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Jul 23, 2014

Speight adds another big weapon to Australia’s armoury

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia, if a little prematurely, added another hefty offensive weapon to their armoury on Wednesday when Fijian winger Henry Speight was named in their squad for the Rugby Championship.

Fresh from the best display of tackle-busting in Super Rugby this year against the Waikato Chiefs last weekend, the 26-year-old ACT Brumbies winger was included despite not being eligible to play for the Wallabies until halfway through the competition.

Jul 23, 2014

Rugby-Speight adds another big weapon to Australia’s armoury

SYDNEY, July 23 (Reuters) – Australia, if a little prematurely, added another hefty offensive weapon to their armoury on Wednesday when Fijian winger Henry Speight was named in their squad for the Rugby Championship.

Fresh from the best display of tackle-busting in Super Rugby this year against the Waikato Chiefs last weekend, the 26-year-old ACT Brumbies winger was included despite not being eligible to play for the Wallabies until halfway through the competition.

Jul 23, 2014

Rugby-Speight in Australia squad for Rugby Championship

SYDNEY, July 23 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie included Henry Speight in his squad for the Rugby Championship on Wednesday even though the ACT Brumbies winger will be ineligible for selection for half of the campaign.

The in-form Fijian will miss back-to-back tests against New Zealand and the clash with South Africa in Perth at the start of Australia’s campaign before he qualifies for the Wallabies on residential grounds on Sept. 11.

Jul 22, 2014

Potgieter starts but Waratahs expect Skelton impact

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Jacques Potgieter will start at lock for the New South Wales Waratahs in this weekend’s Super Rugby semi-final against the ACT Brumbies but coach Michael Cheika thinks Will Skelton could be a matchwinner from the bench.

Hard-running former Springbok Potgieter has got the nod alongside Kane Douglas in the second row for Saturday’s match at Sydney Football Stadium, which will decide who faces the Canterbury Crusaders or South Africa’s Sharks in the final.

Jul 22, 2014

Rugby-Potgieter starts but Waratahs expect Skelton impact

SYDNEY, July 22 (Reuters) – Jacques Potgieter will start at lock for the New South Wales Waratahs in this weekend’s Super Rugby semi-final against the ACT Brumbies but coach Michael Cheika thinks Will Skelton could be a matchwinner from the bench.

Hard-running former Springbok Potgieter has got the nod alongside Kane Douglas in the second row for Saturday’s match at Sydney Football Stadium, which will decide who faces the Canterbury Crusaders or South Africa’s Sharks in the final.

Jul 20, 2014

Rugby-Expansive Brumbies head up the road for Sydney semi

SYDNEY, July 20 (Reuters) – Having ended the Waikato Chiefs’ two-year reign as Super Rugby champions, the ACT Brumbies will head up to Sydney next week determined to knock the New South Wales Waratahs off their perch in the semi-finals.

Victory at Sydney Football Stadium next Saturday would put the Brumbies in the final for the second successive season and set up a meeting with the Canterbury Crusaders or South Africa’s Sharks, who meet in the other last-four clash in Christchurch.

Jul 19, 2014

Rugby-Brumbies make semis as champion Chiefs go down fighting

SYDNEY, July 19 (Reuters) – ACT Brumbies held off a Waikato Chiefs fightback to bring an end to the New Zealanders’ quest for a third straight Super Rugby title with a 32-30 victory in a breathless playoff match in Canberra on Saturday.

Tries from Nic White, Robbie Coleman, Jesse Mogg and Jarrad Butler gave the hosts a measure of revenge for their defeat in last year’s final and earned them a place in next week’s semi-finals, most likely against the New South Wales Waratahs.

Jul 18, 2014

Rugby-Clash of flyhalf styles could decide Super semi spot

SYDNEY, July 18 (Reuters) – Aaron Cruden and Matt Toomua bring contrasting styles to rugby’s most influential position and the battle between the classic flyhalf and the modern midfield manager could decide Saturday’s Super Rugby playoff in Canberra.

Cruden at the Waikato Chiefs and Toomua at the ACT Brumbies have both played key roles in rescuing their teams from setbacks and dragging them into the first-round of the playoffs for a re-run of last year’s final.

Jul 8, 2014

Uncompromising forwards the backbone of Cheika’s Waratahs

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Anyone looking for the secrets to the success of the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby this season would do well to remember that coach Michael Cheika was an uncompromising forward in his playing days.

As a number eight who helped form the platform which allowed the likes of Mark Ella and David Campese strut their stuff in the green of the Randwick club back in the 1980s, Cheika knows how important it is that the “big fellas” do their bit.

Jul 8, 2014

Rugby-Uncompromising forwards the backbone of Cheika’s Waratahs

SYDNEY, July 8 (Reuters) – Anyone looking for the secrets to the success of the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby this season would do well to remember that coach Michael Cheika was an uncompromising forward in his playing days.

As a number eight who helped form the platform which allowed the likes of Mark Ella and David Campese strut their stuff in the green of the Randwick club back in the 1980s, Cheika knows how important it is that the “big fellas” do their bit.

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