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New Zealand Rugby Union News

Feb 17

Rugby: Moving on great decision as young first-fives snipe

By late May, Lima Sopoaga’s decision to head to Wasps will most likely end up looking smarter than it does now. It might have become clear by then he had worked out sooner than everyone else his place in the All Blacks was under significant…

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Feb 17

Rugby: Lima Sopoaga unlikely to play for All Blacks again

Unless major injuries strike, the curtain appears to have come down on Lima Sopoaga’s test career. The Herald on Sunday understands the Highlanders playmaker is unlikely to add to his 16 tests before departing to Wasps at the…

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Feb 17

Rugby: Brad Shields wants title before signing off from Hurricanes

In another era; with different selectors, or a bit more good fortune, Brad Shields could have cracked the All Blacks long before now. As it is he will go down as one of the unluckiest players not to wear the coveted jersey. Now…

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Feb 17

League: Former legendary All Blacks coach Wayne Smith assists the Melbourne Storm in advisory role

Recently retired All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith has taken up a temporary non-paying role with NRL team the Melbourne Storm.While a third-string Storm team are battling it out against the New Zealand Warriors at Rotorua this…

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Feb 17

National Hockey League coach uses All Blacks mantra to build team culture

Coach of the Florida Panthers, Bob Boughner, says that the All Blacks mentality to team culture blew him away and decided to mould his team from them.Six months ago, before the start of the NHL season, Boughner picked up the book…

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Feb 17

Gregor Paul: How World Rugby conspired against the All Blacks

Naturally, the notion there could be a World Rugby conspiracy to end or limit the All Blacks’ dominance has to be laughed out of town.What paranoid nonsense. What patent madcap scepticism that the governing body would be feeling…

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Feb 16

Rugby: Jerome Kaino set to make French move

Jerome Kaino is expected to announce his departure from New Zealand rugby in the coming weeks.No paperwork has been signed, and terms yet to be fully agreed, but after deliberating over the offseason the 81-test veteran is believed…

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Feb 16

Rugby: Jerome Kaino set to make Toulouse move

Jerome Kaino is expected to announce his departure from New Zealand rugby in the coming weeks.No paperwork has been signed, and terms yet to be fully agreed, but after deliberating over the offseason the 81-test veteran is believed…

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Feb 16

Super Rugby: Asafo Aumua left out of Hurricanes for poor conditioning

Asafo Aumua appears to be still grasping the realities of professional rugby.The dynamic hooker took no part in the Hurricanes’ final preseason victory over the Blues in Warkworth on Thursday and was a curious absence from Chris…

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Feb 15

Wynne Gray: Dunce’s hat good World Rugby fit

Warren Gatland complained about a TMO’s “terrible mistake” in the Six Nations and World Rugby compounded the situation — but the Wales coach should let his disapproval drift back six months to Eden Park.The Lions had drawn the test…

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