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espnW foresight: Stars, shockers and stories of 2019

As the countdown to the 2019 season begins we look ahead to our four big women's winter codes: AFLW, Super Netball, Super W and rugby league. What will be the same in 2019? What has changed? Read our bold predictions for the season ahead.

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Petaia inks new Reds, Wallabies deals

Exciting Wallabies rookie Jordan Petaia has rejected interest from NRL clubs and committed his future to rugby union, signing a new four-year contract with Rugby Australia.

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Deal done: Cooper joins Rebels for 2019

After months of speculation, former Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper has finally signed on with Melbourne Rebels on a one-year deal.

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Cooper takes pointed swipe at Thorn

Quade Cooper has taken a swipe at Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn with a targeted Instagram post as he prepares to announce his signing at Melbourne Rebels.

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Thorn engineers Broncos reunion

It will be a Red Hill reunion at Ballymore next season with Peter Ryan joining his former rugby league teammate Brad Thorn on the Queensland Reds coaching staff.

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Attack guru McKay back at Reds

Queensland Reds have gone back to proven attack coach Jim McKay as they strive to continue their Super Rugby revival.

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Wallabies lock Rodda signs to end of 2020

Emerging Wallabies lock Izack Rodda has committed to Australia beyond next year's World Cup and opted to stay with the Queensland Reds.

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Growden's Australian Super Rugby report card

The Waratahs might have made the Super Rugby semifinals but their rating reflects their easy ride to the finals, while another team's year can only be described as a "missed opportunity", writes Greg Growden.

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Slipper 'embarrassed' by drugs ban

Testing positive for cocaine twice and being banned from rugby for two months had been embarrassing but it also allowed James Slipper to address his mental health issues, the Wallabies prop said on Wednesday as he prepares for a return to the field.

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Exiled Reds trio to make NRC return

Banished Queensland Reds trio Quade Cooper, James Slipper and Karmichael Hunt will be placed in rugby's shop window after being named to play in the National Rugby Championship (NRC) starting next month.

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Slipper to face Wallabies in pre-Bledisloe trial

Former Test prop James Slipper will make his return from a two-month drug suspension as part of a Super Rugby selection XV that will face the Wallabies in a pre-Bledisloe hitout in Sydney on Friday night.

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R19 Rebooted: Waratahs are finals fraudsters

There was plenty on the line in the final regular season round yet two Australian teams were unable to perform when it mattered most. The Brumbies did, however, exposing the Waratahs for exactly what they are.

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George Smith: Dominating rugby since under-8s

Injury has denied George Smith one last game on Australian soil but his legacy will live on for years to come. A Brumbies and Wallabies great, it all began at junior rugby on Sydney's Northern Beaches, Sam Bruce reports.

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Injury denies Smith a Super Rugby swansong

Wallabies great George Smith has failed to recover from the knee injury that forced him out of last week's win over Melbourne Rebels, meaning he will watch the Reds take on the Sunwolves from the stands in Brisbane.

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Smith racing clock for Super Rugby swansong

Wallabies great George Smith may have already played his final match in Australia as a knee injury threatens to rule him out of a planned Super Rugby farewell on Friday night.

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R18 Rebooted: Time for a foul-play report system?

Sunwolves winger Semesi Masirewa was given a red card for a lifting tackle on Bernard Foley. It was the correct decision to the letter of the law, but could it have been better served by a report system? Your Round 18 Super Rugby talking points are here.

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Hunt set for return alongside Cooper

Karmichael Hunt will make his return to rugby on the Gold Coast on Saturday when he lines up in a club match alongside fellow exile Quade Cooper.

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R17 Rebooted: Chiefs deliver timely adrenalin shot

Super Rugby returned from a month-long hiatus only for the negative themes from the June Test series to immediately surface in the provincial competition. Thankfully 24 hours later, the Chiefs helped remind us just how good the game can be.

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R16 rebooted: Best Aussie derby in how long?

The Rebels may have ended Australia's 32-game winless streak in New Zealand, but it was the Waratahs, Reds derby that produced the highlights, meanwhile two All Blacks players have been left red-faced for off-field hijinks.

2018 RankingsSuper Rugby

  • QLD12th
    TRIES SCORED 1st Crusaders : 77 Tries Scored
  • QLD13th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Crusaders : 247 Points Difference