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Hansen Names Three New Players In Extended All Blacks Training Squad

Auckland , New Zealand - 8 July 2017; New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen during the Third 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)

Steve Hansen has picked three new players in his extended training squad for next month’s Rugby Championship. Included for the first time in the 34-man squad are Highlanders utility back Richard Buckman and second-row Tom Franklin, as well as Chiefs tighthead Atu Moli. The versatile Buckman can play at centre, full-back as well as on the wing and was part …

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Sir Clive Woodward Says Lions Win Could Herald New Era Of Northern Dominance


Sir Clive Woodward is ‘quietly confident’ that the Lions will be ‘smiling’ following Saturday’s first test against the All Blacks at Eden Park. Woodward says that an All Blacks loss could signal that his perceived ‘sea change’ occurring in international rugby toward Northern Hemisphere dominance is complete. Woodward, who is flying to New Zealand to take up commentary duties, says …

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Five Key Match-Ups To Savour In Lions Vs New Zealand Maori Battle

After two defeats already in the 2017 Tour, the Lions are under pressure to get back on track, with the first Test match in Auckland fast approaching. A powerful Lions first team will take on an electric New Zealand Maori selection in Rotorua on Saturday. So which player match ups will see sparks fly in New Zealand’s famous volcanic region? …

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This Electric New Zealand Maori Backline Could Tame The Lions

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 20: Otere Black of the Hurricanes in action during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Cheetahs at Westpac Stadium on May 20, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The logjam of talent available for the All Blacks among the backs means that some incredibly talented players will miss out on Steve Hansen’s squad selection for the Lions Tests, which is to be named on June 8. However, many of those players will get a chance to press their Test claims as part of the New Zealand Maori team, …

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Watch: James Lowe Finishes Brilliant Kick-Chase Try For Māori All Blacks

Māori All Blacks winger James Lowe bagged two tries in New Zealand’s 54-7 win over the USA in Chicago on Friday night. Lowe had scored just one try in six games for Tasman in this season’s National Provincial Championship but managed to bounce back to form for the Māori All Blacks on Friday notching a brace including this spectacular kick-chase try. With the USA …

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Why The Celtic Nations Should Be Backing The All Blacks In Their Campaign To Restructure International Rugby

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 24: Aaron Smith of the All Black reacts as the scrum packs down during the International match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The New Zealand Rugby Union have threatened to stop touring the northern hemisphere. Make no mistake about it, modern rugby has jettisoned many of the characteristics that appealed to fans during the amateur era. Although much has improved, the ethos of the sport has been left behind. Today the game is centred around money; those that have it are successful, …

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Watch: AC Milan Perform Haka As Part Of A Sponsorship Campaign

AC Milan shocked both rugby and football supporters. Following the fallout from Matt Dawson’s Hakarena last summer, you would have thought advertising companies would want to steer clear of belittling the Haka in any way. Indeed, such was the backlash from Dawson’s effort, it almost created a diplomatic incident with a number of political figures in New Zealand voicing their …

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Fiji: A True Rugby Nation

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 06: Fiji supporters cheer during the 2016 Sydney Sevens match between Fiji and France at Allianz Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

After Cyclone Winston hit the island nation of Fiji, at least 42 people have been killed and an estimated 9,000 people are living in temporary shelters after their homes were destroyed. With all the media attention on the tiny country, it seems now would be an apt time to remind the rest of the rugby world of how important Fiji …

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The Sad Death Of Rugby’s ‘A’ Game

CORK, IRELAND - JANUARY 30: England's Elliot Daly takes on the Irish defence during the International match between the Ireland Wolfhounds and England Saxons at Irish Independent Park on January 30, 2015 in Cork, Ireland. (Photo by Stringer/Getty Images)

Every nation should have a clear pathway from grassroots to the elite team, but in the northern hemisphere in particular the existence of ‘A’ fixtures is under threat. Traditionally, these fixtures have provided international set-ups with the opportunity to look at second string players or bed in bolters or up-and-coming players into the international set-up. In recent years only Ireland, …

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Maori Unhappy At Exploitation Of The Haka

Maori leaders are unhappy at the commercial exploitation of the Haka. Although some oppose the Haka being performed before games involving the All Blacks, it has become part of the modern game. The Haka is seen as something unique to both New Zealand and the game of rugby. Not only does the ritual bring an additional atmosphere to games, more importantly, it engages …

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Highlights From the New Zealand Maori V Fiji

Fiji took on the New Zealand Maori this morning in a tight encounter With the help of seventeen unanswered second half points, the New Zealand Maori came from behind to beat Fiji 27-26. In an entertaining game, Fiji led by 16 points at half time 26-10. However just like in the Super Rugby Final, Elliot Dixon provided the the all …

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Two-sets Of Brothers Named In New Zealand Maori Side For Fiji Test

New Zealand Maori coach Colin Cooper has named his side to take on Fiji at ANZ Stadium in Suva this Saturday with two sets of brothers named in the starting XV. Auckland’s Akira and Rieko Ioane line up at blindside flanker and right wing respectively while the Chiefs McKenzie brothers, Marty and Damien, have been named at fly-half and fullback. …

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