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Abundance of resources

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Wallaby number 8 Isi Naisarani wins a lineout against the Springboks in Johannesburg. Photo: AFP

The recent debut of three Fijians in separate Tier One nation teams has highlighted the fact that the Fiji Rugby Union is sitting on a wealth of resources that if tapped dilligently and frugally will bring dividends in abundance. Continue reading

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Wallaby coach McKenzie quits

Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie made resignation announcement after 28-29 loss to New Zealand. Photo: Planet Rugby

Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie made resignation announcement after 28-29 loss to New Zealand. Photo: Planet Rugby

Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie announced his resignation at the post-match press conference following Saturday’s 29-28 loss to New Zealand.

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver paid tribute to McKenzie who has led Australia in 22 Tests since starting in the role in August 2013.

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More records tumble for McCaw

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw is congratulated by Aaron Cruden after scoring a try against Australia. Photo: Planet Rugby

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw is congratulated by Aaron Cruden after scoring a try against Australia. Photo: Planet Rugby

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who already holds plenty of records, notably the most capped New Zealand Test player and the most experienced international forward ever to play the game, has taken a couple more.

McCaw, who scored two tries against the Wallabies, now has crossed the chalk 23 times.

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Australia thrashed by Blacks blitz

All Black Julian Savea was unstoppable against the Wallabies. Photo: Skysports

All Black Julian Savea was unstoppable against the Wallabies. Photo: Skysports

New Zealand produced rugby from another planet as they bounced back from the draw in Sydney with a blistering 51-20 win over Australia.

Played out at a ferocious pace and the odd handling error aside, this was New Zealand’s best rugby of the year so far.

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Refs wary of NZ’s “negative tactics”

Referee Jonathan Kaplan shows Sam Whitelock the yellow card. Photo: Skysports

Referee Jonathan Kaplan shows Sam Whitelock the yellow card. Photo: Skysports

Former Test referee Jonathan Kaplan has waded into the debate around the All Blacks’ recent history of receiving yellow cards.

The most experienced official in the history of Test rugby has suggested that international referees have grown wary of New Zealand using “marginal tactics” to avoid conceding tries when under pressure.

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Ewen McKenzie is his own man

His own man . . . his way or the highway. Photo: AP/Massimo Pinca

His own man . . . his way or the highway. Photo: AP/Massimo Pinca

When Ewen McKenzie took over from Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach in August last year, he made it crystal clear from the beginning it was ‘his way, or the highway’.

And that’s the way it should be.

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Wallabies not living in the past

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper looks dejected after the clash against the All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Skysports

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper looks dejected after the clash against the All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Skysports

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie is optimistic about his team’s chances of winning at Eden Park for the first time since 1986 in next weekend’s rematch with the All Blacks.

The Wallabies’ task of retrieving the Bledisloe Cup has become even tougher after drawing their opening match with the All Blacks in Sydney.

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