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Rugby World Reacts As Owen Franks Inexplicably Avoids Citing Following Alleged Gouging

Many fans expected to see Owen Franks cited following yesterday’s Bledisloe Cup match. Although New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup following a 29-9 victory over Australia, their triumph has been overshadowed by the subsequent controversy surrounding Owen Franks. In the the midst of the full blooded encounter, the All Black prop appeared to make contact Kane Douglas’ eye during the seventh minute. …

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Rugby Championship Team Of Round Two: All Black And Argentinian Blue

In round two of the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks continued their unbeaten ‘reestablishment’ era run with a comprehensive 29-9 win over Australia, while Argentina held their nerve to eke out a two-point win (26-24) over South Africa. So which players make our Rugby Championship team of the week? 15. Ben Smith (New Zealand) A typically classy performance from Smith, …

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Video: Owen Franks Could Be In Massive Trouble After Footage Of Potential Eye Gouge Emerges

Owen Franks could be in line for a lengthy suspension. After Australia were embarrassed by the All Blacks in Sydney last weekend, the second Bledisloe Cup match was always going to be a full blooded affair. Throughout the early exchanges, both sides attempted to impose themselves at the breakdown, with players battling for possession on the ground. However, as if …

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All Blacks: Whose Stocks Rose During The Wales Series?

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Following New Zealand’s series whitewash over Wales, Kaal Kaczmarek looks at whose stocks have either risen, fallen or stayed as they are within the All Blacks squad.  ______ Stocks up Beauden Barrett was the undoubted star of the series. His fizzing pace and skills turned the first Test, guided the second and controlled the third. He grew more assured with …

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Family Time: Could A Team Of All Brothers Beat The All Blacks?

Sibling rivalry is intense – just ask your average eagle or hyena that can often be found snacking on their brothers and sisters. In honour of Ardie Savea’s elevation to join big bro ‘The Bus’ Julian in the All Blacks squad, we investigate whether the constructive and destructive energy of sibling rivalry could be harnessed into the creation of an invincible …

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Two Top 14 Clubs Battling To Sign Charlie Faumuina

New Zealand v Argentina - Group C: Rugby World Cup 2015

Charlie Faumuina is attracting a good deal of interest. Although Charlie Faumuina’s contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union is not set to expire until the end of the 2017/18 season, two Top 14 clubs are already battling it out to sign the monster tighthead. Given Faumuina’s size and power, he is ideally suited to the Top 14, consequently it comes …

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International Rugby: The ‘Winners’ XV

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) The Scotland team sing the national anthem during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Scotland at Hunter Stadium on June 5, 2012 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Who are the players with the most wins in the history of Test rugby? We look at the fifteen men who would make up a team of winners. It’s no real surprise that a large number of All Blacks are in this side, but the dominance of Test rugby in recent years is evident through the number of recent and …

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Rugby World Cup Final: Australia And New Zealand Combined XV

The stage is set. Twickenham will host the Rugby World Cup Final on Saturday evening, with Australia taking on champions New Zealand to decide who will capture the William Webb Ellis Trophy. Here at Pundit Arena HQ, we can’t wait. It’s just 145 hours and two minutes until kick-off, but who’s counting? As part of our build-up, we have decided to take a …

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Milner-Skudder Starts In Strong All Blacks Side For RWC Opener

Steve Hansen has named his side to tackle Argentina at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. With 1200 tests in the starting XV the All Blacks head into the match as firm favourites. The rapid rise of Nehe Milner-Skudder sees the star outside back take his place on the right wing, forming a lethal combination with Julian Savea and Ben Smith. Milner-Skudder …

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Experienced All Blacks Named For Rugby World Cup Title Defence

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named his 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign. The big movers and shakers of the team see experienced players Israel Dagg, Jeremy Thrush, Lima Sopoaga and Cory Jane miss out, with Steve Hansen and co. preferring the exuberance of Nehe Milner-Skudder, Victor Vito and Waisaki Nahalo to light up their already …

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