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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.

May 29, 2014

Rugby-Cystic fibrosis no barrier to Wallabies for inspiring Charles

MELBOURNE, May 29 (Reuters) – If sheer bloody-minded determination is the key to a Wallabies jersey, cystic fibrosis sufferer Nathan Charles would be picked first by coach Ewen McKenzie for Australia’s three-test series against France.

The 25-year-old Western Force hooker is among the four uncapped hopefuls in McKenzie’s preliminary 32-man squad, having stubbornly refused to let the debilitating genetic disease stall his inspirational rise to the top flight of a full contact sport demanding unflinching courage, skill and stamina.

May 29, 2014

Jedinak best man to lead Socceroos in Brazil – Aloisi

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Cutting long-serving Australia captain Lucas Neill adrift before the World Cup was the right call and his replacement Mile Jedinak is the best man to lead the team into a harrowing draw in Brazil, according to former Socceroos striker John Aloisi.

Crystal Palace skipper Jedinak’s appointment last week was heavily backed after he was handed the captain’s armband for a warmup against Ecuador in March but some local pundits complained that the country’s most prolific scorer Tim Cahill was hard done by.

May 29, 2014

Soccer-Jedinak best man to lead Socceroos in Brazil – Aloisi

MELBOURNE, May 29 (Reuters) – Cutting long-serving Australia captain Lucas Neill adrift before the World Cup was the right call and his replacement Mile Jedinak is the best man to lead the team into a harrowing draw in Brazil, according to former Socceroos striker John Aloisi.

Crystal Palace skipper Jedinak’s appointment last week was heavily backed after he was handed the captain’s armband for a warmup against Ecuador in March but some local pundits complained that the country’s most prolific scorer Tim Cahill was hard done by.

May 13, 2014

Australia won’t park buses in Brazil: Aloisi

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Socceroos face an almighty challenge getting through their World Cup ‘group of death’ but it is not the Australian way to park the bus in the hope of scoring cheeky goals on the counter-attack, according to former Australia striker John Aloisi.

Australia, ranked 59th in the world, have been drawn with reigning champions Spain, Netherlands and Chile in one of the toughest pools at the Brazil finals and few expect the Socceroos to be anything other than group stage cannon fodder.

May 13, 2014

Soccer-Australia won’t park buses in Brazil – Aloisi

MELBOURNE, May 13 (Reuters) – The Socceroos face an almighty challenge getting through their World Cup ‘group of death’ but it is not the Australian way to park the bus in the hope of scoring cheeky goals on the counter-attack, according to former Australia striker John Aloisi.

Australia, ranked 59th in the world, have been drawn with reigning champions Spain, Netherlands and Chile in one of the toughest pools at the Brazil finals and few expect the Socceroos to be anything other than group stage cannon fodder.

May 7, 2014

Neill dismissal continues rout of Australia’s old guard

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Any lingering doubt about Ange Postecoglou’s resolve to send a new-look Australia to Brazil was blown out of the water with the axing of Lucas Neill, but the Socceroos coach has plenty to ponder in the absence of his long-serving captain.

Postecoglou confirmed on Tuesday Neill would not be in his World Cup squad, a fate the 36-year-old had battled hard to avoid but one widely expected after he was left out of the Socceroos’ friendly against Ecuador in March.

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