positive headspace despite being engulfed in a storm of controversy.

Super Rugby teams: Round nine line-ups, injury news, referees, kick-off times

THE Brumbies have made just one change to their starting XV for their trans-Tasman clash against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Queensland to have added firepower with return of Izaia Perese for Waratahs clash

THE long-awaited lift-off for wing weapon Izaia Perese can shake-up the spluttering try-power of the Queensland Reds for an overdue interstate upset against the NSW Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday night.

Bledisloe Cup up for grabs for Wallabies in challenging opening fortnight of Rugby Championship against All Blacks

THE Wallabies will once again face a do-or-die opening fortnight of Test rugby if they hope to get their hands back on the Bledisloe Cup in 2018.

Junior Wallabies named for Oceania Championships, Reds playmaker Hamish Stewart unavailable

The Junior Wallabies will be without two of their best talents for this month’s Oceania Rugby under-20s Championships on the Gold Coast.

Dan McKellar says Brumbies out to earn back respect from New Zealand opposition ahead of Highlanders clash

BRUMBIES coach Dan McKellar says Australian Super Rugby teams need to earn respect from their New Zealand counterparts.

James Stannard’s horror injury has only made Australian sevens team stronger, says Maurice Longbottom

HE narrowly avoided being yet another hard luck story but Maurice Longbottom says the adversity buffeting the Australian mens sevens team will only make them stronger at the Commonwealth Games.

AFL wouldn’t have been as soft on Israel Folau after comments, says Nathan Burke

THE AFL wouldn’t have been as soft on Israel Folau if he was still contracted to one of the league’s clubs, according to St Kilda legend Nathan Burke.

Goalkeeping great Mark Bosnich slams Israel Folau ‘hate speech’

GOALKEEPING great Mark Bosnich has urged Rugby Australia and the Waratahs to take decisive action on the Israel Folau controversy, saying the Wallabies star’s ‘gays to hell’ post had crossed the line from freedom of speech to hate speech.

Rugby bosses Raelene Castle and Andrew Hore speak after Israel Folau meeting

ISRAEL Folau has not been disciplined for his divisive ‘gays to hell’ post after a meeting with his rugby bosses.

Jason Gilmore says Super Rugby experience with Reds will help him plot junior Wallabies revival

NEW Australian under-20s coach Jason Gilmore believes a challenging experience with the Reds in Super Rugby will hold him in good stead as he attempts to turn around the national youth side’s flagging fortunes.

Israel Folau to meet with his rugby bosses after gays to hell controversy

HE’S been able to answer most of the on field questions posed by opponents now Israel Folau must answer to his off field bosses.

Rugby Australia announces $3.8m loss for 2017 after AGM in Sydney

THE financial cost of Australian rugby’s horror 2017 has become clearer, with Rugby Australia posting a $7.5 million reversal.

Super Rugby 2018: Five talking points from round eight

THE Lions returned to their winning ways in South Africa while the Crusaders and Hurricanes both posted wins in the New Zealand conference.

Israel Folau tweets Bible verse in wake of gays to hell controversy

ISRAEL Folau appears to be positioning himself as persecuted in the debate around the views he expressed on gay people, before a meeting with rugby bosses.

Top referee Nigel Owens says Israel Folau’s Instagram post went too far

GAY referee Nigel Owens has penned a highly personal column criticising Israel Folau, saying the Wallabies superstar’s infamous “HELL” Instagram post had the potential to tip a young person struggling with their sexuality “over the edge.”

Super Rugby: Australian conference race tightens after round eight results

THE surging Waratahs have all but wiped out the previously imposing early season lead of the Rebels as the battle for supremacy in Australia’s Super Rugby conference tightens up.

Super Rugby round eight wrap: Madosh Tambwe scores four tries, Crusaders top of NZ conference

LIONS winger Madosh Tambwe scored a record equalling four tries in a Super Rugby match and the Crusaders reclaimed top spot in the New Zealand conference.

Hong Kong Sevens: Fiji win fourth straight title at flagship World Series rugby event

FIJI won a record fourth straight Hong Kong Sevens crown on Sunday with a crunching 24-12 victory over Kenya and dedicated the win to those hit by a cyclone which struck this month.

Reds coach Brad Thorn calls his side ‘immature’ after Brumbies loss

REDS coach Brad Thorn blasted his side’s performance as “immature” after Queensland blew a 15 point lead to lose 45-21 to the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday night.

