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Hansen’s Intelligent Use Of His 23-Man Squad Sets The All Blacks Apart

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 16: Coach Steve Hansen of the All Blacks speaks to media during a New Zealand All Blacks press conference at InterContinental Hotel on June 16, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Irish rugby fans are currently in a state of bliss after their historic breakthrough wins over the weekend.  Not only did the Irish senior team beat the Springboks for the first time in South Africa, but Ireland’s U-20 side have achieved an even bigger scalp. The current Junior Rugby World Cup holders, the U-20 All Blacks, were beaten 33-24 by Ireland, marking the country’s …

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Making The All Blacks Is About Timing

Since the professional era of rugby began, Ireland has produced a number of world class rugby players. Like every other country, Ireland has developed players up through the academy system in a bid to produce players eligible for higher honours later in life. Similar to Ireland, New Zealand have a finely tuned development program that picks the cream of the …

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

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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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New Zealand Media Fear Losing Three All Blacks To European Clubs

Three established All Blacks are being linked with moves to Europe. The New Zealand Herald are fearful that three multi capped All Blacks are on the verge of joining clubs in Europe. The players in question are World Cup winners Israel Dagg, Cory Jane and Victor Vito. Although Dagg and Jane have fallen out of favour, Vito remains an important …

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Milner-Skudder vs Nahalo: Who Should Get The Nod?

Milner-Skudder Made a statement last night but Nahalo is looking to pounce. Nehe Milner Skudder has produced a man of the match performance against Namibia putting to rest his slip up against Argentina in their first fixture of the World Cup. A fan favourite – Milner Skudder was back to his sparkling best using his twinkle toes to once again bamboozle …

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12 Big-Name Players Who Will Miss The Rugby World Cup

It’s inevitable that when a team announces its 31-man Rugby World Cup squad, there’s always one or two shocking omissions. Sadly, thats’s the nature of the beast and sport can be ruthless. With that in mind, let’s look at twelve world-class players who have been unlucky, if not kicking themselves, to have been left out. ______ 1) Francois Trinh-Duc (FRA) The …

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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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Ranking The World’s Top 10 Fullbacks

It’s a slow news day on the rugby front, with no Super Rugby until tomorrow, and no Rugby World Cup for another excruciating 99 days. So, what better way to tear each others’ heads off in Pundit Arena HQ than to argue as to who is the world’s best full-back? Let the debate commence as we dive for cover… _____ …

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Super Rugby Final Preview – Waratahs v. Crusaders

It all comes down to this. Waratahs versus Crusaders. Matthew Morrow previews this weekend’s massive Super Rugby Final. The final that we all wanted. Both the Waratahs and the Crusaders have been a cut above the rest in Super Rugby this year and it is only fitting that they should meet in this year’s final. Often, the playoffs throw up …

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Is Israel Folau Really The World’s Best Fullback?

Matt Cassidy investigates the notion that Israel Folau trumps all when it comes to being a fullback in professional rugby. The Australian sports media went into a frenzy just over a week ago when Wallaby star, Israel Folau, was spotted having coffee with the NRL’s head of football, Todd Greenberg. It would be an enormous blow to the ARU if Folau decided to …

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