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Jul 1, 2015

Super trophy lost, Cheika lands prized Folau

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Michael Cheika may have become jaded by jokes about being the saviour of Australian rugby but he could afford to bask in the soft glow of pride on Wednesday as he delivered Israel Folau to the promised land for another three years.

With a post-World Cup player drain set to weaken Wallaby stocks, retaining dual international Folau until 2018 was vital for the Australian Rugby Union, which has been beset by financial problems and battered by scandal.

Jul 1, 2015

Rugby-Super trophy lost, Cheika lands prized Folau

MELBOURNE, July 1 (Reuters) – Michael Cheika may have become jaded by jokes about being the saviour of Australian rugby but he could afford to bask in the soft glow of pride on Wednesday as he delivered Israel Folau to the promised land for another three years.

With a post-World Cup player drain set to weaken Wallaby stocks, retaining dual international Folau until 2018 was vital for the Australian Rugby Union, which has been beset by financial problems and battered by scandal.

Jun 24, 2015

Angry former Socceroo to fight betting sanction

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former Australia defender Robbie Hooker has slammed the national football

federation as “hypocritical” after he was sanctioned for betting on domestic league matches when playing as an amateur in an over-35′s league.

Jun 24, 2015

Soccer-Angry former Socceroo to fight betting sanction

MELBOURNE, June 24 (Reuters) – Former Australia defender Robbie Hooker has slammed the national soccer federation as “hypocritical” after he was sanctioned for betting on domestic league matches when playing as an amateur in an over-35′s league.

Hooker, a former assistant coach of the Socceroos, was given a suspended A$1,000 ($770) fine by Football Federation Australia (FFA) for breaching the governing body’s national code of conduct.

Jun 22, 2015

Rugby-Otago’s shining misfits light up Super Rugby semi-finals

June 22 (Reuters) – Far down the coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the remote city of Dunedin might not be the first destination in mind for rugby players seeking to re-boot their careers.

Those pampered by big-city comforts might not be thrilled by the entertainment options of the Otago region’s principal town, notwithstanding its rowdy student population during term time.

Jun 21, 2015

Rampaging Highlander Naholo crashes through All Blacks door

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – What’s better than having a Julian Savea in your squad during a World Cup year? Two Julian Saveas, according to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, who is set to blood another explosive winger in the form of Waisake Naholo.

Hansen picked Fiji-born juggernaut Naholo in his extended 41-man roster for warm-up tests before the World Cup and could throw him into the fray in a one-off match against Samoa next month.

Jun 21, 2015

Rugby-Rampaging Highlander Naholo crashes through All Blacks door

June 21 (Reuters) – What’s better than having a Julian Savea in your squad during a World Cup year? Two Julian Saveas, according to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, who is set to blood another explosive winger in the form of Waisake Naholo.

Hansen picked Fiji-born juggernaut Naholo in his extended 41-man roster for warm-up tests before the World Cup and could throw him into the fray in a one-off match against Samoa next month.

Jun 11, 2015

Dellavedova’s success delights sleepy Australian home-town

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Don’t be fooled by the viking beard and the cavalier approach to man-on-man defense. Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova is a good country boy with a heart of gold, according to proud residents of the Australian’s sleepy home-town.

Since replacing the injured Kyrie Irving, the feisty 24-year-old’s starring role in the NBA Final series has surprised opponents, pundits and his compatriots Down Under, where basketball is generally a faint beep on the sporting radar.

Jun 9, 2015

Australia World Cup bid had no chance, says Lowy

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s bid for the 2022 World Cup never stood a chance because their officials had not understood that votes were secured in back rooms according to “commercial interests”, the country’s soccer supremo Frank Lowy has said.

The bid for the 2022 finals awarded to Qatar has come under renewed scrutiny after the arrests in Switzerland of 14 soccer and media executives in a corruption scandal that has rocked global soccer governing body FIFA.

Jun 9, 2015

Soccer-Australia World Cup bid had no chance, says Lowy

MELBOURNE, June 9 (Reuters) – Australia’s bid for the 2022 World Cup never stood a chance because their officials had not understood that votes were secured in back rooms according to “commercial interests”, the country’s soccer supremo Frank Lowy has said.

The bid for the 2022 finals awarded to Qatar has come under renewed scrutiny after the arrests in Switzerland of 14 soccer and media executives in a corruption scandal that has rocked global soccer governing body FIFA.

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      "Based in home-town of Melbourne covering sports in Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Asia Sports desk. Previously covered general news and politics in Beijing with a special focus on the Beijing 2008 Olympics."
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