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Jun 29, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs show spiteful edge to top Super Rugby table

MELBOURNE, June 29 (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.

Jun 19, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies seeking series sweep, fans seeking tries

June 19 (Reuters) – Australia head into Saturday’s dead rubber test against France with mission accomplished but mindful that only a glut of tries is likely to win over fans left cold by the stodgy victory in Melbourne last week.

Having pounded an undermanned France 50-23 in the Brisbane series opener, the Wallabies showed their capacity to win ugly against Les Bleus in a dour 6-0 win at Docklands stadium.

Jun 15, 2014

Dour win good for Wallabies, bad for Australian rugby

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The 6-0 victory in Melbourne may have sealed Australia’s three-match series against France but the bore-fest will do few favours for the game’s standing in Australia.

Following a seven-try rout of Les Bleus in the Brisbane opener, a disappointing crowd of 27,000 turned up to the 55,000-capacity Docklands stadium on Saturday and may have expected more than the error-strewn spectacle served up from both sides.

Jun 15, 2014

Rugby-Dour win good for Wallabies, bad for Australian rugby

MELBOURNE, June 15 (Reuters) – The 6-0 victory in Melbourne may have sealed Australia’s three-match series against France but the bore-fest will do few favours for the game’s standing in Australia.

Following a seven-try rout of Les Bleus in the Brisbane opener, a disappointing crowd of 27,000 turned up to the 55,000-capacity Docklands stadium on Saturday and may have expected more than the error-strewn spectacle served up from both sides.

Jun 14, 2014

Rugby-Australia seal series over France with dour 6-0 win

MELBOURNE, June 14 (Reuters) – Australia prevailed 6-0 over France in a dour, try-less contest on Saturday to seal the three-test series 2-0 and leave a subdued Melbourne crowd cold.

In a low-quality clash littered with handling errors, second half penalties to flyhalf Bernard Foley and scrumhalf Nic White were enough for the Wallabies to seal a scrappy win despite perfect conditions under the closed roof of Docklands stadium.

Jun 13, 2014

Australian football rocked by new drugs charges

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s national anti-doping agency has charged 34 current and former Australian Rules football players with drugs violations, rocking the country’s richest and most well-attended sport.

The charges are the culmination of a 16-month investigation into the administration of dubious supplements in 2012 at the Melbourne-based Essendon Bombers, one of the Australian Football League’s oldest and most powerful teams.

Jun 13, 2014

Australian football rocked by dozens of drugs charges

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s national anti-doping agency has charged 34 current and former Australian Rules football players with drugs violations, rocking the country’s richest and most well-attended sport.

The charges are the culmination of a 16-month investigation into the administration of dubious supplements in 2012 at the Melbourne-based Essendon Bombers, one of the Australian Football League’s oldest and most powerful teams.

Jun 12, 2014

Cummins hungry for ‘meat pies’ to keep streak alive

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A season-opening thrashing of France has the Wallabies all smiles ahead of Saturday’s second test in Melbourne, and winger Nick “The Honeybadger” Cummins intends to keep morale high with a try and a well-timed one-liner.

Australia have not lost a test when the frizzy-haired 26-year-old has scored and his sixth try in his 13th match last week helped the Wallabies to a dominant 50-23 win over Les Bleus in Brisbane.

Jun 12, 2014

Rugby-Cummins hungry for ‘meat pies’ to keep streak alive

MELBOURNE, June 12 (Reuters) – A season-opening thrashing of France has the Wallabies all smiles ahead of Saturday’s second test in Melbourne, and winger Nick “The Honeybadger” Cummins intends to keep morale high with a try and a well-timed one-liner.

Australia have not lost a test when the frizzy-haired 26-year-old has scored and his sixth try in his 13th match last week helped the Wallabies to a dominant 50-23 win over Les Bleus in Brisbane.

Jun 12, 2014

Rugby-Long denied by scandal, Bastareaud lines up in Australia

MELBOURNE, June 12 (Reuters) – Hulking centre Mathieu Bastareaud makes a long-awaited Australia debut in France’s second test against the Wallabies on Saturday, five years after an embarrassing scandal denied him his first match Down Under.

As a callow 20-year-old on his first southern hemisphere tour in 2009, Bastareaud was set to play a one-off test in Sydney after playing the All Blacks, but flew home from New Zealand with facial injuries, claiming he had been attacked when returning to his Wellington hotel after a night out.

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