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Vaughan: Aussies there for taking video

England's Steven Finn and Stuart Broad celebrate the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Johnson  at Edgbaston.

If Trent Bridge can produce a seaming, English wicket then we know this Australian team is flaky, writes Michael Vaughan.

Cully: Wallabies must lift game for ABs

All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams looms as a threat to the Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup hopes in Sydney.

OPINION: The Bledisloe Cup will remain locked away in New Zealand if the Wallabies cannot go up two or three gears in Sydney.

Brown: End is night for Pup video

England players celebrate the removal of Michael Clarke as the Australian captain heads back to pavillion.

OPINION: We are witnessing, by degrees, the ebbing away of Michael Clarke's compulsion to prove himself.

Time people got Goodes

The booing of indigenous AFL star Adam Goodes has escalted since he called out racism after a Collingwood fan called him an "ape" during a 2013 match.

OPINION: Embattled AFL star doesn't have a voice for the sake of it. What would there be to gain in that? He wants to make a genuine difference.

No Moore, please Billy video

Former Maroons player Billy Moore leads the crowd in a Queenslaner chant.

OPINION: Rugged Aussie league star famous for words as much as actions, but latest outburst is inexcusable..

Eligibility saga merits inquiry

Deklan Wynne, the New Zealand footballer at the centre of a Fifa eligibility row.

OPINION: Sport NZ needs to step in and conduct an independent inquiry into New Zealand Football.

Ugliest voices always loudest

Christchurch's Fijian winger Sake Aca was the target of racial taunts during the weekend's  club rugby final  between Lincoln University and Christchurch.

OPINION: We need to stop being bystanders and call out the racists, writes Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.

Berry: Crowd must fire up Bell

England captain Alastair Cook, left, and Ian Bell take a break in training ahead of the third Ashes test at Edgbaston.

OPINION: There is no better place for promoted England batsman to find form than his home ground, writes Scyld Berry.

Trump's Turnberry a major turnoff

American Lizette Salas, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, has the flags of Mexico and America on her bag and is a contender to win the Women's British Open at Donald Trump's course this week.

OPINION: There's every reason to cheer on one of Lydia Ko's rivals at the Women's British Open this week.

Bidwell: Hard luck, Oceania

New Zealand face a justifiably hard road to the 2018 World Cup with a playoff against a South American team.

Two games to qualify for the 2018 World Cup? You'd surely take those odds, when you're ranked 136 in the world.

Hinton: Smith needs to play fullback

Is it time for Highlanders star Ben Smith to be restored to his favoured position of fullback for the All Blacks?

OPINION: It's time for the All Blacks coach to play Ben Smith in his best position, writes Marc Hinton.

Quartet of first fives possible?

All Blacks first five eighth Lima Sopoaga looked at ease at test level in Johannesburg.

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga just made things a whole lot more interesting ahead of the World Cup.

Sopoaga's career plan is working out nicely

Lima Sopoaga tries to get between two Springboks during their clash against the All Blacks at Ellis Park.

Lima Sopoaga caught the Wellington College careers officer by surprise during his final year of school.

All Blacks player ratings

The All Blacks perform the haka before their Rugby Championship test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

From the sublime to the solid and the not-seen-so-much, here's how each All Black performed.

Reason: Violence must end – on and off field

NSW Blues' Trent Merrin up-ends Queensland's Corey Parker during game three of the State of Origin series.

OPINION: If league wants to stop violence against women then it must start by eradicating it on the field, writes Mark Reason.

All Blacks' PR machine goes awry

Ye 'Gods': The All Blacks perform the haka ahead of their clash with the Pumas.

OPINION: The All Blacks don’t get many things wrong, but their PR machine did at the weekend.

Aussies give ABs plenty to ponder

Matt Giteau has made an immediate improvement to the Wallabies backline against the Springboks in Brisbane.

With Bledisloe Cup rivalries set to reignite next week, Liam Napier scrutinises where the All Blacks should be wary of the Wallabies.  

Hayward: Aussies still fear KP

Just 10 weeks ago Kevin Pietersen scored 355 not out for Surrey - he deserves to be in England contention.

OPINION: Like it not, the last thing Australia would want England to do is send the old trouble-maker out to bat at Edgbaston.

King Carlos claims to Blues job video

The Blues have had no joy since Carlos Spencer led them to glory in the 2003 Super Rugby final with this sort of free-wheeling approach.

OPINION: Super Rugby franchise could do worse than inject exAll Black into their coaching ranks.

Lumby: Time the NRL stands down Kenny-Dowall

NRL players are role models, and Shaun Kenny-Dowall should be stood down while his case is investigated.

OPINION: Violence-prevention programs the NRL has fully funded are part of getting serious about the epidemic of family violence.

Robson: Still time for injured Cory Jane to return

Barbarians wing Cory Jane limps off Eden Park with an ankle injury.

OPINION: All Blacks shouldn't discard Cory Jane from World Cup plans just yet.

Vaughan: Bairstow deserves nod

England's Jonny Bairstow celebrates scoring the winning runs to clinch an ODI series win over New Zealand.

OPINION: England have to throw something different at Australia at Edgbaston, writes Michael Vaughan.

Reason: One of golf's great voices lost

Golf commentator Peter Alliss may have called his last British Open Championship.

OPINION: Amidst all the philosophy and the humour, Peter Alliss has a real expertise about golf.

Stokes the biggest culprit video

New Zealand-born England all-rounder Ben Stokes walks off after being run out in the second innings at Lord's.

OPINION: All out in 37 overs for 103 runs - embarrassing. Worst of all, a batsman scared of the ball.

Romanos: Ko among our best Kiwi teens

Teen golfing sensation Lydia Ko may need a break from the sport despite her success on the LPGA Tour.

New Zealand has had many really talented youngsters, but who are our 10 best teen sporting stars?

Another shattered RWC dream

Waisake Naholo follows All Blacks' Dr Tony Page from the field during Friday's test.

OPINION: Waisake Naholo is proof of how fickle life can be for professional rugby players.

Napier: Dagg seals World Cup spot vs Pumas

Israel Dagg is beginning to show glimpses of his best.

OPINION: ABs fullback showed enough on Friday to prove he deserves inclusion for World Cup.

Hinton: Hansen's Barbarians policy paid in full video

Recent All Blacks debutant George Moala was a standout for the NZ Barbarians at second five-eighth.

OPINION: Barbarians win over Maori displays depth of talent available to All Blacks coach as World Cup looms.

Gifford: McCaw summons up divine fury in victory

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw charges over to score a try against the Pumas.

OPINION: NZ captain breaks long-standing taboo – suggesting it was important to pause and enjoy success.

Reason: Case of NZF bending rules until breaking

New Zealand Football boss Andy Martin, left, and All Whites coach Anthony Hudson have actively chased overseas players in order to strengthen NZ teams, but it appears not all necessary permissions have been sought.

OPINION: The Oly Whites' expulsion from the Olympics is down to the coach and the officials, reckons Mark Reason.

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