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Oct 23, 2015

Rugby-Australia and Argentina to ignite new rivalry

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – As great rugby rivalries go, Australia and Argentina is still a work in progress, lacking the historical and cultural antagonism shared by the likes of New Zealand and South Africa or England and Wales.

The Wallabies and Pumas only played each other for the first time in 1979, and have met just 24 times in total, with the outcome mostly predictable, the Australians winning 18 times, Argentina five and one match drawn.

Oct 23, 2015

Rugby-Slipper keen to make amends for near-fatal slip-up

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – No-one is more relieved to be playing in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final than Wallabies prop James Slipper, whose wayward intercept pass against Scotland last week almost ended Australia’s tournament.

Slipper admitted he felt sick in the stomach after he came off the bench and threw the pass that allowed Scotland to take the lead from Australia in the dying stages of the quarter-final before Bernard Foley’s last-minute penalty saved his blushes.

Oct 23, 2015

Australia’s Pocock and Folau passed fit for semi

LONDON (Reuters) – David Pocock and Israel Folau have both been picked to play for Australia in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against Argentina after passing last-minute fitness tests.

The pair, key players for the Wallabies, missed last weekend’s heart-stopping quarter-final against Scotland because of injuries but were cleared to return the starting lineup making it through training on Friday.

Oct 23, 2015

Rugby-Australia’s Pocock and Folau passed fit for semi

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – David Pocock and Israel Folau have both been picked to play for Australia in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against Argentina after passing last-minute fitness tests.

The pair, key players for the Wallabies, missed last weekend’s heart-stopping quarter-final against Scotland because of injuries but were cleared to return the starting lineup making it through training on Friday.

Oct 23, 2015

Australia’s Iceman calm ahead of semi-final

LONDON (Reuters) – Bernard Foley is not known as the Iceman for nothing. The Australian flyhalf has built himself a well-deserved reputation for keeping his cool even in the most pressure-packed moments.

His calmness was put to the ultimate test at the Rugby World Cup last weekend when he stepped forward to take a penalty that would decide the winner of Australia’s quarter-final against Scotland.

Oct 23, 2015

Rugby-Australia’s Iceman calm ahead of semi-final

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Bernard Foley is not known as the Iceman for nothing. The Australian flyhalf has built himself a well-deserved reputation for keeping his cool even in the most pressure-packed moments.

His calmness was put to the ultimate test at the Rugby World Cup last weekend when he stepped forward to take a penalty that would decide the winner of Australia’s quarter-final against Scotland.

Oct 22, 2015

Australia’s depth proving vital as World Cup enters final four

LONDON (Reuters) – Australian coach Michael Cheika and his star players have been getting all the attention during the Rugby World Cup but the Wallabies know their chances of winning the tournament are dependent on the depth of their squad and the backroom staff.

After fighting their way through the so-called group of death with England and Wales, then surviving a heart-stopping quarter-final against Scotland, the Wallabies are battling a high-injury list and fatigue as they prepare for Sunday’s semi-final against Argentina.

Oct 22, 2015

Rugby-Australia’s depth proving vital as World Cup enters final four

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Australian coach Michael Cheika and his star players have been getting all the attention during the Rugby World Cup but the Wallabies know their chances of winning the tournament are dependent on the depth of their squad and the backroom staff.

After fighting their way through the so-called group of death with England and Wales, then surviving a heart-stopping quarter-final against Scotland, the Wallabies are battling a high-injury list and fatigue as they prepare for Sunday’s semi-final against Argentina.

Oct 21, 2015

All Black Smith a latecomer to NZ vs Springboks rivalry

LONDON (Reuters) – Like most of the current New Zealand team, Conrad Smith’s admiration for South Africa has been a slow learning process.

The All Blacks and Springboks may have one of the fiercest rivalries in rugby, dating back to their first clash in 1921, but generations of people in both countries did not experience it when South Africa were banned from world sport because of apartheid.

Oct 21, 2015

Rugby-All Black Smith a latecomer to NZ v Springboks rivalry

LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Like most of the current New Zealand team, Conrad Smith’s admiration for South Africa has been a slow learning process.

The All Blacks and Springboks may have one of the fiercest rivalries in rugby, dating back to their first clash in 1921, but generations of people in both countries did not experience it when South Africa were banned from world sport because of apartheid.

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