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All Black Legend Christian Cullen Identifies Two Key Areas Which Will Decide Lions vs Blues Clash

Former All Black great Christian Cullen has excused the Lions abject performance against the New Zealand Barbarians as a ‘scheduling hospital pass’ and stated that the real tour begins at Eden Park on Wednesday. He also pointed to two key areas which he believes will define the clash against the Blues. In a column for allblacks.com, Cullen veered away from …

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Graham Henry Reckons Tana Umaga And Keven Mealamu Handled The Brian O’Driscoll Incident Pretty Well

It was inevitable that conversation surrounding the infamous Brian O’Driscoll incident from the 2005 British & Irish Lions Tour would rear its head in the coming weeks.  Over the last few days, many people have been discussing the comments made by Kevan Mealamu who was one of the players, along with Tana Umaga, who ended O’Driscoll’s season with that dangerous spear …

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Matching Aviva Premiership Teams To Their Super Rugby Equivalent

Premiership Super Rugby

After the conclusion of the thrilling Six Nations campaign, all attention has turned to the upcoming Lions tour of New Zealand. So, which Super Rugby sides can be most easily compared to an Aviva Premiership outfit? Australian Conference Brumbies/Wasps In the mid-2000s these teams were the greatest to ever grace their respective competitions, however a sudden spate of retirements resulted …

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Warren Gatland’s Son And Sonny Bill Williams Could Be Super 18 Teammates This Weekend

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 28: Bryn Gatland of North Harbour tries to break the defence during the Mitre 10 Championships Final match between Otago and North Harbour at Forsyth Barr Stadium on October 28, 2016 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

21-year-old flyhalf Bryn Gatland and All Black superstar Sonny Bill Williams may make their Auckland Blues debut appearances alongside each other in Super Rugby this weekend against the Highlanders. Gatland is the son of Warren, who will coach the touring Lions side against the Blues in June. Gatland junior, who plays for North Harbour in the National Provincial Championship, is …

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Toulon’s Best XV Of The Mourad Boudjellal Era

Toulon v Saracens - Heineken Cup Final

When it comes to paying outlandish salaries to southern hemisphere stars whose careers are coming toward a close, nobody does it with as much gusto than Toulon. Take Ma’a Nonu for example, a player who dominated in midfield for the All Blacks, but didn’t reach those heights consistently while playing with either the Hurricanes, Blues or Highlanders. This though didn’t put …

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Which New Zealand Super 18 Backline Will Be The Strongest In 2017?

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26: Nehe Milner-Skudder of the Hurricanes is tackled during the round one Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Hurricanes at GIO Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The five New Zealand Super 18 franchises have just named their squads and some contrasting and truly terrifying looking backlines will take the field in the 2017 season. In backlines brimming with speed, power and skill, the question is: which one is shaping up as the most dangerous? We take a look at the most likely starting options for each …

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The 39 Times Capped All Black Superstar Flyhalf Whose Contract Is Up After The Rugby Championship

New Zealand v Wales

A strange contractual situation is developing in New Zealand. In comparison to Australia and South Africa, the All Blacks have manged to keep their star players in New Zealand. Although Charles Piutau may have been a high profile departure last season, the lure of the famous black jersey has ensured that many of New Zealand’s best players have resisted the …

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Melani Nanai: A New All Black Star Emerging From The Shadows

A new exciting back has found his way on to Steve Hansen’s All Black radar. Damian McKenzie’s non-selection for the All Black Rugby Championship squad dominated headlines and provided a rumble of debate in an otherwise predictable list. However, it would be easy to miss a new name which was included alongside McKenzie in a two day All Black wider …

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Just The Stats: Against The Lions XV

Having analysed the best and most consistent players for the Lions using nothing but statistics, we have put together teams based on those individuals who have faced the Lions. It includes players from the big three (New Zealand, Australia, South Africa), but also some Fijian and Argentinian names crop up. We will start with the ‘Winners XV’, which is made …

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Sharp Increase In The Number of Foreign-Born Players Competing In The Six Nations

In recent years the Six Nations has developed a steady reputation for poaching players from other countries with the intention that those players will become future internationals. World Rugby’s flexible three-year residency rule has seen a marked increase in the number of foreign-born players given international caps as clubs – and unions – around Europe sign players to multi-year deals in …

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Sonny Bill Williams Has Made A Decision On His Long-Term Future

Barbarians

Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand’s capricious-natured centre, has made a final decision on his long-term future by signing a three-year contract with the Blues. This comes after speculation that his current team – Dave Rennie’s Chiefs – were desperately vying for his signature. The agreement means the double World Cup winner will be eligible for the All Blacks for the …

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Tana Umaga’s Nephew Signs For Wasps

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 23: Tana Umaga is announced as the Blues Head Coach during a Blues Super Rugby press conference at Alexandra Park on June 23, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Jacob Umaga, son of Mike and nephew of legendary New Zealand centre Tana, has signed an academy contract with Wasps, the club has confirmed. Jacob, who plays both fly-half and centre, has made six appearances for England U-18s. He grew up in Yorkshire while his father was playing and coaching at Rotherham. Mike Umaga is a Samoan international player, with …

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