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Aug 13, 2015

Cooper selection a gamble for Wallabies’ World Cup belief

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika has insisted there is method in the madness of selecting Quade Cooper as his starting flyhalf at the All Blacks’ fortress where the playmaker’s career was nearly derailed.

Cheika sprung a surprise on Thursday with six changes to the Wallabies side that inflicted a rare and emphatic defeat of the All Blacks in Sydney last week.

Aug 13, 2015

Rugby-Cooper selection a gamble for Wallabies’ World Cup belief

MELBOURNE, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika has insisted there is method in the madness of selecting Quade Cooper as his starting flyhalf at the All Blacks’ fortress where the playmaker’s career was nearly derailed.

Cheika sprung a surprise on Thursday with six changes to the Wallabies side that inflicted a rare and emphatic defeat of the All Blacks in Sydney last week.

Aug 12, 2015

Eden Park forbidding even for Wallabies greats

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – As Andrew Slack supped from the Bledisloe Cup after beating the All Blacks at Eden Park in 1986, little did he know his joy would be the last felt by a Wallabies captain at New Zealand’s fortress for at least 29 years.

Slack has waited nearly three decades for the drought to break, for a Wallabies team to head to Auckland and not return home bloodied, bruised and, more often than not, utterly thrashed.

Aug 12, 2015

Rugby-Eden Park forbidding even for Wallabies greats

MELBOURNE, Aug 12 (Reuters) – As Andrew Slack supped from the Bledisloe Cup after beating the All Blacks at Eden Park in 1986, little did he know his joy would be the last felt by a Wallabies captain at New Zealand’s fortress for at least 29 years.

Slack has waited nearly three decades for the drought to break, for a Wallabies team to head to Auckland and not return home bloodied, bruised and, more often than not, utterly thrashed.

Aug 9, 2015

Pocock-Hooper combination proves a smash hit for Wallabies

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – It took Wallabies coach Michael Cheika three matches to get round to it but Australia finally got the back row it had been clamouring for when David Pocock and Michael Hooper started alongside each other in the victory against the All Blacks.

Faced with the selection dilemma of fitting two elite openside flankers into the same side, former players and pundits had harangued Cheika to unleash the pair from the opening whistle of the Rugby Championship rather than pick a preferred number seven and leave the other in reserve.

Aug 9, 2015

Rugby-Pocock-Hooper combination proves a smash hit for Wallabies

MELBOURNE, Aug 9 (Reuters) – It took Wallabies coach Michael Cheika three matches to get round to it but Australia finally got the back row it had been clamouring for when David Pocock and Michael Hooper started alongside each other in the victory against the All Blacks.

Faced with the selection dilemma of fitting two elite openside flankers into the same side, former players and pundits had harangued Cheika to unleash the pair from the opening whistle of the Rugby Championship rather than pick a preferred number seven and leave the other in reserve.

Aug 9, 2015

Wallabies’ reserves driving resurgence

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Replacement scrumhalf Nic White’s match-winning try in Australia’s upset of the All Blacks on Saturday was another reminder that coach Michael Cheika has turned the Wallabies’ bench into a potent weapon ahead of the rugby World Cup.

Australia have finished strongly in their Rugby Championship matches against South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand, with the timely insertion of fresh legs proving pivotal in all three games.

Aug 9, 2015

Rugby-Wallabies’ reserves driving resurgence

MELBOURNE, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Replacement scrumhalf Nic White’s match-winning try in Australia’s upset of the All Blacks on Saturday was another reminder that coach Michael Cheika has turned the Wallabies’ bench into a potent weapon ahead of the rugby World Cup.

Australia have finished strongly in their Rugby Championship matches against South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand, with the timely insertion of fresh legs proving pivotal in all three games.

Aug 9, 2015

Cricket Australia says to review foreign flops

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s cricket board has promised a review of the Ashes debacle after the dead rubber test at The Oval and will seek answers to the team’s continued flops on foreign pitches.

Eighteen months after blitzing England 5-0, Australia’s rout in Nottingham to surrender the Ashes 3-1 has again exposed the team as home-track bullies.

Aug 9, 2015

Cricket-Cricket Australia says to review foreign flops

MELBOURNE, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Australia’s cricket board has promised a review of the Ashes debacle after the dead rubber test at The Oval and will seek answers to the team’s continued flops on foreign pitches.

Eighteen months after blitzing England 5-0, Australia’s rout in Nottingham to surrender the Ashes 3-1 has again exposed the team as home-track bullies.

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