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Jul 25, 2014

Rugby-Old grudges add fuel to fire in all-Australian Super semi

SYDNEY, July 25 (Reuters) – For the New South Wales Waratahs, Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final against the ACT Brumbies is a chance to firmly establish their place at the top of Australian rugby and another step on the path they hope will take them to their first title.

For the Canberra-based Brumbies, any match against the Waratahs is just a little more personal than that for reasons that go back to the very origins of the team at the start of Super Rugby in the mid-1990s.

Jul 25, 2014

No turning back for expansive Brumbies in Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) – There is no question of the ACT Brumbies reverting to a more conservative game when they meet the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday with a place in the Super Rugby final on the line, director of rugby Laurie Fisher said on Friday.

The Brumbies reached the final last year under South Africa Jake White with a gameplan that put the emphasis on field position and defensive strength, a style the twice-champions continued to use for much of this season.

Jul 25, 2014

Rugby-No turning back for expansive Brumbies in Sydney

SYDNEY, July 25 (Reuters) – There is no question of the ACT Brumbies reverting to a more conservative game when they meet the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday with a place in the Super Rugby final on the line, director of rugby Laurie Fisher said on Friday.

The Brumbies reached the final last year under South Africa Jake White with a gameplan that put the emphasis on field position and defensive strength, a style the twice-champions continued to use for much of this season.

Jul 24, 2014

White’s influence writ large on Super Rugby semis

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Master schemer Jake White’s influence will be writ large on the Super Rugby semi-finals this weekend when his Sharks take on the Canterbury Crusaders and the ACT Brumbies meet the New South Wales Waratahs.

The World Cup-winning former Springboks coach took the Brumbies to the final last season and on Saturday he will be looking to repeat the feat with the Durban-based Sharks with a second win over the Crusaders in Christchurch this year.

Jul 24, 2014

Rugby-White’s influence writ large on Super Rugby semis

SYDNEY, July 24 (Reuters) – Master schemer Jake White’s influence will be writ large on the Super Rugby semi-finals this weekend when his Sharks take on the Canterbury Crusaders and the ACT Brumbies meet the New South Wales Waratahs.

The World Cup-winning former Springboks coach took the Brumbies to the final last season and on Saturday he will be looking to repeat the feat with the Durban-based Sharks with a second win over the Crusaders in Christchurch this year.

Jul 23, 2014

Speight adds another big weapon to Australia’s armoury

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia, if a little prematurely, added another hefty offensive weapon to their armoury on Wednesday when Fijian winger Henry Speight was named in their squad for the Rugby Championship.

Fresh from the best display of tackle-busting in Super Rugby this year against the Waikato Chiefs last weekend, the 26-year-old ACT Brumbies winger was included despite not being eligible to play for the Wallabies until halfway through the competition.

Jul 23, 2014

Rugby-Speight adds another big weapon to Australia’s armoury

SYDNEY, July 23 (Reuters) – Australia, if a little prematurely, added another hefty offensive weapon to their armoury on Wednesday when Fijian winger Henry Speight was named in their squad for the Rugby Championship.

Fresh from the best display of tackle-busting in Super Rugby this year against the Waikato Chiefs last weekend, the 26-year-old ACT Brumbies winger was included despite not being eligible to play for the Wallabies until halfway through the competition.

Jul 23, 2014

Rugby-Speight in Australia squad for Rugby Championship

SYDNEY, July 23 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie included Henry Speight in his squad for the Rugby Championship on Wednesday even though the ACT Brumbies winger will be ineligible for selection for half of the campaign.

The in-form Fijian will miss back-to-back tests against New Zealand and the clash with South Africa in Perth at the start of Australia’s campaign before he qualifies for the Wallabies on residential grounds on Sept. 11.

Jul 22, 2014

Potgieter starts but Waratahs expect Skelton impact

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Jacques Potgieter will start at lock for the New South Wales Waratahs in this weekend’s Super Rugby semi-final against the ACT Brumbies but coach Michael Cheika thinks Will Skelton could be a matchwinner from the bench.

Hard-running former Springbok Potgieter has got the nod alongside Kane Douglas in the second row for Saturday’s match at Sydney Football Stadium, which will decide who faces the Canterbury Crusaders or South Africa’s Sharks in the final.

Jul 22, 2014

Rugby-Potgieter starts but Waratahs expect Skelton impact

SYDNEY, July 22 (Reuters) – Jacques Potgieter will start at lock for the New South Wales Waratahs in this weekend’s Super Rugby semi-final against the ACT Brumbies but coach Michael Cheika thinks Will Skelton could be a matchwinner from the bench.

Hard-running former Springbok Potgieter has got the nod alongside Kane Douglas in the second row for Saturday’s match at Sydney Football Stadium, which will decide who faces the Canterbury Crusaders or South Africa’s Sharks in the final.

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