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Dan Carter: ‘Seeing a psychologist allowed me to confront my demons’

The World Cup winner discusses what makes a great player, rugby’s mental burdens and switching sports for Soccer AidDan Carter may be one of the leading rugby players of any era, a World Cup winner and the record points scorer in Test rugby, but he adm…

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All Blacks cut loose against France after yellow card opens floodgates

• New Zealand 52-11 France• All Blacks had trailed 11-8 at half-time in first of three TestsA questionable yellow card to France lock Paul Gabrillagues allowed New Zealand to score three quick tries and set up a thumping 52-11 victory in the first Test…

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Summer tours offer chance to blow away mists over European rugby | Paul Rees

Southern hemisphere sides dominated the 2015 World Cup in England but since then three out of the four have struggledMaro Itoje was in reflective mood as he sprawled himself in a chair that struggled to contain his 6ft 6in frame at England’s Bagshot ba…

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RFU’s Steve Brown defends £195 tickets for England v All Blacks at Twickenham

• Chief executive says top-range price in line with other major events• RFU says it could sell out 20 times over for New Zealand gameTop-priced seats at Twickenham for England’s blockbuster fixture against New Zealand in November will cost £195 apiece …

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RFU’s Steve Brown defends £195 tickets for England v All Blacks at Twickenham

• Chief executive says top-range price in line with other major events• RFU says it could sell out 20 times over for New Zealand gameTop-priced seats at Twickenham for England’s blockbuster fixture against New Zealand in November will cost £195 apiece …

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Brad Shields needs to wear a Wasps shirt in anger before England call | Robert Kitson

To parachute the New Zealand-born forward into the England squad sight unseen recalls the unsatisfactory precedents of Ireland’s Michael Bent and Scotland’s Brendan LaneyThe story of Brad Shields is a tale of everyday modern professional sport. Born in…

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Brad Shields asks for New Zealand release in order to play for England

• Hurricanes flanker could join Eddie Jones’s squad in South Africa• New Zealand-born Shields qualifies for England through parentsBrad Shields has made an official request to be released by New Zealand Rugby for England’s tour of South Africa in an at…

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England and New Zealand dispute over Brad Shields may end up in court

• New Zealand have threatened to block England picking Shields• Eddie Jones may select player for summer tour of South AfricaEngland and New Zealand will be on a collision course that may end in the courtroom should Eddie Jones seek to select Brad Shie…

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Israel Folau’s anti-gay comments condemned by All Black, referee and players

TJ Perenara states ‘100%’ opposition to comments on homosexuality by playerNZ Rugby restates commitment to ‘inclusion’, Wallaby echoes criticismSign up to receive the latest Australian sports stories every dayAll Black TJ Perenara has stated his “100%”…

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Keith Murdoch: disgraced All Black who ‘went bush’ in Australia dies at 74

After a bar brawl in Cardiff, Murdoch became the only All Black sent home from tour, but he didn’t make it to New ZealandKeith Murdoch played just three Tests for the All Blacks, but his name was etched in New Zealand rugby folklore after he became a r…

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Ireland reach new heights and make New Zealand game an enticing prospect

New Six Nations champions go to Twickenham for a possible grand slam but Ireland’s autumn game with All Blacks now catches the eyeThe most satisfying week in Irish sporting history? If their horses can cope with the soft ground at Cheltenham and their …

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Ireland reach new heights and make New Zealand game an enticing prospect

New Six Nations champions go to Twickenham for a possible grand slam but Ireland’s autumn game with All Blacks now catches the eyeThe most satisfying week in Irish sporting history? If their horses can cope with the soft ground at Cheltenham and their …

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Juventus and All Blacks turn to TV shows to win fans

Netflix and Amazon sign up big sports teams for docu-series like Last Chance U aimed at broadening clubs’ global appeal Sports clubs hoping to expand their fan base in an increasingly competitive international market are turning to Amazon Prime and Net…

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Bledisloe Cup Test match to be played in Japan this year

Australia and New Zealand to clash on neutral territoryNissan Stadium in Yokohama to host game three in OctoberThe Wallabies’ hopes of ending their long Bledisloe Cup drought have been boosted with this year’s third Test to be played on neutral territo…

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Scotland flowering nicely while southern hemisphere sides show signs of wear | Paul Rees

Everybody has felt the pace in the autumn internationals but Australia, South Africa and Argentina look pale imitations of the sides who reached the World Cup semi-finals in England two years agoEngland and Ireland both won their three matches but thei…

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Autumn Tests prove sharpest cutting edge will lift Six Nations crown | Robert Kitson

All Blacks’ style of skill and pace, a trend enthusiastically embraced by Scotland in autumn internationals, points way forward for England, Ireland and Walesthose who assume this has been just another routine autumn of Test rugby have not been paying …

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Autumn internationals: a team-by-team verdict of the tier-one nations | Nick Evans

With one international to go this autumn New Zealand and Scotland will be delighted, while Australia’s tour nosedived and South Africa are in a sorry stateThey have definitely got a rock under their towels when it comes to their holidays now. The red c…

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Rieko Ioane, new All Blacks star who could put Inga Tuigamala in shade | Andy Bull

Auckland’s Ponsonby RFC has produced dozens of All Blacks, but it is decades since one has looked as good as Ioane, the nation’s new wing sensationJust a couple of years ago one could catch Rieko Ioane down at Auckland’s Western Springs stadium most we…

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For all of Wales’ huffing and puffing the All Blacks refuse to be denied

Alun Wyn Jones played like a man possessed as he tried to end Wales’ 29-match losing record against New Zealand but they paid price with too many mistakesHell’s bells, what a game. They’ll need to get the plumbers in to the Principality Stadium to refi…

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New Zealand’s Rieko Ioane cuts loose to punish unfortunate Wales

• Wales 18-33 New Zealand• All Blacks’ finishing the difference in frenzied encounterThe last time Warren Gatland coached against Steve Hansen it proved impossible to separate the British & Irish Lions and the All Blacks. This time the gap was wide…