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Jul 16, 2014

Brumbies would take A-game to the moon – Tomane

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The ACT Brumbies have little to fear from the prospect of another arduous journey to the Super Rugby final, having racked up thousands of miles reaching the title decider a year ago, according to winger Joe Tomane.

The Brumbies start the post-season with a replay of last year’s final against the reigning champion Chiefs at their home Canberra Stadium in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday.

Jul 16, 2014

Rugby-Brumbies would take A-game to the moon – Tomane

MELBOURNE, July 16 (Reuters) – The ACT Brumbies have little to fear from the prospect of another arduous journey to the Super Rugby final, having racked up thousands of miles reaching the title decider a year ago, according to winger Joe Tomane.

The Brumbies start the post-season with a replay of last year’s final against the reigning champion Chiefs at their home Canberra Stadium in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday.

Jul 9, 2014

Player drain has Wallabies on the hop

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Wallabies’ emphatic 3-0 series win over France last month might convey the impression that all is rosy in rugby Down Under but the game’s power-brokers fear a quickening player drain could bring the code to its knees.

While some jostle for positions in Ewen McKenzie’s squad a year out from the World Cup in England, other “players of national interest” are rushing to the exits, boarding flights to Europe and Japan to boost their salaries and see an exotic part of the world long denied by the pursuit of a gold jersey.

Jul 9, 2014

Rugby-Player drain has Wallabies on the hop

MELBOURNE, July 9 (Reuters) – The Wallabies’ emphatic 3-0 series win over France last month might convey the impression that all is rosy in rugby Down Under but the game’s power-brokers fear a quickening player drain could bring the code to its knees.

While some jostle for positions in Ewen McKenzie’s squad a year out from the World Cup in England, other “players of national interest” are rushing to the exits, boarding flights to Europe and Japan to boost their salaries and see an exotic part of the world long denied by the pursuit of a gold jersey.

Jul 9, 2014

Rugby-We can Force our way into the playoffs, says Cowan

MELBOURNE, July 9 (Reuters) – Western Force have worked hard to cast off their reputations as perennial Super Rugby strugglers but it will all be in vain if they blow their playoffs chance against the ACT Brumbies on Friday, according to Wallabies’ prop Pek Cowan.

Having once mulled a career in professional golf, the New Zealand-born Cowan is well aware how easy a good approach can be squandered, and in meeting last year’s finalists at their Canberra fortress, the Force might be said to be on the 18th green, facing a tricky downhill putt to break into a playoff.

Jul 3, 2014

Australia struggling to stamp out sports club homophobia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – For Canadian-Australian prop Brennan Bastyovanszky, it was not the on-field sledging or cheap shots in the locker room that stung when the amateur rugby player’s sexuality became known by team mates.

What really hurt was not being picked by his coach.

“It became awkward around some of the guys in the club,” Bastyovanszky, a 35-year-old office worker in Sydney, told Reuters of his teenage playing days in British Colombia.

Jul 3, 2014

Rugby-Australia struggling to stamp out sports club homophobia

MELBOURNE, July 3 (Reuters) – For Canadian-Australian prop Brennan Bastyovanszky, it was not the on-field sledging or cheap shots in the locker room that stung when the amateur rugby player’s sexuality became known by team mates.

What really hurt was not being picked by his coach.

“It became awkward around some of the guys in the club,” Bastyovanszky, a 35-year-old office worker in Sydney, told Reuters of his teenage playing days in British Colombia.

Jul 3, 2014

‘Brand Kyrgios’ on the rise, but Australian must tread carefully

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Teenager Nick Kyrgios’s ranking is not the only thing that will soar after his electrifying run at Wimbledon. The Australian’s brand has also shot into the stratosphere, according to marketing experts.

An exhausted Kyrgios bowed out of Wimbledon with a four-set loss to big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic on Wednesday, with the 226,000 pounds ($379,500) quarter-finalist’s check by far the biggest pay-day of his fledgling career.

Jul 3, 2014

Tennis-’Brand Kyrgios’ on the rise, but Australian must tread carefully

MELBOURNE, July 3 (Reuters) – Teenager Nick Kyrgios’s ranking is not the only thing that will soar after his electrifying run at Wimbledon. The Australian’s brand has also shot into the stratosphere, according to marketing experts.

An exhausted Kyrgios bowed out of Wimbledon with a four-set loss to big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic on Wednesday, with the 226,000 pounds ($379,500) quarter-finalist’s cheque by far the biggest pay-day of his fledgling career.

Jun 29, 2014

Waratahs show spiteful edge to top Super Rugby table

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Wallabies-laden New South Wales Waratahs have long been derided as heavy on style, light on substance but the Sydney-based team were desperate to emphasise their hard-working ethos after storming to the top of the Super Rugby competition.

In addition to a classy backline and a serviceable forward pack, coach Michael Cheika revealed after the emphatic 39-8 win over the ACT Brumbies that his team also have a long memory, hold grudges over perceived slights and are diligent about monitoring social media.

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