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WALLABIES CONTINUE HOME-SOIL DOMINANCE OVER IRELAND

David Pocock has starred for the Wallabies as they overcame World Number 2, Ireland in Brisbane. Pocock scored a try of his own, as well as bringing about a series of important turnovers at the breakdown. The 18-9 win maintaining Australia’s home soil dominance over the Irish, having not lost a game for 39-years. The side now travels to Melbourne for the second test.

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BILLY SLATER RULED OUT OF STATE OF ORIGIN OPENER

UPDATE: Billy Slater has officially been ruled out of the opening game of State of Origin. ——- EARLIER: Reports are emerging Queensland fullback Billy Slater is in serious doubt for Wednesday’s opening State of Origin match, after re-injuring his hamstring. Slater didn’t train early last week as he battled the hamstring problem, and is believed to have injured it again at training yesterday. Slater’s absence would be a huge blow for Queensland, who are already without the retired Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk. It’s understood Newcastle fullback Kalyn Ponga and Brisbane five-eighth Anthony Milford will join the squad in Melbourne as cover.

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WARATAHS WIN HIGH-SCORING CLASH WITH QLD REDS

In Super Rugby, the Waratahs have beaten the Reds in a 93-point thriller at Suncorp Stadium. The Tahs’ 52-41 win showing off some exciting attacking flair, including a spectacular aerial effort from Israel Folou. But some dodgy defence will alarm Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, with the test series against Ireland starting next week. NSW jump to the top of the Australian conference ladder. While at Eden Park, the Melbourne Rebels beat the Blues. It’s the first time in three years an Australian team has won at the famous ground.

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TITANS WANT BACK TO BACK

Titans fan favourite Konrad Hurrell could claw his way back into the team for Saturday’s clash with the Roosters. The Tongan international has travelled to Sydney for the Round 12 showdown which serves as the final audition for Origin hopefuls.

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