Hong Kong Sevens: Australia men outclassed in pool play

A YOUNG Australian men’s side has finished last in its pool and will play England in the Challenge Trophy quarterfinals at the Hong Kong Sevens at 11.52am on Sunday (AEST).

Super Rugby: Five things we learnt from Brumbies v Reds clash

THE under pressure Brumbies dug deep to turn an early 15 point deficit into a rousing 45-21 Super Rugby win over the Reds in Canberra on Saturday night.

Super Rugby: Brumbies score big win over Reds

THE Brumbies have recorded their best win of the Super Rugby season, turning around a slow start to smash the Queensland Reds 45-21 on Saturday night. The Reds got out to a 15-point lead at GIO Stadium before the home team were finally able to get hold of the ball after being dominated in possession during the first 20 minutes.

Super Rugby: Brumbies beat Reds 45-21 in crucial Canberra clash

WITH their season on the line, the Brumbies produced their best performance of 2018 to record a come from behind 45-21 win over the Reds in Canberra on Saturday night.

Super Rugby: Chiefs beat Blues 21-19 in tight Hamilton contest

A PENALTY try in the closing minutes has gifted the Chiefs a 21-19 win over the Blues and continued the most lopsided rivalry in Super Rugby history.

Super Rugby: Waratahs beat Sunwolves 50-29 in Tokyo clash

THE Waratahs have seized control of the Australian conference with a comprehensive 50-29 Super Rugby victory over the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

Super Rugby: Hurricanes beat Sharks 38-37 in thrilling contest

IHAIA West has done his best impression of Beauden Barrett for the Hurricanes who have secured a last gasp 38-37 Super Rugby win over the Sharks in Napier.

Australia to field youthful men’s lineup at 2018 Hong Kong Sevens

OLYMPIAN Con Foley will captain a second string Australian men’s side at this weekend’s Hong Kong Sevens.

Super Rugby Burning Questions: Should Aussie fans panic after Rebels humbling?

THE Rebels’ heavy defeat to the Hurricanes sent a shiver down the spine of Australian fans tortured by an epic losing streak against Kiwi Super Rugby sides.

Israel Folau could be banned from entering New Zealand: report

A FORMER New Zealand immigration minister says Wallabies superstar Israel Folau could be banned from entering the country because of his “bigotry against homosexuals,” according to a report.

Super Rugby teams: Round eight line-ups, injury news, referees, kickoff times

THE Brumbies have suffered a big blow ahead of their crunch rematch against the Reds in Canberra on Saturday night, losing Test flyer Henry Speight to injury.

Wallabies and Waratahs captain Michael Hooper defends Israel Folau’s religious rights after controversial gay slur

WARATAHS and Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has defended Israel Folau’s right to free speech after the dual international came under fire for comments made on social media this week.

Rugby bosses to meet with Israel Folau after controversial comments on gays

THE bosses of Rugby Australia and the Waratahs will meet with Wallabies superstar Israel Folau after his “upsetting” Instagram post in which he declared gay people were destined to go to hell.

Israel Folau ‘gay hell’ controversy: Rugby Australia, Qantas respond

RUGBY Australia’s major sponsor Qantas has slammed Israel Folau’s comments as “very disappointing” after the Wallabies star said gay people were headed to hell.

Israel Folau says gay people will go to hell unless they repent

WALLABIES superstar Israel Folau has caused another online furore by stating that gay people will go to hell unless they repent.

Former Wallaby Mike Harris signs with Japanese club Toshiba Brave Lupus

FORMER Wallabies playmaker Mike Harris hasn’t closed the door on Australian rugby despite signing a two year deal with Toshiba Brave Lupus in the Japanese Top League.

Jesse Parahi to lead Australian men’s sevens team at Commonwealth Games in absence of James Stannard

VETERAN forward Jesse Parahi will captain Australia’s men’s Sevens team at the Commonwealth Games.

Fox Sports Lab’s Super Rugby team of the week for round seven

WARATAHS captain Michael Hooper said that David Pocock was a shade ahead of him after their win over the Brumbies, but he’s earnt selection in Fox Sports Lab’s team of the week for round seven.

Super Rugby Power Rankings: New Zealand one, two, three and four

YOU have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting.

