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4dSam Bruce

What leading the haka means to TJ Perenara

The All Blacks' haka is world-famous but for the man who will lead Ka Mate and Kapo O Pango in Japan, it's the connection with the land, his ancestors and teammates that's important rather than putting on a show for the crowd.

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5dTom Hamilton

Love, rugby and a sport's crucial battle with concussion

On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Tom Hamilton assesses how far the game has come and how far it still has to go in its understanding of the most prevalent -- and damaging -- injury in rugby.

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Early starts for Super Rugby in 2020

Everything happens earlier in Super Rugby next year in changes that SANZAAR hopes will make the faltering product more successful in the Australian marketplace.

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Beauden Barrett returns to fly-half against Tonga

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made several changes to his Bledisloe Cup winning side for their final World Cup warm-up match against Tonga at Waikato Stadium on Saturday.

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Nerve damage had Brodie Retallick sweating All Blacks squad selection

All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick was sweating on his fitness for the Rugby World Cup until a couple of days before making the squad but is now more confident his shoulder injury will clear up in time for him to make some contribution in Japan.

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24dSam Bruce

All Blacks' World Cup squad: Winners and losers

The All Blacks have unveiled the 31-man squad, while coach Steve Hansen was expected to announce a list of names with few surprises, he and his fellow All Blacks selectors did have a couple of shocks up their sleeve on Wednesday, Sam Bruce writes.

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All Blacks stars to snub rugby sevens in Tokyo

New Zealand's team bidding for a rugby sevens gold medal at next year's Tokyo Olympics will not include any All Blacks after several approached declined to be involved.

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Rugby World Cup squad lists

With less than a month until the World Cup kicks off in Japan squad lists are starting to roll in. Here we list every tournament squad as they drop.

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34dSam Bruce

Making World Cup sense of a wild Bledisloe Cup week

"Both teams are very talented teams and both teams will go to the World Cup with a good chance of winning it, I think." That was Steve Hansen's assessment of a wild week of Bledisloe Cup rugby, but just how accurate is it?

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All Blacks relaxed at losing No. 1 ranking

The All Blacks say Wales are welcome to the No. 1 world ranking, relaxed to shed themselves of the long-held status heading into a Rugby World Cup defence that is gathering serious momentum.

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35dSam Bruce

Bledisloe bloodbath corrects All Blacks' Cup course

The All Blacks are too old. The World Cup campaign is off the rails. What is Steve Hansen doing? They were the conversations circulating New Zealand this week, topics that were replaced by that grand old cliche about seven days and sport.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

  • NZL3rd
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries Scored
  • NZL3rd
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points Difference