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Heads must roll in Wallaby crisis

Kurtley Beale prepares for the rainy first Test against the All Blacks on August 16, 2014. Photo: ProLook

Kurtley Beale prepares for the rainy first Test against the All Blacks on August 16, 2014. Photo: LookPro

The resignation of Di Patston as the business manager of the Wallabies has escalated a in-house difficulty facing the Wallabies into the most serious crisis confronting the ARU since the introduction of professional rugby.

The alleged text message Kurtley Beale sent to teammates (and inadvertently to Patston) in June denigrated Patston in a way that absolutely requires a full inquiry, which the ARU has instigated.

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ROBBIE DEANS: Fed to the Lions

Robbie Deans in Wallabies training gear (Photo: Supplied)

Robbie Deans in Wallabies training gear (Photo: Supplied)

The domestic coaching career of Robbie Deans is without parallel in the annuals of trans-Tasman rugby.

A former All Black, Deans was the pin-up boy of the Canterbury team of his generation during a 12-year playing career.

Even greater acclaim has followed as one of the best coaches of the modern era.

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Fearless Wallaby Taf uses his smarts

Tafs was a nerd in Granville High School. Photo: wikiimages

Tafs was a nerd in Granville High School. Photo: wikiimages

Kamikaze hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau was a schoolboy academic who excelled in chess before becoming the Wallabies’ Mr Wreckless.

Now, after nine seasons and countless serious injuries, the Tongan powerhouse believes he can produce his best, and remain on the field, by finally allowing his head to rule his big heart.

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Filed under Australia, Injury, Pacific Islanders, Personalities, Rugby Championship, Tonga, Wallabies

Welcome home prodigal, O’Connor

O'Connor waiting in the wings for a chance at redemption. Photo: Patrick Hamilton, AFP

O’Connor waiting in the wings for a chance at redemption. Photo: Patrick Hamilton, AFP

Yes, I know that James O’Connor has been a prat. An official at the ARU who had to deal with him all the time told me that O’Connor was the worst of the Three Amigos – O’Connor, Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper.

He would encourage and lead his mates into trouble and then, somehow, slide away unscathed, while the other two copped the blame and the punishments.

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Charles’ feel-good season ends in ruin

Nathan Charles played a full 80 minutes in the first Test against New Zealand. Photo: SMH

Nathan Charles played a full 80 minutes in the first Test against New Zealand. Photo: SMH

One injured Wallabies rake has been replaced with another as the Wallabies struggle to cope with their growing hooker crisis.

Australian coach Ewen McKenzie will be forced to select between his fourth-string and sixth-string hookers to start against South Africa next week after losing Nathan Charles for the season.

Charles suffered a pectoral tear in last weekend’s 51-20 Eden Park thrashing by the All Blacks to join Stephen Moore (knee reconstruction) and Tolu Latu (broken arm) in rehab for the rest of 2014.

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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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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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