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Bledisloe Cup classics, a Maradona unveiling and a Barry Chuckle tribute

Also featuring Stuart Broad and beans at Trent Bridge, a goose on the pitch and a Nick Kyrgios 115mph forehand winner1) It’s the first Bledisloe Cup match of 2018 between New Zealand and Australia so let’s begin with this utterly ridiculous Christian C…

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Bledisloe Cup is ‘pinnacle’ of rugby, says Australia’s Will Genia

Wallabies face All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday nightAustralia haven’t won trans-Tasman series since 2002Australia scrumhalf Will Genia would never turn down a World Cup win if one came along but the Wallabies playmaker believes wresting the Bledisloe …

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New Zealand’s Portia Woodman ‘more influential’ than All Blacks counterparts

Black Ferns winger ranked ninth in top 50 listWorld Rugby vice chairman Agustín Pichot tops listBlack Ferns winger Portia Woodman has made the top 10 of a list of rugby union’s most influential people, ahead of any of her male All Blacks counterparts a…

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USA men and women knocked out of Rugby World Cup Sevens

NZ Black Ferns concede first points before beating US EaglesUSA men beaten by England in sudden-death overtimeAmerica’s women fell in the semifinals of their own Rugby World Cup Sevens, losing an entertaining game to New Zealand at AT&T Park in San…

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French red card in second Test hands series to All Blacks

Fullback Ben Fall takes out Beauden Barrett in the air All Blacks put in sloppy display despite advantage An early red card to France fullback Ben Fall ensured the All Blacks sealed a 26-13 victory in the second Test in Wellington and wrapped up the th…

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Dan Carter: ‘Seeing a psychologist allowed me to confront my demons’

The World Cup winner discusses what makes a great player, rugby’s mental burdens and switching sports for Soccer AidDan Carter may be one of the leading rugby players of any era, a World Cup winner and the record points scorer in Test rugby, but he adm…

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All Blacks cut loose against France after yellow card opens floodgates

• New Zealand 52-11 France• All Blacks had trailed 11-8 at half-time in first of three TestsA questionable yellow card to France lock Paul Gabrillagues allowed New Zealand to score three quick tries and set up a thumping 52-11 victory in the first Test…

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RFU’s Steve Brown defends £195 tickets for England v All Blacks at Twickenham

• Chief executive says top-range price in line with other major events• RFU says it could sell out 20 times over for New Zealand gameTop-priced seats at Twickenham for England’s blockbuster fixture against New Zealand in November will cost £195 apiece …

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Brad Shields needs to wear a Wasps shirt in anger before England call | Robert Kitson

To parachute the New Zealand-born forward into the England squad sight unseen recalls the unsatisfactory precedents of Ireland’s Michael Bent and Scotland’s Brendan LaneyThe story of Brad Shields is a tale of everyday modern professional sport. Born in…

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Wallaroos lock in double-headers with Wallabies against New Zealand

Women to join men on Bledisloe Test dates in AugustSydney and Auckland to host historic gamesBack-to-back double headers for the Wallabies and Wallaroos against New Zealand in August will be another step in Australia’s bid to host the 2021 Women’s Rugb…

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Brad Shields asks for New Zealand release in order to play for England

• Hurricanes flanker could join Eddie Jones’s squad in South Africa• New Zealand-born Shields qualifies for England through parentsBrad Shields has made an official request to be released by New Zealand Rugby for England’s tour of South Africa in an at…

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Israel Folau’s anti-gay comments condemned by All Black, referee and players

TJ Perenara states ‘100%’ opposition to comments on homosexuality by playerNZ Rugby restates commitment to ‘inclusion’, Wallaby echoes criticismSign up to receive the latest Australian sports stories every dayAll Black TJ Perenara has stated his “100%”…

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Keith Murdoch: disgraced All Black who ‘went bush’ in Australia dies at 74

After a bar brawl in Cardiff, Murdoch became the only All Black sent home from tour, but he didn’t make it to New ZealandKeith Murdoch played just three Tests for the All Blacks, but his name was etched in New Zealand rugby folklore after he became a r…

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Rugby union: New Zealand’s national women’s side receive historic paid contracts

Thirty women will be offered up to NZ$45,000 contractsMaternity leave entitlements to encourage return to gameTwenty-three years after men’s rugby union was made professional, New Zealand’s national women’s team – the Black Ferns – will be offered paid…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/13/rugby-union-new-zealands-national-womens-side-receive-historic-paid-contracts

Rugby union: New Zealand’s national women’s side receive historic paid contracts

Thirty women will be offered up to NZ$45,000 contractsMaternity leave entitlements to encourage return to gameTwenty-three years after men’s rugby union was made professional, New Zealand’s national women’s team – the Black Ferns – will be offered paid…

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Ireland reach new heights and make New Zealand game an enticing prospect | Robert Kitson

The new Six Nations champions go to Twickenham for a possible grand slam but Ireland’s autumn game with All Blacks now catches the eyeThe most satisfying week in Irish sporting history? If their horses can cope with the soft ground at Cheltenham and th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/mar/12/ireland-new-heights-new-zealand-game-enticing-prospect