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Sonny Bill Williams Will Miss Rugby Championship Opener

New Zealand All Blacks player Sonny Bill Williams (R) takes part in a training session in Auckland on July 6, 2017. The New Zealand All Blacks will play the British and Irish Lions in the third and final Test in Auckland on July 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Two-time World Cup-winning All Black centre Sonny Bill Williams will miss his side’s opening Rugby Championship clash with Australia in Sydney on August 19, according to the New Zealand Herald. This is after a World Rugby hearing decided that the 28-year-old’s four-week ban for a reckless shoulder charge to Anthony Watson’s face during his side’s second Test against the British …

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Warren Gatland A Contender For All Blacks Post Come 2019

Auckland , New Zealand - 24 June 2017; British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, right, shakes hands with New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen prior to the First Test match between New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland is a contender for the coveted All Blacks coaching role in 2019. Hamilton-born Gatland has not hidden his desire to one day lead his country and ahead of Saturday’s series decider at Eden Park, his chances have been given a boost by New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew. Speaking to the …

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Graham Henry Reckons Tana Umaga And Keven Mealamu Handled The Brian O’Driscoll Incident Pretty Well

It was inevitable that conversation surrounding the infamous Brian O’Driscoll incident from the 2005 British & Irish Lions Tour would rear its head in the coming weeks.  Over the last few days, many people have been discussing the comments made by Kevan Mealamu who was one of the players, along with Tana Umaga, who ended O’Driscoll’s season with that dangerous spear …

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5 Conclusions From Leinster Vs. Munster

Leinster saw off Munster 25-14 at the Aviva stadium. The game between Leinster and Munster in the Aviva stadium was certainly not a classic. Both sides are shadows of their former selves, with Munster in particular still looking off the pace. During the early weeks of the season it was apparent that Rassie Erasmus had stripped Munster back to the …

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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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Frank Quinn Column: Stuart Lancaster’s Appointment Leaves Too Many Unanswered Questions

Leinster surprised the rugby public when they appointed Stuart Lancaster as senior coach this week. Last season Leinster paid the price for sacking Matt O’Conner without having an alternative candidate ready to take the reigns. The speed at which the province moved to cast aside the Australian was in complete contrast to their fruitless search to find a replacement. Throughout the …

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Leinster Hit With Coaching Crisis On The Eve Of New Season

Leinster’s Kurt McQuilkin has returned to New Zealand for personal reasons. Leinster have this morning announced that Kurt McQuilkin will step down as defence coach and return to New Zealand for personal reasons. The news will come as a blow to the province, who will have to appoint a new defence coach as their pre-season preparations come to a conclusion. Indeed, McQuilkin …

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Sir Graham Henry & Johan Erasmus – New Faces With New Ideas

Johan Erasmus

The old adage ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’ may apply to old wooden shelves and furniture, but in sports and business, it pays to be proactive rather than reactive. It’s hard to tell which of the two camps Irish Rugby is, as one hand the appointment of Anthony Foley and Leo Cullen as Munster and Leinster coaches was a sign …

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Graham Henry Suggests Radical Breakdown Law Change

New Zealand IRB RWC 2011 Celebration Parade

Graham Henry has argued for changes to be made to rugby’s breakdown laws. As rugby has become increasingly physical since the game turned professional, World Rugby have trialled and adapted the laws governing the sport on a regular basis to ensure the safety of players. Given the number of injuries suffered by front rows, the scrum has come in for particular attention, …

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New Zealand’s Greatest XV

As part of a series of articles on the best sides from each nation, we turn our attentions next to the greatest players to have ever played for New Zealand’s revered All Blacks. Rather than simply producing a subjective team list based on one person’s opinions, we will go through several statistically-based sides to help you decide on your ultimate …

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