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Despite being born in May 2013, Yooranah's sex could not be determined until now as he was so small

Tuqiri poised for amazing kangaroo comeback

Winger's colourful journey could come full circle this weekend, writes Dave Hadfield

Mother clamours for fourth 'dingo baby' inquest

There have been three inquests, a trial, two appeals and a royal commission – but the legal saga sparked by the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain 30 years ago is not yet over. Australian authorities are reportedly planning a fourth inquest, following demands by Azaria’s parents for official recognition of the fact she was taken by a dingo.

All Black 'character' decisive, says Henry

New Zealand scored two tries in the last 15 minutes to defeat Australia 23-22 on Saturday and sweep the Tri-Nations championship with a record 10th consecutive victory over the Wallabies.

Carter's absence gives Wallabies hope as All Blacks seek perfect 10

New Zealand have already regained the Tri-Nations title and retained the Bledisloe Cup, yet again, but there's no chance they'll take it easy against Australia today with a record on the line. The All Blacks have beaten the Wallabies in nine straight tests, equalling their run in trans-Tasman rugby union Tests between 1936 and 1947.

Prehistoric baby sling 'made our brains bigger'

The most important aspect of human evolution was facilitated not by Darwinian-style natural selection but by a crucial technological device invented by early Stone Age women, shows research by a leading British prehistorian.

Elsom's Wallabies leave Boks on rocks

Australia won an extraordinary Tri-Nations match in Bloemfontein yesterday. The Wallabies, who beat South Africa 41-39, scored five tries to three, gained revenge for last week's 44-31 defeat in Pretoria and secured second place in the tournament table. They will play New Zealand, the runaway winners, in the final match in Sydney next Saturday.

Wallabies bring in muscle to avenge Pretoria defeat

The Australia coach, Robbie Deans, has beefed up his pack in an effort to match the physicality of South Africa's set-piece in Saturday's Tri-Nations test in Bloemfontein following the 44-31 defeat in Pretoria last weekend.

Moody tips Borthwick to make international return

Lewis Moody has backed deposed England captain Steve Borthwick to make an international return.

Linesman dropped for Mitchell yellow card call

Linesman Cobus Wessels has been axed for this weekend's New Zealand-Australia clash due to the bad call that ultimately led to Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell being sent off in the first Bledisloe Cup match last week.

Mitchell off as All Blacks swat Wallabies aside

Australia 28 New Zealand 49

Wallabies' win marred by Cooper suspension

Australia's tri-nations campaign has been dealt a double blow with Quade Cooper suspended for two weeks for an illegal tackle during their match against South Africa and Digby Ioane ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury.

Smit's Boks take a pounding from determined Wallabies

Australia 30 South Africa 13

Maori offer extra test for dirt-trackers

There are tour games that offer fringe players a heaven-sent opportunity to force their way into the Test elite, and there are fixtures with the New Zealand Maori, which might have been designed with the opposite in mind. Many a red-rose wannabe has seen his international ambitions evaporate into the chill night air of the North Island, most notably in 1998, when the prospects of a large number of Englishmen went "pop" all over Rotorua.

From wallabies to chipmunks, the exotic creatures thriving in the UK

It would be interesting to know what Beatrix Potter would have made of it. Dozens of exotic species, whose natural habitats range from the lower reaches of the Yangtze River to the steamy canopy of the Amazonian rainforest by way of the arid Australian Outback, are thriving in the temperate climes of the British countryside.

Leading article: Welcome home

Most people will be surprised to hear anything as exotic as a colony of scorpions has been quietly flourishing for some years now in a brick wall in Kent for years, causing no harm to anyone. It is equally little known that various snapping turtles, chipmunks, wallabies and even aardvarks have, somewhat improbably, decided that life under Britain's leaden grey skies, so far from home, is not as bad as they might originally have expected.

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