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Ian Foster: Rugby still needs a way of punishing real offenders

If rugby does ever decide to refine its law book, it can’t be at the expense of having a red card option to punish those who commit clear and obvious foul play.That’s the view of All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster who said he…

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New Zealand Rugby plan further collaboration with Let’s Play Live to connect with Esports audiences

Esports have become a major part of the global entertainment industry and now even traditional sports organisations such as New Zealand Rugby (NZR) are jumping on board.With many of New Zealand’s professional rugby players also…

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Opinion: Rugby red and yellow cards leaving everyone red-faced

In a battle between blue and black it has been red and yellow who have had the biggest voice.The yellow card of French lock Paul Gabrillagues in the first test and the subsequent red shown to fullback Benjamin Fall on Saturday night…

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Rugby: All Blacks have Pirates looking ship shape

All Blacks Sam Cane, Matt Todd and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi were put to work sprucing up a “tired” part of Dunedin’s Pirates Rugby Club rooms yesterday.”The All Blacks have always been premier finishers and we wanted them to finish…

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All Blacks: Door to No 10 open for Richie Mo’unga

What was obviously an uncomfortable second test debrief for the All Blacks collectively may have been specifically more painful for key decision makers Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara and Damian McKenzie.Uncomfortable because many roads…

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All Blacks bias? A look through red-card history

Fresh debates have arisen surrounding referees favouring the All Blacks after Benjamin Fall was controversially red-carded on Saturday.Fall became the 10th player to be sent-off against the All Blacks, meanwhile, only three All…

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Gregor Paul: All Blacks need Kieran Read back

The one good thing about second test referee Angus Gardner being so matesy-matesy with the All Blacks is that he wheedled out Kieran Read’s return to play plans.The All Blacks skipper was acting as water boy in Wellington and when…

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World Cup: Anger over Australian streaming fail signals New Zealand concern for Rugby World Cup

Outrage in Australia over the failure of Fifa World Cup live streaming at the weekend signals potential concerns for New Zealand rugby fans ahead of Spark’s plans to stream matches in next year’s Rugby World Cup.Australian telco…

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Rugby: Steve Hansen urges common sense

A fortnight into the French series and never has there been more pressure on World Rugby to differentiate between the increasing incidents of accidental foul play which cause injury, and the flat-out dirty stuff of which there is…

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Chief player and former All Black Liam Messam draws crowd with stint on field for Marist St Michael’s against Rangiuru

Twenty-two years after his last game for the club as a junior, former All Black Liam Messam has taken to the field for Marist St Michael’s.While his 20-minute cameo was not enough to get the Baywide Premier 2 side across the line,…

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Rugby: Ricky Riccitelli gets another run with All Blacks as cover for Nathan Harris

Ricky Riccitelli has taken advantage of every opportunity he’s been given. When Hurricanes incumbent hooker Dane Coles went down injured at the start of the 2016 Super Rugby season, Riccitelli was signed as a short-term injury replacement…

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Rugby: Steve Hansen urges common sense approach with red cards

A fortnight into the French series and never has there been more pressure on World Rugby to differentiate between the increasing incidents of accidental foul play which cause injury, and the flat-out dirty stuff of which there is…

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Rugby: Richie Mo’unga v Damian McKenzie – Beauden Barrett injury highlights No10 dilemma

It appears to be almost certain that Crusaders No10 Richie Mo’unga will be involved in his first test for the All Blacks next Saturday; the question is, will he start in Dunedin or will he be on the reserves bench?The conventional…

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Rugby: Injuries force All Blacks to spin selection wheel

The All Blacks will spin the selection wheel this week partly because they were always going to but more so because injury has once again hit them hard and left them short of choice.So standby for Shannon Frizell, the largely unknown…

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Chris Rattue: Handy All Blacks smokescreen obscures poor form

Steve Hansen had the answer, but not for the questions a lot of us were asking after France had embarrassed his world champions in Wellington.The All Blacks were dreadful in victory, the game was rubbish. The ensuing debate over…

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All Blacks: Beauden Barrett and Vaea Fifita in doubt for third test

Concussion symptoms have left Beauden Barrett and Vaea Fifita in serious doubt for the All Blacks’ third and final test against France next weekend. The pair will not travel to Dunedin with the squad, after leaving the pitch in…

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