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Moore: First test vital

Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore believes his side’s opening Rugby Championship test will make or break their campaign.

McCabe blow for Wallabies

The Wallabies have suffered a major blow, with midfielder Pat McCabe set to miss at least the first month of the Rugby Championship after being diagnosed with a stress fracture to his lower left leg.

SBW keen to help out

Chiefs midfielder Sonny Bill Williams has no hesitation in answering an All Blacks SOS call for the first two Rugby Championship tests.

Byrne back in the mix

Mick Byrne will join the All Blacks’ coaching team for the upcoming Rugby Championship.

Coles included in ABs group

Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles is the only newbie amongst a group of players in a wider All Blacks training group who will assemble in Wellington ahead of the Rugby Championship.

Smith blow for All Blacks

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is searching for a new centre after it was revealed that Conrad Smith will miss the side’s first two Rugby Championship tests against Australia.

Beale still free to play

Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale will be available for his side’s opening Rugby Championship match, despite having his assault charge referred to a mediation hearing in August.

Back in business

Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore found himself playing second-fiddle to Tatafu Polota-Nau in June, but should be restored to his usual starting spot for the Rugby Championship. BY LEE STACE

Tickets selling well for Bledisloe

More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the All Blacks’ first home test in the Rugby Championship.

Mitchell, Turner included in training squad

Waratahs wings Drew Mitchell and Lachie Turner have both been included in the Wallabies’ train-on squad ahead of next month’s Rugby Championship.

Rugby Championship tickets selling well

The All Blacks’ Rugby Championship match against South Africa in Dunedin could be played in front of a full house at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

O’Neill: Bledisloe win important for Deans

Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O’Neill says winning the Bledisloe Cup will go a long way to securing Robbie Deans’ future as Wallabies coach.

Hansen names training squad

The selection of uncapped Crusaders duo Luke Romano and Luke Whitelock and the omission of Rugby World Cup winners Zac Guildford and Corey Flynn are the talking points of the All Blacks’ wider training squad.

Du Preez: Pick Hougaard

Fourie du Preez is available for Springboks selection, but is urging coach Heyneke Meyer to pick Francois Hougaard instead.

Carter may play 12 for ABs

There is a possibility that Dan Carter may play second five for the All Blacks if his troublesome groin fails to come right.

Wallabies sweating on O’Connor

James O’Connor could miss the Wallabies’ June tests against Scotland and Wales due to a rib injury.

New Wallabies coaches

The Wallabies will have a new-look coaching panel this year.

James calls it quits

The Springboks’ most capped first five, Butch James, has announced his retirement from test rugby with immediate effect.

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