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Category: New Zealand rugby union team

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All Blacks hybrid rugby match is a banker but it also carries great risk | Matt McILraith

There is scepticism about whether the financial benefits of playing Australia’s rugby league team outweigh the potential trivialisation of the famous jerseyWhat would the late Sir Colin Meads have thought? The man voted as the All Black of the 20th cen…

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All Blacks confirm plans for cross-code rugby blockbuster against Kangaroos

Union to meet league in hybrid game later this yearDetails of number of players and rules yet to be clarifiedNew Zealand Rugby has confirmed talks are under way to stage a cross-code match between the All Blacks and the Kangaroos.NZR chief executive Ma…

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The man behind deal that launched rugby union’s professional era

Michael Watt’s company brokered the deal between Murdoch and Sanzar that changed rugby for ever, for better or worseTwenty-five years ago this Wednesday, rugby union supplied the backdrop to one of the most famous images in history. Nelson Mandela and …

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The Breakdown | Jonah Lomu: a one-off who broke barriers as well as tackles in rugby

It is exactly 25 years since Lomu flattened Mike Catt to score at the World Cup where the All Black transformed into a superstarWhen Jonah Lomu arrived in South Africa 25 years ago for the World Cup, he was such a peripheral figure in the New Zealand …

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New All Blacks captain Sam Cane: ‘You can’t let people down’ | Leni Ma’ia’i

An upbringing in a small farming community has given the flanker the tools he needs to succeed in New Zealand sport’s biggest jobIt’s 4am on a Saturday and a teenage Sam Cane crunches through the frosted paddocks of his family farm in Reporoa, a tiny r…

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New All Blacks captain Sam Cane: ‘You can’t let people down’ | Leni Ma’ia’i

An upbringing in a small farming community has given the flanker the tools he needs to succeed in New Zealand sport’s biggest jobIt’s 4am on a Saturday and a teenage Sam Cane crunches through the frosted paddocks of his family farm in Reporoa, a tiny r…

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‘A huge deal’: New Zealand’s rugby-starved fans prepare to head en masse to stadiums

Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted and there will be no limit on crowds when Super Rugby Aotearoa begins on SaturdayIt has been a long three months but rugby fans in New Zealand are finally relishing the prospect of the sport’s return this weekend,…

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All Blacks great Dan Carter makes surprise return to New Zealand rugby

Dual World Cup winner signs for Blues in NZ Super Rugby38-year-old was a free agent since Top League shut downFormer All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter has made a surprise return to New Zealand domestic rugby after an absence of five years by joining the Au…

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Australia seek Rugby Championship at home hub this year

New CEO Rob Clarke in talks with federal governmentExpanded four-Test Bledisloe Cup series also toutedRugby Australia wants to establish a quarantine hub which enables it to exclusively host the Rugby Championship if the tournament is staged during the…

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Australia seek Rugby Championship at home hub this year

New CEO Rob Clarke in talks with federal governmentExpanded four-Test Bledisloe Cup series also toutedRugby Australia wants to establish a quarantine hub which enables it to exclusively host the Rugby Championship if the tournament is staged during the…

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My favourite game: Gareth Edwards and the Baa-Baas stun All Blacks | Peter Mason

Edwards’ fabulous try against New Zealand was far from the only memorable moment in captivating 1973 contestI certainly wasn’t at this game. I can’t even say for sure I watched it on television but I have the DVD and that’s good enough for me. Not only…

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New Zealand reveals return to sport plans including ‘Super Rugby Aotearoa’

Government looks to ease Covid-19 restrictionsProfessional rugby and netball competitions close to returnProfessional rugby and netball are close to returning to action in New Zealand after the government unveiled its rules for sport when the country n…

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Sam Cane named surprise new All Blacks captain

Flanker replaces Kieran Read who retired after World CupFirst significant decision made by new coach Ian Foster Sam Cane has been named captain of the All Blacks in a surprise announcement from new coach Ian Foster. Chiefs flanker Cane, 28, will replac…

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My favourite game: France v New Zealand, 1999 Rugby World Cup

Underdogs turned the rugby world upside down to beat the odds-on All Blacks and create one of the greatest games in the history of the tournamentIn these dark days the unscripted drama of live sport feels more important than ever. The second World Cup …

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All Blacks players face 50% wage cut due to coronavirus crisis

New Zealand Rugby will make cuts if no play in 2020All areas of game asked to ‘share financial pain’The All Blacks and many of their fellow top professional players could lose half of their income if no more rugby is possible this year under cuts annou…

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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…