Rugby: ‘It’s partly my fault,’ Steve Hansen says of All Blacks loss to Springboks

It’s been more than a decade since Steve Hansen has seen the All Blacks manage a game as poorly as they did against the Springboks last weekend, and the All Blacks coach said he’s to blame for how the match played out. The South…

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Patrick McKendry: Why more athletes should be like Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill Williams doesn’t need an introduction in these parts. Let’s get another old chestnut out of the way early too come to think of it: He, more than probably any other athlete in New Zealand, will never be able to please everyone.Prepare…

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Rugby: All Black Rieko Ioane’s contract is risky business

In signing a new four-year contract, Rieko Ioane, at the age of just 21, has suddenly become one of the highest paid All Blacks and it took what has been described as a “paradigm shift” in attitudes to get there.In the past, All…

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Rugby: Lure of All Blacks still strong for Malakai Fekitoa

Malakai Fekitoa has a predicament. Stay in France, or take a huge pay cut to come home and chase the All Blacks dream that still burns.Fekitoa’s second and potentially final season at Toulon alongside new recruits and fellow former…

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Wynne Gray: A combination of the unusual

COMMENT: In another shift in his controversial rugby coaching career, John Mitchell has returned to help Eddie Jones mastermind England’s journey through to the next World Cup.That’s the plan, and in Mitchell’s case, a note of…

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Rugby: Injured All Blacks hooker Dane Coles’ return date again up in the air

Dane Coles’ intended return to the rugby field will have to wait a little longer. When Coles was confirmed in the All Blacks wider training group for the Rugby Championship, head coach Steve Hansen said the star hooker was expected…

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Rugby: All Blacks must bounce back with inexperienced pack

No Brodie Retallick and now no Kieran Read in Buenos Aires. The All Blacks will attempt to bounce back from their painful defeat to South Africa with what for them will be an extremely inexperienced pack.There’s no Joe Moody either,…

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Rugby: Rieko Ioane – I was tempted to leave the Blues

All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane has admitted he considered leaving the Blues whilst weighing up his rugby future.Ioane today re-signed with New Zealand Rugby and the Blues on a four-year deal , but while staying put in New Zealand…

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Rugby: All Blacks captain Kieran Read to miss Argentina test

All Blacks captain Kieran Read has been rested for next weekend’s Rugby Championship test against Argentina.Read will not travel to Argentina with the All Blacks squad, instead re-joining the squad for their re-match with the Springboks…

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Rugby: Rieko Ioane deal may spark All Blacks signing frenzy

One week Lima Sopoaga is warning the world that All Blacks will be leaving for Europe in their droves and the next Rieko Ioane commits to stay in New Zealand for four more years.Ioane, easily the hottest property in the world game…

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