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AFL fans in locked-down Melbourne told to behave on Grand Final day

19 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE Officials in Australia's southern state of Victoria have warned football-mad fans in locked-down Melbourne not to throw parties during the AFL's "Grand Final" on Saturday to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Wallabies leave New Zealand with hope despite Eden Park mauling

19 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE The Wallabies leave New Zealand after a traditional Eden Park spanking but showed enough on the two-test tour to give fans hope of a genuine contest in the remainder of the Bledisloe Cup and the upcoming Rugby Championship.

Big blow for Rugby Championship as South Africa withdraw

16 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE World champions South Africa will not take part in the Rugby Championship in a decision that leaves the tournament greatly diminished two weeks before kick-off and southern hemisphere rugby facing an uncertain future.

Australian hubris sets up Wallabies for Eden Park reality check

15 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE A draw against New Zealand is as good as a win for some pundits in Australia who have seized on Wellington as proof the Wallabies are ready to rise up and claim the Bledisloe Cup for the first time in 18 years.

Parling defends Wallabies lineout after Wellington wobbles

15 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE Australia forwards coach Geoff Parling has mounted a staunch defence of the Wallabies' lineout after a shaky start against the All Blacks in the first Bledisloe Cup test.

Wallabies singing from Pasifika hymnbook

14 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE Filipo Daugunu's first test try against the All Blacks on Sunday capped a fine debut for the former Fiji soccer junior while underlining the growing importance of Pasifika talent to the fortunes of Australian rugby.

Wallabies will be ready to pull drop goal 'trigger' - White

13 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE Australia will practise their drop goal plays this week ahead of the second Bledisloe Cup test against New Zealand, having eschewed the chance of a match-winning kick in Wellington, scrumhalf Nic White said on Tuesday.

'Brand O'Connor' back in vogue after Bledisloe I

12 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE James O'Connor had to wait seven years and three coaching changes for a second crack at the Wallabies' number 10 jersey but made a strong case to keep it after an assured performance against the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup on Sunday.

Rennie has helped 'multicultural' Wallabies bond: Salakaia-Loto

07 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE New coach Dave Rennie has worked hard off the field to bring the "multicultural" Wallabies closer together so that they will work harder for each other on the pitch, forward Lukhan Salakaia-Loto said on Wednesday.

Rugby-Rennie has helped 'multicultural' Wallabies bond: Salakaia-Loto

07 Oct 2020

MELBOURNE, Oct 7 New coach Dave Rennie has worked hard off the field to bring the "multicultural" Wallabies closer together so that they will work harder for each other on the pitch, forward Lukhan Salakaia-Loto said on Wednesday.

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