Wests had hoped to launch an appeal to save Ben Coutts' grand final dream, but it fell short on Thursday.
Matt Lucas will compete with Joe Powell and Ryan Lonergan for game time next year.
Chris Dutton Canberra Royals have called on Sam Carter as a grand final reinforcement on Saturday.
Tom Decent Steve Hansen says he spoke to Michael Cheika in Japan earlier this year and reaffirmed to him that no one from the All Blacks ever blamed the Wallabies or inferred that someone from within their camp planted a listening device in the team's hotel room ahead of last year's Bledisloe Cup opener.
Tom Decent Wallabies debutant Curtis Rona says he has faith in his own ability and won't be worried if the All Blacks target him during the Bledisloe Cup opener on Saturday.
The All Blacks' Bledisloe Cup preparations have been thrown into disarray after allegations emerged that star halfback Aaron Smith lied to New Zealand Rugby officials about last year's sex scandal in an airport toilet.
Marc Hinton Warning: This column contains references to Sonny Bill Williams. Read with caution if you are easily offended by the mere mention of the lightning rod of New Zealand rugby.
Chris Dutton Tom Cusack and Bruce Kaino were crowned Canberra's best rugby duo, but they'll be rivals on Saturday.
Tom Decent Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale have not played a Test with each other since the 2015 World Cup final.
Chris Dutton The Brumbies hope a better draw and lower ticket prices will counteract Australian rugby's woes.
Turnbull government minister Fiona Nash has referred herself to the High Court due to her Scottish heritage.
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A different look at the city's main bridge.
Face fully covered, the woman in black didn't need to say anything as she entered the Senate.