Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed David Pocock to break the shackles of his injury woes to deliver as a "world-class performer", but admits he needs more time to gauge what role the former Test skipper will have at the World Cup.
John Garnaut A powerful American general has fired a sizzling warning at China for rapidly building “a Great Wall” of artificial islands across hotly-contested waters.
Steve Butcher Musician Mike Brady, of Up There Cazaly footy anthem fame, has kicked a goal in a Melbourne courtroom and settled a potential costly legal mess.
Mark Kenny, Peter Martin and Gareth Hutchens Canberra will push state governments to sweep away the most enduring market restrictions faced by Australians in their everyday lives granting new access to goods and services at lower prices from taxis and books, to 24-7 shopping including pharmaceutical and alcohol sales in shops.
Nick Miller, Le Vernet "I now know the true meaning of the words grief stricken," says Mal Coram.
Jesse Hogan Given Steve Smith has moved up the order in the one-day team and is poised to replicate that in Tests, it is only fitting he has done the same in the contracts which reflect players' importance to the Australian cricket team.
Georgina Robinson The most thrilling final round ever seen in the history of the Six Nations has prompted World Cup-winning super coach Clive Woodward to call for administrators to look at using a bonus point system in the prestigious northern hemisphere competition.
Adam Pengilly Straight-track specialist Chautauqua has not raced north of the border for almost a year, but the grey's return to Sydney hasn't fazed the Hawkes Racing partnership ahead of the mouth-watering TJ Smith Stakes clash at Randwick on Saturday.
Adam Pengilly Doncaster Mile markets remained stable despite two of the favourites, Hallowed Crown and Real Impact, drawing wide gates for the 150th running of the $3 million Randwick feature on Saturday.
Chris Roots After the group 1 successes of Contributer and Hartnell in recent weeks, Godolphin will look to Hauraki to become its first Australian bred top level winner in the Australian Derby at Randwick on Saturday.