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All Blacks' tour squad features four new faces

Remember the name: Asafo Aumua (0:43)

New Zealand have another gem ready to step off their rugby production line, with Wellington youngster Asafo Aumua a potential inclusion on the All Blacks' end-of-year tour. (0:43)

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Coach Steve Hansen has maintained a focus on building depth by naming four uncapped players in his All Blacks squad to tour United Kingdom and France in November.

Winger Matt Duffie, centre Jack Goodhue, prop Tim Perry and hooker Asafo Aumua are included in the 37-man squad who will play five matches. Two players recalled after their non-involvement in New Zealand's clean sweep of the Rugby Championship are outside back Seta Tamanivalu and prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen.


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All Blacks' tour squad features four new faces

Remember the name: Asafo Aumua (0:43)

New Zealand have another gem ready to step off their rugby production line, with Wellington youngster Asafo Aumua a potential inclusion on the All Blacks' end-of-year tour. (0:43)

11:30 PM BST

Coach Steve Hansen has maintained a focus on building depth by naming four uncapped players in his All Blacks squad to tour United Kingdom and France in November.

Winger Matt Duffie, centre Jack Goodhue, prop Tim Perry and hooker Asafo Aumua are included in the 37-man squad who will play five matches. Two players recalled after their non-involvement in New Zealand's clean sweep of the Rugby Championship are outside back Seta Tamanivalu and prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen.


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Rugby showcase all about growing game - Clarence Valley Daily Examiner

BRAINS TRUST: Alan Jones will bring the Barbarians to Lismore to play the Classic Wallabies tomorrow.

BRAINS TRUST: Alan Jones will bring the Barbarians to Lismore to play the Classic Wallabies tomorrow. Sam Ruttyn

RUGBY UNION: Alan Jones' reasons for bringing rugby union's Barbarians to Lismore are twofold: to benefit the city and to take the game back to its grassroots.

"If rugby doesn't get out into the regions, it is my view rugby will have a limited life,” he said.

The former Australian coach said he had enjoyed a long association with the city and the region (in particular due to his anti-CSG views) and said the invitational match would be "of great benefit to Lismore”.

"It is going to be a great opportunity to meet the local community, visit schools and look after the grassroots of the game,” he said.

He said in times of adversity "sport is a great unifier”, enabling people to escape "the ordeals of everyday life and feel they are important”.

"It is just as important for them...


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Rugby showcase all about growing game - Clarence Valley Daily Examiner

BRAINS TRUST: Alan Jones will bring the Barbarians to Lismore to play the Classic Wallabies tomorrow.

BRAINS TRUST: Alan Jones will bring the Barbarians to Lismore to play the Classic Wallabies tomorrow. Sam Ruttyn

RUGBY UNION: Alan Jones' reasons for bringing rugby union's Barbarians to Lismore are twofold: to benefit the city and to take the game back to its grassroots.

"If rugby doesn't get out into the regions, it is my view rugby will have a limited life,” he said.

The former Australian coach said he had enjoyed a long association with the city and the region (in particular due to his anti-CSG views) and said the invitational match would be "of great benefit to Lismore”.

"It is going to be a great opportunity to meet the local community, visit schools and look after the grassroots of the game,” he said.

He said in times of adversity "sport is a great unifier”, enabling people to escape "the ordeals of everyday life and feel they are important”.

"It is just as important for them...


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Indigenous Wallabies jumper a nice touch, but match it with real action

Wallabies players celebrate winning the third Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand at Lang Park.

As the Wallabies upset the All Blacks on Saturday night a seemingly rejuvenated line-up not only played with a passion and purpose that lifted the spirits of serially disgruntled supporters. It also engaged a wider audience.

Indigenous symbols were splashed across the gold jersey in places you once might have expected to find instead the motifs of the team's traditional owners.

A turned-up polo neck collar or perhaps some Tommy Hilfiger stripes.

It was a jersey that, three decades after the Ella brothers' finest performances, made the Wallabies look like Australia's team. Not just Pymble's.

Such was the transformation in both performance and fashion statement, it was tempting to watch Indigenous star Kurtley Beale throw his small frame into the dangerous places coach Michael Cheika...


