Oct 22

Rugby: Halfback a hot topic for All Blacks

By Liam Napier in Brisbane New inclusions always garner the majority of interest but halfback could be a hot topic for the opposite reason when the All Blacks reveal their end of year squad on Monday.The All Blacks are expected…

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Oct 22

Rugby: Rieko Ioane out for two weeks with dislocated finger

Rieko Ioane’s dislocated finger is unlikely to alter plans for the All Blacks end of year tour.Ioane will be sidelined for two weeks after suffering the blow in last night’s 23-18 defeat to the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium, where…

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Oct 22

Gregor Paul: All Blacks need to be patient with emerging players

By Gregor Paul in Brisbane Now is not the time to judge the All Blacks. Defeat to Australia highlighted not any chronic failing in their mental make-up, but simply that a handful of promising, emerging players need more exposure…

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Oct 22

Chris Rattue: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has lost his magic touch

Steve Hansen has lost his magic touch while Australia’s beleaguered Wallabies found theirs.Saturday night was a minor watershed for rugby, as a rain splattered Bledisloe Cup clash labelled a dead rubber injected the international…

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Oct 21

The reason why rugby is so important in New Zealand

New Zealand’s unheralded success in world rugby across all levels is due to the Kiwi culture – where rugby is an ingrained aspect of everyday life, says Kiwi-born Sky Sports UK rugby presenter James Gemmell.Speaking to Newstalk…

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Oct 21

Michael Cheika: Bad loser, great winner

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika may be an insufferably bad loser but he’s a supremely good winner. In victory he was gracious, humble, articulate and deeply engaging. His Wallabies side won their first test against the All Blacks…

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Oct 21

All Blacks: Gifted newbies in running for tour

Several new faces, and some returning ones too, could force their way into the All Blacks end-of-year tour squad.Four additional spots in an extended 37-man touring party leaves plenty of room to groom new talent in the outside…

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Oct 21

Tony Veitch: Only Aussies can make Bledisloe Cup great again

Apparently, last night’s third Bledisloe Cup test was a dead duck.A waste of space. An unnecessary addition to what is already a congested international calendar.Let’s play the blame game, shall we? Multiple choice everyone.A:…

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Oct 21

Did Jacinda Ardern ‘curse’ the All Blacks?

There will be many excuses offered up for the All Blacks being dumped in Brisbane – and as silly as it sounds, don’t be surprised at some tongue-in-cheek finger-pointing at the changing face of our Government.A few such “jokes”…

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Oct 21

Gregor Paul: The hills are alive with players ahead of Savea

Similar to the nuns at the start of the Sound of Music, the All Blacks coaches are pondering how they solve a problem like Julian Savea.The giant wing is fitter than he’s ever been and yet, despite fixing what has previously been…

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