2019 Rugby World Cup – Tier 1 players to watch

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With the 2019 Rugby World Cup less than a fortnight away Robert Rees takes a look at the Tier One players to ‘keep an eye on’. Ireland – Tadgh Beirne The former Leinster man found plenty of form when he joined the Scarlets and has carried that through to Munster where he picked up his […] READ MORE


AB’s must ‘Roll the Dice’ in Bledisloe Cup decider

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After a hefty defeat at the hands of the Wallabies in Perth, the All Blacks have decided to ‘Roll the Dice’ in team selections for their home test in Auckland on August 17. The crucial Bledisloe Cup decider will have so much more riding on it, considering Rugby World Cup form, rankings and self-confidence levels. […] READ MORE


First full week for All Blacks Rugby Championship squad

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After the group announcement was made on Tuesday last week, this will be the first full week of training for the All Blacks Rugby Championship squad. Days after the 2019 Super Rugby final has been decided, the countries rugby-mindset has now turned 100% onto the team’s goals ahead. Steve Hansen was the spokesperson last week, […] READ MORE


New Shirt; New Squad; New Goals for 2019 All Blacks

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In revealing their new shirt for the Rugby World Cup on Monday, with the 2019 All Blacks new squad about to be announced on Tuesday, new goals are being chosen by the World Champions. Goals that could see them re-write the record books. Already the first rugby team to win back-to-back World Cups, the 2019 […] READ MORE


Whitelock’s ‘big hand’ sees Crusaders secure home Super Rugby Final

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In a momentous challenge from the Hurricanes, the last act of the semifinal saw Sam Whitelock’s ‘big hand’ see the Crusaders secure a home Super Rugby Final. Pulsating, scintillating, and controversial. The Crusaders will host next weeks Super Rugby final at Orangetheory Stadium, but only after surviving a second-half Hurricanes fightback to win 30-26; somewhat […] READ MORE


Crusaders earn Top Seeding after Ryan Crotty 150th match

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As the applause died down after a sensational 66-0 win over the Melbourne Rebels, the Crusaders earned Top Seeding to seal the Ryan Crotty 150th match, in fine style. And style is what returned to the Scott Robertson coached-side on Saturday. That was after suffering a second loss for the year to the Chiefs a […] READ MORE


Winning Blues team ‘scramble well’ as others trip and stumble

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Coming off a victory over the Chiefs, head coach Leon MacDonald said of his winning Blues team that, they ‘scrambled well’ while other NZ sides suffered losses this Super Rugby round. In a strange sequence – one which few can ever recall it happening before – the Blues were the lone New Zealand franchise winner […] READ MORE


Steve Hansen sitting back and ‘taking it all in’

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For the All Blacks head coaching role, it has to be accepted that it is a full-on position. Without saying it is a 12 month-long gig, leading up to the September Rugby World Cup, Steve Hansen is currently sitting back and ‘taking it all in’. He is one of the most successful of the modern-rugby head […] READ MORE


Waikato revival in 2018 sees MooLoo men rejoin Mitre 10 Cup Premiership

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Over the entire 2018 Mitre 10 Cup, roving rugby vlogger Paul Edwin Bains has followed the ‘road of revival’ for Waikato rugby. A team demoted from the top division a year earlier, they completed their redemption on Friday when they defeated Otago 36-13. The quick reversal of fortunes was an optimal return on the goals […] READ MORE


Sevu Reece helps to secure Waikato Rugby a Championship Final place

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Four match-defining tries by Sevu Reece secured Waikato Rugby a Championship final place for 2018, after an emphatic home victory against Northland in the knockout semifinal clash on Saturday afternoon. Northland came to Hamilton’s FMG Stadium to; not only challenge for a final place but, to also get revenge for a 28-71 defeat at the hands […] READ MORE