Steve Thompson to donate brain for chronic traumatic encephalopathy research

Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson, who was diagnosed with dementia aged 42, will donate his brain to scientists researching brain trauma.

The chat that convinced Wallabies bolter to kiss French deal goodbye

Rob Leota was nearly the one that got away from the Wallabies. This is how the Rebels and Rugby Australia stopped the youngster from taking a lucrative deal with a French club.

British and Irish Lions: Warren Gatland’s selections not based on form, says Iain Henderson

Warren Gatland did not base his British and Irish Lions Test team selections on form in South Africa, says Iain Henderson.

Rennie springs shock bolter in Wallabies pack as JO’C returns against Argentina

Sean McMahon’s international return will have to wait another week, after Dave Rennie sprung a surprise by naming Rob Leota for his run-on debut to face Argentina on Saturday.

Wallabies punt leaves veteran out in cold

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie doesn’t think James O’Connor would have the “wheels from fullback” in his return game from injury, so has opted to ease him back to international competition from the bench against Argentina this Saturday.


All Blacks

All Blacks not buying into Boks’ recent slump

All Blacks forwards coach John Plumtree is expecting a "titanic" battle up front when New Zealand and South Africa meet in their 100th Test match in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

The Kiwi who saved relationship with Rugby Australia, as private equity deals heat up

As New Zealand Rugby continues to crawl towards a private equity solution, Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan says their own path towards overturning years of underinvestment is on course.

Wallabies beast ready to end four-year hiatus

Sean McMahon hopes his trademark physicality can help the Aussies continue their winning ways, should he earn a Wallabies recall this Rugby Championship.

‘Worst tackle I’ve ever seen’ stuns rugby

You can’t get more of a straight red card than this.

World Cup

African quals for 2023 Rugby WC to played be in France

The African qualifiers for the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be staged as a knockout tournament in France next year, organisers said on Monday.

Fresh out of a ‘glorified jail cell’, McMahon wants to match it with the big boys again at Test level

It’s been nearly four years since Sean McMahon last appeared on the international stage and the 26-Test back-rower admits he would have liked to wear a gold jersey at the 2019 World Cup.

Springboks’ lack of flair is killing rugby, says Clive Woodward

Rugby will be dead in five years if more teams copy South Africa's approach to the game, England's World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward said.

‘Wallabies great’ wouldn’t swap eras

Michael Hooper has no regrets about playing in a Wallabies era of limited success as he plots a hopeful path to World Cup glory in 2023.

Wallabies to battle Brave Blossoms

The Wallabies will prepare for their three-Test tour of the United Kingdom with a match against Japan in Oita on October 23.

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