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Category: New Zealand rugby union team

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Like a push-start taxi, my career covering rugby has gone from one breakdown to another | Paul Rees

For his final Observer report, our stalwart writer offers his reflections on decades covering a sport rich in drama and spectacle but that now stands at a crossroadsThe car was a cross between a Lada and a Trabant, a cut-and-shut probably. It was parke…

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Dan Carter’s fly-half brilliance made Farrell-style nitpicking impossible | Andy Bull

The just-retired former All Black mastered every aspect of fly-half play so never faced the criticism others have enduredNews of Dan Carter’s retirement sends me back to that match, the second Test against the British and Irish Lions at Wellington in 2…

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Dan Carter hangs up his boots as a study in sporting greatness | Michael Aylwin

‘Best of all time’ discussions are a futile pursuit but no player has greater claim to such a title than the All Blacks legendIn any sport, debates about the greatest of all time are almost constant and, for that reason alone, impossibly tedious – the …

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Farah Palmer: New Zealand Rugby’s chance for a fresh start | Matt McIlraith

With modesty, humility and transparency, the former Black Ferns captain is a leading contender to become the next chair of NZRFarah Palmer is many things. A Rugby World Cup-winning captain. A national representative for a decade. Associate dean and sen…

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New Zealand braces for difficult and often ignored discussion on rugby concussion

In a country where the game forms such an intrinsic part of the social fabric, there could be far-reaching consequences at any number of levelsIt is the elephant in the room, the subject most professional players think about at some point in their care…

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Richie McCaw named World Rugby player of the decade as All Blacks dominate best XV

Seven All Blacks named in best XV of last 10 yearsDavid Pocock is Australia’s sole representative in teamNew Zealand’s two-time Rugby World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw has been named men’s player of the decade by World Rugby, with David Pocock Aus…

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New Zealand Rugby misses opportunity to reset as curtain falls on rough year | Matt McIlraith

Covid-19 brought to the surface structural problems that already existed in the game and were largely self-inflictedAfter 126 representative matches across 10 months, the season that seemed to last forever is finally closing its doors. The year’s rugby…

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All Blacks’ Argentina revival a lesson to Wallabies on winning mentality

Australia will never win anything important again until they bring a big-game mindset to big gamesFor all the criticism of the All Blacks this year, Saturday’s 38-0 win against Argentina in Newcastle showed they are still capable of winning most games …

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Argentina moved by All Blacks’ Tri-Nations tribute to Diego Maradona

NZ captain Sam Cane presents Maradona jersey before HakaPumas skipper Pablo Matera ‘really thankful’ for gestureThe All Blacks have been widely lauded and thanked by opponents Argentina for their touching Tri-Nations pre-match tribute to Diego Maradona…

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Argentina moved by All Blacks’ Tri-Nations tribute to Diego Maradona

NZ captain Sam Cane presents Maradona jersey before HakaPumas skipper Pablo Matera ‘really thankful’ for gestureThe All Blacks have been widely lauded and thanked by opponents Argentina for their touching Tri-Nations pre-match tribute to Diego Maradona…

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All Blacks crush Argentina to all but secure Tri-Nations series

Argentina 0-38 New ZealandBonus point victory gives All Blacks near unassailable lead in the Tri-Nations seriesThe All Blacks have all but secured the Tri Nations title following a 38-0 bonus-point victory over Argentina in Newcastle. Related: Argentin…

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Argentina v New Zealand All Blacks: Rugby Tri-Nations – live!

Updates from the game at McDonald Jones StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 9.29am GMT 34 mins: New Zealand steal the Argentina lineout on halfway and Savea’s run soon earns an advantage. Mo’unga kicks the penalty to the 22. 9.27am GMT 31 …

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All Blacks make three changes as Argentina overhaul starting XV for Tri-Nations clash

Akira Ioane, Scott Barrett and Nepo Laulala come inAll Blacks can seize advantage with bonus point winNew Zealand coach Ian Foster resisted making sweeping changes to the side that was beaten 25-15 by Argentina in their previous Tri-Nations match with …

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Argentina, Wallabies losses reveal All Blacks’ attitude problem under Ian Foster | Matt McIlraith

The calamity a nation feared is reality, and Foster’s appointment has cost New Zealand Rugby dearlyTwo wins and a shaky draw from his first five matches was not what All Blacks bosses – or the New Zealand populace – had in mind when Ian Foster was some…

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Wallabies wary of former coach Michael Cheika being ‘asset’ to Argentina

Cheika helped orchestrate Argentina’s win over All BlacksHanigan warns of ex-coach’s influence against AustraliaFormer Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will give Argentina a “leg up” against the hosts in Saturday’s Tri-Nations clash in Newcastle when coa…

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Wallabies wary of former coach Michael Cheika being ‘asset’ to Argentina

Cheika helped orchestrate Argentina’s win over All BlacksHanigan warns of ex-coach’s influence against AustraliaFormer Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will give Argentina a “leg up” against the hosts in Saturday’s Tri-Nations clash in Newcastle when coa…

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Argentina’s All Blacks upset presents Wallabies with golden chance | Bret Harris

Australia have a shot at lifting the Tri-Nations trophy – if they can eradicate a major flaw in their gameArgentina’s stunning upset of the All Blacks has given the Wallabies a splendid opportunity to eradicate one of the major flaws in their game – in…

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‘We’re different’: Ledesma hails Argentina’s historic win over All Blacks

Pumas pull off 25-15 upset victory in the Tri-NationsFoster insists team did not underestimate ArgentinaArgentina served up one of the biggest upsets in Test rugby history when they stunned New Zealand 25-15 in the Tri-Nations on Saturday, beating the …

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Argentina down All Blacks for first time in historic Tri-Nations upset

New Zealand 15-25 ArgentinaNicolás Sánchez scores all 25 points in famous victoryInspired Argentina defeated the All Blacks for the first time in their history to blow the Tri-Nations title race wide open.Led ferociously by flanker and captain Pablo Ma…

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All Blacks back to full strength for Argentina Tri-Nations Test

Richie Mo’unga reinstated; Beauden Barrett to fullback Caleb Clarke, Jack Goodhue and Aaron Smith also returnNew Zealand coach Ian Foster has again reshuffled his side for their Tri-Nations match against Argentina on Saturday, bringing back several vet…