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Nov 24

Sam Whitelock on leading Haka: Hopefully it’s up to scratch

Whatever way you look at it a strong Whitelock current flows through the All Blacks final test of the year in Cardiff.From Sam’s first time captaining this team to Luke’s remarkable rise to replace Kieran Read at the back of the…

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Nov 24

Wynne Gray: Victory perfect Christmas gift

The All Blacks have brought mixed performances this season and as their 14th and final international approaches, there is no certainty about their production.Weary, sore, battling mentally. They are afflictions which have gained…

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Nov 24

Rugby: Tiebreaker for Hansen and Gatland

If France, Scotland, the Barbarians or French XV did not grab attention during this northern tour, surely Wales, Warren Gatland and the intriguing final test of the year is inspiration to set the alarm.Rugby is ultimately decided…

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Nov 24

Players speak: The most infamous moment in Wales v ABs history

It’s been 64 years since Wales’ last victory against the All Blacks, and nearly 40 since the most infamous moment between the two when the long winning run was saved by a swindle.Can it really be that long ago, when All Black locks…

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Nov 23

All Blacks: Rieko Ioane ‘back from the dead’

It’s not every day a rugby player gets dubbed a religious figure rising from the dead. Nor is it common for someone definitively ruled out by their coach to make a miraculous recovery and suddenly be fit again – all in space of five…

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Nov 23

Rugby: The All Blacks team no one could predict

Anyone peaking into the future in the week of the first test against the British & Irish Lions, couldn’t have imagined the All Blacks starting lineup would be looking the way it is for the last game of the year.For the record, there…

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Nov 23

Rugby: Why Sam Whitelock beat Sam Cane to All Blacks captaincy

The All Blacks captaincy has been given to Sam, just not the one perhaps everyone was expecting.Sam Whitelock rather than Sam Cane will skipper the team against Wales in the absence ofKieran Read, a reward for the big lock’s superb…

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Nov 23

Warren Gatland reveals why Wales no longer fear the All Blacks

Wales coach Warren Gatland has revealed that regular matches against the All Blacks has taken away a fear factor for opponents.On Sunday, Wales and the All Blacks will meet for the 11th time since since Gatland took over as coach…

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Nov 23

Rugby: No Kieran Read, Rieko Ioane back for All Blacks

Rarely has there been a dull moment around the All Blacks this season. That theme continues into the final test of the year with three significant starting changes and a new captain in Cardiff. Sam Whitelock will lead the All Blacks…

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Nov 22

Rugby: All Blacks v Wales – Will Warren Gatland be bold or revert to type?

There’s an element of foxing, with Warren Gatland attempting to take heat off his under-pressure team, but it does appear Wales are attempting to evolve. Depending on midfield selections this week, that should bring more width than…

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Nov 22

Crusaders confirm Ronan O’Gara signing

It’s official. Irish great Ronan O’Gara is heading to the Crusaders as backs coach next year.A matter of hours after French club Racing granted O’Gara an early release, the Crusaders confirmed his signing on what’s thought to be…

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Nov 22

Rugby: How deep have the All Blacks really dug?

Here we are now in the last week of the 2017 season and the narrative for most of the last four months has been how deeply the All Blacks have had to dig into their talent pool.With the likes of Kane Hames, Nepo Laulala, Ofa Tu’ungafasi…

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Nov 22

Spark and TVNZ tipped to bid for rugby rights

A Spark and TVNZ consortium could bid for rights to New Zealand Rugby fixtures when they are renewed after the 2020 season.The Herald understands the two companies are discussing the matter, but it is uncertain how much of the annual…

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Nov 22

63 years of woe: The Welsh losing drought to the All Blacks

If you are younger than 63 you weren’t alive the last time Wales beat the All Blacks.With every match since has come the expectation of the faithful in the principality that this would be Wales’ day, again.So far, no dice. They…

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Nov 22

Chris Rattue: You can smell the All Black decay, but Steve Hansen keeps coming up with roses

Never thought I’d believe this theory…but something like a loss to Wales is exactly what this All Black team needs. More specifically, it’s what the coaches and selectors need.Another long season is taking a toll no doubt, but…

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Nov 21

Rugby: All Blacks aim to lose bad attitude

The All Blacks will take the emphasis off physical preparation this week in Cardiff and park it squarely in their mental approach after they let themselves down in that area against Scotland.As well as Scotland played and as much…

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