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Author Archive for Matt McILraith

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The inconvenient truth that threatens All Black’s World Cup supremacy | Matt McIlraith

New Zealand’s disciplinary statistics through three Rugby World Cup cycles are revealingStatistics can tell us many things, and be interpreted in different ways, especially in the always-emotive context of international sport, but, over time, clear pat…

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Number of Kiwi coaches at World Cup prompts questions over health of global rugby | Matt McIlraith

With seven New Zealanders leading teams in Japan, the diversity of the game may not be evolving at the highest levelAs the ninth Rugby World Cup approaches, the bookmakers’ odds on a Kiwi getting his hands on the trophy at tournament’s end are small. P…

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Third time lucky for All Blacks’ unlikely hero Matt Todd | Matt McIlraith

Flanker will finally go to a Rugby World Cup where he will bring many qualities that can be so crucial at major tournamentsAll Blacks flanker Matt Todd is no stranger to the feeling of deja vu. Indeed, he could have been forgiven for fearing he would e…

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All Blacks hope Beauden Barrett gamble pays off to avoid repeat of history | Matt McILraith

Settled combinations win Rugby World Cups and last-minute changes have seldom suited the reigning world championsWednesday’s announcement of the All Blacks squad for the Rugby World Cup is unlikely to contain any surprises, but Steve Hansen still loves…