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Oct 9, 2014

Rugby-Australia’s Beale suspended over ‘offensive texts’

SYDNEY, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Wallabies back Kurtley Beale has been suspended pending a probe into “deeply offensive” text messages about a team official he allegedly sent earlier this year, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Thursday.

Beale was already facing disciplinary charges over a bust-up with a team official on a flight from South Africa to Argentina for a Rugby Championship test last week but that issue was now “a secondary matter”, ARU chief Bill Pulver said.

Oct 9, 2014

Less glamour, more drama for A-League’s 10th season

SYDNEY (Reuters) – David Villa will sprinkle a little stardust on the opening round of the A-League when he turns out for Melbourne City this weekend but Australia’s top flight looks like being more about fierce competition than marquee names this season.

Spanish World Cup winner Villa will suit up for City – the former Melbourne Heart newly rebranded after their purchase by English champions Manchester City – when they take on Sydney FC in the harbour city on Saturday.

Oct 9, 2014

Soccer-Less glamour, more drama for A-League’s 10th season

SYDNEY, Oct 9 (Reuters) – David Villa will sprinkle a little stardust on the opening round of the A-League when he turns out for Melbourne City this weekend but Australia’s top flight looks like being more about fierce competition than marquee names this season.

Spanish World Cup winner Villa will suit up for City – the former Melbourne Heart newly rebranded after their purchase by English champions Manchester City – when they take on Sydney FC in the harbour city on Saturday.

Sep 17, 2014

Skelton’s progress a weighty matter for Wallabies

SYDNEY (Reuters) – When Will Skelton, all 137-kgs of him, rumbled over France flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo to score a try in a sparkling test debut in June, it looked like the 22-year-old lock was going to be a Wallabies fixture for some time to come.

For the last two Rugby Championship tests, though, he has failed to even make the bench and that exile continued on Wednesday when he was omitted from the squad for the last two matches of the competition in South Africa and Argentina.

Sep 17, 2014

Rugby-Skelton’s progress a weighty matter for Wallabies

SYDNEY, Sept 17 (Reuters) – When Will Skelton, all 137-kgs of him, rumbled over France flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo to score a try in a sparkling test debut in June, it looked like the 22-year-old lock was going to be a Wallabies fixture for some time to come.

For the last two Rugby Championship tests, though, he has failed to even make the bench and that exile continued on Wednesday when he was omitted from the squad for the last two matches of the competition in South Africa and Argentina.

Sep 14, 2014

Analysis – Tight at the top five months out from World Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) – After what at one stage earlier this month looked like a vast game of musical chairs, reigning champions India ended up topping the world rankings when the five-month countdown to the 2015 World Cup started on Sunday.

With just three rating points separating the top four nations, however, the 11th version of the quadrennial showpiece of 50-overs cricket, which is being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, looks like being one of the closest ever.

Sep 14, 2014

Cricket-Tight at the top five months out from World Cup

SYDNEY, Sept 14 (Reuters) – After what at one stage earlier this month looked like a vast game of musical chairs, reigning champions India ended up topping the world rankings when the five-month countdown to the 2015 World Cup started on Sunday.

With just three rating points separating the top four nations, however, the 11th version of the quadrennial showpiece of 50-overs cricket, which is being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, looks like being one of the closest ever.

Sep 14, 2014

Rallying-Ogier extends championship lead with Australia triumph

SYDNEY, Sept 14 (Reuters) – World champion Sebastien Ogier took another big step towards retaining his title when he won the Australian round of the world rally championship in the seaside resort of Coffs Harbour for the second year in a row on Sunday.

The 30-year-old held off Volkswagen team mate Jari-Matti Latvala by 6.8 seconds to extend his lead over the Finn in the title race to 50 points with only 75, plus bonuses, up for grabs over the last three rounds in France, Spain and Britain.

Sep 14, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies curse strikes again with Polota-Nau, Betham hurt

SYDNEY, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Australia hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and winger Peter Betham are likely to miss the next round of the Rugby Championship because of injury, further depleting Ewen McKenzie’s resources in the areas he can least afford it.

Polota-Nau was rushed back from a knee injury for Saturday’s 32-25 victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast but ended the evening hobbling around the Robina Stadium on crutches with an ankle problem.

Sep 13, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies rue lack of killer instinct after Pumas win

Sept 13 (Reuters) – Australia were unable to hide a mild disappointment at being taken down to the wire by Argentina as they secured their second win of the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

The Pumas stormed back from 29-13 down in the last 20 minutes and could have stolen a draw had they scored a try from a five-metre scrum in the last few seconds.

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