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Category: New Zealand rugby union team

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Warren Gatland plans Lions v All Blacks ‘decider’ in summer of 2021

Lucrative match would be warm-up for South Africa tourLions head coach has discussed idea with New Zealand RugbyWarren Gatland has raised the tantalising prospect of a “decider” between the British & Irish Lions and New Zealand in the UK next summe…

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All Blacks star Ardie Savea flags switch from rugby union to NRL

Hurricanes player ‘100%’ wants to play rugby leagueRoosters or Storm possible destinations, says flankerArdie Savea has revealed he wants to play in the NRL and would consider a switch to the 13-man game as soon as next year. Savea, among the All Black…

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This week’s most significant game of New Zealand rugby takes place in… Japan | Matt McILraith

Post-World Cup, the country is benefitting from an influx of foreign players, including a number of former All Blacks New Zealand eyes are on Japan this weekend, for a top of the table clash between two unbeaten teams. There are All Blacks, Springboks …

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Return of Super Rugby highlights Australia’s troubles | Bret Harris

The opening round of the Super Rugby season suggested it will be a long and difficult campaign for Australian teams It is only one round, but the early signs indicate it will be a long season for Australia’s Super Rugby teams. That is scary for a code …

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Japan blossom and Baa-Baas take Brazil in decade of new horizons | Robert Kitson

The old order has shifted during the past 10 years with Exeter among those growing in stature while France fadedThe best way to measure the true impact of the past rugby decade is to count the number of significant moments few could have foreseen. By t…

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All Blacks take risk despite perception of Ian Foster as the safe option | Matt McILraith

New Zealand’s new head coach, through no fault of his own, lacks appeal among the supporter baseWe are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismIn choosing continuity by appointing Ian Foster as All …

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Ian Foster named Steve Hansen’s successor as All Blacks head coach

Former assistant signs two-year deal as new era beginsAppointment maintains All Blacks’ ‘continuity planning’ New Zealand’s wait for a new All Blacks head coach is over after Ian Foster, Steve Hansen’s former assistant, was promoted to the position on …

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Muted response to vacant All Blacks position speaks volumes | Matt McILraith

An apparent lack of enthusiasm is a less than positive legacy of the last two New Zealand rugby regimesWe are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismIt is the pinnacle of coaching in New Zealand, a…

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Australia’s swoop for New Zealander Dave Rennie fails to ruffle Kiwi feathers | Matt McILraith

In contrast to when Robbie Deans took over, the Wallabies are no longer seen as a threat to the All BlacksFormer India cricket coach John Wright once memorably described coaching against his home nation New Zealand as like playing a brother in the back…

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Warren Gatland: ‘I would’ve gone into a final against England feeling we could win’

The former Wales head coach on what might have been at the World Cup, looking forward to the Lions and whether he’ll one day coach the All Blacks“Absolutely,” Warren Gatland says when he is asked if he would still love to coach the All Blacks one day. …

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Rugby World Cup 2019: the story of the tournament in pictures and quotes

Click on each image for more information.In South Africa pressure is not having a job. It is one of your friends being murdered. Rugby shouldn’t be something that creates pressure. Continue reading…

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New Zealand rugby enters new era with challenges on and off the field | Matt McILraith

The new chief executive of New Zealand Rugby has more than just the All Blacks to worry about We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismThe conclusion of a disappointing Rugby World Cup for the…

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New Zealand swat Wales aside to win Rugby World Cup bronze final

• All Blacks surge to win in Steve Hansen’s final game• We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismSteve Hansen and Warren Gatland, the two longest-serving tier-one coaches in the tournament rec…

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New Zealand v Wales: Rugby World Cup 2019 bronze final – live!

Updates from the third-place match in Tokyo (9am GMT)Paul Rees: Hansen and Gatland seek winning farewellsGet in touch! Email Luke or tweet @LukeMcLaughlin 8.30am GMT Hansen makes seven changes to his semi-final team – and it’s not just the coaches sign…

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Sonny Bill Williams departs as he arrived: dividing opinion like no other All Black | Matt McILraith

As the curtain falls on a unique international career, the New Zealander is viewed either one of his country’s greats or an injury-prone, entitled enigma• We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journa…

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Sonny Bill Williams departs as he arrived: dividing opinion like no other All Black | Matt McILraith

As the curtain falls on a unique international career, the New Zealander is viewed either one of his country’s greats or an injury-prone, entitled enigma• We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journa…

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Sonny Bill Williams departs as he arrived: dividing opinion like no other All Black | Matt McILraith

As the curtain falls on a unique international career, the New Zealander is viewed either one of his country’s greats or an injury-prone, entitled enigma• We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journa…

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Wales and New Zealand seek to provide fitting send-offs in bronze final

• Warren Gatland still seeking first Wales win over All Blacks• Joseph reportedly now a rival to Foster to succeed HansenThe bronze medal has turned into the crying game. Not because the physical and emotional investment put into their World Cup campai…

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‘No problem at all’: New Zealanders praise England’s response to All Blacks haka

M?ori commentators lament that more rugby teams don’t come up with ways to challenge the traditional danceNew Zealanders have expressed disappointment at the decision to fine England for their v-shaped formation for the All Blacks haka in their Rugby W…

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Wales make nine changes for game of farewells against New Zealand

Coach Warren Gatland rings changes in last matchKieran Read among several All Blacks in final outingsWales have made nine changes for Friday night’s World Cup bronze medal match, which will mark Warren Gatland’s departure after 12 years in charge. The …