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Indigenous Wallabies jumper a nice touch, but match it with real action

Wallabies players celebrate winning the third Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand at Lang Park.

As the Wallabies upset the All Blacks on Saturday night a seemingly rejuvenated line-up not only played with a passion and purpose that lifted the spirits of serially disgruntled supporters. It also engaged a wider audience.

Indigenous symbols were splashed across the gold jersey in places you once might have expected to find instead the motifs of the team's traditional owners.

A turned-up polo neck collar or perhaps some Tommy Hilfiger stripes.

It was a jersey that, three decades after the Ella brothers' finest performances, made the Wallabies look like Australia's team. Not just Pymble's.

Such was the transformation in both performance and fashion statement, it was tempting to watch Indigenous star Kurtley Beale throw his small frame into the dangerous places coach Michael Cheika...


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Read more: Indigenous Wallabies jumper a nice touch, but match it with real action

Folau skipping Wallabies' spring tour to rest body and mind

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Israel Folau helped the Wallabies beat the All Blacks in their Bledisloe Cup Test (Photo: AAP/Dave Hunt)
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Israel Folau will be rested from Australia's end-of-season tour, as the Wallabies star looks to freshen up ahead of the 2018 Test and Super Rugby seasons.

The 28-year-old scored his 12th international try of the season in the Wallabies' 23-18 win over the All Blacks in Brisbane on Saturday night, having started every Test match this year.

But next Saturday's non-cap match against the Alan Jones-coached Barbarians at the Sydney Football Stadium will be his last outing for the year in a decision Wallabies coach Michael Cheika revealed had been made months...


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Rugby showcase all about growing game - Clarence Valley Daily Examiner

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BRAINS TRUST: Alan Jones will bring the Barbarians to Lismore to play the Classic Wallabies tomorrow.

BRAINS TRUST: Alan Jones will bring the Barbarians to Lismore to play the Classic Wallabies tomorrow. Sam Ruttyn

RUGBY UNION: Alan Jones' reasons for bringing rugby union's Barbarians to Lismore are twofold: to benefit the city and to take the game back to its grassroots.

"If rugby doesn't get out into the regions, it is my view rugby will have a limited life,” he said.

The former Australian coach said he had enjoyed a long association with the city and the region (in particular due to his anti-CSG views) and said the invitational match would be "of great benefit to Lismore”.

"It is going to be a great opportunity to meet the local community, visit schools and look after the grassroots of the game,” he said.

He said in times of adversity "sport is a great unifier”, enabling people to escape "the ordeals of everyday life and feel they are important”.

"It is just as important for them...


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New junior rugby festival to be held at Caloundra next year - The Sunshine Coast Daily

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ACTIVE: A junior Noosa player gets running during the season.

ACTIVE: A junior Noosa player gets running during the season. Contributed

RUGBY UNION: A new junior tournament, which is expected to attract teams from Australia and New Zealand, will be held at Caloundra in July.

The Sunshine Coast Rugby Festival will feature 10s and 7s.

"The festival will welcome junior boys and girls rugby teams to the Sunshine Coast for a weekend celebration of rugby, fun and friendship, which will be a fantastic promotion for the sport across the region,” Sunshine Coast Rugby Union chairman Ian Brown said in a press release.

"We have partnered with WorldSport who have run the Gold Coast Rugby Carnival for the past 27 years, to attract a number of international and national junior rugby teams.”

The event will be held at Lighthouse Park, the home of Caloundra Rugby Union, and will also make use of fields at the neighbouring Caloundra JRL Club and Caloundra High...


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Former NRL star Semi Radradra scores first rugby union try for Toulon - Fox Sports

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SEMI Radradra has wasted no time making an impact in his second rugby union outing for Toulon.

The former Parramatta star scored the first try of his professional rugby career, with his first touch of the game and just 62 seconds into Saturday’s match.

The Fijiaan flyer’s effort was reminiscent of some of his best in the NRL as he received the ball inside his own half and exploded through the defensive line untouched.

Semi sizzles in 60 seconds

Semi sizzles in 60 seconds

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Radrada continued to terrorise the defence, pulling off a monstrous fend on a rampaging run down the sideline early in the second half.

It followed an impressive debut from the former Kangaroos winger last week.

