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15:20:00, Mon 18 Jun 2018

2nd Test Reaction

Beauden Barrett’s absence from the third test through concussion re-ignites the debate over whether Richie Mo’unga or Damian McKenzie is the next best first five. But that discussion slightly misses the point.  It’s not who is the best, but more how best they fi...

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11:19:00, Mon 11 Jun 2018

First test reaction

The drums are beating for Damian McKenzie and Ngani Laumape to start in the second test against France after they wer...

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09:19:00, Wed 14 Mar 2018

England...still the team to beat

Ireland sit atop the northern rugby world. Six Nations champions with a game to play (against England) and second in ...

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09:42:00, Tue 28 Nov 2017

Season Wrap

Steve Hansen reckons he’s brought through a whole XV of All Blacks he hadn’t expected to use this year, adding to the...

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10:53:00, Mon 20 Nov 2017

They survived, but only just..

It seems an incongruous thing to suggest but coach Steve Hansen is keen to convince All Blacks fans they’re beatable....

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10:48:00, Mon 13 Nov 2017

All Blacks vs France: Opinion

In 1985 when John Kirwan did it against Canterbury it was, for this Auckland boy, a glorious thing. JK batted the bal...

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10:00:00, Fri 10 Nov 2017

A few thoughts on the French

Graham Mourie reckons the only thing predictable about the French is that they are unpredictable. It's timely advice ...

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12:31:00, Sun 22 Oct 2017

The Battle of Brisbane

The bloke sitting behind us was South African but he was keen to declare that, for one night at least, he was a Walla...

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09:56:00, Sun 8 Oct 2017

All Blacks in Newlands

We gathered in the humid gloom just down from reception, a small clutch of Kiwi visitors to Samoa keen to watch the A...

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09:54:00, Mon 2 Oct 2017

All Blacks vs Pumas Reaction

Recent history suggests All Blacks coach Steve Hansen may have made a rare mistake in his planning. Hansen left five ...

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09:55:00, Mon 18 Sep 2017

Read steps out of Mccaw's shadow

Kieran Read was always on a hiding to nothing. Stepping into the gargantuan shoes of Richie McCaw as All Blacks capta...

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14:57:00, Thu 14 Sep 2017

All Blacks Team Naming: Opinion

Beauden Barrett was never going to be dropped. A bad night with the boot doesn't make the World Rugby player of the y...

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16:27:00, Thu 28 Jan 2016

Changing of the Guard?

On the eve of the year's first Bledisloe Cup test All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith recounted a try Jerome Kaino...

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