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Jun 23, 2015

No room for Cooper at the Waratahs, Beale an injury worry

SYDNEY (Reuters) – There is no room at the New South Wales Waratahs for Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper and he would struggle to get into the side in any case, assistant coach Daryl Gibson said on Tuesday.

Gibson, who will take over from Michael Cheika as head coach next season, gave short shrift to local media reports saying Cooper might make a move to Sydney after the Queensland Reds ended negotiations over a new contract on Sunday.

Jun 23, 2015

Rugby-No room for Cooper at the Waratahs, Beale an injury worry

SYDNEY, June 23 (Reuters) – There is no room at the New South Wales Waratahs for Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper and he would struggle to get into the side in any case, assistant coach Daryl Gibson said on Tuesday.

Gibson, who will take over from Michael Cheika as head coach next season, gave short shrift to local media reports saying Cooper might make a move to Sydney after the Queensland Reds ended negotiations over a new contract on Sunday.

Jun 18, 2015

Olympic relay champion Palmer fails doping test

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Olympic relay champion Kylie Palmer has pulled out of the Australia team for next month’s swimming world championships in Russia after being informed she had failed a dope test at the 2013 edition of the event.

Palmer, a 4x200m freestyle relay champion at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver medalist in the same event four years later in London, was informed earlier this year that a sample she gave had shown traces of a banned substance.

Jun 18, 2015

Swimming-Olympic relay champion Palmer fails doping test

SYDNEY, June 18 (Reuters) – Former Olympic relay champion Kylie Palmer has pulled out of the Australia team for next month’s swimming world championships in Russia after being informed she had failed a dope test at the 2013 edition of the event.

Palmer, a 4x200m freestyle relay champion at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver medallist in the same event four years later in London, was informed earlier this year that a sample she gave had shown traces of a banned substance.

Jun 16, 2015

Almost Wallaby McKibbin ready to answer Scotland’s call

SYDNEY (Reuters) – New South Wales Waratahs scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin, who was a Robbie Deans nod away from making his Wallabies debut in 2012, is hoping a move to London Irish might propel him back into the test arena with Scotland.

The 29-year-old halfback, who has spent most of the last two years on the Waratahs bench, still has unfinished business in Australia, however, with a Super Rugby semi-final coming up on June 27.

Jun 16, 2015

Rugby-Almost Wallaby McKibbin ready to answer Scotland’s call

SYDNEY, June 16 (Reuters) – New South Wales Waratahs scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin, who was a Robbie Deans nod away from making his Wallabies debut in 2012, is hoping a move to London Irish might propel him back into the test arena with Scotland.

The 29-year-old halfback, who has spent most of the last two years on the Waratahs bench, still has unfinished business in Australia, however, with a Super Rugby semi-final coming up on June 27.

Jun 14, 2015

Rugby-Waratahs complete first step of Mission: Improbable

SYDNEY, June 14 (Reuters) – New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has urged his players to remain firmly focused on their bid to become the first Australian team to win back-to-back Super Rugby titles over the two weeks until the semi-finals.

The Waratahs ensured they would skip the first round of playoffs with a 31-5 victory over the Queensland Reds on Saturday to earn second place in the final regular season standings behind the Wellington Hurricanes.

Jun 13, 2015

Hurricanes send Chiefs on the road with comeback win

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Wellington Hurricanes came from behind to beat the Waikato Chiefs 21-13 in the final round of Super Rugby in New Plymouth on Saturday and send the twice champions on the road for the first round of the playoffs.

The Hurricanes were already assured of topping the end of season standings and a home semi-final but the Chiefs needed a bonus point victory by more than 37 points to avoid travelling to Dunedin to play the Otago Highlanders next week.

Jun 13, 2015

Rugby-Hurricanes send Chiefs on the road with comeback win

SYDNEY, June 13 (Reuters) – Wellington Hurricanes came from behind to beat the Waikato Chiefs 21-13 in the final round of Super Rugby in New Plymouth on Saturday and send the twice champions on the road for the first round of the playoffs.

The Hurricanes were already assured of topping the end of season standings and a home semi-final but the Chiefs needed a bonus point victory by more than 37 points to avoid travelling to Dunedin to play the Otago Highlanders next week.

Jun 11, 2015

Locks shorn but Hooper still Australia’s golden boy

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Michael Hooper’s long, golden locks have been shorn but the fierce desire for success that made him the youngest Wallabies captain for more than half a century remains, and that can only be good news for Australia.

The 23-year-old flanker signed up to stay at home until the end of 2018 on Thursday, a rare bit of good news for Australia as they battle to keep the likes of Israel Folau, Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale in Wallaby gold beyond the World Cup.

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