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Rebels ready for pre season trial matches

Rebels ready for pre season trial matches

Preparations for the 2012 Super Rugby season are well underway for the RaboDirect Rebels with the playing squad having now returned to training following their Christmas break, with new Head…

Kane Douglas training with the Waratahs in a dreary McKay Oval, Sydney

What the Waratahs want for Christmas

As they begin their last week of pre-season training before taking a well-earned Christmas break, we asked some of the HSBC Waratahs what’s at the top of their Christmas list.…

Deans rewards O'Connor after a well run game against Barbarians

O’Connor keeps fly-half spot against Wales

Twenty-one-year-old James O’Connor will start his maiden Test as a flyhalf after today being named in the number 10 jersey as the Qantas Wallabies combination for Saturday’s James Bevan Trophy…

Wales team to take on Australia

Wales team to take on Australia

Shane Williams was the first name on the team sheet today – as promised by Wales head coach Warren Gatland – when the side was announced to take on Australia…

Queensland Sports Minister, Phil Reeves (R), Drew Mitchell of the Wallabies and former Wallaby Brett Robinson at the Lions schedule launch

NSW to host three British Lions fixtures

New South Wales will host three matches – including a game against the HSBC Waratahs and the third and final Test – when the British and Irish Lions make their…

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu (L) talks with Australian rugby union star Quade Cooper (2/L), ARU Managing Director and CEO John O’Neill (2/R) and Welsh international player Gareth Delve (R) at the 2013 Lions Tour

Rebels welcome the Lions to Melbourne

Melbourne Rebels CEO, Steven Boland, has welcomed today’s announcement that will see Melbourne host two matches, including one of three Tests, when the British and Irish Lions make their long-awaited…

James O’Connor, here eluding Seru Rabeni, has given the Wallabies a genuine new option at fly-half

Barbarians v Australia – verdict

OUCH. The Barbarians-Australia match (11-60) proved a damp squib, with the Baa-Baas losing interest after they got too far adrift on the scoreboard early in the second half. The number…

In at the deep end: Sam Tomkins will make his union debut against the world's second-best nation

Barbarians v Australia – preview

You never know what to expect when the Barbarians come to town – but this weekend’s Killik Cup clash against Australia at Twickenham contains more uncertainties than usual, writes Alan…