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Ten Diminutive Internationals Who Could Thrive Under New High Tackle Laws

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Ben Youngs of England breaks during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

After watching the first weekend’s Premiership action under the new zero tolerance high tackling laws, former England international Will Greenwood predicted that shorter players could thrive under the new laws as their lower centre of gravity and smaller tackle area mean a greater risk of indiscretions by opposing players. He went on to explain to Sky Sports News (via the …

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Which New Zealand Super 18 Backline Will Be The Strongest In 2017?

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26: Nehe Milner-Skudder of the Hurricanes is tackled during the round one Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Hurricanes at GIO Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The five New Zealand Super 18 franchises have just named their squads and some contrasting and truly terrifying looking backlines will take the field in the 2017 season. In backlines brimming with speed, power and skill, the question is: which one is shaping up as the most dangerous? We take a look at the most likely starting options for each …

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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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Five Reasons To Get Excited About The 2017 All Blacks Season

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 25: Rieko Ioane of the All Blacks passes during the New Zealand All Blacks captains run at the Suresnois Rugby Club on November 25, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The Lions hit All Black shores in June next year and will be the obvious highlight of the 2017 season. But while the build-up to the Lions tour will rise to fever pitch, we’re already feeling a few tingles of anticipation about other All Black developments in 2017. Here are the five biggest reasons to look forward to a bumper …

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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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Three Barrett Brothers Named In All Black Squad For European Tour

The All Blacks will be looking to extend their winning streak against Ireland, Italy and France. After beating a path through the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks will be looking to underline their global dominance by claiming wins over Ireland, Italy and France next month. To that end, Steve Hansen has named a squad filled with exciting players who have the …

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All Blacks Announce Team To Play South Africa On Saturday

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 15: All Black Head Coach Steve Hansen speaks to the media during a New Zealand All Blacks press conference on September 15, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Ahead of their final Ruby Championship test, the All Blacks have named the team that will face South Africa on Saturday.  With New Zealand having already won the tournament, as expected, Steve Hansen has made a number of changes to his match day 23. One of the most notable alterations will be Waisake Naholo’s introduction in place of Julian Savea whilst …

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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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