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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.

Aug 14, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies stand in path of All Blacks record run

SYDNEY, Aug 14 (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 1005 GMT) as unquestionably the world’s best team with 17 consecutive test victories behind them.

Aug 13, 2014

Rugby-McKenzie banks on Beale to give Wallabies ideal start

SYDNEY, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Australia’s 2014 Rugby Championship will again be defined by their opening two matches, home and away tests against their fiercest rivals, world champions New Zealand.

Win at least one of those matches and the confidence they bring into the competition from a seven-game winning streak and an outstanding year for Australian teams in Super Rugby could blossom into something more tangible.

Aug 12, 2014

Rugby-All Blacks again the benchmark in Rugby Championship

SYDNEY, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The New Zealand juggernaut rumbles into the Rugby Championship on the back of a 17-match winning streak and realistic hopes in South Africa, Australia and Argentina will be of hindering its progress rather than bringing it to a halt.

Victory over Australia in their opener on Saturday would give the All Blacks a top-tier record for consecutive wins and few would be surprised if the world champions extended the run to 23 matches to clinch a third successive title unbeaten.

Aug 10, 2014

Soccer-Juve strike late to win Sydney friendly

SYDNEY, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Juventus will have to improve their fitness before they begin their quest for a fourth straight Serie A title, new coach Massimiliano Allegri said after they needed two late goals to snatch a 3-2 win over an A-League All Star XI on Sunday.

The All Stars, captained by Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero, were deservedly leading 2-1 with two minutes to go in the friendly played in front of a crowd of 55,364 at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.

Aug 8, 2014

Deja vu Down Under for Evra

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Patrice Evra is with a new club this year but still finds himself in Australia for a pre-season friendly – and that is not the only similarity the French defender has noticed after making the switch from Manchester United to Juventus.

The 33-year-old left back moved to Turin for 1.2 million pounds in July after eight years at Old Trafford in which he won five English Premier league titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup in 2008.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-Deja vu Down Under for Evra

SYDNEY, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Patrice Evra is with a new club this year but still finds himself in Australia for a pre-season friendly – and that is not the only similarity the French defender has noticed after making the switch from Manchester United to Juventus.

The 33-year-old left back moved to Turin for 1.2 million pounds ($2.05 million) in July after eight years at Old Trafford in which he won five English Premier league titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup in 2008.

Aug 8, 2014

Juve expecting tougher challenge in Serie A and Down Under

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Juventus expect a much tougher challenge in Serie A this season as they chase a fourth straight Scudetto, new coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday after the Italian champions landed in Australia for a friendly as part of their world tour.

Allegri is overseeing his first pre-season at Juventus after replacing Antonio Conte, who led the Turin club to a hat-trick of league titles but stood down in July because he felt winning silverware would become increasingly difficult.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-Juve expecting tougher challenge in Serie A and Down Under

SYDNEY, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Juventus expect a much tougher challenge in Serie A this season as they chase a fourth straight Scudetto, new coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday after the Italian champions landed in Australia for a friendly as part of their world tour.

Allegri is overseeing his first pre-season at Juventus after replacing Antonio Conte, who led the Turin club to a hat-trick of league titles but stood down in July because he felt winning silverware would become increasingly difficult.

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