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Sep 11, 2014

Rugby-Australia aim to continue revival on Gold Coast

MELBOURNE, Sept 11 (Reuters) – The sandy beaches and glitzy night-spots of the Gold Coast have long catered to Australians coming in from the cold and so provides a suitable venue for the Wallabies to fire up their Rugby Championship hopes against Argentina on Saturday.

To the surprise of some, Australia remain in the hunt halfway through the four-nation southern hemisphere tournament courtesy of a last-gasp 24-23 win over South Africa in Perth last weekend.

Sep 10, 2014

No quick technology fix for problem bowlers – ICC

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The ICC is cautiously optimistic that wearable sensors can provide the technological breakthrough needed to stamp out illegal bowling actions but does not expect them to be ready for trial in matches before mid-2015.

Geoff Allardice, the International Cricket Council’s general manager of cricket, told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday that there has been lots of progress in using the technology but stumbling blocks remain to deploying it in matches.

Sep 10, 2014

Cricket-No quick technology fix for problem bowlers-ICC

MELBOURNE, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The ICC is cautiously optimistic that wearable sensors can provide the technological breakthrough needed to stamp out illegal bowling actions but does not expect them to be ready for trial in matches before mid-2015.

Geoff Allardice, the International Cricket Council’s general manager of cricket, told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday that there has been lots of progress in using the technology but stumbling blocks remain to deploying it in matches.

Sep 2, 2014

Rugby-Australia halfbacks Beale, White benched for Boks

MELBOURNE, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has run out of patience with misfiring halfbacks Kurtley Beale and Nic White, dumping them to the bench for the Rugby Championship match against South Africa in Perth on Saturday.

The pair started in Australia’s 12-12 draw against New Zealand and the humbling 51-20 return loss at Eden Park last month but have been replaced by flyhalf Bernard Foley and his New South Wales Waratahs team mate Nick Phipps.

Aug 28, 2014

Rugby-Humbled Australia can still turn it around – Dwyer

MELBOURNE, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Australia’s Eden Park humiliation at the hands of the All Blacks ruthlessly exposed the Wallabies’ lack of depth, but Ewen McKenzie still has time to mould his team into World Cup contenders, according to former Australia coach Bob Dwyer.

The Wallabies held the All Blacks to a 12-12 draw in the first Rugby Championship match in Sydney but the 51-20 trouncing in the return match last week showed the gap between the teams remained as wide as ever.

Aug 27, 2014

Culture change helps Australia out of deep end

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Encouraging performances at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships have continued the resurrection of Australian swimming, but head coach Jacco Verhaeren is reluctant to declare that the sleeping giant has awakened.

Australia finished the four-day Pan Pacs at the Gold Coast on Sunday with 10 gold from 26 medals, second only to the United States’ powerful team which reaped 40 overall, including 14 gold.

Aug 27, 2014

Swimming-Culture change helps Australia out of deep end

MELBOURNE, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Encouraging performances at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships have continued the resurrection of Australian swimming, but head coach Jacco Verhaeren is reluctant to declare that the sleeping giant has awakened.

Australia finished the four-day Pan Pacs at the Gold Coast on Sunday with 10 gold from 26 medals, second only to the United States’ powerful team which reaped 40 overall, including 14 gold.

Aug 23, 2014

Ex-WADA chief slams back-dated Australian rugby league bans

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey has condemned Australian officials for offering back-dated bans to more than a dozen top-flight rugby players charged with drugs offences that will see most of them miss only three weeks of competition.

Seventeen National Rugby League (NRL) players were accused of using banned supplements in 2011 at the Cronulla Sharks, and 12 current and former players for the Sydney-based team had accepted one-year bans offered by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, the NRL confirmed on Saturday.

Jul 29, 2014

Waratahs have seized their destiny – Cheika

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The New South Wales Waratahs’ two-season transformation from Super Rugby lightweights to Australia’s major force has been driven by a playing group embracing “ownership” of the club and its culture, coach Michael Cheika told Reuters.

The Waratahs host the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super Rugby title-decider on Saturday, bidding for a maiden trophy in their first final on home soil.

Jul 29, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs have seized their destiny – Cheika

MELBOURNE, July 29 (Reuters) – The New South Wales Waratahs’ two-season transformation from Super Rugby lightweights to Australia’s major force has been driven by a playing group embracing “ownership” of the club and its culture, coach Michael Cheika told Reuters.

The Waratahs host the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super Rugby title-decider on Saturday, bidding for a maiden trophy in their first final on home soil.

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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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