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All Blacks Dealt Blow As Ben Smith Set To Take Extended Break

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 15: Ben Smith of the All Blacks looks on during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at Eden Park on June 15, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

All Blacks vice-captain Ben Smith is reportedly set to take up an option in his contract allowing him to take an extended sabbatical. The New Zealand Herald are alleging that the 31-year-old Highlanders back could miss up to eight test during the break, beginning next month. Smith was limited to a small role in the recent drawn Test series against …

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Five Questions For The Lions And All Blacks Coaches Ahead Of The Second Test In Wellington

After a pulsating first Test in which the All Blacks out-Warrenballed the Lions 30-15, will we see any changes in tactics employed by coaches Warren Gatland and Steve Hansen for the second Test in Wellington? Will Gatland drop his captain, Peter O’Mahony? How will the All Blacks approach the game tactically? Here are the five biggest questions which need answers …

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Lions Tour: The All Blacks’ Five Most Dangerous Players

Auckland , New Zealand - 16 June 2017; Beauden Barrett of New Zealand during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Samoa at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

With just a matter of days to go until the most anticipated Lions Test matches in history, the series is still impossible to predict. Many believe the Lions’ resolute defence and powerful forwards will prove more dominant than the All Blacks. On the other hand, many think the Lions simply cannot cope with the flair and all round skill set possessed …

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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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Top All Black Hooker Dane Coles Now Highly Unlikely To Face Lions

The All Blacks seem to have lost the services of one of their key players: first choice hooker Dane Coles. Wellington Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree gave the media an update on Coles’ condition and the news was not good. Plumtree reported that Coles was still not free of the concussion symptoms which have sidelined him since March 18. Plumtree …

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The Fast XV: Picking The Quickest Team In World Rugby

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Jonathan Joseph of England scores his sides second try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on March 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

The main difference between England and Scotland in this year’s Six Nations was not power but speed. Jonathan Joseph’s impeccable timing and blazing pace saw him blast through the Scottish backline seemingly at will. But would the Bath flier make a World Fastest XV? 15  Israel Dagg  (New Zealand) A very tough one to pick but the way Israel Dagg …

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All Black Ben Smith Rejects Big Money Move To Europe

New Zealand vice-captain and fullback Ben Smith has bucked the trend of big name players leaving the southern hemisphere for lucrative deals in France’s Top 14, by committing his future to the world champions until 2020. Speculation over Smith’s future has been rife for weeks now and with All Blacks out-half Aaron Cruden choosing money over country with a big …

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