After Ban, Williams Will Be Seen Playing Again

Sonny Bill Williams after facing the ban of four years will start playing in New Zealand's Rugby Championship at center in the opening match against Australia.

Williams, who is now 32 years old was sent off in the second Lions Test, he successfully appealed against the of not including him in a warm-up game during his ban.

He back Kurtley Beale, who is now 28 years old and for Australia, he will make his first appearance after the World Cup final of 2015.

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MICHAEL CHEIKA SPEAKS TO FAN AFTER DEFEAT BY SCOTLAND

It was a frustrating weekend for the Australian Rugby coach, Michael Cheika after his team fell to a defeat by Scotland in Sydney.

His situation was worsened when a furious fan of the team sent in a long post on the popular social media site, Facebook lashing out at the team for their lousy attitude towards the game.

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Rugby's Future In Australia

Australia has long enjoyed a strong position when it came to rugby in the international scenario.

However, things do change and it is important to change strategies in order to keep up with the changing times. Last year England turned tables as they were able to succeed against Australia repeatedly, which has definitely put a dent in the confidence of the Australian team. Today there is more insight being gathered about the sport and its future in the country. There are studies that suggest that rugby might be on the path of decline from what it has been in the country.

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SIX NATIONS HAS MORE UNCERTAINTY – NICK MALLET

Speaking recently to the AFP in London, Nick Mallett, former coach of the South African Rugby team has reiterated that the coaching touch of Eddie Jones – Australia Rugby team coach, and New Zealanders coach Joe Schmidt has gone a long way to reduce the gap between the northern hemisphere rugby and that of their southern rivals.

Mallett was the coach of the South African team that went on a 17 match winning streak back then in the 1997-98 season. The former coach, while referring to the 2015 world cup, pointed out that the situation had reached an all-time low when the four semi-finalists in the competition, all emerged from the southern hemisphere sides.

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MUMM CLEARED, WILL FEATURE IN THE AUSSIES-ENGLAND TEST

After appearing before a World Rugby independent disciplinary committee, Dean Mumm has been cleared to play alongside the rest of the Australian Rugby squad on Saturday in the game against England at Twickenham.

The Wallabies flanker had been sin binned in the second minute of Australia’s game against Ireland where they went on to a 27-24 defeat. This was after he had been involved in a lifting tackle on Tadhg Furlong and subsequently cited for the offence.
Mumm, 32 years old, had appeared at the hearing held in London on Tuesday where he was informed that there would not be any further action against him.

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Cheika’s Take On Thorn’s Comeback

The coach of the Australian rugby team, Michael Cheika, believes that the Queensland County young players will be very much benefitted from playing with rugby legend Brad Thorn.

The 41 year old former All Blacks lock Brad Horn has decided to come out of retirement to play for the Queensland County against the Western Sydney Rams at the Concord Oval. This match is part of the National Rugby Championship in the country. He will be playing in top level rugby after a gap of one year.

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Cooper Returns To The Queensland Reds

Quade Cooper has signed a deal for 3 years with the Queensland Reds. This deal will entitle him to stay in Australian Rugby Union through to the World Cup in 2019. The 28 year old rugby players had given his consent to the Rugby Union of Australia many weeks ago.

This made him to come back to the Wallabys as he mulled on offers from the Melbourne Rebels and the Reds. But, Cooper expressed his interest on one particular destination. He said there is no better place than Ballymore as he spent his best days of life here with family and friends. Cooper has spent more time in Ballymore than at his home.

Australia Rugby In The News As Second Test Draws Near

The World Rugby championships being underway, there is much being discussed about the two teams, Australia and England.

Both the teams have a rich history of wins and losses. Last year the tournament had been held in England and the latter had been humiliated when they were unable to pass to the knockout rounds. This time they have been faring better, even if the matches have been happening in Australia. The series opener saw England winning the match, even the first Test series. Hence, there is much anticipation about the upcoming second Test series.

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Twickenham to host Argentina v Australia

Twickenham is all set to host a Rugby Championship Test game between Australia and Argentina later this year. Sanzaar, the tournament organizer, has stated on 8th October, Saturday, as the date for a match.

This match will make history as this is the very first Rugby Championship game to be played outside any of participating countries - Australia, Argentina, South Africa and New Zealand.

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