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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 …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/26/steve-brown-rfu-tickets-england-all-blacks

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/apr/24/brad-shields-wasps-shirt-anger-england

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/20/rugby-union-new-zealand-england-south-africa-brad-shields

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%”…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/19/all-black-tj-perenara-condemnation-gay-rugby-israel-folaus-

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/01/keith-murdoch-disgraced-all-black-who-went-bush-in-australia-dies-at-74

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…

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

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

Bledisloe Cup Test match to be played in Japan this year

Australia and New Zealand to clash on neutral territoryNissan Stadium in Yokohama to host game three in OctoberThe Wallabies’ hopes of ending their long Bledisloe Cup drought have been boosted with this year’s third Test to be played on neutral territo…

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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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/26/rieko-ioane-all-blacks-ponsonby-afc-new-wing-sensation-rugby-union

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/25/wales-all-blacks-alun-wyn-jones-wales

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 …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/25/wales-new-zealand-autumn-international-match-report

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/nov/25/wales-new-zealand-all-blacks-rugby-union-international-live

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…

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