New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew on ‘mini World Cup’, Joe Schmidt

The World League train continues to gather steam, with New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew revealing the concept could be put to broadcasters and sponsors early next year.The vision of World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot…

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All Blacks v Ireland: Who will be crowned kings of the North?

The border question that rages across Ireland concerns not politics but sport, its focus centred on whether Joe Schmidt’s side can transcend long-established frontiers and lay claim to being the best team in the world.No matter…

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Wynne Gray: No bile or bite in weak leadup to All Blacks v Ireland

COMMENT The build-up has all been a bit insipid, a case of respect turning the run-up to the All Blacks test with Ireland tomorrow morning into a genteel afternoon tea gathering.Nothing has created any bile other than over-consumption…

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Austin Healey: NZ have too much control of the game

COMMENT As much as I immensely respect New Zealand for their history, heritage and the quality of their rugby, why does it feel like they have a divine right over everyone else to seemingly control the world game?The law changes,…

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Rugby: Five reasons why the All Blacks will lose test of the year against Ireland

By Charlie Morgan for Telegraph UK Steve Hansen has had no hesitation in boarding the hype train. Regardless of what happens to World Rugby’s rankings afterwards, he reckons the winner at the Aviva Stadium should be seen as the…

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All Blacks v Ireland: Another injury blow for Ireland on eve of blockbuster test

Ireland are losing troops at a worrying rate ahead of a match to determine the world’s best but All Blacks captain Kieran Read still believes his side needs to produce their finest performance of the season to defeat the Six Nations…

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Rugby: All Black Ben Smith reflects on his regrets and highlights as test career winds down

Whatever back three role he expertly fills, Ben Smith has much more to offer the All Blacks over the course of the next year. But as he enters the final chapter of his compelling New Zealand career, Smith is fast learning to appreciate…

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Gregor Paul: The myth told by the North of the dirty, cynical All Blacks

By Gregor Paul in Dublin COMMENT The All Blacks must feel a little like the Gruffalo whenever they venture North. They are, so it seems, the central, mythical character in a bed-time story that international rugby coaches read…

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Comment: It’s time to end the myth that the All Blacks have a divine right to control world rugby

By Austin Healey for Telegraph UK COMMENT As much as I immensely respect New Zealand for their history, heritage and the quality of the rugby they have produced both now and over the years, why does it feel like they have a divine…

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Rugby: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt defends Bundee Aki’s right to play for Ireland in All Blacks test

Joe Schmidt has hit back at a not-so-subtle dig by All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster, defending star midfielder Bundee Aki’s right to play for Ireland. Auckland-born Aki spent a few seasons plying his trade for Counties-Manukau…

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