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Aug 2, 2015

Beale standing in the Wallabies wings waiting for his part

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Kurtley Beale is back at 100 percent fitness but still waiting to discover what role Wallabies coach Michael Cheika wants him to play in next weekend’s Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks and beyond.

The gifted back won his 50th cap in a five-minute cameo off the bench against Argentina last weekend, coming on at inside centre but also playing a role as one of two fullbacks in defence.

Aug 2, 2015

Rugby-Beale standing in the Wallabies wings waiting for his part

SYDNEY, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Kurtley Beale is back at 100 percent fitness but still waiting to discover what role Wallabies coach Michael Cheika wants him to play in next weekend’s Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks and beyond.

The gifted back won his 50th cap in a five-minute cameo off the bench against Argentina last weekend, coming on at inside centre but also playing a role as one of two fullbacks in defence.

Aug 1, 2015

‘Cliffy’ back to add heft to Wallabies pack

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Wycliff Palu returned to the Wallabies squad after a month’s rest this week, refreshed and ready to add his characteristic physicality to the Australia pack for back-to-back tests against New Zealand over the next three weeks.

Now 33, the number eight will have to get used to having his workload managed as he enters a 10th season of international rugby, a test career that has been frequently interrupted by injury and earned him only 54 caps.

Aug 1, 2015

Australia admits – We need to talk about Michael

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Another insipid display by a once great cricketer as his side slumped to an embarrassing defeat to go 2-1 down in the Ashes series had Australian pundits questioning whether captain Michael Clarke was in terminal decline on Saturday.

It remains highly unlikely that Clarke’s reign as Australia captain will end with him dropped for next week’s fourth Ashes test against England but it would have been remarkable just a few months ago for someone to even suggest the possibility.

Aug 1, 2015

Cricket-Australia admits: We need to talk about Michael

SYDNEY, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Another insipid display by a once great cricketer as his side slumped to an embarrassing defeat to go 2-1 down in the Ashes series had Australian pundits questioning whether captain Michael Clarke was in terminal decline on Saturday.

It remains highly unlikely that Clarke’s reign as Australia captain will end with him dropped for next week’s fourth Ashes test against England but it would have been remarkable just a few months ago for someone to even suggest the possibility.

Aug 1, 2015

Cricket-Australia admits: We need to talk about Michael

SYDNEY, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Another insipid display by a once great cricketer as his side slumped to an embarrassing defeat to go 2-1 down in the Ashes series had Australian pundits questioning whether captain Michael Clarke was in terminal decline on Saturday.

It remains highly unlikely that Clarke’s reign as Australia captain will end with him dropped for next week’s fourth Ashes test against England but it would have been remarkable just a few months ago for someone to even suggest the possibility.

Jul 31, 2015

Rugby-SANZAR appeal Hooper punishment for Sanchez slap

SYDNEY, July 31 (Reuters) – Australia flanker Michael Hooper’s hopes of facing the All Blacks in Sydney next week suffered a blow on Friday when SANZAR launched an appeal against the one-week ban he was handed for striking Argentina’s Nicolas Sanchez.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) responded to the decision by SANZAR, the governing body of southern hemisphere rugby, by saying they intended to not only vigorously defend Hooper against further punishment but also appeal the original ban.

Jul 31, 2015

Rugby-Wallabies Palu, Giteau return for All Blacks test

SYDNEY, July 31 (Reuters) – Number eight Wycliff Palu and centre Matt Giteau have been recalled to the Australia squad for next week’s Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand with uncapped prop Toby Smith also getting the nod for the Sydney test.

Palu was rested for the victories over South Africa and Argentina and returns in place of Scott Higginbotham, while a recall for Giteau after he missed the test against the Pumas with a sternum injury means winger Nick Cummins drops out.

Jul 24, 2015

Australia look for the breaks to lay down a marker in Kazan

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia head into next month’s world championships without sprint king James Magnussen leaving Cate Campbell to lead a team with some exciting young talent determined to lay down a marker for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Rebranded as the “Dolphins” in March after two years rebuilding a culture that was savaged after the London Olympics debacle, the Australians have an auxiliary goal of continuing to improve their image in the eyes of the public back home.

Jul 24, 2015

Swimming-Australia look for the breaks to lay down a marker in Kazan

SYDNEY, July 24 (Reuters) – Australia head into next month’s world championships without sprint king James Magnussen leaving Cate Campbell to lead a team with some exciting young talent determined to lay down a marker for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Rebranded as the “Dolphins” in March after two years rebuilding a culture that was savaged after the London Olympics debacle, the Australians have an auxiliary goal of continuing to improve their image in the eyes of the public back home.

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