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The Young New Zealand Stars Who Could Be Steve Hansen’s ‘Finishers’ Against The Lions

As anticipation increases towards the 2017 Lions tour, attention has turned to Steve Hansen’s selection strategy with the All Black squad. While it is generally expected that Hansen’s loyalty to his test regulars will be reflected in the run on 15, there is a real possibility that the electric young stars of New Zealand rugby may be introduced as ‘finishers’ …

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Can All Blacks Coach Hansen Afford To Ignore Hurricanes’ Aso And Laumape?

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 21: Vince Aso of the Hurricanes makes a break past Joe Powell of the Brumbies during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Brumbies at McLean Park on April 21, 2017 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

Another week, another Hurricanes masterclass. The most lethal backline in world rugby rolled on, putting on 42 unanswered points in the second half to annihilate the Australian conference leaders the Brumbies 56-21. While Beauden Barrett’s red hot form again dominated the headlines, the drumbeat is growing louder to include the two men outside him in the All Black squad: Ngani …

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Hurricanes vs Blues Clash Is Set To Be An Explosive Trial For All Blacks Selection

The Lions Tour is just 51 days from kick off, and every New Zealand Super 18 derby match from now until kick-off will essentially become a trial to represent the All Blacks. This weekend sees the reigning champions, the Hurricanes, and the Blues going head-to-head. Which explosive, mouth-watering match-ups could play a role in Steve Hansen’s squad decision? Resident Kiwi Kaal Kaczmarek discusses. …

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Five New Zealand Rugby Stars Whose Stock Rose in Super Rugby Round 2

‘The Hurricanes look fat, slow and unfit.’ These scathing words of ex-Wallaby turned commentator Phil Kearns a year ago certainly could not be applied to the 2017 Hurricanes, who stormed to the top of the Super 18 leaderboard after racking up consecutive 70+ point thrashings. The four other New Zealand teams were involved in high-impact, high skill local derbies. So …

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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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