Sunday Apr 19 02:40 AEST
Nick Stirzaker. (AAP)
The Melbourne Rebels have registered their first Super Rugby win in Canberra, beating a decimated Brumbies side.

Paddy Ryan. (AAP)
Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan will be eyeing more starts for the club after locking in a one-year extension.

Michael Cheika. (AAP)
Michael Cheika says it's "obvious" he's not liked in New Zealand after the fallout from his ref room visit.

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