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Aug 7, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies better prepared for All Blacks-McKenzie

SYDNEY, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Ewen McKenzie chuckles when he recalls the baptism of fire in international coaching he underwent last year when Australia took on New Zealand in back-to-back tests to open the Rugby Championship.

Two defeats followed and the Wallabies went on to lose the third Bledisloe Cup test to their trans-Tasman Sea rivals, all the optimism about how McKenzie might change Australian fortunes buried under the weight of All Blacks tries.

Aug 5, 2014

Prognosis for Rio Olympics ‘much better’: IOC’s Coates

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Olympic chief John Coates, who in April branded preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the worst ever, said on Tuesday the prognosis was now “much, much better”.

Speaking at an event to mark two years until the start of the Rio Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president said Brazil’s successful hosting of the soccer World Cup in June and July had been reassuring.

Aug 5, 2014

Olympics-Prognosis for Rio Olympics ‘much better’ – IOC’s Coates

SYDNEY, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Australia’s Olympic chief John Coates, who in April branded preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the worst ever, said on Tuesday the prognosis was now “much, much better”.

Speaking at an event to mark two years until the start of the Rio Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president said Brazil’s successful hosting of the soccer World Cup in June and July had been reassuring.

Aug 3, 2014

Waratahs triumph no guarantee of Wallabies success

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Wallabies fans will be hoping that Australia’s superlative Super Rugby season, capped by a maiden title for the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday, will be a springboard to further success in the test arena this year.

And international success for Australian rugby outside the World Cup is measured in only one way – victories over New Zealand and the return of the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002.

Aug 3, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs triumph no guarantee of Wallabies success

SYDNEY, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Wallabies fans will be hoping that Australia’s superlative Super Rugby season, capped by a maiden title for the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday, will be a springboard to further success in the test arena this year.

And international success for Australian rugby outside the World Cup is measured in only one way – victories over New Zealand and the return of the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002.

Aug 3, 2014

Close but no cigar for disappointed Crusaders

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Canterbury Crusaders deserve some credit for keeping their quest for an eighth Super Rugby title alive until the final minute of the season, according to coach Todd Blackadder.

The New Zealanders led the New South Wales Waratahs by two points with the end of the match in sight at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday before Bernard Foley’s long-range penalty snatched a 33-32 victory and a first title for the home side.

Aug 3, 2014

Rugby-Close but no cigar for disappointed Crusaders

SYDNEY, Aug 3 (Reuters) – The Canterbury Crusaders deserve some credit for keeping their quest for an eighth Super Rugby title alive until the final minute of the season, according to coach Todd Blackadder.

The New Zealanders led the New South Wales Waratahs by two points with the end of the match in sight at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday before Bernard Foley’s long-range penalty snatched a 33-32 victory and a first title for the home side.

Aug 2, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs title caps Cheika’s character revolution

SYDNEY, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Bernard Foley’s late penalty will go down in the record books as winning New South Waratahs their first Super Rugby title but for coach Michael Cheika, the triumph was built on getting all the little things right.

Flyhalf Foley’s 79th minute kick from range gave the Waratahs a thrilling 33-32 victory over the seven-times champion Canterbury Crusaders in front of an ecstatic crowd of 61,823 at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Aug 2, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs win Sydney thriller for first Super Rugby title

SYDNEY, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Bernard Foley kicked a long-range penalty a minute from time to give the New South Wales Waratahs their maiden Super Rugby title with a 33-32 victory over the seven-times champion Canterbury Crusaders in a thrilling final on Saturday.

The Waratahs dreams of a first title in their third final were hanging by a thread when the Wallabies flyhalf calmly slotted his seventh penalty of the night from 44 metres to send the record crowd of 61,823 at the Olympic Stadium into raptures.

Aug 1, 2014

Waratahs wary of Crusaders back row in Super final

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The New South Wales Waratahs will not be able to unleash their trademark running game if they allow the Canterbury Crusaders to dominate them at breakdown in Saturday’s Super Rugby final, skipper Michael Hooper said on Friday.

Wallabies openside Hooper, still only 22, has been in brilliant form this season as the Waratahs finished top of the Super Rugby standings and beat the ACT Brumbies in a bruising semi-final last weekend.

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