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Nov 26

Rieko Ioane, new All Blacks star who could put Inga Tuigamala in shade | Andy Bull

Auckland’s Ponsonby RFC has produced dozens of All Blacks, but it is decades since one has looked as good as Ioane, the nation’s new wing sensationJust a couple of years ago one could catch Rieko Ioane down at Auckland’s Western Springs stadium most we…

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Nov 25

For all of Wales’ huffing and puffing the All Blacks refuse to be denied

Alun Wyn Jones played like a man possessed as he tried to help end Wales’ 29-match losing record against New Zealand but they paid the price with too many mistakesHell’s bells, what a game. They’ll need to get the plumbers in to the Principality Stadiu…

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Nov 25

New Zealand’s Rieko Ioane cuts loose to help crush Wales

• Wales 18-33 New Zealand• Wales launch fightback but fail to exploit red card for All BlacksThe last time Warren Gatland coached against Steve Hansen it proved impossible to separate the British & Irish Lions and the All Blacks. This time the gap …

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Nov 25

Wales 18-33 New Zealand: rugby union international – as it happened

Rieko Ioane starred in Cardiff as the All Blacks made it 40 consecutive victories over Wales after eventually pulling away from Warren Gatland’s side late onRead Robert Kitson’s match report: Wales 18-33 New Zealand 7.39pm GMT Read Robert Kitson’s matc…

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Nov 24

Wales seek to invoke spirit of 1953 for new coronation against New Zealand | Paul Rees

The All Blacks are in transition and appear vulnerable after a long, hard year but Wales have yet to show they can marry ambition with poiseWarren Gatland talked about weight this week after picking a three-quarter line that is more heady than heavy bu…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/24/wales-change-of-approach-1953-new-zealand-autumn-international

Nov 24

Damian McKenzie the latest in a long line of All Black all-rounders

Diminutive full-back with blistering pace and wonderful awareness has come a long way in a short time for New ZealandOn the 1,000-acre dairy farm near Waikaka in the remote part of Southland where Damian McKenzie grew up there was plenty of time to dre…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/24/damian-mckenzie-all-black-all-rounder-wales-autumn-internationals

Nov 23

Sam Whitelock to captain All Blacks against Wales in Kieran Read’s absence

• Whitelock beats Beauden Barrett to role after Read ruled out through injury• ‘I don’t think All Blacks are ever vulnerable,’ says Wales’ Warren GatlandSam Whitelock will captain New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday after Kieran Read was ruled out of th…

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Nov 23

New Zealand have had a testing, tiring year but talk of decay is premature | The Breakdown

The All Blacks have shown vulnerabilities this year but even when not on their game the world champions are still scoring tries and winningWales have not beaten New Zealand since 1953, when they led the series between the countries 3-1. Now it is 30-3 …

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Nov 21

New Zealand hit with another outbreak of mumps as they prepare for Wales

• Ardie Savea is in isolation in the team’s Cardiff hotel• ‘We are taking it seriously and the doctor reacted really quickly’New Zealand have been hit by a second outbreak of mumps on their tour but are confident it has been contained before their fina…

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Nov 17

Gregor Townsend ready to rewrite history as Scotland tackle All Blacks | Bryn Palmer

Scotland have never beaten New Zealand in a Test but the victory over Australia in June has fired his players’ belief that a landmark upset is possibleNew Zealand defeats on European soil are not quite as rare as Scotland wins at Twickenham, but their …

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Nov 05

Barbarians run out reminds players why they fell in love with the game | Andy Bull

George Bridge missed a holiday with friends to play for the Barbarians against New Zealand at Twickenham. For players, the BaaBaas represent rugby as a game, not a jobIn the match programme, George Bridge, full-back for Canterbury, the Crusaders, and n…

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Nov 04

Steve Hansen gets Baa-Baas reminders yet regrets missing Steve Luatua | Andy Bull

With 10 New Zealanders in the Barbarians XV, the All Blacks coach watched the opposition carefully but the Bristol man is out of reach for the World CupMost players tend to have three good reasons to turn out for the Barbarians: the honour, the fun and…

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Nov 04

All Blacks come from behind to see off exuberant Barbarians

• Barbarians 22-31 New Zealand• Waisake Naholo creates two All Blacks tries after Barbarians storm into leadNew Zealand may not have England’s financial might but they have pulling power. A crowd of more than 60,000 a long way from Auckland watched wha…

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Nov 04

The Barbarians prepare to face the All Blacks

With the Barbarians taking on the 2015 World Cup winners – the mighty All Blacks – at Twickenham as part of the Autumn International series, our photographer Tom Jenkins was given exclusive access as the invitational team prepared for the big match The…

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Nov 03

Robbie Deans strives to keep Barbarians valuable amid rugby’s clutter

The BaaBaas have several New Zealanders in their side against the All Blacks but their coach insists they can still offer vital experience for budding internationalsIt can be all too easy to laud New Zealand for their black magic, to marvel at their so…

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Nov 03

New Zealand in contingency mode as Steve Hansen wrestles with problems

All Blacks arrive at Twickenham to face the Barbarians with their World Cup buildup having been severely disrupted – a situation that is forcing their unflappable coach to blood untested playersTurns out we had it wrong all along. It’s not the cockroac…

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