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For the Wallabies, 2014 is starting to have a very 1990 feel

Is Folau a modern version of David Campese? Photo: AAP

Is Folau a modern version of David Campese? Photo: AAP

The Rugby World Cup is only a year away. While all the talk is now on the Bledisloe Cup, should the Aussies be thinking about an even bigger prize?

Currently, there is a rampant All Blacks team well entrenched at the top of the heap, with some of the game’s best players across their squad. However, are they better than four years ago?

Their current team, and their World Cup planning for 2015, contains many of the same faces: Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Dan Carter, Conrad Smith, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Corey Flynn, the Franks brothers, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Ma’a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Israel Dagg and Corey Jane.

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Nadolo re-signs with Crusaders

Nemani Nadolo will be attacking for the Crusaders in Super Rugby for another two years. Photo: Zimbio

Nemani Nadolo will be attacking for the Crusaders in Super Rugby for another two years. Photo: Zimbio

Giant Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo, having brushed aside a racist taunt in a Christchurch bar earlier this week, has re-signed with the Crusaders for another two years of Super Rugby.

Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach said on Friday that Nadolo would now return to his NEC Green Rockets team in Japan for another season before rejoining the Crusaders in 2015.

Having scored a try in the Crusaders’ one-point Super Final loss to the Waratahs last Saturday, Nadolo tweeted about a racial taunt he received while drinking with Crusaders teammates in a Christchurch bar on Sunday night.

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Foley reveals how he kicked winner

The moment: Bernard Foley puts boot to ball in the hope of winning the title. Photo: Getty Images

The moment: Bernard Foley puts boot to ball in the hope of winning the title. Photo: Getty Images

When the Waratahs were awarded a penalty inside the last minute of Saturday’s night Super Rugby final against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium, NSW five-eighth Bernard Foley didn’t flinch.

He immediately stepped up to take the kick – even though from 43-metre the attempt might be slightly out of his range.

With the score at 32-30 in the Crusaders’ favour, he knew the game hung in the balance and only he could save the day.

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Polota-Nau injury worries Wallabies

Agony: An injury to Tatafu Polota-Nau could cause maximum pain for the Wallabies. Photo: Getty Images

Agony: An injury to Tatafu Polota-Nau could cause maximum pain for the Wallabies. Photo: Getty Images

The Wallabies’ plans for a Bledisloe Cup upset have taken a body blow with a major cloud over Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Polota-Nau will have scans on Monday on a suspected medial ligament injury to his right knee incurred in the Waratahs’ triumphant 33-32 title win over the Crusaders on Saturday night.

It happened just after half-time, when the 49-Test rake tackled Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett in the 42nd minute.

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Late kick wins title for Waratahs

Tahs' celebrate Adam Ashley-Cooper's (getting off the deck) try. Photo: Skysports

Tahs’ celebrate Adam Ashley-Cooper’s (getting off the deck) try. Photo: Skysports

A last-minute penalty from Bernard Foley saw the Waratahs win the 2014 Super Rugby title, prevailing 33-32 against the Crusaders on Saturday.

Foley was the hero for the Sydney side as his 45 metre strike – following Crusaders flanker Richie McCaw having been caught offside at ruck time – secured the ‘Tahs a first competition triumph.

It was deserved as the regular-season winners held off a spirited Crusaders fightback in the second-half after leading handsomely early on.

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Nadolo to avoid ‘Tahs friends

Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo will avoid friends Sekope Kepu and Wycliff Palu. Photo: Skysports

Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo (facing camera) will avoid friends Sekope Kepu and Wycliff Palu on the pitch. Photo: Skysports

Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo said he would be avoiding friends Sekope Kepu and Wycliff Palu when he faces the Waratahs in Sydney tomorrow.

The trio will be on the same ANZ Stadium surface but wearing different jerseys after they were all at the Australian franchise back in 2009’s season.

But for the powerful Nadolo, he joked he won’t go looking for the prop and number eight in Sydney.

“I’ll try and run round them,” he told sportal.co.nz.

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Super Rugby final favouritism: Surely it’s obvious?

Waratahs backrower Wycliff Palu attacks against the Brumbies last weekend. Photo: Roar

Waratahs backrower Wycliff Palu attacks against the Brumbies last weekend. Photo: Roar

I have been genuinely surprised to read and hear suggestion that Michael Cheika’s team will start the Super Rugby final as anything other than favourites.

The Waratahs finished the season in top spot, scored the most tries by some margin, and conceded the second fewest in the competition.

They’ve comfortably been the best team in the competition in the back half of the season, too, and go into the final on an eight-game winning streak.

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