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Owen Franks Left Out As Hansen Names All Blacks World Cup Squad

All Blacks World Cup Squad

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has named his 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Hansen has left out some big names including 108-Test veteran Owen Franks while Ngani Laumape and Liam Squire were other high-profile players not to make the cut. Laumape’s exclusion has paved the way for Ryan Crotty’s inclusion. All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen …

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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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All Blacks Suffer Injury Blow Ahead Of Second Bledisloe Cup Test

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen

The All Blacks have suffered a blow to their original starting lineup, which was named to take on the Wallabies on Saturday.  Owen Franks has been ruled out due to the ongoing Achilles issues that he’s been suffering from all season. The 29-year-old was set to start when the squad was named on Thursday morning (NZ time). A midday announcement, …

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Crusaders Name Starting Team For Super Rugby Final

during the Super Rugby Semi Final match between the Crusaders and the Chiefs at AMI Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has named his starting XV for Saturday’s Super Rugby final against the Lions in Johannesburg. Robertson has named an unchanged starting fifteen and bench, meaning the seven-time champions go into their twelfth Super Rugby final with an unchanged match-day 23 for the third game in a row. Here is our team for the @SuperRugbyNZ Final against …

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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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World Rugby Chief Left “Embarrassed” By SANZAAR’s Handling Of Owen Franks Incident

Media conference to introduce new World Rugby Chairman and Vice-Chairman

Agustin Pichot didn’t hold back in his criticism of SANZAAR. Last weekend rugby fans were left aghast when Owen Franks avoided any form of sanction for allegedly eye gouging Kane Douglas during the All Blacks win over Australia in the Rugby Championship. The incident drew reaction and comment from around the world, with many fans even accusing match officials of consistently showing …

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Kiwi Media Go Out Of Their Way To Prove The All Blacks Don’t Receive ‘Special Treatment’ From Referees

New Zealand v Australia

Referees were once again accused of favouring the New Zealand this week. Owen Franks and the All Blacks drew ire from rugby fans across the globe this week, after the All Black prop allegedly gouged one of Kane Douglas’ eyes. Although the incident was picked up by the cameras and caused outrage among fans and ex players like Brian O’Driscoll, it looks …

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