Michael Cheika

Rugby-Australia team to play New Zealand in Rugby Championship

SYDNEY, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Australia coach Michael Cheika has named the following team to face New Zealand in the opening match of the Rugby Championship in Sydney on Saturday:<p>Team: 15-Israel Folau, 14-Dayne Haylett-Petty, 13-Reece Hodge, 12-Kurtley Beale, 11-Marika Koroibete, 10-Bernard Foley, …

New Zealand

Matt Toomua pleads with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika for a chance to shine

Matt Toomua is urging Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to change tack and give him a chance to showcase his new and improved game against the All …

Sport (New Zealand)

Will Genia ranks Bledisloe above World Cup

<b>Wallabies scrum-half Will Genia has rated the Bledisloe Cup as an even greater prize than the World Cup, describing it as rugby’s ‘pinnacle’.</b><p>The …

News (South Africa)

Primetime sport returning to Network Ten with game one of Bledisloe series

The Qantas Wallabies face off against arch rivals the All Blacks in the first Bledisloe clash this Saturday August 18 at 7pm, which will be broadcast …

The Rugby Championship

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika on captain Michael Hooper’s big deal

WALLABIES coach Michael Cheika is hoping that the five year, $5 million retention of captain Michael Hooper will usher in a stable, successful era …

David Pocock

Michael Cheika expects Beauden Barrett to start for All Blacks

Watch the opening game of the Rugby Championship live on Sky Sports Action on August 18<p>Michael Cheika expects Beauden Barrett to start at fly-half …

Beauden Barrett

Rugby: Steven Hansen satisfied with 'Game of Three Halves'

The 'Game of Three Halves' has been given the tick of approval by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen after a successful hit-out in Christchurch on Friday …

Sport (New Zealand)

Michael Hooper passed fit to face All Blacks in opening Bledisloe Cup clash

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has passed a fitness test and will join exciting uncapped backs Tom Banks and Jack Maddocks in an expanded squad for …

Sport (New Zealand)

CONFIRMED: Hooper commits to rugby mega-deal

Reports of Michael Hooper’s new deal with Rugby Australia have proven to not be exaggerated as all, as Thursday’s rumours were confirmed in a press …

NSW Waratahs

Michael Cheika laughs off Steve Hansen's All Blacks as underdogs claim

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will struggle to convince anybody that his side deserve to start as underdogs in the Bledisloe Cup opener, including …

Sport (New Zealand)

Five reasons why Cheika can win back the fans in Bledisloe 1

In the first Bledlisloe test of 2018 Michael Cheika has the chance to start anew. To create a new narrative around his coaching of the Wallabies and …

David Pocock

Bledisloe boost for Michael Hooper

<b>Australia captain Michael Hooper has given his team a boost ahead of their Rugby Championship opener by revealing he should be fit to play.</b><p>The flank …

News (South Africa)

Toni Pulu will be eligible to play for Wallabies

New Brumbies recruit Toni Pulu will be eligible to play for the Wallabies if coach Michael Cheika selects him.The American-born winger has spent two …

Brumbies

Leicester Tigers throw Wallabies a curveball

The Leicester Tigers will force Wallabies duo Matt Toomua and Tatafu Polota-Nau to return to England during the Rugby Championship.<p>Polota-Nau – who …

Leicester Tigers

Wallabies skipper Hooper on track for Bledisloe opener

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper says he is confident of being fit to play the opening Bledisloe Cup clash against the All Blacks after coming …

Melbourne Rebels

Food for thought for Michael Cheika

My first sightings of Wallaby locks were Dr Phil Hardcastle, Joe Kraefft, Grahame Cooke, Rex Mossop and Alan Cameron in the late 1940s and early …

David Pocock

Michael Cheika’s Wallabies masterplan is coming together

<b>COMMENT:</b> Piece by piece the jigsaw puzzle is coming together for Michael Cheika’s Wallabies.<p>Results might suggest otherwise — they have, after all, …

Sport (Australia)

Wallabies trial: Seven players who stuck their hands up

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika challenged players on Friday night to step up and make their presence felt.<p>Who did enough to catch Cheika's eye in the …

Super Rugby

Five burning questions ahead of a bumper weekend of rugby

A FASCINATING weekend of rugby awaits as Wallabies coach Michael Cheika revives the old fashioned trial game concept and the Crusaders and Lions …

Sport (Australia)

Toomua signs new deal with Wallabies, Rebels

1:39 AM GMT<p>Former Brumbies fly-half Matt Toomua has officially signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels, …

Leicester Tigers

Former Wallabies scrum coach Mario Ledesma appointed Argentina boss

RUGGED former hooker Mario Ledesma admitted his surprise at his rapid elevation to coach of the Argentina national team.<p>The 45-year-old only took …

Super Rugby

Wallaby Slipper returns after cocaine ban

Sydney - Wallabies prop <b>James Slipper</b> will make his return from a two-month drug ban this week after being picked on Tuesday in a Super Rugby …

Sport (South Africa)

All Blacks great singles out Beale as biggest Bledisloe threat

"I've seen him reinvent himself," Mealamu said of the speedy centre.<p>"Being a rugby player that played for a long time myself, you can appreciate that …

Sport (Australia)

The team Michael Cheika must pick to win the Bledisloe Cup

Ahead of the Rugby Championship, there are plenty of positions in Michael Cheika’s Wallabies side up for grabs, especially after the disappointing …

Super Rugby

Wallabies eyeing Bledisloe Cup upset against All Blacks

Star utility back Dane Haylett-Petty is confident the Wallabies are closing the gap on the powerful All Blacks, but it remains to be seen whether …

Bledisloe Cup

James Slipper to make comeback for Super Rugby XV | FOX Sports

SYDNEY (AP) Former Australia prop James Slipper will return from a two-months drug suspension to play for an Australian Super Rugby selection against …

Super Rugby

James Slipper to make comeback for Super Rugby XV

SYDNEY (AP) — Former Australia prop James Slipper will return from a two-months drug suspension to play for an Australian Super Rugby selection against the Wallabies Friday in a warm-up match ahead of the Rugby Championship.<p>Slipper, who has played 86 teats, was suspended in May and fined $27,500 …

Super Rugby

World Cup hopeful Isi Naisarani unfazed by Melbourne Rebels drama

Wallaby-in-waiting Isi Naisarani is confident the drama engulfing Melbourne will not be a distraction when he joins the Rebels to launch his World …

Super Rugby

Wallabies to hold pre-Bledisloe friendly against Super Rugby side

The Wallabies will face an Australian Super Rugby invitational side in a trial game next Friday as they think outside the square to snap New Zealand’s Bledisloe Cup superiority.<p>Michael Cheika’s men will play a side featuring the best of the rest not involved in club or Super Rugby finals at …

Rugby Union

Matt Toomua emerges as Wallabies contender for Bledisloe opener

It's understood Toomua is a real chance to play for the Wallabies against the All Blacks, marking what would be a unusual return to Australia given …

Brumbies