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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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116dAAP

Brumbies throw Slipper career lifeline

The Brumbies are confident they can rejuvenate the career of veteran Wallabies prop James Slipper after signing him on a two-year Super Rugby deal.

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148dAAP

Brumbies veteran Alexander calls time

Versatile former Wallabies prop Ben Alexander has retired from professional rugby after a record 154 appearances for the Brumbies in Super Rugby.

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168dAAP

Brumbies recruit Pulu eligible for Wallabies

Brumbies recruit Toni Pulu is immediately eligible for Wallabies duties due to a World Rugby dispensation, after he signed a two-year deal with the Canberra-based side on Tuesday.

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174dGreg Growden

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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179dAAP

Lealiifano signs new Super Brumbies deal

Excitement about the Brumbies future was the big factor in convincing co-captain Christian Lealiifiano to sign a new one-year deal with the Super Rugby club.

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187dAAP

Naisarani joins Rebels as Wallabies await

Melbourne Rebels have landed a ready-made replacement for departing back-rowers Amanaki Maki and Lopeti Timani, signing Isi Naisarani from the Brumbies.

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191dSam Bruce and John Goliath

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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194dSam Bruce

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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195dGreg Growden

Tahs-Brumbies derby at last back to 'letterhead' days

The final round match between the Waratahs and Brumbies, where teams are either trying to secure home finals or making the finals cut, should hopefully revive old emotions when Australian sides detested each other -- Greg Growden writes.

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197dSam Bruce and John Goliath

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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205dSam Bruce and John Goliath

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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Six-week ban ends Peni's Super season

Brumbies winger Chance Peni has been slammed with a six-game suspension after being cited in his first match back from another lengthy ban.

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232dBrittany Mitchell

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.

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238dESPN staff with AAP

Samu's Wallabies eligibility unknown despite Brumbies deal

The Brumbies have landed Crusaders back-rower Pete Samu for the 2019 Super Rugby season but it remains unclear whether the Melbourne-born Aussie will be available for the Wallabies in next month's three-Test series with Ireland.

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239dAAP

Brumbies hooker banned for headbutt

Brumbies hooker Folau Fainga'a will miss Sunday's Super Rugby clash with the Sunwolves after being hit with a one-week ban for headbutting.

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240dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R15 rebooted: Rampaging Retallick unrivalled

The Waratahs were hoping to add the Chiefs to their list of victims after ending the trans-Tasman streak in Sydney last week. And they would have, too, had it not been for the game's premier lock: Brodie Retallick.

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246dAAP

Arnold cops three week ban, Franks two

The Wallabies have suffered another blow, with Brumbies lock Rory Arnold ruled out of Australia's first Test of the year against Ireland next month due to suspension, while Owen Franks was suspended for two weeks for striking.

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247dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R14 rebooted: Australia's drought breakers

After 40 games, Australia finally saw the end of their New Zealand hoodoo with the Waratahs putting on a slick display to thump the Highlanders, while the deliberate knockdown debate continues to rage.

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250dSam Bruce and John Goliath

W2W4: Aussies' chance to challenge 'dark arts'

There has been that much talk about the "dark arts" this week that Super Rugby has felt like a Harry Potter novel. Australia's sides have an opportunity to push the limits this week, but need their chief protagonists to be at their absolute best.

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251dGreg Growden

Barbarians-like Sunwolves are Super Rugby's entertainers

Amidst the continual Waratahs bleat over 'we wuz robbed' refereeing decisions, an important Super Rugby moment has been overlooked -- a group of battlers have at last been rewarded for their initiative, writes Greg Growden.

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254dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R13 rebooted: Tahs' gripes only mask capitulation

NSW Waratahs had every right to feel aggrieved over some of the decisions that were, and were not, made in Christchurch. The cold hard fact is, however, that a 29-0 lead should, no matter the opposition, be enough to go on and claim victory.

2018 RankingsSuper Rugby

  • BRUMB9th
    TRIES SCORED 1st Crusaders : 77 Tries Scored
    CRUS1st
    56
    77
  • BRUMB10th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Crusaders : 247 Points Difference
    CRUS1st
    -29
    247