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#Down Under

Made in Australia: Home (and Away)-grown stars who hit the big time

Plus, a tentative reason to watch Shane’s death again.

From The42 Wallaby Cooper fined, handed suspended ban Down Under

Wallaby Cooper fined, handed suspended ban

Australia’s outspoken fly-half Quade Cooper will be available for national selection once he recovers from his knee injury.

From The42 Cooper league switch is 'nonsense' say Reds Switcheroo

Cooper league switch is 'nonsense' say Reds

Is the Wallabies playmaker eyeing a change-up? “This is an old story that has no merit and is… nonsense,” says Cooper’s boss today.

From TheJournal.ie Australian Hotels Association looking to fill ‘thousands of hospitality jobs’ Hospitality Industry

Australian Hotels Association looking to fill ‘thousands of hospitality jobs’

The AHA are hoping to find plenty of ‘experienced hospitality staff’ when they are in Dublin next Tuesday and Wednesday.

From The42 Skipper McCaw inspires All Blacks to win over South Africa in Dunedin Down Under

Skipper McCaw inspires All Blacks to win over South Africa in Dunedin

The All Blacks, who ran out 21-11 victors, remain unbeaten in the championship.

From The42 Robbie Deans: No McCabe worries despite hard-knock life Down Under

Robbie Deans: No McCabe worries despite hard-knock life

The Aussie centre will feature against Argentina this weekend after returning from a broken foot.

From The42 McCaw plays down All Blacks coach's comments ahead of Sydney showdown Down Under

McCaw plays down All Blacks coach's comments ahead of Sydney showdown

“Don’t get too carried away with individual battles, it’s Wallabies versus the All Blacks and that carries enough as it is,” the world champions’ skipper insists.

From The42 Wales on salvage mission against Wallabies Preview

Wales on salvage mission against Wallabies

The Welsh have had a week to reflect on their devastating last-kick defeat to the Australians in Melbourne last Saturday.

From The42 Hansen expects improved Ireland Down Under

Hansen expects improved Ireland

“I think attitude is a big thing about rugby and I think if you bring the right attitude (then) you give yourself a chance,” Hansen said.

From The42 O'Driscoll urges Irish team-mates to go for the win against All Blacks Down Under

O'Driscoll urges Irish team-mates to go for the win against All Blacks

“No matter what country you play for, I think you play with a huge amount of pride and we’re not playing for second best this weekend,” said the centre.

From The42 Sweeping changes in Irish team to face All Blacks Down Under

Sweeping changes in Irish team to face All Blacks

Declan Kidney has thrown convention to the wind as he shakes up the Ireland backline and hands out two new caps.

Men at Work member Greg Ham dead at 58 Death This post contains videos

Men at Work member Greg Ham dead at 58

Ham was found dead at his Melbourne home yesterday. His signature flute riff was on the smash hit song Down Under but was later found to have been stolen from a classic campfire song.

From The42 White Swan: Walsh ready to make his Aussie Rules breakthrough Men At Work

White Swan: Walsh ready to make his Aussie Rules breakthrough

Former Kerry star Tommy Walsh is all set to make his senior debut for the Sydney Swans tomorrow evening.

From The42 'Big shoes to fill': Jim Stynes steps down as Melbourne president Legend

'Big shoes to fill': Jim Stynes steps down as Melbourne president

The Dubliner stepped down as president of the Melbourne Demons last night as he continues his battle against cancer.

From The42 Sharapova into Australian Open final vs Azarenka Down Under

Sharapova into Australian Open final vs Azarenka

Sharapova broke Kvitova’s serve in the last game to finish off a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory and set up a championship match against Victoria Azarenka.

From The42 Nadal battles into semi-final showdown with Federer Australian Open

Nadal battles into semi-final showdown with Federer

Rafael Nadal is through to the Australian Open semi-finals after he ground out a four-set win against Tomas Berdych today.

From The42 While you were sleeping: Federer, Clijsters book semi-final spots Australian Open

While you were sleeping: Federer, Clijsters book semi-final spots

Caroline Wozniacki will lose her position as world number one after she crashed out of the Australian Open against defending champion Kim Clijsters this morning.

From The42 The Magnificent Seven: Australian Open moments Down Under

The Magnificent Seven: Australian Open moments

As thinks hot up Down Under, we look back at some of the best games from the Australian Open. New balls please!

From The42 Insects, not ankle, bug Serena in Aussie comeback Down Under

Insects, not ankle, bug Serena in Aussie comeback

‘I hate bugs more than you can imagine. Like, they kept jumping on me. Yuck!’ Yuck indeed, Serena.

From The42 While you were sleeping: Stosur crashes out in Australia Down Under

While you were sleeping: Stosur crashes out in Australia

Hometown hero Sam Stosur is out of the Australian Open, while Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova moved through to round two.

