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Rugby: Illness rules out Jack Goodhue/SBW show, so roll on England

The test against the Wallabies in Yokohama might tell us more about where the Australians are at than the All Blacks given the remarkable fightback from Michael Cheika’s men in Salta which overshadowed even the Kiwi comeback in Pretoria…

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Rugby: World Cup in Japan could spell the end of Ben Smith’s All Blacks career

No one could begrudge Ben Smith signing off his time in New Zealand after the World Cup.By that point, he will be 33, and nearing twilight years when the time to cash in grows more apparent.Shifting seamlessly between fullback…

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Star All Blacks Beauden Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock linked to big-money moves

All the talk about Beauden Barrett’s post World Cup future has, until now, centred on French interest.Japan, though, is fast emerging as a serious contender to lure several senior All Blacks on short-term arrangements and could…

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All Blacks: Japan sojourn in offing for in-demand pivot Beauden Barrett

All the talk about Beauden Barrett’s post World Cup future has, until now, centred on French interest. Japan, though, is fast emerging as a serious contender to lure several senior All Blacks on short-term arrangements, and could…

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Wynne Gray: Looming World Cup all consuming

COMMENT While the All Blacks have not been at their premium best this season, two tests against the Wallabies have not caused them too much grief.They’ve been interruptions rather than the seismic jolts the Springboks delivered…

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Rugby: World’s best Brodie Retallick – I want a crack at the Wallabies

All Black Brodie Retallick says he is ready and willing to play against Australia in Yokohama a week tomorrow after returning from a shoulder injury.However, it might not be that straightforward for the big lock who is one of the…

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Understanding Pat Lam: The million-dollar lessons learned from Blues to Bristol

To understand where Pat Lam sits, and the values he now holds dear, first appreciate his ugly exit from the Blues.Just as the brightest light pierces darkness, without the experience of being sacked in 2012 Lam would not be the…

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Gregor Paul: Brodie Retallick is the All Black the Wallabies fear most

The Wallabies, hardly short of reasons to rage against the world, must wonder why it is that Brodie Retallick has barely played test football in the last 12 months and yet pretty much won the Bledisloe Cup on his own this year.The…

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All Black greats Sir John Kirwan and Andy Haden back Waterfront Stadium

Eden Park may be known as a fortress for the All Blacks and home of many of New Zealand’s most memorable sporting moments.But even All Black legend Sir John Kirwan agrees it’s past its use-by date.The Auckland Waterfront Consortium…

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Rugby: Grounds for concern – The problem with a national stadium

A waterfront stadium will change the sporting landscape in this country – and most would say for the better – but New Zealand Rugby face a balancing act as far as the All Blacks are concerned.The number the bean counters within…

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Rugby: All Blacks great Christian Cullen opens up on Jonah Lomu, the haka and his biggest regrets

All Blacks great Christian Cullen has opened up about life in the spotlight in a candid interview with World Rugby.In the video , the 58-test fullback reveals he was most nervous about performing the haka ahead of his debut test…

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Former All Black Jerome Kaino hit with five-week ban following dangerous tackle

Former All Blacks loose forward Jerome Kaino has been hit with a five-week ban following a dangerous tackle charge.Kaino was initially given a yellow card and cited following the shoulder charge on Welsh centre Jamie Roberts in…

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Rugby: Pressure on senior All Blacks to deliver

It’s bordering on the dramatic to suggest the All Blacks are about to embark on a tour that would rank as the toughest they have faced in the professional age.But if it is hyperbole, then the question would be, which tour has been…

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Rugby: Brad Weber reached out to All Blacks coach Ian Foster after missing on squad

Former All Blacks halfback Brad Weber says he reached out to All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster after missing out on the list of 51 players named to tour Japan and Europe.The Chiefs and Hawke’s Bay halfback was left out of the…

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A turning point for the All Blacks? Remembering the 2011 Rugby World Cup semifinal

With the All Blacks clash against Australia in Japan in the not too distant future, Christopher Reive looks back on the 2011 clash that proved to be a turning point in the great rivalry. What was it? The semifinal of the 2011…

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All Blacks loose forward Sam Cane heading home after horror neck injury

All Blacks flanker Sam Cane is on his way home following neck surgery in South Africa.The 26-year-old has begun the road to recovery after suffering a neck fracture in the dramatic comeback win over the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld.Cane…

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