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Why a Wallabies great thinks the All Blacks are RWC ‘favourites’

Australian rugby great Tim Horan believes the All Blacks are “still the favorites to win” next year’s World Cup in France, even though they’re currently ranked third in the world. While the All Blacks had a mixed campaign this year, which included historic losses at home against both Ireland and Argentina, they began to hit …

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Northland Women’s Rugby star nominated for top rugby award

Former Black Ferns lock, Northland’s Charmaine Smith, is in the running for this year’s Fiao’o Faamausili Medal After a surprise return to rugby following her retirement two years ago, Northland women’s rugby player Charmaine Smith is in the running for the Fiao’o Faamausili Medal for best player in the Farah Palmer Cup. The former Black …

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‘The TMO intervention around foul play has created so much dead time’

Updated 8 hours ago HOW CAN WORLD Rugby make the sport a better product ahead of next year’s World Cup? The game’s governing body gathered a group of coaches, performance directors, administrators, and match officials in London last week to discuss exactly that at a ‘shape of the game’ conference. It sparked an interesting chat …

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Rassie Erasmus films 20-minute video explaining social media use

Controversial Springboks boss Rassie Erasmus has filmed a 20-minute video explaining his use of social media. The South African director of rugby was recently hit with a two-game stadium ban by World Rugby, who interpreted his tweets as sarcastic criticism of the match officials during the opening part of his team’s four-match November tour. Erasmus …

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The worst decision RA could make for the Wallabies in 2023 would be to hire Eddie Jones as coach

The worst decision Rugby Australia could make for the Wallabies in 2023 would be to hire Eddie Jones as their headman. As he grows into the role, pet projects will eclipse methodology, assistants will run for the exits, some players will be vaccinated from selection and others will be immune from the drop, the press …

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‘Horrible, vicious person’ query has shown Erasmus in a good light

Former Springboks skipper Bobby Skinstad has backed the trenchant way Rassie Erasmus defended South Africa during their recent Autumn Nations Series – but he admitted the abuse met out by fans to Wayne Barnes and his family was disgusting. World Rugby took issue with what they felt was the sarcastic nature of his tweets commenting …

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