1. Australian Cricket Continues To Die

    Bundled out of the Twenty/20 World Cup, their best all rounder gone, and a real sense that the hegemony that was Australian Cricket is truly behind us...

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  2. Will the Lions Be Too Good for the Springboks?

    Are the Lions developing series winning impetus? Four down, with the first test barely a week away. While the Springboks sit in the stands losing their match hardening, the tourists are looking more ominous with each outing...

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  3. Fragile All Blacks Should Still Be too Strong for France

    The first clash of 2009 for the All Blacks, with the Dave Gallaher Cup on the line, begins in Dunedin, a ground where New Zealand and France have never before met...

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  4. Wallabies First Tri Nations Cab Out of the Rank

    Historically regarded as a team that takes time to warm to a test season, it was a portentous performance from the Wallabies in what will be an arduous 2009 for the Australians...

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  5. New Look All Blacks to Take the Field

    Graham Henry has named his first test team of 2009, and for the second consecutive year it is a radically changed squad which many say has an air of vulnerability about it...

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  6. The Scrum Doctor Resigns to Keep Working Magic With All Blacks

    The renowned “scrum doctor” Mike Cron has re-signed with the NZRU, and he will continue to work with the All Black’s and New Zealand teams to ensure continued success in their set piece...

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  7. British and Irish Lions Chances Still Unclear

    A record 74-10 romp over the Golden Lions gave the fabled tourists their second win of their tour, eclipsing the score line over the same team set in the 1955 Lions visit...

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  8. Baa-Baas To Cause Wallabies Headaches

    It will be an examination that Coach Robbie Deans will cherish, when his first test match of 2009 is against one of the most star studded selection sides ever seen...

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  9. All Blacks Have History on Their Side

    Coach Graham Henry has named his first squad of the year, notable more for the omissions rather than the squad itself. Well over 200 test caps are absent, and a swathe of players considered—on their best form—among World XV class players...

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  10. Springboks Dominated with Bulls and Sharks

    Most of the squad comes from the Bulls and Sharks, with ten of the Super 14 champions represented, and the same number for South Africa’s second strongest Super 14 team, the Sharks...

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  11. Chief's Loss to Bulls Dynasty Will Make Them Stronger

    Despite the loss, the Chiefs can walk away from Loftus Versfeld with their heads held high. They have created their own history, and their Pretoria nightmare will stand them in good stead for the future...

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  12. Some Fantastic British and Irish Lions Memories

    In a continued series, I reflect on some of the greatest moments in Lions touring history. 1950 – The Lions break the drought It was the first tour after the war, the first ...

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  13. Fiji to Host Pacific Nations Cup

    The International Rugby Board has announced that Fiji will host the Pacific Nations Cup in 2009. The appointment of what is considered the key rugby tournament for the Pacific Islands is a vital component for their continued expansion...

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  14. Who Makes the Greatest Lions XV of All Time?

    The first in a series of articles, in the build up to the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour, I take a look at a compilation of the best Lions team of all time...

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  15. Marquee Players Must be Exposed to Lower Rugby Levels

    It's a blight on the game when the premier talent of rugby cannot be exposed to the lower levels for both the development of the next tier of the game, and for the benefit of the spectators...

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  16. Can The Crusaders Make It Eight Super 14 Titles?

    Normally, the top ranked qualifier after a regular season is supposed to be rewarded with the easiest sudden death match of the finals. Certainly, the Bulls wouldn’t have counted on having the seven time champions coming to Loftus...

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  17. Can Leinster Create History, or Will The Tigers Add a Third?

    The two finalists of Europe—the great usurpers of Ireland against the born again powerhouse of England, by quirk of fates and rules, their paths here were vastly different...

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  18. I Catch Up With All Blacks Centre Ma'a Nonu

    In 2005 Graham Henry called Ma’a Nonu a “little Tana”, a statement that could have been intended for a variety of reasons...

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  19. Super 14: 10-Time Champions Meet in Contrasting Situations

    It is the tale of two highly decorated teams, in a clash where one has dramatically exceeded expectation, and another has vastly under achieved. The Crusaders have shown what a truly remarkable team and culture there is in Canterbury...

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  20. Brumbies Nightmare to End at Hands of Champions Elect

    Arguably the two best teams from the respective sides of the Tasman will meet in a clash that could determine whether or not the Chiefs can go all the way this season...

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  21. Robbie Deans and 2009 Wallabies: Seeking New Resilience

    Robbie Deans has made his intentions clear for the selection of his first squad of 2009. He has stated that nobody, not even his captain, is safe in their position. Of course, Deans is not a liar, but he is a master of his craft...

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  22. Super 15 New Team: What About New Zealand?

    With the impasse between SANZAR continuing, New Zealand appears to be somewhat of a silent partner. Should they be making their own demands beyond scheduling? ARU boss John O’Neill ...

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  23. Super 14: Chiefs Show Their Championship Credentials

    In a test match style arm wrestle, the Chiefs, fresh back from an arduous South African tour, defeated the top of the table Hurricanes 16-8. It was billed as the match of the season...

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  24. An Eighth Crusade for the Super 14 Champions?

    Preview: Crusaders vs Reds And still they live! The defending champions against all odds are alive and fighting in the Super 14, and hosting an embattled Queensland side, they will have the top four looking nervously on...

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  25. Leinster vs Leicester: Heineken Cup Final Snapshot

    The two time champions of Europe clash with the Conquerors of Munster. A team that won its match via a football styled penalty shootout plays against an Irish province that avenged years of ...

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