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Rugby Championship Team Of The Season

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Beauden Barrett of New Zealand runs the ball during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The All Black stats for the Rugby Championship don’t lie: six bonus point wins, 38 tries scored and just five conceded, with an average scoreline of 44-14. The All Blacks are on a 17-win world record-equalling streak and sit at the highest total (96.57) in IRB history. From these incredible statistics, you’d expect a complete blackwash of a Rugby Championship …

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Three Of Rugby’s Other Major Off-Field Misdemeanours

READING, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Gavin Henson of Cardiff Blues looks on during the Heineken Cup match between London Irish and Cardiff Blues at the Madejski Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Reading, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Following All Black scrum-half Aaron Smith’s misdemeanour in a Chistchurch airport toilet, we look at three other big off the field misdemeanours. _______ 1. Andy Powell And The Golf buggy Incident The powerful 23 times capped backrower has courted plenty of controversy during a playing career which has taken in nine clubs thus far. But the 35-year-old ex-Lion’s most controversial …

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Aaron Smith Suspended Following Incident With Female In Disabled Toilet

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New Zealand halfback Aaron Smith has received a one game suspension from the All Blacks after he was seen entering a disabled toilet with a female after the All Blacks test against Springboks in Christchruch last month. According to stuff.co.nz, the All Blacks learned about this on their arrival in South Africa for their final Rugby Championship match against the Springboks in Durban this weekend. …

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Analysis: Have The All Blacks Become The USA Basketball Of World Rugby?

There is a belief in some circles that FIBA’s decision in 1989 to allow professional basketball players to compete in the summer Olympics ruined the game of international basketball. Between 1972 and 1988 the United States men’s basketball team had won just two Gold medals from four possible tournaments. The US had famously boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow due to the Soviet Union’s decision to …

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Player Ratings: All Blacks Vs South Africa

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The relentless All Blacks machine purred into action after half time again, and eased away from the Springboks to a 41-13 – and 15th straight – victory. Outstanding performances came from Dane Coles and Aaron Smith, who both redeemed themselves after error-ridden games against Argentina. But, how did the players on both sides rate? ______ All Blacks Ben Smith: 7.5 A …

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Rugby Championship Team Of Round Two: All Black And Argentinian Blue

In round two of the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks continued their unbeaten ‘reestablishment’ era run with a comprehensive 29-9 win over Australia, while Argentina held their nerve to eke out a two-point win (26-24) over South Africa. So which players make our Rugby Championship team of the week? 15. Ben Smith (New Zealand) A typically classy performance from Smith, …

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Rugby Championship Combined XV

Australia v New Zealand - The Rugby Championship

The Rugby Championship will kick off this weekend. Following their domination of the 2015 World Cup, the southern hemisphere’s elite international sides are set to do battle over the coming weeks in the Rugby Championship. However, the rugby landscape has changed a great deal since each of the World Cup’s semi final slots were filled by Argentina, Australia, New Zealand …

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New Zealand’s Greatest XV

As part of a series of articles on the best sides from each nation, we turn our attentions next to the greatest players to have ever played for New Zealand’s revered All Blacks. Rather than simply producing a subjective team list based on one person’s opinions, we will go through several statistically-based sides to help you decide on your ultimate …

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Ranking The Top 5 Scrum-Halves In World Rugby Right Now

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Aaron Smith of New Zealand passes the ball during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

This week we formulate our rankings with a view to who are the elite scrum-halves in world rugby at the moment. In a position where consistency at the highest level is seemingly hard to come by, the Top 5 could have potentially changed on numerous occasions throughout the course of the season. But with the European season now at an …

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Supreme Smith: The Best Player In World Rugby Right Now

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15: Ben Smith of New Zealand makes a run at Scott Fardy of Australia during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

There are a very few players in the game of union that you would put ahead of Ben Smith in a list of who reigns supreme in the current rugby context. In the wake of the 2015 Rugby World in which many expected a transitional period for the All Blacks what with the passing of rugby greats Richie McCaw and …

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