A new star found, as All Blacks win comfortably at Eden Park

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As has happened before, the All Blacks win at Eden Park was both comfortable, and one where a new star was given his first opportunity to shine. Caleb Clarke had his first start with the national team, after debuting from the bench a week earlier. And as the 21-year old demonstrated his monster athletic form, […] READ MORE


Springboks Rugby Championship withdrawal was inevitable

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The rumours of the possible¬† Springboks Rugby Championship exit has had rugby supporters around the world watching with keen interest to see what would eventually transpire. Would they or wouldn’t they? Springboks Rugby Championship withdrawal Back in August, Ryan Jordan was sceptical that the Springboks Rugby Championship defence would happen. Some of the circumstances have […] READ MORE


2020 Wallabies; are they ‘all that’ after One Test

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All that, as in ‘all that good’ insinuates that the 2020 Wallabies are of vast difference to sides of previous years/eras after just one test. This is after one match so jumping the gun, however, that is how some Australian media and former players are reacting. Speaking of times where the All Blacks aura has […] READ MORE


Neither will be particularly happy with a Drawn Test match

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As neither side will be particularly happy with a drawn test match, one side will have a better grasp on how well they played (than the other). Both sides will feel displeased to not take away the advantage in the annual trans-Tasman contest yet, Dave Rennie will feel much better because his side held the […] READ MORE


Bledisloe Cup: first match in two-game series on Kiwi soil

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This first match of the two-game series for the Bledisloe Cup with be played on Kiwi soil between New Zealand and Australia.¬† With that, the return to International rugby has begun. Suitably, the same nation who was the first to restart domestic rugby back in May, New Zealand will host the first of the annual […] READ MORE


Bledisloe Cup home tests sealed, yet ‘trouble at Mill’

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With the Bledisloe Cup home tests sealed, you might assume that New Zealand Rugby were jumping for joy after announcing the two fixtures. Yet there is ‘trouble at mill’. Two matches, each uniquely scheduled for a Sunday kick-off is the bouquet. However, the trouble it took to secure those, the ignominy and frustrations caused the […] READ MORE


Will Jordan: Old head on young shoulders

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Will Jordan is one of seven new names announced in the 35-man All Blacks squad. A fresh face yet he has entertained fans for three years in provincial rugby, with ‘the writing on the wall’ for a call to higher honours. Named alongside Caleb Clarke, two men who stamped their report cards for an outstanding […] READ MORE


Flying their Provincial Colours: North v South teams announced

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All week, the anticipation of the North v South match has been building. Player’s have been flying the colours of the province where they made their debut in first-class rugby. It is still a conversation but, the All Blacks selectors chose that criteria, and the players have accepted it. On Saturday night in Wellington, the […] READ MORE


Rugby Championship 2020 in New Zealand not a done deal

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The Rugby Championship 2020 is set to go ahead in New Zealand at the back end of the year, between 7 November and 12 December, in an attempt to catch up on a tournament that could not take place during its normal time-slot due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand’s appeal New Zealand has successfully […] READ MORE


Ian Foster can find 2020 All Blacks squad from North v South clash

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With the 2020 All Blacks squad coming from the participants in the North v South trial game, head coach Ian Foster will select his players comprising that group on Sunday, September 6. The rescheduled fixture has been shifted to Wellington, so that players from Auckland can attend. Covid-19 restrictions limit the possibility of fans attending […] READ MORE