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Jun 11, 2015

Locks shorn but Hooper still Australia’s golden boy

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Michael Hooper’s long, golden locks have been shorn but the fierce desire for success that made him the youngest Wallabies captain for more than half a century remains, and that can only be good news for Australia.

The 23-year-old flanker signed up to stay at home until the end of 2018 on Thursday, a rare bit of good news for Australia as they battle to keep the likes of Israel Folau, Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale in Wallaby gold beyond the World Cup.

Jun 11, 2015

Rugby-Locks shorn but Hooper still Australia’s golden boy

SYDNEY, June 11 (Reuters) – Michael Hooper’s long, golden locks have been shorn but the fierce desire for success that made him the youngest Wallabies captain for more than half a century remains, and that can only be good news for Australia.

The 23-year-old flanker signed up to stay at home until the end of 2018 on Thursday, a rare bit of good news for Australia as they battle to keep the likes of Israel Folau, Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale in Wallaby gold beyond the World Cup.

Jun 6, 2015

Interview: Matildas out to make a statement in World Cup opener

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia coach Alen Stajcic thinks an upset victory in Monday’s World Cup opener against the United States could be the first step on his team’s path to becoming a superpower in women’s soccer.

The Matildas, who have never made it beyond the quarter-finals in five World Cups, begin their Group D campaign in Winnipeg against the twice champion Americans, the perfect stage to make a statement of intent.

Jun 6, 2015

Matildas out to make a statement in World Cup opener

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia coach Alen Stajcic thinks an upset victory in Monday’s World Cup opener against the United States could be the first step on his team’s path to becoming a superpower in women’s football.

The Matildas, who have never made it beyond the quarter-finals in five World Cups, begin their Group D campaign in Winnipeg against the twice champion Americans, the perfect stage to make a statement of intent.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Matildas out to make a statement in World Cup opener

SYDNEY, June 6 (Reuters) – Australia coach Alen Stajcic thinks an upset victory in Monday’s World Cup opener against the United States could be the first step on his team’s path to becoming a superpower in women’s soccer.

The Matildas, who have never made it beyond the quarter-finals in five World Cups, begin their Group D campaign in Winnipeg against the twice champion Americans, the perfect stage to make a statement of intent.

Jun 4, 2015

Australia police probe World Cup bid for stolen cash

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s national police are evaluating the country’s failed bid to host the 2022 World Cup to see if any funds were misappropriated, as the fallout from the FIFA scandal continued to resonate around the world on Thursday.

The bid, which was part-funded by A$42.5 million ($32.84 million) of government money, received just a single vote in the 2010 ballot which controversially awarded the showpiece event to Qatar.

Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-Australia police probe World Cup bid for stolen cash

SYDNEY, May 4 (Reuters) – Australia’s national police are evaluating the country’s failed bid to host the 2022 World Cup to see if any funds were misappropriated, as the fallout from the FIFA scandal continued to resonate around the world on Thursday.

The bid, which was part-funded by A$42.5 million ($32.84 million) of government money, received just a single vote in the 2010 ballot which controversially awarded the showpiece event to Qatar.

Jun 3, 2015

Group of death no waltz for confident Matildas

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Despite a daunting draw, there is a feeling in the Australia camp that their sixth Women’s World Cup campaign just might be the one where the Matildas make the breakthrough into the final four.

The United States, 2003 runners-up Sweden and African champions Nigeria loom in Group D in Canada with the Americans first up in Winnipeg on June 8.

Jun 3, 2015

Soccer-Group of death no waltz for confident Matildas

SYDNEY, June 3 (Reuters) – Despite a daunting draw, there is a feeling in the Australia camp that their sixth Women’s World Cup campaign just might be the one where the Matildas make the breakthrough into the final four.

The United States, 2003 runners-up Sweden and African champions Nigeria loom in Group D in Canada with the Americans first up in Winnipeg on June 8.

Jun 3, 2015

Australia ran clean 2022 World Cup bid, ‘others did not’ – Lowy

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia football supremo Frank Lowy insists his country ran a clean bid to host the 2022 World Cup while others did not, even if they were sometimes naive and made mistakes.

In an open letter released on Wednesday, Lowy said he had nursed a “bitter grievance” since Australia’s bid won just a single vote in 2010, and the tournament was awarded to Qatar.

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