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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Steve Hansen sings Eddie Jones’s praises while reworking All Black machine

The New Zealand and England head coaches are killing each other with kindness as they plan for a likely semi-final showdown at the 2019 World CupWhen Steve Hansen lauds the detective work of Eddie Jones it can be considered high praise indeed, bearing …

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Warren Gatland: ‘It felt like I was being drained of blood, drop by drop. I was hating the tour’

Taking the Lions to his homeland should have been his proudest moment but now back with Wales the coach believes the welfare of rugby’s elite players is a more pressing concern“I’ve been on the sidelines of some big games and even I’m scared watching t…

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Barbarians’ Deans defiant after criticism over no home nations players in squad

• Coach does not feel lack of northern hemisphere Baa-Baas devalues fixture• New Zealand’s Ian Foster: it would have been nice to face more UK playersThe Barbarians coach, Robbie Deans, has brushed off suggestions that an absence of players from the no…

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New Zealand’s Jerome Kaino ready to return after ‘a lot of lessons’

• Flanker back in All Blacks fold after losing place following extramarital affair• Kaino keen to face Barbarians, his first opponents for New Zealand in 2004The All Blacks’ first match after a defeat is a sufficiently rare event to raise expectations …

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Forget clown noses, rugby fans in Europe should embrace All Blacks | Robert Kitson

The All Blacks’ tour, starting against the Barbarians, is a cue to put aside the Lions’ off-field treatment and revive rugby’s concept of mutual respectRight on cue at Halloween season a bunch of big men dressed all in black have materialised in London…

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Wallabies no longer just believe they can beat the All Blacks – they know it | Bret Harris

Australia’s first win against their trans-Tasman rivals in two years was an indicator of how far they have come in just a few monthsIt was perhaps appropriate the Wallabies upset the All Blacks at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, the very arena where Austra…

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