English referee Wayne Barnes is taking French lessons.
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English-speaking rugby referees are aiming to improve their foreign language skills – but how will this affect the game?
Controversial football star Luis Suarez is well known for his bad behaviour on the pitch.
Bending the rules can sometimes benefit a team so why should we discourage it?
Dylan Hartley: is there more to captaincy than skill?
What does being a captain entail? Is it more than just playing well and winning?
New Zealand could be about to make world cup history.
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It's all about the Antipodes in the Halloween final.
The Wallabies may be flying high at the World Cup, but the picture for rugby union at home looks reasonably bleak.
Regardless of the World Cup final result, rugby union is dwarfed by the three other major football codes in Australia's competitive football landscape.
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.
Teams from which half of the planet tend to dominate when it comes to winning games in the Rugby World Cup?
Close, but no cigar.
Did you know Scotland were going to lose, or was it just hindsight bias?
Foul play: rugby in schools putting children at risk.
Increasing rugby in schools could be a danger to children -- without effective safety systems in place.
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Most sports fans will enjoy a drink or a flutter during the Rugby World Cup, but the sport should not encourage risky behaviour.
Pushing for an advantage in a scrum in the Australia v Fiji game at the Rugby World Cup.
Rugby is often seen as the clash of the giants and this year's Rugby World Cup includes some mighty players. But there's more to winning a game than just brute force.
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The short and long-term impact of hosting the Rugby World Cup for the whole of the UK.
Karne Hesketh, a product of New Zealand rugby, scores the winning try for Japan against South Africa.
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.
New Zealand All Black’s perform the haka.
The history and culture of rugby's most famous tradition.
An Australian study found certain elite athletes were more at risk of taking drugs than others.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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…
Wallabies player Drew Mitchell is taken from the field after an injury during Rugby World Cup match between Australia and Russia.
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RUGBY WORLD CUP – The Cup has already taken its toll on many players – finalists New Zealand have lost star player, Dan Carter and Australia goes into its battle for third place against Wales four men…
Marketing in the 2011 New Zealand Rugby World Cup will be different to previous years.
RUGBY WORLD CUP – As the All Blacks and the Wallabies prepare for Sunday’s semi-final showdown, Deakin University’s Adam Karg discusses how to make money from the competition. The Rugby World Cup has returned…