The Waratahs put a week of controversy behind them with an emphatic 23-11 victory over Super Rugby cellar dwellers the Blues in Sydney on Saturday.
Cameron Atfield At least three Liberal National Party members are in contention to replace retiring Senator Brett Mason in the upper house ahead of next year's federal election.
Geoff Lawson On Thursday Michael Clarke had a significant early success by winning the toss and batting first on a pitch having its second outing inside a fortnight.
Jesse Hogan New Zealand players will go into Sunday's World Cup final inspired by two Black Caps greats: one, Daniel Vettori, probably playing the last match of his international career; the other, terminally ill Martin Crowe, possibly watching the last match of his life.
Jesse Hogan Michael Clarke says his announcement he will retire from one-day cricket after Sunday's World Cup final will not be an added source of motivation for him and his teammates to beat New Zealand.
Greg Baum The World Cup was a global affair with many weighty geopolitical overtones, but the final will be between kissing cousins.
Adam Pengilly and Chris Roots A decision to turn down offers from Hong Kong paid divideds when Takedown stamped himself as a Champagne Stakes contender at Rosehill on Saturday.
Rupert Guinness What a difference a week makes ... even if the Waratahs again walked away winners against the Blues at home in Sydney on Saturday night.
Danny Weidler Clarke leads Australia into the World Cup final knowing his opposition isn’t confined to the Kiwis – it’s also from within the organisation that employs him.
Jesse Hogan David Warner has been backed to emerge from the shadows created by Brendon McCullum's dazzling form and show he, not the New Zealand captain, is the pivotal batsman of the World Cup final.