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Player Ratings From The All Blacks Masterclass Against Samoa

The All Blacks’ first game of the season is traditionally one when the players shake off the rust and is usually characterised by unforced errors and misfiring combinations. Not at Eden Park. Not in 2017. So which players booked their places for the first test against the Lions in the 78-0 thrashing of Samoa? 15 Ben Smith 8.5 It gets …

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A New Zealand Backline To Tear Open The Lions

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: Malakai Fekitoa of New Zealand in action during the International Friendly between Ireland and New Zealand at Aviva Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

With Lions fever gripping England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales ahead of the team announcement later this month, Aled Price takes a look at New Zealand’s strongest backline and just the damage it could do to Warren Gatland’s Lions. Starting with Aaron Smith, here are the All Blacks who could really tear the tourists open. _________ 9. Aaron Smith The diminutive scrum …

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Ten Diminutive Internationals Who Could Thrive Under New High Tackle Laws

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Ben Youngs of England breaks during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

After watching the first weekend’s Premiership action under the new zero tolerance high tackling laws, former England international Will Greenwood predicted that shorter players could thrive under the new laws as their lower centre of gravity and smaller tackle area mean a greater risk of indiscretions by opposing players. He went on to explain to Sky Sports News (via the …

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Which New Zealand Super 18 Backline Will Be The Strongest In 2017?

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26: Nehe Milner-Skudder of the Hurricanes is tackled during the round one Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Hurricanes at GIO Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The five New Zealand Super 18 franchises have just named their squads and some contrasting and truly terrifying looking backlines will take the field in the 2017 season. In backlines brimming with speed, power and skill, the question is: which one is shaping up as the most dangerous? We take a look at the most likely starting options for each …

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Five Reasons To Get Excited About The 2017 All Blacks Season

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 25: Rieko Ioane of the All Blacks passes during the New Zealand All Blacks captains run at the Suresnois Rugby Club on November 25, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The Lions hit All Black shores in June next year and will be the obvious highlight of the 2017 season. But while the build-up to the Lions tour will rise to fever pitch, we’re already feeling a few tingles of anticipation about other All Black developments in 2017. Here are the five biggest reasons to look forward to a bumper …

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Five Conclusions From The All Blacks’ 2016 Season

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Kieran Read of the All Blacks leads the haka before the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks looked mentally and physically exhausted in Paris but still managed to turn on the brilliance when it mattered to win the final match of their international season. So, what have we learned about the All Blacks in 2016? ______ 5. The House Of Barrett Is The Future Beauden Barrett had another spellbinding game in Paris, where he …

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Changes Aplenty For New Zealand Ahead of France Clash

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: TJ Perenara of New Zealand passes during the international rugby match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at Aviva Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) All Blacks

New Zealand have announced their side for their clash with France this Saturday. The No. 1 ranked team in the world make five changes to their starting XV from their victory over Ireland last weekend. New Zealand welcome back Jerome Kaino to blindside flanker in place of Liam Squire while the injured Sam Cane is absent and replaced by Matt Todd. The backs …

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World Rugby Referees Chief Issues Apology To All Blacks Following Heated Ireland Game

As much as the contest between Ireland and the All Blacks was a brilliant test match, the debate surrounding the performance of Jaco Peyper has overshadowed the game. The South African referee failed to stamp his authority on the players and delegated key decisions to the TMO when he himself didn’t seem confident in Jon Mason’s conclusions. In the end, the Irish …

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What Are The Battered All Blacks’ Options Against France?

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 22: New Zealand All Black coach Steve Hansen during training at the Suresnes Rugby Club on November 22, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks have been battered and almost bettered on the rugby pitch by Ireland while their squad’s been depleted by injuries and potential suspensions. The All Blacks backline being without their rock of consistency, Ben Smith, means there is a strong case for moving World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett to fullback. Will Steve Hansen roll the dice? If …

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Winners And Losers – Ireland v New Zealand

Ireland New Zealand

New Zealand bounced back from their 40-29 upset loss in Chicago a fortnight ago with a grueling 21-9 victory over Joe Schmidt’s Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. Tries from Beauden Barrett and a double either side of halftime from Malakai Fekitoa was enough to secure the All Blacks a hard-fought win at the Aviva Stadium, but naturally, a contest of …

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Likely All Blacks XV To Face Ireland For Rematch In Dublin

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 12: Sam Cane of the New Zealand All Blacks sings the anthem during the international rugby match between New Zealand and Italy at Stadio Olimpico on November 12, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks’ heavy artillery will return next weekend in Dublin and aim for the sweet taste of revenge against a buoyant Irish side. So who is likely to run out in black against the greens on Saturday? The All Black backline will be decidedly different from that which faced the Irish in Chicago. The All Blacks lost their continuity …

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Winners And Losers From Ireland v New Zealand

Ireland v New Zealand - International Match

It kind of goes without saying that Ireland are the massive winners from their drought-breaking 40-29 victory over New Zealand in Chicago on Saturday. Ireland ran in five tries to four to break a 111 year drought that saw Joe Schmidt’s side snap a 22 game losing streak against New Zealand. Ireland were magnificent in front of a sold out Soldier …

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