Michael Hooper

Wallabies news, Springboks make eight changes for Sydney Test, Allianz Stadium, video

The Wallabies are hoping the emerging depth and the competition for places within the squad ensures not an ounce of complacency slips through, as Dave Rennie’s side seek back to back wins for the second time in his tenure. While Rennie’s side responded from their record defeat in Argentina with victory over the world champions …

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Rugby analysis, column, loss to Springboks, problems, one year until Rugby World Cup 2023

COMMENT One year out from the World Cup and the Wallabies face an identity crisis. On Friday it will be exactly one year before Dave Rennie’s men take to the Stade de France against Georgia and it is in the backdrop of Saturday’s insipid performance by which the Wallabies’ 24-8 defeat must be viewed. Stream …

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Michael Cheika Wallabies, Argentina beat All Blacks, 2027 Rugby World Cup, Will Genia, Eddie Jones, video

Will Genia has played under three Wallabies coaches, another two for Queensland, but one thing separates Michael Cheika from the rest: his “winners’ mindset”. It is in part why Genia believes Cheika will one day return to coach the Wallabies, perhaps as soon as the 2027 World Cup. “I can see it and I would …

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Fraser McReight reveals text messages from Michael Hooper, Wallabies vs South Africa, Rugby Championship, news, latest

Fraser McReight was preparing to go to the gym ahead of the Wallabies’ captain’s run in Mendoza when he got told to prepare for training. Soon after, the 23-year-old’s ascension to the prized No. 7 jersey became clear when captain Michael Hooper withdrew from the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship opener for personal reasons. Watch the 2022 …

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Wallabies vs Springboks, Taniela Tupou contract, Super Rugby, Queensland Reds, analysis, video

In the early stages of this year’s Super Rugby tournament, Taniela Tupou brazenly said “show me the money”. At that point, it appeared almost certain that Rugby Australia would oblige the desires of the “Tongan Thor” and make the Queensland Reds prop the next $1m Wallaby. By doing so, he would take over the mantle …

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Wallabies vs Springboks, team news, Allan Alaalatoa, scrum clock, Andrew Kellaway, video

The heat is slowly building on Dave Rennie, but ahead of Saturday’s clash against the Springboks in Adelaide senior Wallabies prop Allan Alaalatoa says the playing group has “got to be accountable” after their horror last-start. From spilling balls to falling off tackles, the Wallabies were dreadful against Michael Cheika’s Los Pumas in Argentina earlier …

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The Rugby Championship news, Kurtley Beale, squad, Bernard Foley, Australia vs South Africa Springboks, teams,

As the Wallabies attempt to work out who their best fullback is, Kurtley Beale is expected to meet with the Wallabies’ medical staff on Tuesday to determine his Rugby Championship fate. The Wallabies have used five fullbacks in six Tests, with injury and form playing a role in the revolving door in the position. Tom …

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Nemani Nadolo signs with Waratahs, Fiji, Rugby World Cup, video

Twelve years after being cut adrift by the Waratahs, Nemani Nadolo’s return to the Super Rugby franchise will be confirmed on Tuesday as his storied career as another chapter written in it. The 34-year-old powerhouse, who has played 32 Tests for Fiji and scored against England at the 2015 World Cup, has signed a one-year …

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Rugby Championship, reaction, New Zealand rugby Ian Foster, Scott Robertson, highlights

One of New Zealand’s most respected scribes has called for Scott Robertson to replace Ian Foster as tensions reach breaking point across the Tasman following the All Blacks’ 26-10 defeat to the Springboks over the weekend. “It’s time to ring Scott Robertson, tell him to be waiting with his hand-picked assistants and for him and …

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Rugby Championship, Michael Hooper leave, mental health, explained, Australia return to play

When Michael Hooper withdrew less than 48 hours before the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship opener in Argentina, it shocked the world. An outpouring of support was issued across the globe from Will Carling to Karmichael Hunt, as it was revealed that Hooper’s “mindset” was not right and he would miss the Test and fly home. Yet …

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