From The42 While you were sleeping: Nadal, Clijsters, Na advance at Aussie Open Down Under

While you were sleeping: Nadal, Clijsters, Na advance at Aussie Open

Nadal, the 2009 champion at Melbourne Park, beat Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.

From The42 Wristy business: Wozniacki given the all-clear for Australia Good To Go

Wristy business: Wozniacki given the all-clear for Australia

World number one Caroline Wozniacki will be ready for next week’s Australian Open despite a recent wrist injury scare.

From The42 WATCH: Robbie Keane on the double in Beckham's Galaxy bow LA Story

WATCH: Robbie Keane on the double in Beckham's Galaxy bow

Melbourne took a 2-0 lead in the first half but a brace of spotters from the Ireland skipper saw the Galaxy draw level, before winning it in the shoot-out.

From The42 I've come full circle, says Setanta after move 'home' to Sydney Down Under

I've come full circle, says Setanta after move 'home' to Sydney

Setanta Ó hAilpín is looking forward to some game time with his new side Greater Western Sydney Giants.

From The42 Woods without a point as Americans keep the lead in Melbourne Down Under

Woods without a point as Americans keep the lead in Melbourne

Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day earned a small measure of redemption by holding on to beat Woods and Dustin Johnson on the 18th hole.

From The42 Men at work: Wizards of Oz were key to Irish win, says manager Anthony Tohill Reaction

Men at work: Wizards of Oz were key to Irish win, says manager Anthony Tohill

Ireland romped to victory in their first Test of this year’s International Rules Series, largely thanks to the team’s AFL experience, says its manager.

From The42 International Rules: the first Test in pictures Down Under This post contains images

International Rules: the first Test in pictures

Ireland ran out comprehensive winners in Melbourne this morning in the first meeting with Australia. Here’s how it developed.

From The42 In pictures: Irish side run out for final training session before Rules Series throw-in Down Under This post contains images

In pictures: Irish side run out for final training session before Rules Series throw-in

Ireland’s International Rules hopefuls ran out at the Etihad Stadium this morning ahead of the first Test tomorrow. Here’s how they got on.

From The42 'They're not coming over here to have a holiday and taste our Guinness' Down Under This post contains images

'They're not coming over here to have a holiday and taste our Guinness'

Australia name their captain for this year’s International Rules Series. And he’s expecting a battle.

From The42 Aussie player stripped of Rules spot after car crash Down Under

Aussie player stripped of Rules spot after car crash

Colin Sylvia has been dropped from the Australian side to face Ireland after he fled the scene of a car accident.

Men at Work lose bid to prove they didn't copy 'Down Under' flute riff Men Who Copied This post contains videos

Men at Work lose bid to prove they didn't copy 'Down Under' flute riff

The Aussie band were appealing a judge’s earlier ruling that the group had copied the signature flute melody of “Down Under” from the song “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.”

From The42 View from Oz: Let the good times roll! Down Under This post contains videos

View from Oz: Let the good times roll!

Between the Wallabies’ thumping of South Africa, Cadel Evans’ Tour de France victory and one of the most exciting Perth derbies in AFL history, it’s been a big week Down Under.

From The42 WATCH: Ireland's World Cup opponents Australia humbled by Samoa Upside Down This post contains videos

WATCH: Ireland's World Cup opponents Australia humbled by Samoa

The top seeds in Ireland’s world cup pool field a second-string side against the islanders – and pay the price.

From The42 View from Oz: Bhoys go west as Gers get a kick in Down Under This post contains videos

View from Oz: Bhoys go west as Gers get a kick in

Ranger fans reminded Celtic who the champions are despite the Hoops being thousands of miles from Ibrox.

From The42 What the hell is the State of Origin? Down Under This post contains videos

What the hell is the State of Origin?

Australia is glued to their TVs this morning for one of the biggest events in their sporting calender.

From The42 View from Oz: Bhoys on tour Down Under

View from Oz: Bhoys on tour

“Australia is a market we’d like to tap into,” according to Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

From The42 View from Oz: check out his contender for AFL 'Mark of the Year' Down Under This post contains videos

View from Oz: check out his contender for AFL 'Mark of the Year'

Mark! Between stunning grabs and the return of one of Australia’s biggest soccer stars, it’s all happening.

From The42 View from Oz: Opera House? What Opera House? Down Under

View from Oz: Opera House? What Opera House?

Our man in Australia spent his first weekend in Sydney. And he headed straight for the city’s main attraction; the ANZ Stadium.

From The42 View from Oz: state of play Down Under This post contains videos

View from Oz: state of play

It’s State of Origin time again in Australia, one of the biggest sporting events in the country.

From The42 View from Oz: the west's awake on derby day Down Under This post contains videos

View from Oz: the west's awake on derby day

Our man in Australia, Neil Sherwin, was front and centre as one Australia’s biggest local rivalries was played out this weekend.