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Oct 18, 2014

Rugby-Under-fire Australia coach McKenzie quits

SYDNEY, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Under-fire Australia coach Ewen McKenzie resigned on Saturday a few hours before the Wallabies were beaten 29-28 by world champions New Zealand in Brisbane, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said in a statement.

McKenzie, who took over from Robbie Deans just over a year ago, had come under pressure over the last two weeks for his role in the row over offensive text messages Kurtley Beale allegedly sent to a team official in June.

Oct 18, 2014

All Blacks edge Australia with late try in Brisbane

SYDNEY (Reuters) – All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa scored a last-minute try which Colin Slade converted to give the world champions a dramatic 29-28 victory over Australia in the third Bledisloe Cup test at Lang Park in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Wallabies looked destined to emerge from two weeks of turmoil over the Kurtley Beale saga with a famous victory until Fekitoa crossed for New Zealand’s fourth try, which replacement flyhalf Slade calmly converted.

Oct 18, 2014

Rugby-All Blacks edge Australia with late try in Brisbane

SYDNEY, Oct 18 (Reuters) – All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa scored a last-minute try which Colin Slade converted to give the world champions a dramatic 29-28 victory over Australia in the third Bledisloe Cup test at Lang Park in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Wallabies looked destined to emerge from two weeks of turmoil over the Kurtley Beale saga with a famous victory until Fekitoa crossed for New Zealand’s fourth try, which replacement flyhalf Slade calmly converted.

Oct 17, 2014

‘Swoop’ joins the ranks of Wallaby centurions

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Australia coach Robbie Deans once described Adam Ashley-Cooper as the glue that held the Wallabies together and rarely has the versatile back’s ability to bring coherence to the side been needed more than in his 100th test.

The fallout from the row over texts allegedly sent by Kurtley Beale about a team official in June have left the Wallabies in crisis and coach Ewen McKenzie clinging to job by his finger nails ahead of Saturday’s test against New Zealand.

Oct 17, 2014

Rugby-’Swoop’ joins the ranks of Wallaby centurions

SYDNEY, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Former Australia coach Robbie Deans once described Adam Ashley-Cooper as the glue that held the Wallabies together and rarely has the versatile back’s ability to bring coherence to the side been needed more than in his 100th test.

The fallout from the row over texts allegedly sent by Kurtley Beale about a team official in June have left the Wallabies in crisis and coach Ewen McKenzie clinging to job by his finger nails ahead of Saturday’s test against New Zealand.

Oct 13, 2014

Wallabies in crisis as Beale text row turns toxic

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The maelstrom caused by a row between Kurtley Beale and Wallabies official Di Patston showed no sign of abating on Monday after a June text exchange between the pair was published in local media.

The row has already cost Patston her job, could yet cost utility back Beale his international career, and, according to local media reports, has exposed divisions between Australia coach Ewen McKenzie and his senior players.

Oct 13, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies in crisis as Beale text row turns toxic

SYDNEY, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The maelstrom caused by a row between Kurtley Beale and Wallabies official Di Patston showed no sign of abating on Monday after a June text exchange between the pair was published in local media.

The row has already cost Patston her job, could yet cost utility back Beale his international career, and, according to local media reports, has exposed divisions between Australia coach Ewen McKenzie and his senior players.

Oct 11, 2014

Beale row official quits Australian Rugby Union post

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Wallabies team official at the centre of the Kurtley Beale row, team business manager Di Patston, has quit her job because of “stress relating to recent events”, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Saturday.

Utility back Beale was suspended on Thursday pending a hearing into allegations he distributed “deeply offensive” text messages about Patston in June.

Oct 11, 2014

Rugby-Beale row official quits Australian Rugby Union post

SYDNEY, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The Wallabies team official at the centre of the Kurtley Beale row, team business manager Di Patston, has quit her job because of “stress relating to recent events”, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Saturday.

Utility back Beale was suspended on Thursday pending a hearing into allegations he distributed “deeply offensive” text messages about Patston in June.

Oct 10, 2014

Angry McKenzie denies relationship with Beale row official

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie was forced to deny he was involved in an intimate relationship with a Wallabies team official in an extraordinary news conference on Friday that focused almost exclusively on Kurtley Beale’s suspension.

Beale was initially facing disciplinary action stemming from a slanging match with team business manager Di Patston on a flight to South America for last week’s Rugby Championship test against Argentina.

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