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The Drought Is Over • A PAINFUL 722-DAY SUPER RUGBY LOSING STRETCH FOR AUSTRALIAN TEAMS AGAINST NEW ZEALAND-BASED OUTFITS ENDS WITH A RELIEVING 41-12 WIN BY THE NEW SOUTH WALES WARATAHS OVER THE HIGHLANDERS.
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Tangled in video tape • ARE THE VIDEO-REVIEW-INSPIRED “BUNKER” SYSTEMS USED BY OUR FOOTY CODES HELPING THINGS AS FAR AS GETTING DECISIONS RIGHT, OR ARE THEY ONLY ADDING TO THE UNCERTAINTY?
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WHEN THE WORLD COMES TO PLAY • The shape of global football has changed over time, yet the World Cup has remained defiantly the prize of a select handful of nations. As star players from across the world assemble in Russia next month, we’ll be reminded why it is so hard to win – and how it remains the grandest sporting prize on the planet.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS • The big nations may rule on football’s biggest stage, but world-class talent comes from all over the map. Here are 11 standout figures from countries that haven’t won the World Cup.
Who won’t be at the World Cup • NOT EVERYBODY GETS TO GO TO RUSSIA. HERE ARE A FEW NOTABLE ABSENTEES.
JACKSON IRVINE • IN ONLY 17 GAMES, THE STALWART FOR HULL IN ENGLAND’S CHAMPIONSHIP HAS PROVEN HIS WORTH TO THE SOCCEROOS WITH HIS VERSATILITY AS A DEFENSIVE LINCHPIN OR ATTACKING THREAT IN THE MIDFIELD. AFTER MISSING OUT ON THE 2014 BRAZIL WORLD CUP, EXPECT THE 25-YEAR-OLD TO MAKE HIS MARK IN RUSSIA.
TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE? • The World Cup arrives at an interesting moment for the host nation, the latest set of headlines to follow in the news stream of Ukraine, election-hacking, Syria and Skripal. Is the tournament another part of Putin’s Machiavellian master plan? Or do Russians – some of whom still remember the Soviet Union’s glory days on the football pitch – just really love the world game?
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IS THE AFL DOING ITS JOB? • We met Belter Brogan in 2012 when he delivered the Inaugural Mad Dog Muir Oration on the State of the Game. The tribunal legend remains a consulting ideas man for the AFL, despite restraining orders. The Sanatorium for the Confounded has since become a high-security twilight home, but Belter was able to deliver his second oration from the Sportsman’s Wing on his special heavily padded, rivet-secured computer via skype.
FLASHING THE GREEN • One year on from his remarkable sprinter’s jersey triumph at the Tour de France, Michael Matthews is returning to the iconic race for another attempt at Grand Tour glory. From a rebellious Canberra teen to one of the best cyclists in the world, it has been quite a ride for the 27-year-old.
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“I WON THE TOURNAMENT IN ’61 AND ’62, AND GOT A 10›POUND VOUCHER AND A FIRM HANDSHAKE. SO, I MEAN, WE’VE COME A LONG WAY.” ›ROD LAVER • Fifty years ago, the All England opened its gates and let every player into the venerable Championships for the first time. It heralded the arrival of tennis’s Open...