All Blacks Face Massive Challenge Going Forward

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Winning back-to-back Rugby World Cups will be an imposing challenge for the All Blacks, and history isn’t on their side. Quarter finals, semi finals, and finals – the fact is that New Zealand have never been able to win a World Cup away from home. With the loss to the Wallabies on the weekend, it […] READ MORE


Lima Sopoaga Kicking His Way into Black

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He can kick, pass, attack and even defend with the best of them but Lima Sopoaga has used his 2015 Super Rugby campaign to firmly place himself amongst the favourites to don the All Blacks jersey during the Rugby Championship and perhaps even the Rugby World Cup. Although cramp forced Sopoaga off in the 70th […] READ MORE


Super Rugby Semi-Final Preview: Hurricanes vs Brumbies

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As the saying goes, there is a hurricane brewing down south and if the Super Rugby tournament has taught us anything, the Brumbies will have a hard time surviving it. In the first semi-final of the 2015 campaign, the Hurricanes will play host to the Brumbies in Wellington, a luxury granted to them considering they […] READ MORE


Barrett and Sopoaga dominate

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Week twelve of the Super Rugby competition showed that brilliant flyhalves like Beauden Barrett and Lima Sopoaga will win you matches. This week’s matches also proved that under performing flyhalves will cost you matches. In one of round twelve’s most exhilarating matches, Beauden Barrett showed why he is one of the most exciting flyhalves in World rugby with […] READ MORE


All Blacks Revisit Flyhalf Options with Aaron Cruden Out

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Chiefs and All Blacks flyhalf Aaron Cruden have seen his Rugby World Cup hopes dashed after picking up an ACL injury in the Chiefs win over the Crusaders in round 10 of the Super Rugby, sticking him on the sidelines for up to eight months. With Cruden out, speculation has begun as to who will […] READ MORE


Is it the Year of the Hurricanes?

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The Hurricanes will be very happy with their work in the 2015 Super Rugby season so far, as they relax on their second ‘bye’ weekend they sit atop the table with 31 points. After playing seven games and winning every single one, the ‘Canes are three points clear of the second placed Chiefs and have […] READ MORE


Why the All Blacks Need Dan Carter

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The All Blacks end of year tour is always eagerly anticipated and this one, concluded last night against Wales, was even more closely scrutinized for two high profile reasons. Sonny Bill Williams returning to rugby union – and straight back into the All Blacks – and Dan Carter coming back from yet another long injury […] READ MORE


Wales Can't Stop All Black Machine

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The simple fact is that the New Zealand All Blacks are currently the only team in World Rugby with a six-speed gearbox. The other challenging teams; Wallabies, Springboks, the Irish et al just don’t have that extra gear. Wales regularly push Australia close when they play in their top gear, however, the engine so often […] READ MORE


Barrett's Big Chance

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We’ve all done it; had one drink too many and arrived late to work the next day, feeling a little worse for wear. The difference is that we weren’t playing for the All Blacks and due to catch a flight the next day. Aaron Cruden was drinking till late at a bar in New Zealand […] READ MORE


All Blacks Squad announced for 2014 Rugby Championship

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NZRU have announced their 32 player extended All Blacks squad for the 2014 Rugby Championship season. New Zealand have stuck true to form in the selection process. Coach Steve Hansen has once again followed what he believes to be a winning formula with only one apprentice player, Nate Harris, finding his way into the squad […] READ MORE