Dan Carter cameo sees Racing past Clermont, Scott Fardy helps Leinster beat Saracens in European Champions Cup quarter-finals

SUPER-SUB Dan Carter played a game-changing cameo as Racing 92 beat Top 14 rivals Clermont 28-17 on Sunday to set up a European Champions Cup semi-final against Munster.

Super Rugby: George Smith, Izaia Perese closer to return for Queensland Reds

WALLABY great George Smith and wing flyer Izaia Perese will return to Reds training today but with no chance of figuring in Saturday night’s key clash against the Brumbies.

Brumbies finals chances take hit after Super Rugby loss to Waratahs

THE Brumbies’ Super Rugby finals chances are now hanging by a thread after Saturday night’s 24-17 loss to the Waratahs in Canberra.

Super Rugby: Israel Folau injured in Waratahs win over Brumbies

WARATAHS coach Daryl Gibson is confident his side has the depth to manage without star Wallabies back Israel Folau, who is expected to be sidelined for up to a month.

Super Rugby: Sharks beat Blues 60-43 in crazy Eden Park clash

THE Sharks have shrugged off a second half fightback from the Blues to grab a 63-40 win in a turbo charged Super Rugby match at Eden Park.

Australian sevens coach Andy Friend gives emotional update on James Stannard

JAMES Stannard’s coach feared the veteran rugby sevens playmaker had been killed when his head smashed into the pavement in a one punch attack on Good Friday.

How left-field bolter Simon Raiwalui won Wallabies job

BY announcing Simon Raiwalui as his forwards assistant, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has highlighted the side’s No 1 area of growth: the back five.

Super Rugby: Hurricanes destroy Rebels 50-19 in Melbourne

BEAUDEN Barrett has shown the Rebels who’s boss by steering his Hurricanes to a 50-19 win in an action packed Good Friday Super Rugby clash.

Super Rugby: Chiefs beat Highlanders 27-22 in Hamilton

COMPOSURE in the closing minutes has earned the Chiefs a hard fought 27-22 Super Rugby win over the Highlanders in Hamilton.

Australian Sevens captain James Stannard fractured skull after being coward punched in Sydney

AUSTRALIA’S Sevens captain James Stannard has been left with a fractured skull after being cowardly punched in Sydney, ruling him out of next month’s Commonwealth Games.

Super Rugby teams: round seven injury news, referees, previews

SUPERSTAR David Pocock will play his first Super Rugby game since 2016 after being named in the Brumbies starting side to host the Waratahs in Saturday’s crucial derby in Canberra.

Waratahs move fixture against Blue to Brookvale Oval after likely A-League final clash

THE NSW Waratahs have moved their May 5 fixture against the Blues to Brookvale Oval to avoid a probable clash with the A-League final.

Waratahs state obvious intentions by naming X-factor wingers Israel Folau and Taqele Naiyaravoro for Brumbies

ONE of the most devastating wing pairings in Waratahs history will be unleashed in Canberra when Israel Folau and Taqele Naiyaravoro stand on the edges to stretch the Brumbies’ defence.

Burning Questions: Rebels v Hurricanes, David Pocock returns

THE Rebels are flying the flag for Australian rugby this weekend as they try to break a painful Kiwi hoodoo while David Pocock returns in his first Brumbies game since 2016 in a blockbuster derby against the Waratahs.

Australia will field a B team in Hong Kong with focus on Commonwealth Games

AUSTRALIA will field a B team at the Hong Kong Sevens as outgoing coach Andy Friend prioritises success at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Super Rugby Power Rankings: Rebels outside top three, Lions’ dramatic slide

IT’S a New Zealand podium finish, but the Rebels have cracked the top four.

Irish rugby duo Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding found not guilty of rape

IRELAND rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were on Wednesday acquitted of raping a woman in Belfast in 2016.

Former Springbok Peter Grant shares insight into Rebels coach Dave Wessels

EYEBROWS were raised when Dave Wessels got handed the Force gig.

Queensland Reds star Taniela Tupou escapes ban as tackle deemed not worthy of red card

FRONT-ROW weapon Taniela Tupou has had a lucky escape from his reckless tackle charge and is clear to play in two season-defining local derbies for the Queensland Reds.

Melbourne Rebels coach Dave Wessels says Jack Debreczeni has been a shining light of 2018

THE Melbourne Rebels face their biggest test of the season on Friday night and so does Jack Debreczeni.