Dave Rennie announced as new Australia head coach

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Following the departure of Michael Cheika after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Australia have announced Glasgow Warriors’ Dave Rennie as their next head coach. Dave Rennie announcement confirmed Australia has tonight announced that Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie will take over the Wallabies role after he finishes the season in the Guinness Pro14. He […] READ MORE


Rugby World Cup Referees Deserve a Defence

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Rugby World Cup referees have come in for a lot of criticism during the opening weeks of the competition. Some of this is fair but much of the criticism has been taken too far. Here at Last Word on Rugby, we will be offering a partial defence of the officiating so far. There have been […] READ MORE


Unpredictable Cheika to shape Qantas Wallabies RWC goals

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The ‘unpredictable’ Michael Cheika is again, the head coach who has been charged to shape the Qantas wallabies RWC goals, ahead of the 2019 tournament. At the Qantas sponsored event held in and beside a huge Boeing jetliner, the team’s announcement was well-staged to showcase the potential of the Wallabies. A team he has directed […] READ MORE


AB’s must ‘Roll the Dice’ in Bledisloe Cup decider

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After a hefty defeat at the hands of the Wallabies in Perth, the All Blacks have decided to ‘Roll the Dice’ in team selections for their home test in Auckland on August 17. The crucial Bledisloe Cup decider will have so much more riding on it, considering Rugby World Cup form, rankings and self-confidence levels. […] READ MORE


Australian Wallabies team selected for South Africa TRC fixture

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With everything riding on the success or failure of the 2019 Australian Wallabies team results leading up to the Rugby World Cup, much of that depends on the opening South Africa Rugby Championship (TRC) fixture. The old cliche is that ‘a team is only as good as its last outing’ means that the Australian Wallabies […] READ MORE


Israel Folau social media actions lead to Contract Breach notice

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After hugely unpopular public statements from the Wallabies/New South Wales player, the recent Israel Folau social media statements has lead to a Contract Breach notice being issued by Rugby Australia. The Rugby Australia Integrity Unit deemed that Folau had committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct, warranting termination of his employment […] READ MORE


Australian rugby’s problems stretch beyond Michael Cheika

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Australian rugby has some major problems at the moment. The revelation that the board seemed to be seriously considering changing their coach less than a year before the World Cup begins only served to highlight the issues. Though Rugby Australia have cancelled their call with Jake White, the fact that they even scheduled one speaks […] READ MORE


Struggling superpowers need to step up at Twickenham

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Australia and England are two rugby superpowers that have had poor 2018 campaigns to say the least. The annual Cook Cup contest on Saturday is therefore vitally important for both teams to lay down a convincing marker and respectively finish tough years on a high. Will the real England and Wallabies stand-up? Both England and […] READ MORE


Qantas Wallabies name side to play All Blacks and 2018 European Tour

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The Qantas Wallabies have named their side to face the All Blacks in the third Bledisloe Cup match, next Saturday in Japan. The named squad will then go on their 2018 European Tour, where they play four further matches, before the end of Australia’s season. It will not be one to be overly-delighted with, however, […] READ MORE


Post-2018 Rugby Championship; What was Learned?

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After the dust has settled, any post-Rugby Championship analysis can begin. This will have been at the boardroom level, in the team sheds after the final matches, and in the sports club and bars of rugby fans across all countries. Digesting the outcome can be simplified; New Zealand were only beaten once. Few teams could […] READ MORE