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Warren Gatland Launches Scathing Attack At ‘Underhanded’ New Zealand Media

Warren Gatland has once again addressed the questionable treatment he received from the New Zealand media during last summer’s Lions tour.  Having coached the Lions through a drawn Test series against the All Blacks last summer, Warren Gatland recently admitted that he had hated the experience and would not subject himself to another tour. “I’m done and I wouldn’t subject …

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A New Zealand Backline To Tear Open The Lions

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: Malakai Fekitoa of New Zealand in action during the International Friendly between Ireland and New Zealand at Aviva Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

With Lions fever gripping England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales ahead of the team announcement later this month, Aled Price takes a look at New Zealand’s strongest backline and just the damage it could do to Warren Gatland’s Lions. Starting with Aaron Smith, here are the All Blacks who could really tear the tourists open. _________ 9. Aaron Smith The diminutive scrum …

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Leinster Lose Out On Big Summer Signing As All Black Decides To Stay Put

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All Black Israel Dagg has confirmed that he will remain in New Zealand through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The 28-year-old was recently linked to a move to the northern hemisphere, with Leinster and Toulon reportedly interested in the New Zealand fullback. However, Dagg has decided to remain in Christchurch, where he will continue playing for the Crusaders and …

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The Five Best Number 8s In World Rugby At Present

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Lucas Noguera of Argentina (R) and Santiago Cordero of Argentina (L) attempt to stop Billy Vunipola of England during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Argentina at Twickenham Stadium on November 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Number 8 is one of the most important positions on the field tactically, as the players who feature there are often the link between the forwards and the backs, and are used as a team’s ball carrier when go-forward is needed. Here we take a look at the five best players in the position today. _______ 5. Facundo Isa (Argentina) …

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All Blacks: An In-Depth Look At Steve Hansen’s Openside Options

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 21: All Black coach Steve Hansen during the New Zealand All Blacks Captain's Run at Eden Park on October 21, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Openside has never been a position of weakness for New Zealand, with illustrious names such as Richie McCaw, Josh Kronfeld and Michael Jones wearing 7 on their back over the years. For the November internationals Steve Hansen has an embarrassment of riches in the position. Here we take a look at the 57-year-old’s options. _______ Sam Cane From early on …

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Does The All Blacks’ Midfield Muddle Mean This Is Wales’ Chance?

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 09: Head Coach Steve Hansen talks to the media during a New Zealand All Blacks media conference at The Heritage on June 9, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Michael Bradley/Getty Images)

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen’s squad for the third Test against Wales is a curious mix of experimentation and conservatism. There are areas of comfort and continuity for the All Blacks in the pack, half-back and the confidence in Beauden Barrett to, perhaps, finally take permanent hold of the starting fly-half position.The biggest surprise is in midfield, where the bruising …

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Six Of All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen’s Greatest Ever Quotes

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)

Steve Hansen dealt out some gentle advice to Michael Cheika after the Wallabies were defeated in their second Test against Eddie Jones’ England. Noting that Jones and Cheika were former teammates, he observed that Jones’ larger than life, aggressive media presence in Australia had been met by exactly nothing from the Wallabies boss (via RTÉ). “Cheika’s not come back, he’s …

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Wales Suffer Massive Injury Blow Ahead Of Saturday’s Second Test

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Warren Gatland, head coach of Wales looks dejected after the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

News emerging from New Zealand will have Welsh rugby fans holding their head in their hands as talismanic winger George North has been officially ruled out of the remainder of Wales’ summer tour of New Zealand. Wales suffered a 39-21 defeat to the All Blacks at the weekend in which North was one of their standout performers. In a hard-fought …

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All Blacks Receive Some Worrying Injury News

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Nehe Milner-Skudder of New Zealand dives over to score his team's first try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

World Cup winger, Nehe Milner-Skudder could be out for the rest of the season if he requires shoulder reconstruction surgery, according to Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd. The All Blacks star was forced off during Friday’s 23-21 win over the Blues. Milner-Skudder had already missed the Hurricanes’ Round 2 loss to the Highlanders (which was a repeat of last year’s final) …

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