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The Young New Zealand Stars Who Could Be Steve Hansen’s ‘Finishers’ Against The Lions

As anticipation increases towards the 2017 Lions tour, attention has turned to Steve Hansen’s selection strategy with the All Black squad. While it is generally expected that Hansen’s loyalty to his test regulars will be reflected in the run on 15, there is a real possibility that the electric young stars of New Zealand rugby may be introduced as ‘finishers’ …

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How Good Is The All Blacks’ Depth? Ranking The Top Three Players In Every Position

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Samuel Whitelock of the All Blacks dives over to score a try 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 Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Following Paul Wassell’s article on England’s unprecedented (that’s how you spell it, Donald) squad depth, we take a look at the only team in the way of Eddie Jones’ marauding men: the All Blacks. How does their player depth measure up heading into 2017? _______ Loosehead Props 1. Joe Moody 2. Wyatt Crockett 3. Ofa Tu’ungafasi Bubbling under: Daniel Lienert-Brown, …

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All Black Retallick Speaks Openly About Physicality Of Ireland Game

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: Brodie Retallick of the All Blacks is tackled by CJ Stander of Ireland 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 Black lock Brodie Retallick has spoken candidly about New Zealand’s win over Ireland at the weekend.  The second row had missed the initial clash at Chicago and so the match in Dublin was his first against Ireland in three years. Retallick was clearly  impressed by the physicality brought to the fore by Ireland, and was very complimentary towards Ireland …

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Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The All Blacks

Do you think you know all there is to know about New Zealand’s All Blacks? Well, keep reading. We’ve put together ten facts, records and statistics about the world’s greatest rugby team that might just surprise you. – 10) There have been 1,153 All Blacks so far, but only 838 have been test players The latest All Black is, of …

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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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All Blacks: Will Hansen Unleash McKenzie And Ioane On Ailing Aussies?

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 31: All Black coach Steve Hansen talks with Damian McKenzie during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at Trusts Stadium on May 31, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

With the woeful Wallabies on a six-game losing streak, is the time right for Steve Hansen to test the mettle of young stars Damian McKenzie and Rieko Ioane under Test match pressure? Following the All Blacks’ 42-8 annihilation of the Wallabies in Sydney, each team’s coach was faced with similar and contrasting injury concerns. For Michael Cheika, the loss of no …

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Hansen’s All Blacks Dilemma: What To Do With Dazzling Damian McKenzie?

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 16: Damian McKenzie of the Chiefs on the attack during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

In the final minute of the Chief’s rout over the Stormers last Saturday, Damian McKenzie produced a piece of outrageous skill, which could only be described as international class. Yet, he may not find a place in Steve Hansen’s All Blacks squad for the Rugby Championship. But should the 57-year-old roll the dice and select the prodigy from Invercargill? McKenzie polarises …

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If They Played Today, Who Would Win: England Or The All Blacks?

With both England and the All Blacks recording impressive 3-0 series wins in their respective summer tours, many rugby fans have been speculating what would happen if schedules changed and the two top sides in the world met later this year. We decided to examine the potential head-to-head player match ups, delve into form and stats and see which of the …

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All Blacks: Whose Stocks Rose During The Wales Series?

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Following New Zealand’s series whitewash over Wales, Kaal Kaczmarek looks at whose stocks have either risen, fallen or stayed as they are within the All Blacks squad.  ______ Stocks up Beauden Barrett was the undoubted star of the series. His fizzing pace and skills turned the first Test, guided the second and controlled the third. He grew more assured with …

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Family Time: Could A Team Of All Brothers Beat The All Blacks?

Sibling rivalry is intense – just ask your average eagle or hyena that can often be found snacking on their brothers and sisters. In honour of Ardie Savea’s elevation to join big bro ‘The Bus’ Julian in the All Blacks squad, we investigate whether the constructive and destructive energy of sibling rivalry could be harnessed into the creation of an invincible …

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Six Of All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen’s Greatest Ever Quotes

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 16: Coach Steve Hansen of the All Blacks speaks to media during a New Zealand All Blacks press conference at InterContinental Hotel on June 16, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Steve Hansen dealt out some gentle advice to Michael Cheika after the Wallabies were defeated in their second Test against Eddie Jones’ England. Noting that Jones and Cheika were former teammates, he observed that Jones’ larger than life, aggressive media presence in Australia had been met by exactly nothing from the Wallabies boss (via RTÉ). “Cheika’s not come back, he’s …

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Ben Smith Should Be Very Worried About Damian McKenzie

New Zealand fullback Ben Smith has very good reason to be worried about his place in the All Blacks starting XV given the undeniable form of Waikato Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie. Highlanders fullback Smith has been one of the most dependable and reliable players in New Zealand rugby over the last number of years but it’s hard to imagine he …

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Ex-All Black To Play French Amateur Rugby For The Rest Of The Season

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Piri Weepu of Wasps warms up before the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Gloucester at The Ricoh Arena on March 1, 2015 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Piri Weepu is playing with French amateur club RC Saint Sulpice for the remainder of the season, the club’s official website confirmed.  Weepu’s contract with Oyonnax was ended last month, with no reason for this having been made public. This left Weepu with no job and no place to play rugby. Following that, fellow All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu, currently playing with Castres, …

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