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Wallabies to unleash powerhouse Taniela Tupou on Scotland

Queensland Reds player breaks down in tears upon learning of selectionStephen Moore named as starting hooker in his final international appearanceTaniela Tupou is set to make his international debut against Scotland, just a week after the prop complete…

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Sam Whitelock to captain All Blacks against Wales in Kieran Read’s absence

• Whitelock beats Beauden Barrett to role after Read ruled out through injury• ‘I don’t think All Blacks are ever vulnerable,’ says Wales’ Warren GatlandSam Whitelock will captain New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday after Kieran Read was ruled out of th…

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Sam Whitelock to captain All Blacks against Wales in Kieran Read’s absence

• Whitelock beats Beauden Barrett to role after Read ruled out through injury• ‘I don’t think All Blacks are ever vulnerable,’ says Wales’ Warren GatlandSam Whitelock will captain New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday after Kieran Read was ruled out of th…

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Sam Whitelock to captain All Blacks against Wales in Kieran Read’s absence

• Whitelock beats Beauden Barrett to role after Read ruled out through injury• ‘I don’t think All Blacks are ever vulnerable,’ says Wales’ Warren GatlandSam Whitelock will captain New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday after Kieran Read was ruled out of th…

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Sam Whitelock to captain All Blacks against Wales in Kieran Read’s absence

• Whitelock beats Beauden Barrett to role after Read ruled out through injury• ‘I don’t think All Blacks are ever vulnerable,’ says Wales’ Warren GatlandSam Whitelock will captain New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday after Kieran Read was ruled out of th…

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Sam Whitelock to captain All Blacks against Wales in Kieran Read’s absence

• Whitelock beats Beauden Barrett to role after Read ruled out through injury• ‘I don’t think All Blacks are ever vulnerable,’ says Wales’ Warren GatlandSam Whitelock will captain New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday after Kieran Read was ruled out of th…

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Sam Whitelock to captain All Blacks against Wales in Kieran Read’s absence

• Whitelock beats Beauden Barrett to role after Read ruled out through injury• ‘I don’t think All Blacks are ever vulnerable,’ says Wales’ Warren GatlandSam Whitelock will captain New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday after Kieran Read was ruled out of th…

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Sam Whitelock to captain All Blacks against Wales in Kieran Read’s absence

• Whitelock beats Beauden Barrett to role after Read ruled out through injury• ‘I don’t think All Blacks are ever vulnerable,’ says Wales’ Warren GatlandSam Whitelock will captain New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday after Kieran Read was ruled out of th…

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Sam Whitelock to captain All Blacks against Wales in Kieran Read’s absence

• Whitelock beats Beauden Barrett to role after Read ruled out through injury• ‘I don’t think All Blacks are ever vulnerable,’ says Wales’ Warren GatlandSam Whitelock will captain New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday after Kieran Read was ruled out of th…

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Sam Whitelock to captain All Blacks against Wales in Kieran Read’s absence

• Whitelock beats Beauden Barrett to role after Read ruled out through injury• ‘I don’t think All Blacks are ever vulnerable,’ says Wales’ Warren GatlandSam Whitelock will captain New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday after Kieran Read was ruled out of th…

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Sam Whitelock to captain All Blacks against Wales in Kieran Read’s absence

• Whitelock beats Beauden Barrett to role after Read ruled out through injury• ‘I don’t think All Blacks are ever vulnerable,’ says Wales’ Warren GatlandSam Whitelock will captain New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday after Kieran Read was ruled out of th…

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New Zealand have had a testing, tiring year but talk of decay is premature | The Breakdown

The All Blacks have shown vulnerabilities this year but even when not on their game the world champions are still scoring tries and winningWales have not beaten New Zealand since 1953, when they led the series between the countries 3-1. Now it is 30-3 …

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Easing eligibility rules would boost Samoa, says Tim Nanai-Williams

• Samoan urges following league’s example over dual-nationality players• League players not picked by tier-one nations can turn out for tier-two teamsTim Nanai-Williams believes Samoa could compete on an equal footing if rugby union’s authorities follo…

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Jamie George to make first England start but Dylan Hartley on bench against Samoa

• Hartley had captained England for all 22 Tests since Eddie Jones took over• George Ford and Chris Robshaw named co-captainsJamie George will make his first England start in Saturday’s match against Samoa, with Eddie Jones omitting Dylan Hartley from …

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George North to leave Northampton and return home to Wales

• Yet to be decided which Welsh region wing will play for next season• Gloucester flanker Ross Moriarty poised for move to DragonsGeorge North is leaving Northampton to return to Wales at the end of the season, even though the wingwould not be putting …

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England players will not give part of their match fee to ‘bankrupt’ Samoa

• Twickenham hosts will earn £23,000 while Samoans will get £600• ‘As players we feel it isn’t our place to get involved in a complex issue’England’s players have opted against giving a portion of their match fee to their Samoan counterparts ahead of S…

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England players will not give part of their match fee to ‘bankrupt’ Samoa

• Twickenham hosts will earn £23,000 while Samoans will get £600• ‘As players we feel it isn’t our place to get involved in a complex issue’England’s players have opted against giving a portion of their match fee to their Samoan counterparts ahead of S…

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England omit injured Nathan Hughes as one of eight changes for Samoa Test

• Wasps No8 will be out for up to four weeks with knee problem• Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson also released by Eddie JonesNathan Hughes has dropped out of the England squad for the Test against Samoa to undergo rehabilitation on a knee injury.The …

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New Zealand hit with another outbreak of mumps as they prepare for Wales

• Ardie Savea is in isolation at the team’s Cardiff hotel• ‘We are taking it seriously and the doctor reacted really quickly’New Zealand have been hit by a second outbreak of mumps on their tour but are confident it has been contained before their fina…

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TMO torture has rugby in state of angst but respect for referees is sacrosanct | Robert Kitson

When was the last time you saw a team marched back 10 metres for disrespecting the referee? It’s time for World Rugby to get tough on players and coachesFor those in charge of promoting rugby’s core values these are once again uncomfortable times. Take…