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Crusaders Hit Back At Lions’ Illegal Scrum Claim

The Canterbury Crusaders hit back at the Golden Lions and defended prop Joe Moody on Friday after claims of illegal tactics ahead of the Super rugby final in Christchurch. Lions coach Swys de Bruin ignited the verbal clash when he said the eight-time champions get away with plenty of transgressions and called for a “fair deal” from Australian referee Angus …

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Combined Rugby Championship Team Of The Tournament At Halfway Point

The Rugby Championship has passed the midway point and results have generally gone par for the course with the All Blacks far out in front, Australia and South Africa evenly matched and the Pumas petering out after a bright start.  So, who makes our Rugby Championship combined team so far? ________ 15. Israel Folau Folau might be causing controversy on …

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All Blacks Name Phenomenal XV For South Africa Clash

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 17: Nehe Milner-Skudder of the New Zealand All Blacks breaks through to score his team's second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between New Zealand and France at the Millennium Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks have named their team for Saturday’s clash against South Africa in Auckland on Saturday. Coach Steve Hansen has made six changes to the starting XV which beat a much-improved Argentina side 39-22 last weekend in New Plymouth. In the pack, three-times capped Kane Hames is handed his first start in place of the injured Joe Moody, who …

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Five Reasons Why The All Blacks Are Vulnerable To A Springbok Ambush This Week

Among his effusive praise for the All Blacks, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee noted that the world champions are, at present, ‘vulnerable’ despite winning their first three Rugby Championship matches. So, where are the All Black weaknesses the Springboks will seek to exploit this Saturday? 1. A weakened front row After a seemingly endless sequence of Tests with Joe Moody and …

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Watch: Crusaders Nil The Highlanders To Secure Semi-Final Place

The second quarter-final of the 2016/17 Super Rugby season saw the Crusaders host the Highlanders for a place in the semi-finals. After an almost perfect regular season, the Crusaders were considered favourites before kick-off to go on and win the match. However, a Highlanders side which boasts the likes of Aaron Smith, Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Aaron Squire and Toulon’s …

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Player Ratings From The All Blacks Masterclass Against Samoa

The All Blacks’ first game of the season is traditionally one when the players shake off the rust and is usually characterised by unforced errors and misfiring combinations. Not at Eden Park. Not in 2017. So which players booked their places for the first test against the Lions in the 78-0 thrashing of Samoa? 15 Ben Smith 8.5 It gets …

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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?

Australia v England

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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Australia And New Zealand Name Sides For Second Bledisloe Cup Clash

Australia v New Zealand

The Wallabies will be looking to restore some pride this weekend. As was widely reported yesterday, Michael Cheika has selected Quade Cooper to start against the All Blacks after the Wallabies were thumped 42-8 last weekend. Although many anticipated Cooper staring at inside centre, he has been handed the number 10 jersey with Bernard Foley playing alongside at 12. Nevertheless, …

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Predicted All Blacks 23 For The Lions Series In 2017

With plenty of talk surrounding the British and Irish Lions squad for 2017, Simon van Ryn will have a crack at naming the possible All Blacks 23 to defend their shores. _____ Notable Inclusions Reggie Goodes: Two years is a long time in Rugby and this writer believes Reggie Goodes will make a huge statement in N.Z. rugby over the …

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