While Radradra’s try gave Toulon the perfect start, they were made to work hard for a nailbiting 30-29 win over Treviso.

The underdogs thought they had claimed a famous victory when Irish fly-half Ian McKinley, wearing...


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Israel Folau to take a break from rugby, won't play another Test for Wallabies in 2017 - The Sydney Morning Herald

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Michael Cheika believes Wallabies fullback Israel Folau will become a better player as a result of taking a break from rugby for the rest of the year after the upcoming Barbarians game. 

The Wallabies coach made the shock announcement on Sunday that Folau will take time away from the game and won't play another Test for Australia this year. 

Out of nowhere: Michael Cheika has announced Israel Folau will take a break from rugby. Out of nowhere: Michael Cheika has announced Israel Folau will take a break from rugby. Photo: AAP

Folau, who has chalked up 62 Tests since his debut in 2013, has decided to take a hiatus after the weekend's Barbarians game in Sydney. 

The 28-year-old won't go on the Wallabies' end of season tour to Japan and Europe in a bid to freshen up his body for the 2018 and 2019 seasons leading into the World Cup. 

Folau had an option in his contract to take up a short-term deal with a Japanese club in the Top League but he did not exercise that. 

He...


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Sam Burgess shrugs off 'boring' critics over rugby union struggles as he bids to write new World Cup story - Mirror.co.uk

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Sam Burgess is ready to write a new World Cup story.

Tired of the 2015 rugby union version still being trotted out with him at the centre, he also wants to pen a better ending than the 2013 rugby league tale.

Now, ahead of the start of England’s 2017 campaign in ­Melbourne on Friday, Burgess and the rest of Wayne Bennett’s ­ambitious squad have the chance to etch their own names into the ­history books.

“It’s a blank page for us at the moment, and we’re looking forward to what we can put down on it,” ­Burgess told the Sunday Mirror from the team’s ­Australian base.

“When we look back on it all in six or seven weeks there will be ­another story to tell.

Burgess is fed up of the 'boring' criticism of his stint in rugby union

“We all know how we’d like that story to finish, but we need to enjoy each other’s ­company, improve as a team and see where that takes...


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After a year to forget, rugby gives fans a night to remember with victory over New Zealand - The Sydney Morning Herald

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Given the way rugby has managed to find itself being dragged through the mud this year, it was somewhat fitting that the final Bledisloe was played in a city that had been drenched by rain all week.

Willing: Kurtley Beale was always looking for more work. Willing: Kurtley Beale was always looking for more work. Photo: AAP

Of course, the days when football was played on a quagmire are long gone, although the scrums were starting to dislodge fair chunks of the turf by the time the second half arrived. Neither the All Blacks or the Wallabies were worried about dirtying their jumpers, although the A-League tenants may not be so impressed in coming weeks.

Rugby has been declared dead so many times this year you start to wonder whether it's all part of some sort of elaborate life insurance scam. Teams have folded, players have departed, chief executives have resigned and powerbrokers have somehow found themselves in front of a Senate Inquiry,...


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Rhys Webb blasts Wales Rugby Union for changing eligibility laws days after joining Toulon - Fox Sports

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WALES scrum-half Rhys Webb has blasted the Welsh Rugby Union for not informing him of new rules regarding Test selection before he agreed to join French side Toulon.

The 28-year-old, a member of the British and Irish Lions squad that came within a whisker of beating world champions New Zealand earlier this year with the series tied 1-1 and one drawn, secured a lucrative move to Toulon only then to discover that under new rules revealed this week Welsh players playing abroad must have been capped 60 times to be eligible for selection.

Webb, who under the old rules would have been eligible for one of head coach Warren Gatland’s four choices of players playing outside the principality, has just 28 caps.

“I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to get over it,” Webb told BBC Wales.

“It’s a joke. I’m disappointed. Representing your country means so much to me and being told I won’t be...


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Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver hits back at latest senate inquiry claims - The Sydney Morning Herald

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Outgoing ARU chief Bill Pulver has hit back at allegations raised in Monday night's final senate inquiry hearing, which suggested former Melbourne Rebels owner Andrew Cox siphoned millions of dollars of grant money into non-rugby interests.

