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Richie McCaw: All Blacks Have Been On Edge Since Chicago

It’s been two years since Ireland claimed that famous victory over the All Blacks at Soldier Field in Chicago.  When you back to the 60-0 thumping in Hamilton in 2012 or the agonising two-point loss in 2013, Chicago proved to be the remedy for all that hurt as the history of haunting results was finally put to bed. New Zealand …

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“He’s A Kiwi At Heart & He’d Probably Love To Give It A Crack”

Richie McCaw Joe Schmidt

All Blacks legend, Richie McCaw, believes New Zealand native, Joe Schmidt, would relish the opportunity to coach in his home country. Schmidt’s current contract with the IRFU expires after next year’s World Cup in Japan and New Zealand Rugby chief Steve Tew has admitted that the 53-year-old is among the names being considered to replace the current head coach, Steve Hansen, …

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Three Sportspeople Who’ve Played Through Horrendous Injuries

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 16: Richie McCaw of the All Blacks looks on during semi final two of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park on October 16, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

It emerged recently that Johnny Sexton started the British and Irish Lions’ final Test versus the All Blacks with a broken wrist and a ruptured tendon in his ankle.   Here we examine three other famous cases of sportspeople gritting their teeth and pushing themselves through the pain barrier to achieve glory in their chosen field. ________ 3. Aidan O’Mahony …

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The All Blacks Ill-Discipline XV

In the entire history of the All Blacks, only Cyril Brownlie in 1925, Colin Meads in 1967 and now Sonny Bill Williams have ever seen red for the All Blacks in test rugby. The story, however, is somewhat different when it comes to yellow cards, with 50 All Blacks having received yellows in their careers. Captain Kieran Read has received …

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Five U-20 Rugby Stars Who Could Light Up The 2019 World Cup In Japan

The u-20 World Championship in Georgia showcased some of the most brilliant up-and-coming talent in world rugby. Among all the promising players on display some showed they have what it takes to step up to the next level. Somewhat predictably, New Zealand brought the trophy home, hammering England in the final, while Ireland finished in a disappointing ninth-place. Here, we …

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Five Conclusions From The All Blacks’ 2016 Season

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Kieran Read of the All Blacks leads the haka before the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks looked mentally and physically exhausted in Paris but still managed to turn on the brilliance when it mattered to win the final match of their international season. So, what have we learned about the All Blacks in 2016? ______ 5. The House Of Barrett Is The Future Beauden Barrett had another spellbinding game in Paris, where he …

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Analysis: Have The All Blacks Become The USA Basketball Of World Rugby?

There is a belief in some circles that FIBA’s decision in 1989 to allow professional basketball players to compete in the summer Olympics ruined the game of international basketball. Between 1972 and 1988 the United States men’s basketball team had won just two Gold medals from four possible tournaments. The US had famously boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow due to the Soviet Union’s decision to …

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Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The All Blacks

Do you think you know all there is to know about New Zealand’s All Blacks? Well, keep reading. We’ve put together ten facts, records and statistics about the world’s greatest rugby team that might just surprise you. – 10) There have been 1,153 All Blacks so far, but only 838 have been test players The latest All Black is, of …

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Ardie Savea Vs Sam Cane: Statistically Similar But Worlds Apart

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 21: Sam Cane (L) Ardie Savea of the All Blacks during a New Zealand All Blacks training session on June 21, 2016 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

Ardie Savea was never meant to stay in the shadows. On Saturday, he gets his chance to lay down a challenge to Sam Cane’s hold on the venerated number 7 All Black jersey against the Springboks. The two champion players are united in talent but are worlds apart as individuals. Ardie Savea and Sam Cane’s Instagram accounts are a good …

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Opinion: New Zealand’s Dominance Over Australia Puts England’s Series Win In Perspective

Even though Eddie Jones’ England impressed the global rugby community with a comprehensive 3-0 series victory over the Wallabies, New Zealand’s search for perfection in both and attack and defence against Australia in Sydney shows no one in the world comes close to them. For those Red Rose supporters getting a little carried away after their side won a trio of …

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All Blacks Break 113 Year Record During 42-8 Win Over Australia

Australia v New Zealand

The All Blacks dominated Australia in Sydney. New Zealand sent out a strong warning to the rest of the rugby world today after their massive 42-8 win over the Wallabies. Despite losing Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith after the World Cup, there is little evidence to suggest that the All Blacks will be too troubled by …

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Predict How The Rugby Championship Table Will Look At The End Of The 2016 Campaign

Australia v New Zealand - The Rugby Championship

This season’s rugby championship promises to be very interesting. In the aftermath of the 2015 World Cup, commentators ceaselessly argued that the southern hemisphere nations had opened a substantial gap over their rivals north of the equator. However, despite the doom and gloom being preached at the time, since then England whitewashed Australia and an under strength Ireland came close …

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By Numbers: All Blacks v Wallabies – The Bledisloe Cup

Fans all over the world, beyond the borders of Australasia, have always been enchanted by the magic of New Zealand playing Australia in the Bledisloe Cup: a yearly series of matches that sees the two best attacking teams in the world come face-to-face. The fluidity in passing, the grace and dexterity of some of the world’s finest players, the peripheral …

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