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Rolling maul dilemma

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Wallaby hooker Tolu Latu receives the Player of the Match award after the Fiji, Wallabies match at the Sapporo Dome. Latu scored two tries through rolling mauls. Photo: World Rugby

Within five minutes the Australians used it in the 2015 Rugby World Cup then on Saturday ditto; scoring two tries by the rolling mauls.

In the 2015 version, champion open-side flanker David Pocock was at the back of the moving mauls scoring in the 26th and 31st minutes, on Saturday it was hooker Tolu Latu scored two in the 56th and 61st minutes.

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Wallabies fan? Yes

I was wearing a Wallaby shirt the other day and someone commented; are you a Wallaby fan? To which I replied of course.

The navy blue quality polo shirt with Australian logos and insignia was a gift to me from my younger sister who lives in Melbourne and I enjoy wearing it.

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Wallabies pick 52 percent Islanders

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Wallaby centre Samu Kerevi has been named the vice captain for the World Cup. Photo: Rugby Australia

The Wallabies have named 52 percent; 16 players from the Pacific Islands last Friday in their 31 man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan which kicks off on September 20. Continue reading

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England loss, puts Fiji out of competition

Wallaby Israel Folau (left) negates Fiji's Metuisela Talebula (centre) and Asaeli Tikjoirotuma's attempt to collect a high kick for a try. Photo: SMH

Wallaby Israel Folau (left) negates Fiji’s Metuisela Talebula (centre) and Asaeli Tikjoirotuma’s attempt to collect a high kick for a try. Photo: SMH

England’s loss to Wales 25-28 has literally consigned Fiji’s chances of reaching the quarterfinals to the ash-heap putting the Red Dragons on nine points leading in the Pool A points table equaling the Wallabies.

The English have moved down to third position with six points after gaining a point from the loss but with two matches on hand with the one against Uruguay easy pickings for a bonus point win will put them in good stead for a place in the last eight.

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Cheika backs Hooper for ‘logical approach’

Fiji's Asaeli Tikoirotuma bumps Michael Hooper in the Pool A clash in Cardiff. Photo: SMH

Fiji’s Asaeli Tikoirotuma bumps Michael Hooper in the Pool A clash in Cardiff. Photo: Getty Images

You can call it the Japanese Effect – or simply tournament management.

But the Wallabies are adamant they made the right moves in a physically brutal contest against Fiji and they have would not change their tactics after scoring three tries in the first 42 minutes of the game.

Stand-in Wallabies captain Hooper made the call to protect the Australia’s lead by taking a penalty shot in the last 10 minutes of their 25-13 win against Fiji in Cardiff.

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Ashley-Cooper says Australia have their mojo back

Fiji's Nemani Nadolo (right) tackles Australia's Scott Fardy. Photo: SMH

Fiji’s Nemani Nadolo (right) tackles Australia’s Scott Fardy. Photo: SMH

Wallabies veteran has seen a revival in the national team’s standing at home and abroad reinforced by the 28-13 Pool A victory over Fiji

BATH – With 109 caps, Australia wing Adam Ashley-Cooper has been around the Wallabies long enough to have experienced many high and lows.

For several years up until 2014 it was all lows as Australia’s international reputation in rugby took a bit of a battering, which had dire consequences for the game domestically, and resulted in other football codes moving head of rugby in the domestic pecking order.

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Wallabies chase away spy

Timely reminder for Cheika's men to be vigilant. Photo: Getty Images

Timely reminder for Cheika’s men to be vigilant. Photo: Getty Images

The Wallabies had a brush with World Cup espionage after security was forced to chase off a man hiding in bushes with a long-lens camera next to their training ground.

Australia have felt removed from all the serious World Cup hype in tranquil Bath, but that was shattered yesterday when a man with a long-lens camera was spotted by World Rugby security lurking in bushes adjacent to the field where they’ve been training at Bath University.

The session was private and the training field is surrounded by high fences with hessian. But the man was spotted in one mangrove-like area that has a view of the field.

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