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What a goose (step): Campo says women can’t cover sport

Rugby legend David Campese has lambasted the Sydney Morning Herald for getting a “girl” to cover the game. So can women cover sports played by men? Of course they can.

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Devine backs wrong horse … more Murdoch questions …

Miranda Devine backs the wrong horse … Murdochs back in the dock over phone hacking … Front Page of the Day … the Department of Corrections and more …

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Nine News apologises … US AG to investigate 9/11 hacks …

In today’s Media Briefs: Nine News apologises for fake chopper cross … The Department of Corrections … US Attorney general to investigate NotW 9/11 phone-hacking allegations … Trapped journalists leave Tripoli hotel after five days … and more …

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A tale of Boks and the World Cup

With the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, well-known journalist Dan Retief has produced a seminal work on the comp and the part the Springboks have played in it from their entry in 1995. Simon Burrow recommends.

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Welcome to the Sonny Bill Williams revolution

Sonny Bill Williams is leading a rugby revolution, writes The New Zealand Herald’s Chris Rattue , and he’s the right man at the right time to expand rugby thinking even further.

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Wallabies finally break their 47-year altitude drought

A last-gasp Kurtley Beale penalty kick was enough for the Wallabies to finally break their altitude hoodoo in South Africa. As Spiro Zavos writes, the importance of the victory cannot be overstated.

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Pat’s Super 14 selections: Grand Final and the season in review

As much as we may feel uneasy about it here on the Pacific rim, it does seem clear that the two best teams have ended up in the Super 14 final and yes, they are both South African, writes Patrick Baume.

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Pat’s super Super 14 selections: Week 14

If you’ve got friends who think that rugby is a stupid, boring game where they kick all the time and spend the rest of the game with their heads up each others bums, then Patrick Baume has some advice for you.

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Pat’s Super 14 selections: Round 12

Patrick Baume gives his tips for this weekend in Super 14. The monster game will be when second plays third, both coming off a loss and both still to play the competition leading Bulls in Pretoria.

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Pat’s Super 14 selections: Week 11

There’s still room for some belief that this could be the first year with two Australian finalists since 2002, says Patrick Baume, as he offers up his tips for this weekend’s Super 14 rugby union games.

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2010 resolution: beat the Saffa gameplan

It’s undeniable, 2009 rugby was the year of the Saffas; Super 14, Tri-Nations and the Lions. What’s also undeniable was the extreme game-plan that the Springboks employed along the way. How can it be beat in 2010? asks Matt Gagger.

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A 2020 vision of Australian sport

As the century’s first decade comes to an end, a look at how various Australian sporting codes are faring, and where they might be in another ten year’s time.

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David Jones unhappy with ad agency?

From a Crikey tipster today: Well-sourced rumour is that David Jones are mightily displeased that their advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi dumped them in it by making pre-teen girls in its ads look sexy.

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Wallabies v Italy: first test preview

This year Italy got spanked by everyone except Wales in Rome. Despite having quality players like Sergio Parisse, the second half should be a blood bath of points for the Wallabies, writes Matt Gagger.

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Lote’s long road back

Matt Gagger speaks to rugby player Lote Tuqiri in the wake of news that he has not been selected for the latest Wallabies test.

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Brumbies 2010: is their greed good for all?

Should all the chips fall the right way, the Brumbies could be just about to pull off the most remarkable recruitment drive since the franchises inception, says Crikey Sports.

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Force leaves the field

Tonight the Western Force has its last go-round on its oval ground at Subiaco as an era ends in Perth.

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Mortlock’s end; a stirling career on the wane?

Is this the beginning of the end for Stirling Mortlock?

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Force’s Super 14 future bleak with player exodus

Western Force Super rugby players are now heading back across the Nullarbor or overseas to Europe or Japan.

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Tips and rumours

Wayne Swan at the AICD Budget Lunch in Melbourne earlier this week (Tuesday) tried to warm up the largely business crowd by talking AFL. Trouble is he apologised for Brisbane winning last weekend, and said it didn’t matter, it was only against Carlton. The groans that followed weren’t just from the Carlton supporters, well-represented as […]

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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

Morris Iemma … The West … the media and Haneef … Bob Brown’s bribe claim … Mem Fox on phonics … First Dog’s cat …

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Forget the finals, follow Fort Fumble’s off-field farce

The NSW Waratahs might have made a Super 14 semifinal, but the NSWRU is fumbling and bumbling in the administration stakes, writes Michael Pascoe.

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Australians get ugly over the Rugby World Cup

When the history of Australian sporting journalism comes to be written many years from now, one piece will surely be dusted off and held up as perhaps the finest example of its type. Few articles can have been so wide of the mark. Charles Happpell reports.

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