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  • Redemption Road for the Waratahs

    Redemption Road for the Waratahs

    By Paul Cook “Nobody likes being booed off their home stadium and the SFS has been such a wonderful place and the fans have been so good to the Waratahs for so long that it was very upsetting for us for that to happen. Our performance was not as good as we should deliver so you do accept the responsibility of performing and we certainly do want to perform for our crowd. We want to turn that around against the […]

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  • Once a Red, Always a Sky Blue: Brendan McKibbin Making His Mark

    Once a Red, Always a Sky Blue: Brendan McKibbin Making His Mark

    Two years ago, Waratah halfback Brendan McKibbin was running around in the Red shirt of this weekend’s opponent Queensland. A star performer for the famous Brothers club side, he’d come through the Academy ranks for his state to earn four Super rugby caps in 2009 but wasn’t making headway at the rate he had hoped. Cue Waratah assistant coaches Michael Foley and Scott Bowen. After watching a few of McKibbin’s dynamic displays, they’d seen enough to approach him with a […]

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  • Ready to Shine – Pat McCutcheon on his Wallaby Ambitions

    Ready to Shine – Pat McCutcheon on his Wallaby Ambitions

    So, if you’re a Wallaby fan, is your glass half-full or half-empty right now? Do you view the recent Autumn International tour as a failure or a success? Do you choose to fondly remember that stoic win against the All Blacks in Hong Kong, the hard fought victories over Wales and Italy and the decimation of Grand Slam France in front of their loyal subjects in Paris? Or can your head not get past the scrum debacle in Cardiff, the […]

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  • Flying Fijians’ Soar To Greater Heights

    Flying Fijians’ Soar To Greater Heights

    A little over nine weeks ago, Greg Mumm was celebrating a historic sixth title for his Sydney University side in Sydney’s Shute Shield club rugby competition. After assuming the role of head coach from the previously successful incumbent Damien Hill – who left to assist Rod Macqueen at the fledgling Melbourne Rebels – Mumm experienced the sweet taste of victory for the first time as head honcho as the all conquering Students laid waste to perennial rivals Randwick in a […]

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  • Can the ‘All Greys’ Light Up Twickenham Again?

    By Paul Cook Scrums? What scrums? Who said anything about scrums??? So, how wrong we were to assume that in order to give themselves the best chance of victory last Saturday, England would simply abandon their recent expansive explorations, revert to type, smash the misfiring Wallaby pack at every opportunity and take the points through possession and/or penalties? Hindsight is a wonderful thing but let’s be honest, most of us expected them to target the scrum and grind out a […]

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  • Scrum’s the Word – Tatafu Polota-Nau on the Wallaby Front Line

    By Paul Cook “The good thing about sport is that you have to expect the unexpected, just because you’re going well in one area, it can always come back to haunt you.” Tatafu Polota-Nau Unfortunately for Australia, this turned out to be a rather prosaic statement about the Wallaby scrum from the Waratah hooker when I caught up with him a couple of days before the recent Bledisloe Cup clash in Hong Kong. He felt that a pack which started […]

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