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Category: New Zealand rugby union team

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Crusaders coach Scott Robertson on All Blacks coach shortlist

Steve Hansen will step down after World Cup in JapanOther leading candidate likely to be Ian FosterChampion Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has confirmed he wants to succeed Steve Hansen as All Blacks mentor and is buoyant about his chances. The man wh…

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Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark slams treatment of women in sport

Clark says women love playing sport but inequality results in them being left behindFormer New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark has slammed her sports-obsessed nation’s treatment of women at all levels of sport, and said gender equality needs to be n…

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All Blacks captain Kieran Read to play in Japan after World Cup

33-year-old to bring down curtain on Test careerExperienced No 8 signs up to play for Toyota Verblitz All Blacks captain Kieran Read has signed up to play with Japanese club Toyota Verblitz after this year’s World Cup, bringing an end to 13 seasons as …

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Alone It Stands: Munster rugby takes down All Blacks, moves on Manhattan

John Breen’s very Irish play, finally brought to New York, tackles the meaning of sport – and therefore life itselfIt’s a shame, in a way, that John Breen’s opera from 2014, Breakdown, is not in fact about rugby. In his play Alone It Stands, at 59E59 i…

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The Breakdown | Simply signing an All Black is not a golden ticket for European clubs

New Zealand players and coaches are always in demand but the challenges of northern hemisphere rugby mean even the best cannot always adaptWhen Daniel Carter joined Racing 92 after the 2015 World Cup, he was treated like rugby royalty. He arrived in Pa…

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2019, World Cup fever No 3: rugby union hits Japan amid uncertainty

With Ireland threatening New Zealand and a host of new head coaches on the way, 2019 feels a watershed like no otherWorld Cups always feel like watersheds. Eddie Jones has reminded us often enough that everything else is just sparring; that all that ma…

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‘It’s right for the team’: Steve Hansen steps down as All Blacks coach – video

After 14 years Steve Hansen has called time on coaching New Zealand. The 59-year-old announced that he will be stepping down after the World Cup in Japan next year, saying that it was time for ‘a fresh pair of eyes’. The All Blacks have lost …

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The end of an era: what next for All Blacks after Steve Hansen?

A permanent fixture since 2004 the departure of Steve Hansen marks an inflection point for New Zealand rugbyThe impending departure of All Blacks coach Steve Hansen may mark the end of an era in more ways than one.Hansen, 59, announced his intention to…

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Steve Hansen to step down as New Zealand coach after 2019 World Cup

• World Cup-winning coach gives advance notice to help team• Hansen: ‘This is a critical process which shouldn’t be rushed’Steve Hansen’s all-conquering reign as the New Zealand coach will end after the 2019 World Cup. The 59-year-old, who has been in …

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Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees

Now that the autumn internationals have been completed we take a look at the prospects for the opening stage in JapanIreland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa Continue reading…

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CVC cash may put Premiership clubs on trail of Racing 92 target Kieran Read

• Reports in France say English clubs want New Zealand captain• Paris club were confident of securing Read after World CupRacing 92’s bid to sign the New Zealand captain Kieran Read after next year’s World Cup on a £1m-a-year contract could be gazumped…

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Rugby union power rankings: Ireland overtake New Zealand to be top dogs

Our ratings show Ireland are in pole position and New Zealand have slipped back, while Wales and England have made good progress and South Africa and Australia have much work to doSteve Hansen knew what he was doing when anointing Ireland as the world …

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The Breakdown | Steve Hansen was right, Ireland really are the world’s best rugby union team

Some thought Hansen was playing pre-World Cup mind games but take a step back and there is no other reasonable conclusionSteve Hansen at his most animated is deadpan, so when he called Ireland the best team in the world after they had beaten New Zealan…

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Ireland defeat could be pre-World Cup tipping point for All Blacks

This loss may not prove to be such a good thing for rugby for simple reason New Zealand are going to get better because of itWhen I was playing for the All Blacks we would always talk about making sure that after the November series we did not have “a …

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Steve Hansen decision could lead to Ireland’s Joe Schmidt joining All Blacks

• New Zealand head coach set to reveal decision on future soon• Hansen challenges Ireland to live up to being world’s bestSteve Hansen will reveal a decision on his future before Christmas that could yet see Joe Schmidt join New Zealand’s coaching rank…

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Steve Hansen decision could lead to Ireland’s Joe Schmidt joining All Blacks

• New Zealand head coach set to reveal decision on future soon• Hansen challenges Ireland to live up to being world’s bestSteve Hansen will reveal a decision on his future before Christmas that could yet see Joe Schmidt join New Zealand’s coaching rank…

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Ireland’s 113-year wait over as O’Mahony and Marmion make magic | Andy Bull

Here was a delirious and genuinely historic Dublin evening to sweep away a century of hard-luck stories against the All BlacksIn the minutes before kick-off, the All Blacks’ Steve Hansen handed over a wodge of notes to Ireland’s coach, Joe Schmidt. Wha…

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Ireland’s 113-year wait over as O’Mahony and Marmion make magic | Andy Bull

Here was a delirious and genuinely historic Dublin evening to sweep away a century of hard-luck stories against the All BlacksIn the minutes before kick-off, the All Blacks’ Steve Hansen handed over a wodge of notes to Ireland’s coach, Joe Schmidt. Wha…

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All Blacks’ Steve Hansen hails Ireland as best in world after defeat

• ‘As of now they are the No 1 team in the world,’ says coach• Ireland’s Joe Schmidt laughs off compliment from HansenThe All Blacks may be top of the rankings but according to their head coach, Steve Hansen, Ireland have overtaken them and become the …

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Jacob Stockdale scores only try as Ireland earn historic win over All Blacks

• Ireland 16-9 New Zealand• Ireland see out their second victory over New ZealandBrutal does not even begin to describe the contest but, for Ireland, the outcome was as beautiful as any in their rugby history. For the first time they have beaten the Al…