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Aug 8, 2015

Australia stun All Blacks to win Rugby Championship

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Scrumhalf Nic White came off the bench to score 10 points in the last 11 minutes and give Australia a 27-19 victory over New Zealand and a first Rugby Championship title on Saturday.

White’s drop goal and converted try settled a lively contest in which the lead see-sawed back and forth all evening and gave the Wallabies their first victory over the world champions since 2011.

Aug 7, 2015

Rugby-McCaw determined to keep Bledisloe Cup in the cupboard

SYDNEY, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Despite achieving almost everything it is possible to achieve in rugby, the Bledisloe Cup still holds a special place in the heart of New Zealand’s Richie McCaw and he is not about to give it up lightly in what looks like being his final season.

A World Cup-winning captain and three-times World Player of the Year, McCaw will match Irish great Brian O’Driscoll’s record tally of 141 test caps when he takes to the field for Saturday’s Rugby Championship decider against Australia.

Aug 7, 2015

Rugby-It’s all about Australia not the Bledisloe for Mitchell

SYDNEY, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The Wallabies have been determined not to give New Zealand a single scrap of extra motivation ahead of their Sydney clash this week and seasoned campaigner Drew Mitchell was never likely to go against that trend on Friday.

While Australia coaches over the last three seasons have been upbeat about their chances of knocking off the All Blacks and wresting back the Bledisloe Cup, Michael Cheika has been keen to claim the status of underdog this week.

Aug 6, 2015

Australia gamble on pace to upset All Blacks

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia have rolled the dice on back row pace being a decisive factor when they bid to unseat the champion All Blacks in a blockbuster Rugby Championship decider in Sydney this weekend.

Saturday’s match at the Olympic Stadium will not only decide southern hemisphere bragging rights for the year but is also the first match in a two-test Bledisloe Cup series with the return in Auckland next week.

Aug 6, 2015

Rugby-Australia gamble on pace to upset All Blacks

SYDNEY, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Australia have rolled the dice on back row pace being a decisive factor when they bid to unseat the champion All Blacks in a blockbuster Rugby Championship decider in Sydney this weekend.

Saturday’s match at the Olympic Stadium will not only decide southern hemisphere bragging rights for the year but is also the first match in a two-test Bledisloe Cup series with the return in Auckland next week.

Aug 6, 2015

Rugby-Slimmed down All Black Savea hungry, but not for food

SYDNEY, Aug 6 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s try-scoring machine Julian Savea has been through a three-week boot camp to get back to full fitness and is ready to resume his test career against Australia this weekend, coach Steve Hansen said on Thursday.

The 24-year-old flyer, who has scored an astonishing 30 tries in 33 tests, missed the victories over Samoa, Argentina and South Africa but returns to the All Blacks side for Saturday’s Rugby Championship decider in Sydney.

Aug 5, 2015

Pearson clearing hurdles on long road back to top

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Olympic champion sprint hurdler Sally Pearson has finally begun the road back to competition after her horror fall in Rome and is convinced she will be a contender once again when the Rio de Janeiro Games come around in a year’s time.

On Wednesday, the 28-year-old was still showing the scars from surgery on the “bone explosion” she suffered in the tumble at the Diamond League meeting in early June that left her fearing her lower left arm might need to be amputated.

Aug 5, 2015

Athletics-Pearson clearing hurdles on long road back to top

SYDNEY, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Olympic champion sprint hurdler Sally Pearson has finally begun the road back to competition after her horror fall in Rome and is convinced she will be a contender once again when the Rio de Janeiro Games come around in a year’s time.

On Wednesday, the 28-year-old was still showing the scars from surgery on the “bone explosion” she suffered in the tumble at the Diamond League meeting in early June that left her fearing her lower left arm might need to be amputated.

Aug 5, 2015

Chiller reads the riot act as Australia counts down to Rio

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s chef de mission Kitty Chiller left no one in any doubt what standard of behavior she will expect from her team of just over 460 athletes when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics get underway a year on Wednesday.

The former modern pentathlete, the first woman to lead Australia into a Summer Games, pulled no punches as she made clear that there would be zero tolerance for misbehavior, illegal gambling or doping on her watch.

Aug 5, 2015

Olympics-Chiller reads the riot act as Australia counts down to Rio

SYDNEY, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Australia’s chef de mission Kitty Chiller left no one in any doubt what standard of behaviour she will expect from her team of just over 460 athletes when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics get underway a year on Wednesday.

The former modern pentathlete, the first woman to lead Australia into a Summer Games, pulled no punches as she made clear that there would be zero tolerance for misbehaviour, illegal gambling or doping on her watch.

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