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All Blacks unveil mammoth squad for Japan and Europe tours

Steve Hansen names 51 players32 to travel to Tokyo for final Bledisloe Cup matchAll Blacks coach Steve Hansen has mined the depth of New Zealand rugby to name 51 players for their tour of Japan and Europe. A 32-strong group, at close to full strength, …

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All Blacks fearing autumn fall after Rassie Erasmus’s surprise lesson | Paul Rees

New Zealand’s stuttering Rugby Championship form means they could be toppled from No 1 spot by Ireland next month, while South Africa and Argentina have reasons to look upNew Zealand have looked down on the rest from the top of the world rankings for m…

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All Black out for three months after breaking neck in South Africa

Doctors clear Sam Cane of serious nerve damage26-year-old 60-cap flanker to miss five TestsFlanker Sam Cane will miss the All Blacks tour of Japan and Europe after suffering a broken neck during their win over South Africa.Cane was to undergo surgery o…

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All Black out for three months after breaking neck in South Africa

Doctors clear Sam Cane of serious nerve damage26-year-old 60-cap flanker to miss five TestsFlanker Sam Cane will miss the All Blacks tour of Japan and Europe after suffering a broken neck during their win over South Africa.Cane was to undergo surgery o…

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Rugby union power rankings: All Blacks still No 1 despite rare defeat | Gerard Meagher

A year from the World Cup New Zealand look good for a hat-trick of wins but Ireland, South Africa and Wales are all on the rise with England and Australia heading in the other direction1 New Zealand ◀ ▶ (no move from last year’s rankings)Defeat by Sout…

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Money in European rugby is too good to resist, says Wasps’ Lima Sopoaga

• Sopoaga: More New Zealanders will give up All Black hopes• Brad Shields out for up to five weeks after surgeryThe Wasps fly-half Lima Sopoaga believes the player drain from New Zealand to Europe will increase because the lure of the All Blacks jersey…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/11/money-too-good-new-zealanders-wasps-lima-sopoaga

Wallabies must learn art of counter-attack before Bledisloe Cup can be won

Australia are finally acknowledging the value of turnover ball – but it may be too late for CheikaMichael Cheika may or may not go as Australia coach any time soon, but it will take a cultural revolution to bridge the yawning chasm between the Wallabie…

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Jovial Hansen and angry Cheika react to All Blacks win over Australia – video

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen joked that he asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for government funding as the country’s most successful brand, after the All Blacks beat Australia 40-12 to clinch the Bledisloe Cup for the 16th straight year.But op…

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Record-breaker Beauden Barrett scores four as All Blacks thump Wallabies again

New Zealand 40-12 AustraliaAll Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup for another yearBeauden Barrett was chief executioner as the All Blacks sliced the Wallabies apart 40-12 at Eden Park to extend their Bledisloe Cup reign into a 16th year.Barrett scored four tr…

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Bledisloe Cup: All Blacks 40-12 Wallabies in Rugby Championship – as it happened

Beauden Barrett scored a record 30 points against Australia to help secure the Bledisloe Cup for another year after an emphatic winRead our match report from the action at Eden Park 10.50am BST That is that. The Bledisloe Cup remains in New Zealand yet…

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Wallabies fitness questioned by All Blacks great ahead of second Test

Jeff Wilson suggests over-training for drop-offSecond Bledisloe takes place in Auckland on SaturdayThe fitness level of Australia’s players is being questioned for a second straight year as they struggle to keep pace with New Zealand. Former All Blacks…

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Bledisloe Cup capitulation proves Australian rugby is in crisis

The Wallabies showed an absence of vision and ambition in disastrous loss to the All BlacksA state of emergency should be declared following the Wallabies’ capitulation to the All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday night, a result which looks like leading to…

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All Blacks run riot against Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup opener

Australia 13-38 New ZealandAll Blacks dominant in comfortable win in SydneyFormer Wallabies captain Mark Loane once described lineout possession lost as rugby’s “slow poison”, meaning eventually it will kill you. On Saturday night at ANZ Stadium in Syd…

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Bledisloe Cup: Wallabies 13-38 All Blacks – as it happened

New Zealand dominate Rugby Championship openerAll Blacks run in six tries to Wallabies’ one in Sydney 1.03pm BST It’s been one of the most remarkable one-way, two-team contests in world sport, but in fairness, there aren’t too many teams in world sport…

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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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