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Wallabies need 'momentum', so what's selection answer?

Stick with the same tired, struggling players or opt for some fresh young blood? Matt Toomua admits Michael Cheika faces some difficult decisions before the Wallabies' crucial Test against Italy.

Genia urges fans to stick with Wallabies

Wallabies halfback Will Genia admits nothing less than a convincing Test victory will suffice against European minnows Italy on Saturday.

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England vs. Japan

Fired up Eddie Jones tells Japan 'be worried'

A fired-up Eddie Jones says his England side will be "absolutely ruthless" and aiming to "physically smash" Japan when the teams meet on Saturday.

Jones: Referees' meetings a 'waste of time'

England head coach Eddie Jones is planning to boycott future referees' meetings after labelling them as a 'waste of time'.

Japan squad paid £13 per day - coach

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has revealed his squad are paid just £13 day as they prepare to face England on Saturday.

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Scotland vs. South Africa

Gray returns for Scotland vs. South Africa

Glasgow lock Jonny Gray has been recalled to the Scotland team for their game against South Africa this weekend as head coach Gregor Townsend attempts to beef up his pack for the visit of the Springboks.

Why Franco Mostert is so important to the Boks

One of South Africa's more understated players, Franco Mostert, seems to bring a calmness to the Springboks' lineout thanks to his calling and skill in the air.

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Ireland vs. New Zealand

O'Driscoll, Umaga draw line under '05 tackle

Former British & Irish Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll insists he and Tana Umaga have finally drawn a line under the controversial tackle that ended his tour of New Zealand in 2005.

Hansen open to having chat to Schmidt about NZ job

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen is willing to sit down and have a chat to Ireland's Joe Schmidt about the pressures of the All Blacks job if he is serious about applying for it.

Springboks enjoy that winning feeling again

After two narrow defeats, South Africa were able to reverse their fortunes and snatch a last-gasp victory of their own against France in Paris on Saturday, even if coach Rassie Erasmus felt they had not been at their best.

France reflect on cruel Springboks defeat

French hopes of posting a morale-boosting win in the build-up to next year's World Cup were dashed in a dramatic finish to Saturday's test against South Africa, much to the bitter disappointment of both their coach and captain.

Wales

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Wales finally end losing run against Australia

Replacement fullback Dan Biggar kicked a late penalty as Wales claimed a first success over nemesis Australia in 14 games.

Hooper rues missed opportunities

Australia skipper Michael Hooper admits he made the wrong move in not kicking for goal after the Wallabies sunk to a disappointing 9-6 Test loss to Wales.

Gatland praises Welsh bench for Australia win

Wales coach Warren Gatland says the strength of their bench played a major role in the narrow 9-6 victory over Australia at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

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