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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.
Versatile former Wallabies prop Ben Alexander has retired from professional rugby after a record 154 appearances for the Brumbies in Super Rugby.
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.
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.
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.
The Wallabies are facing a big problem at outside centre for the Rugby Championship with Tevita Kuridrani to miss the next three months due to a pectoral injury.
Melbourne Rebels have landed a ready-made replacement for departing back-rowers Amanaki Maki and Lopeti Timani, signing Isi Naisarani from the Brumbies.
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.
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.
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar is confident that co-captain Christian Lealiifano will remain at the Super Rugby club next year.
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.
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.
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.
Brumbies winger Chance Peni has been slammed with a six-game suspension after being cited in his first match back from another lengthy ban.
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.
The Brumbies defied both their opposition and Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika in their bonus-point victory over the Sunwolves
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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