It was ARU chairman Cameron Clyne's turn to defend the culling of the Western Force when he faced questions in Canberra from senator Linda Reynolds, who alleged up to $6 million of Rebels funding provided by the national body was funnelled into Cox's various companies.

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Ulster well beaten at La Rochelle

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Following a tight first half, La Rochelle made their home advantage pay in the second. 

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La Rochelle maintained a winning start to their debut Champions Cup campaign by following victory at Harlequins with a 41-17 home win over Ulster in Pool 1.

The team that led the regular Top 14 last season, and who only lost once at Stade Marcel Deflandre, physically dominated the Irish province after a tense first half that saw the visitors hold their hosts to 13-10.

But once the teams changed ends it was one-way traffic and La Rochelle ran in four tries to bag the bonus point and lay down a marker ahead of their back-to-back clashes with Wasps in December.

Having taken only three minutes to run in their first try at Harlequins in the opening round of games, La Rochelle were on the board after four minutes this time. Jeremy Sinzelle raced in from 40 metres after a long midfield pass...


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Folau to sit out end-of-year Tests

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Australia head coach Michael Cheika has confirmed Israel Folau will not play for his country again this year after Saturday's clash with the Barbarians.

The news leaves the likes of Karmichael Hunt, Kurtley Beale and Reece Hodge in contention to take up the fullback shirt during the Wallabies' end-of-year Tests, which begin with a clash against Japan on Nov. 4.

"With Israel, I've decided to play him because I've decided that he won't be going on the tour at the end of the year," Cheika said. "He had in his contract the ability to take a Japan leg -- if he wanted to -- at the end of this season.

"We discussed it and we thought it might be better for him to have a break and come back...


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Steenson hands Exeter fine win in France

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Exeter Chiefs made it back-to-back Champions Cup wins as they claimed a famous 27-24 victory away to French giants Montpellier.

Don Armand scored a try in each half while centre Ian Whitten also added a try as Gareth Steenson kicked three conversions and two penalties for the best European result in Exeter's history.

Nemani Nadolo crossed twice for Montpellier and Joe Tomane and Benoit Paillaugue also added scores, but it was not enough to stop Rob Baxter's men from celebrating.

The home side secured two points for scoring four tries and finishing within seven of Exeter, but it is the English outfit and Leinster who are both unbeaten in Pool Three.

Irish assistant referee Joy Neville became the first female official to be involved in a Champions Cup clash when the game kicked off, but it was not long before Montpellier moved ahead.

Australian centre Tomane was the...


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Saracens show class to cast Ospreys aside

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Saracens shrugged off their post-Northampton lethargy to reclaim top place in Pool Two of the Champions Cup by registering a bonus-point 36-34 victory over a spirited Ospreys at Allianz Park.

Six days after running in eight tries to send Saints tumbling to a record defeat at Franklin's Gardens, the European champions toiled against a team that props up Conference A of the PRO14.

The Ospreys overcame the loss of Wales back rows Justin Tipuric and Dan Lydiate to back injuries on the day of the match to accumulate a 17-7 lead by the 26th minute, crossing twice through full-back Dan Evans.

But Saracens used the boot of Owen Farrell and sin-binning of Evans to seize control, adding tries through Liam Williams and Nick Tompkins to pull clear after Chris Wyles and Schalk Brits had already touched down.

A penalty try awarded against Evans for a deliberate knock-on completed the...


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Munster secure narrow win over Racing

Conor Murray opened the scoring for Munster just after the hour mark against Racing 92. 

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Conor Murray's 60th-minute charge-down try set Munster on their way to a gritty 14-7 European Champions Cup win over Racing 92 at Thomond Park.

After a scoreless but absorbing opening hour in windy conditions, converted scores from Murray and replacement Andrew Conway had the hosts in control on their way to opening their win account in Pool 4.

However, a Leone Nakarawa try in addition to a dominant finish from the Racing pack, meant Munster were relieved to hang on for victory.

There was a poignant start to proceedings in Limerick as Anthony Foley was remembered with a minute's applause, a year on from his death before a match involving these two sides.

Although Thomond Park debutant Dan Carter took heavy contact to his knee early on, Racing, who lost twice to the Irish province...


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