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Aug 19, 2014

Rugby-Australia unchanged for re-match with New Zealand

SYDNEY, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has given a vote of confidence to the players who earned a 12-12 draw with New Zealand last weekend by naming an unchanged side for Saturday’s Rugby Championship return match in Auckland.

McKenzie resisted the temptation to tinker with his side despite the Wallabies not quite hitting their stride in the greasy conditions at a rain-drenched Olympic Stadium last Saturday.

Aug 18, 2014

Drop goals not the Wallaby way but we’ll take them – Horne

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Drop goals remain a part of Australia’s attacking armoury despite their failure to take the option in the dying minutes of last weekend’s draw with the All Blacks, winger Rob Horne said on Monday.

Australia drew 12-12 with New Zealand in a tight, try-less encounter played out in a Sydney rainstorm on Saturday, coming up short of a famous victory to start the Rugby Championship despite having an extra man for most of the last 10 minutes.

Aug 18, 2014

Rugby-Drop goals not the Wallaby way but we’ll take them – Horne

SYDNEY, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Drop goals remain a part of Australia’s attacking armoury despite their failure to take the option in the dying minutes of last weekend’s draw with the All Blacks, winger Rob Horne said on Monday.

Australia drew 12-12 with New Zealand in a tight, try-less encounter played out in a Sydney rainstorm on Saturday, coming up short of a famous victory to start the Rugby Championship despite having an extra man for most of the last 10 minutes.

Aug 17, 2014

Rugby-New Zealand sweat on Nonu, Kaino and yellow cards

SYDNEY, Aug 17 (Reuters) – All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is sweating over the fitness of Ma’a Nonu and Jerome Kaino for next week’s Rugby Championship test against Australia but as big a concern is why his team is getting penalised so much at the breakdown.

Inside centre Nonu injured his shoulder and blindside flanker Kaino hurt his elbow during Saturday’s 12-12 draw with the Wallabies at the Olympic Stadium and are doubts for next weekend’s return at Eden Park in Auckland.

Aug 17, 2014

Rugby-Eden Park a challenge to relish for the Wallabies – McKenzie

SYDNEY, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie sees breaching New Zealand’s fortress Eden Park next week as a challenge to relish after his Wallabies held the world champions to a draw in their Rugby Championship opener.

McKenzie was disappointed Australia were unable to break the deadlock at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday and felt they lacked a little bit of composure in the last 10 minutes when they were a man up after the sin-binning of Beauden Barrett.

Aug 16, 2014

Rugby-Disappointment but pride for All Blacks after record missed

SYDNEY, Aug 16 (Reuters) – New Zealand came up short of the record for most consecutive wins in top tier rugby when they were held to a draw by Australia on Saturday but there was pride mixed in with the disappointment for the world champions.

The All Blacks have played many better games on the 17-match run that took them to the brink of the record but rarely have they had to defend with such sheer bloody-mindedness.

Aug 16, 2014

Rugby-Australia stop New Zealand streak in Sydney draw

SYDNEY, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Australia held New Zealand to a 12-12 draw in their Rugby Championship opener on Saturday to prevent the All Blacks from claiming a world record 18th consecutive win.

In a gritty encounter played out in a Sydney rainstorm, Australia benefited from yellow cards shown to All Blacks Wyatt Crockett and Beauden Barrett either side of the break.

Aug 15, 2014

Australia’s cool captain eyes mission almost impossible

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Wallabies will suffer setbacks against New Zealand in Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash and how they react to those reverses will determine whether they can upset the All Blacks, captain Michael Hooper said on Friday.

Hooper and his team mates face what has proved mission impossible for any international rugby team over the last 14 months when they try to bring a halt to the world champions’ winning streak at 17 matches at the Olympic Stadium.

Aug 15, 2014

Rugby-Australia’s cool captain eyes mission almost impossible

SYDNEY, Aug 15 (Reuters) – The Wallabies will suffer setbacks against New Zealand in Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash and how they react to those reverses will determine whether they can upset the All Blacks, captain Michael Hooper said on Friday.

Hooper and his team mates face what has proved mission impossible for any international rugby team over the last 14 months when they try to bring a halt to the world champions’ winning streak at 17 matches at the Olympic Stadium.

Aug 14, 2014

Wallabies stand in path of All Blacks record run

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia have ended lengthy New Zealand winning streaks twice in the last four years and this weekend it is again the Wallabies who stand in the path of what would be the longest the top tier of the game has ever seen.

The All Blacks go into Saturday’s Rugby Championship opener at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium (kickoff 11.05 a.m. BST) as unquestionably the world’s best team with 17 consecutive test victories behind them.

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