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Thursday, November 19, 2015

All Black great Richie McCaw officially announces retirement from rugby

Double World Cup winning captain Richie McCaw has officially confirmed that he has now retired from professional rugby. The most capped rugby player of all time explained his reasons at an emotional press conference in Auckland on Thursday. MORE »

Monday, November 02, 2015

Sonny Bill Williams gives World Cup winners medal away to young fan, but gets given another one

Having won the Rugby World Cup for a second time in succession, midfield star Sonny Bill Williams did something that those watching on could hardly believe. After a young fan took to the field and was tackled by security, SBW then escorted him off, and gave him his winners medal. MORE »

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Highlights and celebrations as All Blacks win successive Rugby World Cup titles

The All Blacks did what nobody before them has ever managed to do as they beat the Wallabies to go back to back and retain the Rugby World Cup. Their 34-17 victory takes them to three title wins, ahead of South Africa and Australia who remain on two. MORE »

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New Zealand team unchanged for Rugby World Cup Final vs Australia

New Zealand have named their team to take on Australia in the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham on Saturday. The team is exactly the same as the one that beat the Springboks 20-18 in the Semi Final last weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Canterbury win another ITM Cup Final, as Hawkes Bay get promoted in thriller

While the World Cup nears a close, New Zealand's provincial domestic competition, the ITM Cup, culminated with two sensational finals at the weekend. MORE »

Sunday, October 25, 2015

All Blacks through to another World Cup Final after tense battle with the Springboks

The defending champions are through to their fourth Rugby World Cup final after holding off South Africa in another epic battle between the two sides. New Zealand scored two tries to win 20-18, despite the Boks pushing them all the way at a rainswept Twickenham stadium. MORE »

Thursday, October 22, 2015

All Blacks make just one change to team to face Springboks in RWC Semi-Final

The All Blacks have made just one change for the Rugby World Cup semifinal against the Springboks at Twickenham on Saturday. Prop Joe Moody comes in to the starting XV for injured Wyatt Crockett, who is out with a hamstring injury, as Ben Franks takes up a place on the bench. MORE »

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ma'a Nonu reflects on reaching 100 Test Caps, and how Tana Umaga was his idol

Ma'a Nonu played his 100th Test against Tonga this past weekend, scoring the seventh and final try in a 47-9 victory in Newcastle. He sat down to reflect on his career in this candid interview, where he talks about being starstruck by former mentor and teammate, Tana Umaga. MORE »

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ma'a Nonu scores in 100th All Blacks Test as second half rout sees off Tonga

New Zealand beat Tonga 47-9 to claim top spot in Pool C and set up a quarter final meeting with either France or Ireland, to be decided tomorrow. The All Blacks weren't at their best though, and again showed signs of rustiness, due in part to an inspired effort from Tonga. MORE »

Friday, October 09, 2015

History repeats itself as All Blacks Haka and Tongan Sipi Tau get set to face off

The All Blacks and Tonga meet in today's only game of the RWC, the last match for each side in the pool stages. While Tonga's tournament is all but over, they will be sure to take it to their not too distant neighbours, particularly when it comes to the pre-match war dances. MORE »

Saturday, October 03, 2015

New Zealand win comfortably after error strewn performance against Georgia

The All Blacks were far from their usual high standards but still managed to beat Georgia 43-10 at the Millennium Stadium. Julian Savea scored a hat-trick as New Zealand scored seven tries to guarantee their place in the quarter finals. MORE »

Friday, September 25, 2015

Courageous Namibia downed comfortably by All Blacks at Olympic Park

Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea both scored twice as New Zealand notched up the highest score of the tournament so far, beating Namibia 58-14 at the Olympic Park. The All Blacks scored nine tries, but Namibia limited the damage by slowing down the contest. MORE »

Thursday, August 13, 2015

All Blacks and Wallabies make changes for Bledisloe Cup decider in Auckland

Both the All Blacks and the Wallabies have named their teams for this weekend's Bledisloe Cup decider in Auckland. New Zealand have made just three changes, while Australia have brought in Quade Cooper and Matt Tomua, despite winning last weekend. MORE »

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Nehe Milner-Skudder starts on the wing for All Blacks vs Wallabies

Hurricanes flyer Nehe Milner-Skudder will make his Test debut when the All Blacks take on the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship decider in Sydney on Saturday night. The 24-year-old hotstepper will make his debut on the right wing. MORE »

Monday, August 03, 2015

Ma'a Nonu tells jokes on the couch while confessing his love for chocolate

Ma'a Nonu has a fearsome reputation on the rugby field, known his physicality and eye for the gap in particular. You wouldn't want to cross his path, but off the field he's actually incredibly laid back and has a dry sense of humour that might surprise some. MORE »

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Flyhalf Lima Sopoaga set to make All Blacks Test debut against Springboks

The All Blacks have named Highlanders playmaker Lima Sopoaga as their starting flyhalf to take on the Springboks in Johannesburg this coming Saturday in the Rugby Championship. Along with Sopoaga, lock James Broadhurst will also make his Test debut. MORE »

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Stats and facts as most experienced New Zealand side ever prepare for Argentina

New Zealand host Argentina tomorrow in the Rugby Championship opener, fielding the first starting Test team to ever have over 900 caps. They have played Argentina 20 times, and won 19, drawing once. Here's a look at a few more stats, and the coach's preparation. MORE »

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Flyer Waisake Naholo set to make Test debut for All Blacks vs Argentina

The All Blacks team to play Argentina in the Rugby Championship opener in Christchurch on Friday 17 July has been named, with exciting winger Waisake Naholo to make his Test debut, and another new All Black, hooker Codie Taylor, named on the reserves bench. MORE »

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Flying 18-year-old Rieko Ioane rapidly heading towards All Black stardom

There must be something in the water down in New Zealand. First "Tongan Thor" came out of the woodwork (but now plays his rugby in Australia), then another diamond prospect appeared, first emerging aged 17, and looks set to be fast tracked into international rugby. MORE »

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Two sets of brothers selected in Maori All Blacks team to play Fiji

The Maori All Blacks team to play Fiji in Suva on Saturday features two sets of brothers in the starting fifteen and nine new caps in total. Charlie Ngatai will captain the side, fresh from his All Blacks debut against Samoa yesterday. MORE »

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