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Whipsnade zoo baby wallaby makes itself at home in rucksack

A baby wallaby has made her home in a zoo keeper's rucksack after being found outside her mother's pouch.

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Australia star James O'Connor a doubt for Scotland and Wales Tests

Melbourne Rebels and Australia star James O'Connor is in doubt for the Test matches against Scotland and Wales in June due to a lacerated liver.

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Wales coach Warren Gatland

Brian Ashton: Wales must add grand ambition to Grand Slam

Tackling The Issues

Cooper is cleared of foul play charge

Australia coach Robbie Deans breathed a sigh of relief after playmaker Quade Cooper was cleared by a match review panel after being cited for dropping his knee into Richie McCaw's head during the Wallabies' 25-20 win over the All Blacks in Brisbane.

McCaw's ominous All Blacks wallop Wallabies

New Zealand 30 Australia 14

Aging All Blacks to take on Wallabies

It's been billed as a preview of this year's World Cup final. But tomorrow's Bledisloe Cup opener also has a whiff of the 2003 tournament decider about it. New Zealand - a nation that delighted in lampooning the Dad's Army (average age a shade over 28) sent out to play by Clive Woodward - will field a side with an average age of 29.

Video: Kangaroo attacks woman

Police in Australia were forced to use pepper spray on a kangaroo after it attacked an elderly woman in her back garden.

94-year-old fends off angry kangaroo with a broom

Two Australian police officers were forced to use pepper spray to fight off a rogue kangaroo that attacked an elderly woman in her backyard in an Outback town, it was reported yesterday.

Cooper's Wallabies bounce back to beat Boks

Australia 39 South Africa 20

Worried Wallaby Barnes calls a time-out over concussion pains

Less than three weeks after the International Rugby Board introduced new guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of concussion – one of the principal scourges of modern-day union – the brilliant Wallaby midfielder Berrick Barnes has decided to take an indefinite break from the game after suffering a number of "footballers' migraines", as the Australians describe it.

Up a gum tree: Are koalas 'slipping to extinction'?

Climate change, habitat loss, STDs and human complacency threaten the survival of Australia's cuddliest creatures

Rovers still waiting for Kangaroo Mason

Hull KR are still waiting for their big Kangaroo signing to turn up: despite a dash to Tonga to get a passport on the intervention of the islands' prime minister, Willie Mason is still without a work permit. And the club could also lose two other Australian forwards at the end of the season, in Michael Vella and Ben Galea.

Wozniacki comes clean over baby kangaroo tale

Caroline Wozniacki's press conferences are rapidly becoming as entertaining as her matches. Forty-eight hours after she answered questions ranging from global warming to Kenny Dalglish's return at Liverpool, the world No 1 told reporters here at the Australian Open that she had suffered a cut on her leg when she was attacked by a baby kangaroo in a wildlife park.

Johnson wants Twickenham to be fortress again

Martin Johnson warned England the time has come to start turning Twickenham into a feared venue once again.

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