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The Five Best All Blacks Playing Outside Of New Zealand

Northampton Saints v Racing 92 - European Rugby Champions Cup

The All Blacks have talented players scattered throughout the globe. The ever increasing amount of money being pumped into rugby by broadcasters hungry for ratings, has enabled northern hemisphere clubs raid their counterparts south of the equator for some of rugby’s best players. Although the player drain, as it has become known, has been in motion since the dawn in …

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All Blacks Name Youthful Squad Ahead Of Summer Test Series

New Zealand All Blacks Squad Announcement

Retirements and departures have forced Steve Hansen to rebuild his squad. Just as Nigel Owens blew the final whistle on the World Cup final, it was not lost on New Zealand fans that this particular All Black squad was set to break up. In one swoop, Steve Hansen would lose over 800 caps worth of experience, as Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Ma’a …

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Five Positions Up For Grabs Ahead Of The All Black Squad Announcement

New Zealand v Australia - The Rugby Championship

Steve Hansen will name his New Zealand squad tomorrow. Soon after the All Blacks had finished celebrating their third World Cup triumph, New Zealand’s management team began to finalise their succession plan to fill the holes left by Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith. Not only had some of their star names left the international stage, but a …

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This New Zealand XV Playing In Europe Is Frightening

Dan Carter

The depth of talent available to the All Blacks is illustrated by this XV. Although we have come to expect former All Blacks to make their way to European clubs in search of a lucrative contract before retirement, the last few years has seen many promising young players make their way north. Indeed, despite being one of New Zealand’s most …

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La Rochelle Linked With Massive Move For All Black Number 8

La Rochelle could be one the verge of signing one of New Zealand’s best backrow forwards. All Black number 8, Victor Vito, is on the verge of signing for Top 14 side, La Rochelle. The news was reported by rugby journalist, Gavin Mortimer. Gossip, and @midi_olympique claims that La Rochelle are “on the point of obtaining the signature” of All Black …

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All Blacks Likely To Ring The Changes For Namibia Game

After a tough opening win against Argentina the All Blacks will now focus all their energy on Namibia, regarded as one of the minnows of this World Cup. Namibia have a couple of excellent players. Their skipper Jacques Berger is a regular starter for England club champions Saracens and would be a dead cert pick in almost every World Cup team. …

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Milner-Skudder Starts In Strong All Blacks Side For RWC Opener

Steve Hansen has named his side to tackle Argentina at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. With 1200 tests in the starting XV the All Blacks head into the match as firm favourites. The rapid rise of Nehe Milner-Skudder sees the star outside back take his place on the right wing, forming a lethal combination with Julian Savea and Ben Smith. Milner-Skudder …

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Experienced All Blacks Named For Rugby World Cup Title Defence

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named his 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign. The big movers and shakers of the team see experienced players Israel Dagg, Jeremy Thrush, Lima Sopoaga and Cory Jane miss out, with Steve Hansen and co. preferring the exuberance of Nehe Milner-Skudder, Victor Vito and Waisaki Nahalo to light up their already …

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Five Players Battle It Out For Two All Blacks World Cup Slots

On Sunday evening the All Blacks will name their much anticipated squad to defend the Rugby World Cup title. Simon van Ryn discusses the outside backs selection headache facing Steve Hansen. Most of the squad picks itself but there are still a few uncertainties surrounding selection, most notably the outside backs. It’s fair to say that Julian Savea and Ben …

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Ma’a Nonu Over Sonny Bill Williams Is A No Brainer

The All Blacks recent Bledisloe victory over Australia at Eden Park confirmed two things; Daniel Carter is back to his sublime best and it will take something special from either Beauden Barrett, Colin Slade or Lima Sopoaga to knock him off the pecking order leading into the World Cup playoff stages. What also stood out from the All Black demolition …

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The Case Against New Zealand Winning the World Cup

The All Blacks will begin the World Cup as defending champions Like all previous World Cups, New Zealand will begin this one as favourites. However they have yet to win the title on foreign soil. Many theories have been bandied about as to why this is the case, ranging from All Blacks being unable to deal with the pressure of …

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