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Toulon Owner Mourad Boudjellal Keen To Add Another All Black To His Stable

French giants Toulon are interested in signing All Blacks star Israel Dagg, according to Midi Olympique. Toulon’s billionaire owner Mourad Boudjellal reportedly wants the Crusaders man along with controversial Saracens winger Chris Ashton to replace Aussies Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau, who are set to leave the three-time European champions in the coming months. With rumours that winger Bryan Habana and …

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Rugby Championship Team Of The Season

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Beauden Barrett of New Zealand runs the ball 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 Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The All Black stats for the Rugby Championship don’t lie: six bonus point wins, 38 tries scored and just five conceded, with an average scoreline of 44-14. The All Blacks are on a 17-win world record-equalling streak and sit at the highest total (96.57) in IRB history. From these incredible statistics, you’d expect a complete blackwash of a Rugby Championship …

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Chris Ashton Linked With Shock Move To Toulon

BARNET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Chris Ashton of Saracens looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on September 17, 2016 in Barnet, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Chris Ashton is one of the most divisive figures in rugby at present. The English winger has been awesome at times for Saracens, but has not featured for the Red Rose lately, as Eddie Jones prefers the likes of Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell. He was left out of the squad for the international tests, but this was due to …

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Player Ratings: All Blacks Vs South Africa

Aaron Smith

The relentless All Blacks machine purred into action after half time again, and eased away from the Springboks to a 41-13 – and 15th straight – victory. Outstanding performances came from Dane Coles and Aaron Smith, who both redeemed themselves after error-ridden games against Argentina. But, how did the players on both sides rate? ______ All Blacks Ben Smith: 7.5 A …

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Rugby Championship Team Of Round Two: All Black And Argentinian Blue

In round two of the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks continued their unbeaten ‘reestablishment’ era run with a comprehensive 29-9 win over Australia, while Argentina held their nerve to eke out a two-point win (26-24) over South Africa. So which players make our Rugby Championship team of the week? 15. Ben Smith (New Zealand) A typically classy performance from Smith, …

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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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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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Ranking The Top Five Full-Backs In World Rugby Right Now

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15: Israel Folau of the Wallabies looks on during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Following on from our recent article of discussion in which we outlined who we feel are the top five openside flankers in the game of rugby union at the moment’; now that the European rugby season has come to a conclusion, it is time to look on another aspect of the season just gone by. To that end we will move away …

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If They Played Today, Who Would Win: England Or The All Blacks?

With both England and the All Blacks recording impressive 3-0 series wins in their respective summer tours, many rugby fans have been speculating what would happen if schedules changed and the two top sides in the world met later this year. We decided to examine the potential head-to-head player match ups, delve into form and stats and see which of the …

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All Blacks: Whose Stocks Rose During The Wales Series?

Aaron Smith

Following New Zealand’s series whitewash over Wales, Kaal Kaczmarek looks at whose stocks have either risen, fallen or stayed as they are within the All Blacks squad.  ______ Stocks up Beauden Barrett was the undoubted star of the series. His fizzing pace and skills turned the first Test, guided the second and controlled the third. He grew more assured with …

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The 15 All Blacks That Look Ominously Good For Japan 2019 Already

Steve Hansen and his All Blacks selectors already have an embarrassment of riches to chose from in the 2016 season. However, even more gems are likely be refined by the time the squad for Japan 2019 is announced. We take a look in the All Blacks’ crystal ball and uncover a potential team of devastating skill, power and pace. 15. Israel …

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By The Numbers – Julian Savea’s Fall From Grace

When Julian Savea topped the 2015 Rugby World Cup try scoring charts with eight tries in six matches, I thought I was witnessing the becoming of a player who could go down as the greatest winger to have ever played the game. With 39 tries in 42 Tests for the All Blacks, Savea trails only Japan’s Daisuke Ohata as the only …

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