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Northern nations may dominate in the numbers of teams in the Rugby World Cup but Southern teams tend to dominate in the play, such as Australia’s win over England to throw the host nation out of the competition. Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

It’s a battle of the hemispheres in the Rugby World Cup

Teams from which half of the planet tend to dominate when it comes to winning games in the Rugby World Cup?
Karne Hesketh, a product of New Zealand rugby, scores the winning try for Japan against South Africa. Reuters/Eddie Keogh

No place like home when playing in the Rugby World Cup

Many nations contesting the Rugby World Cup are fielding 'ring-ins' from other countries. The rules allowing this reflect the difficulty of balancing national team integrity and development.
An Australian study found certain elite athletes were more at risk of taking drugs than others. Lee Morley/Flickr

Sports stars do take drugs – but not as much as the rest of us

Our study found that 8% of the 1,684 elite Australian athletes we surveyed said they had used at least one of six illicit drugs – including ecstasy, cocaine and cocaine – over the previous year.
Rugby union star Karmichael Hunt has been stood down by his club pending a court appearance on drug supply charges. AAP/Dan Peled

Being great at sport does not come with good moral judgement

There is a tension between views of players’ rights under employment contracts and their responsibilities – both ethically and contractually
English and French clubs are sprinting away from the rest. Joe Giddens/PA

A hooligan’s sport, played by gentlemen. But who owns rugby?

The Heineken Cup, European rugby union’s premier competition, faces an uncertain future. English clubs continue to woo teams from France and Wales into a rival competition, with promises of increased revenue…
The man touted as the next Socceroos coach, Angle Postecoglou, meets Australian soccer’s greatest export Craig Johnston. Should we have local coaches for our national teams? AAP/Hamish Blair

The case for a home-grown coach in a global sports market

Another foreign coach of an Australian national sports team has been ushered to the overseas departure terminal. Having overseen the team’s qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Socceroos…
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and coach Graham Henry celebrate their Rugby World Cup victory. AAP

Let NZ savour its World Cup win – Australia is still the economic champion

Few would begrudge New Zealanders revelling in their rugby World Cup success. After two major disasters in the form of the Christchurch earthquake and the Greymouth coal mine explosion, some morale-raising…

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