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A Brutal All Blacks Pack That Will Bully The Lions

Aled Price takes a look at the All Blacks’ pack options and deciphers exactly which combination could pose the most problems for the Lions. ________ 1. Joe Moody The most understated and least appreciated member of this All Black pack, Moody quietly goes about his business with precision and aplomb. The Crusaders man is challenged for the number 1 jersey …

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Packs Of Glory: Is The Lions Pack Better Than The All Blacks?

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Ex-Lion turned pundit Jeremy Guscott recently claimed that the Lions will hold a man-for-man advantage over the All Blacks in their forward pack. Is he right? In this article, we size up the selection possibilities in both sides and tackle his bold claim. As Guscott has not put forward his final Lions XV, we decided to use his ex-teammate Will …

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The Power XV: Picking The Strongest Team In World Rugby

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10: CJ Stander of Ireland holds off Scott Williams of Wales during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Who’s the strongest of them all? Having assembled a Speed XV and a Flair XV, we wonder if a Power XV would trample over both these teams. In a world of blockbusting, gym-honed gladiators, who would make the most physically powerful XV in their respective positions? And which XV out of the three sides would come out on top overall? …

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Students Perform Heartfelt Haka At Sione Lauaki’s Funeral

Students and old boys of Kelston Boys’ High School paid tribute to former Chiefs backrower Sione Lauaki with a passionate haka at the 35-year-old’s funeral in Auckland on Saturday. Lauaki, who passed away in Waitakere Hospital of kidney failure last Sunday, was buried in Waikumete Cemetery which happens to be just a couple of kilometres away from his old college Kelston Boys’ High …

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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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All Blacks vs England: A Player vs Player Match-Up

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With the news that the All Blacks and England will avoid each other again in 2017, the arguments over which side is the dominant force in world rugby will only intensify. One way to decide could be if we took each side at their peak in 2016 – the All Blacks side which walloped South Africa 57-15 and the England …

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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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All Blacks Vs France: Player Ratings

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks makes a break during 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)

A weary All Blacks side did just enough to repel an inspired but error prone French side in Paris to finish their international season with an impressive 13 wins out of 14. So, how did the players rate out of ten in the Stade de France? _______ New Zealand Israel Dagg (15)   Sped away for a typically opportunistic All …

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Changes Aplenty For New Zealand Ahead of France Clash

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: TJ Perenara of New Zealand passes during the international rugby match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at Aviva Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) All Blacks

New Zealand have announced their side for their clash with France this Saturday. The No. 1 ranked team in the world make five changes to their starting XV from their victory over Ireland last weekend. New Zealand welcome back Jerome Kaino to blindside flanker in place of Liam Squire while the injured Sam Cane is absent and replaced by Matt Todd. The backs …

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What Are The Battered All Blacks’ Options Against France?

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 22: New Zealand All Black coach Steve Hansen during training at the Suresnes Rugby Club on November 22, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks have been battered and almost bettered on the rugby pitch by Ireland while their squad’s been depleted by injuries and potential suspensions. The All Blacks backline being without their rock of consistency, Ben Smith, means there is a strong case for moving World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett to fullback. Will Steve Hansen roll the dice? If …

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Sean O’Brien – Conqueror Of Injury And Bane Of The All Blacks

“I have learned one thing,” screenplay writer Marshall Brickman told the New York Times in an interview alongside Oscar winning director Woody Allen in 1977. “As Woody says, ‘Showing up is 80 percent of life.’” In Hollywood showing up is 80% of life and 100% of the job. You have to show up to shoot. It’s the most basic, fundamental …

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Three Things Steve Hansen’s Selection Tells Us About New Zealand’s Game Plan

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The All Blacks will be looking to avenge their defeat in Chicago. Immediately after the referee blew the final whistle on Ireland’s historic 40-29 win over the All Blacks in Chicago, Steve Hansen’s thoughts must have immediately turned to the much anticipated re-math in Dublin this weekend. The All Black coach would have been fuming at his side’s indiscipline, and …

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Likely All Blacks XV To Face Ireland For Rematch In Dublin

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 12: Sam Cane of the New Zealand All Blacks sings the anthem during the international rugby match between New Zealand and Italy at Stadio Olimpico on November 12, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks’ heavy artillery will return next weekend in Dublin and aim for the sweet taste of revenge against a buoyant Irish side. So who is likely to run out in black against the greens on Saturday? The All Black backline will be decidedly different from that which faced the Irish in Chicago. The All Blacks lost their continuity …

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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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