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May 8, 2014

Centred Beale has burning desire to prove doubters wrong

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Kurtley Beale has been rejuvenated by his move back to Sydney after a miserable 2013 and desperate to get out on a rugby pitch in the green and gold of Australia to prove the doubters wrong.

The versatile back has been in sparkling form for the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby, combining particularly well with fellow Wallaby Israel Folau, and appears to have banished the demons that beset him last year.

May 8, 2014

Rugby-Centred Beale has burning desire to prove doubters wrong

SYDNEY, May 8 (Reuters) – Kurtley Beale has been rejuvenated by his move back to Sydney after a miserable 2013 and desperate to get out on a rugby pitch in the green and gold of Australia to prove the doubters wrong.

The versatile back has been in sparkling form for the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby, combining particularly well with fellow Wallaby Israel Folau, and appears to have banished the demons that beset him last year.

Apr 28, 2014

Pride in Australia drives Socceroos coach Postecoglou

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Despite being handed the reins just eight months before the World Cup finals with the Socceroos apparently in disarray, Australia coach Ange Postecoglou is not heading to Brazil looking for excuses.

Any reasonable observer would think he could claim a few if Australia disappoint in June, not least because they are the lowest-ranked team and have been grouped with world champions Spain, Netherlands, the 2010 runners-up, and Chile.

Apr 28, 2014

Australia face damage limitation exercise in Brazil

SYDNEY (Reuters) – As the lowest-ranked team heading for Brazil, Australia’s fourth trip to the World Cup finals was always going to be a challenge even before lady luck abandoned them in December’s tournament draw.

Spain and the Netherlands, who fought out the 2010 World Cup final, as well as South American powerhouse Chile, presented the worst scenario for a nation with a newly appointed coach and a squad in transition.

Apr 28, 2014

Cahill still a talisman for rank outsiders Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Tim Cahill still belies his diminutive stature with his ability to leap above defenders and get his head on the ball and Australia hopes he will similarly help the Socceroos confound their lowly standing in Brazil.

The hard-tackling attacking midfielder will be playing in his third World Cup but Australia go to the 2014 finals as rank outsiders in one of the toughest first-round groups with world and European champions Spain, Netherlands and Chile.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Cahill still a talisman for rank outsiders Australia

SYDNEY, April 28 (Reuters) – Tim Cahill still belies his diminutive stature with his ability to leap above defenders and get his head on the ball and Australia hopes he will similarly help the Socceroos confound their lowly standing in Brazil.

The hard-tackling attacking midfielder will be playing in his third World Cup but Australia go to the 2014 finals as rank outsiders in one of the toughest first-round groups with world and European champions Spain, Netherlands and Chile.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Pride in Australia drives Socceroos coach Postecoglou

SYDNEY, April 28 (Reuters) – Despite being handed the reins just eight months before the World Cup finals with the Socceroos apparently in disarray, Australia coach Ange Postecoglou is not heading to Brazil looking for excuses.

Any reasonable observer would think he could claim a few if Australia disappoint in June, not least because they are the lowest-ranked team and have been grouped with world champions Spain, Netherlands, the 2010 runners-up, and Chile.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Australia face damage limitation exercise in Brazil

SYDNEY, April 28 (Reuters) – As the lowest-ranked team heading for Brazil, Australia’s fourth trip to the World Cup finals was always going to be a challenge even before lady luck abandoned them in December’s tournament draw.

Spain and the Netherlands, who fought out the 2010 World Cup final, as well as South American powerhouse Chile, presented the worst scenario for a nation with a newly appointed coach and a squad in transition.

Apr 14, 2014

Rugby-You beauty! It’s triple meat for the badge

SYDNEY, April 14 (Reuters) – For once it was not what he said, or how he looked, but what he did that attracted the attention as Western Force winger Nick “the Honeybadger” Cummins grabbed a hat-trick of tries in Super Rugby win over the weekend.

For Cummins, once described as “the most Australian man on the planet”, the three scores which gave the Force a 28-16 victory over New South Wales Waratahs was “triple meat” – a reference to meat pie, which he uses as rhyming slang for try.

Apr 14, 2014

You beauty! It’s triple meat for the badge

SYDNEY (Reuters) – For once it was not what he said, or how he looked, but what he did that attracted the attention as Western Force winger Nick “the Honeybadger” Cummins grabbed a hat-trick of tries in Super Rugby win over the weekend.

For Cummins, once described as “the most Australian man on the planet”, the three scores which gave the Force a 28-16 victory over New South Wales Waratahs was “triple meat” – a reference to meat pie, which he uses as rhyming slang for try.

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