• Penney perseveres with Tahs but expects a derby response

    NSW Waratahs head coach Rob Penney has resisted the urge for wholesale changes to his side, after last weekend’s unedifying 51-14 defeat at the hands of the Chiefs. But he has called for a response from his playing group when they take on the high-flying Brumbies in the derby in Canberra on Sunday.

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  • Six Nations: Scotland stun France as tournament hit by coronavirus

    Round four of the 2020 Six Nations saw sport play second fiddle to health and safety, as the Ireland v Italy match due to be played in Dublin fell victim to the coronavirus, with the rest of the competition also likely to be put on hold for the foreseeable future.

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  • Brumbies dispatched as NSW Women throw down the gauntlet

    And on they go. The NSW Waratahs Women have maintained their unbeaten run in Super W, with a dominant 41-8 victory over Brumbies Women at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta last night.

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  • Six Nations: Vive le France, England find form, and Scots off the mark

    If the games that made up week two of the tournament had fallen foul of the weather and largely been occasions for the purists, dry decks and a bit of sunshine provided a welcome platform for some wonderful rugby in week three, with France’s hugely exciting 27-23 win over Wales a clash for the ages.

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  • Stars ready to shine as Super W 3.0 gets underway

    Season three of the Super W competition kicks-off this evening, with reigning champions NSW Waratahs Women travelling down to Victoria to take on the Melbourne Rebels Women, in the first part of a double-header ahead of the Super Rugby clash between the Rebels and Waratahs.

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  • Six Nations: Weather the winner as France and Ireland lead the way

    Week two of the 2020 Six Nations was more a story of the conditions the three games were played in, than the wins for Ireland, England and France that eventuated.

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  • Sydney Sevens: Mixed bag for Aussie Men as they finish 6th

    It was a tale of two contrasting days for the Australian Men’s Sevens team at the Sydney Sevens last weekend. Saturday saw them show plenty of promise as they stood unbeaten after two pool matches against Japan and Scotland, with a combined tally of 64pts and ten tries. But Sunday was a painful reminder of how much improvement is still required if they are going to become genuine contenders in this year’s World Series, and at the Tokyo Olympics.

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  • Six Nations: Sloppy England undone by French resistance

    Any suspicions that England may suffer a World Cup hangover bore some pretty ripe fruit in Paris at the weekend, with a rejuvenated and youthful French side downing the tournament runners-up 24-17 as the 2020 Six Nations kicked-off – having led 17-0 at the break.

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  • Sydney Sevens: Aussie Women claim bronze on home soil

    It wasn’t the colour they wanted but the Australian Women’s Sevens team had to content themselves with a bronze medal in Sydney on Sunday, downing France for the second time of the day after going down heavily to an impressive Canada in the semi-final.

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  • ‘Marky Mark’ shines but Crusaders too clinical for Tahs in opener

    Different season, same old Crusaders. Despite losing a bevy of star names in Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Jordan Taufua and Matt Todd in the off-season, the champion Cantabrians have opened the defence of their Super Rugby title with an impressive 43-25 defeat of the Waratahs in Nelson. But the similarly new-look Tahs can take plenty from their first serious hit-out under head coach Rob Penney, in particular the talents of two-try debutant winger Mark Nawaqanitawase.

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RWC 2019 Pool Game 22: Ireland labour to victory over stoic Bears

Ireland have got their World Cup campaign back on track with a 35-0 defeat of Russia in Kobe, going some way towards putting the horror show against hosts Japan to rest. But given they were playing the 20th ranked team in the world, and a Russian side forced to play for 20 minutes a man down after two yellow cards, this wasn’t quite the one-sided try-fest that was predicted, or indeed expected.

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