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Combined Rugby Championship Team Of The Tournament At Halfway Point

The Rugby Championship has passed the midway point and results have generally gone par for the course with the All Blacks far out in front, Australia and South Africa evenly matched and the Pumas petering out after a bright start.  So, who makes our Rugby Championship combined team so far? ________ 15. Israel Folau Folau might be causing controversy on …

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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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Packs Of Glory: Is The Lions Pack Better Than The All Blacks?

Australia v England

Ex-Lion turned pundit Jeremy Guscott recently claimed that the Lions will hold a man-for-man advantage over the All Blacks in their forward pack. Is he right? In this article, we size up the selection possibilities in both sides and tackle his bold claim. As Guscott has not put forward his final Lions XV, we decided to use his ex-teammate Will …

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The Power XV: Picking The Strongest Team In World Rugby

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10: CJ Stander of Ireland holds off Scott Williams of Wales during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Who’s the strongest of them all? Having assembled a Speed XV and a Flair XV, we wonder if a Power XV would trample over both these teams. In a world of blockbusting, gym-honed gladiators, who would make the most physically powerful XV in their respective positions? And which XV out of the three sides would come out on top overall? …

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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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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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All Blacks Vs France: Player Ratings

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks makes a break during 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)

A weary All Blacks side did just enough to repel an inspired but error prone French side in Paris to finish their international season with an impressive 13 wins out of 14. So, how did the players rate out of ten in the Stade de France? _______ New Zealand Israel Dagg (15)   Sped away for a typically opportunistic All …

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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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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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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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