NZ Rugby Celebrates Rugby Heroes Named in New Year Honours List

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The following is a Media Release from New Zealand Rugby. New Zealand Rugby celebrates rugby heroes named in New Year Honours list Former All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw has been awarded New Zealand’s highest honour, appointed an Ordinary Member of the New Zealand Order (ONZ).  He joins 18 other Ordinary Members of the Order.New Zealand […] READ MORE



A Rugby Nation Welcomes Home Their Heroes

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A rugby nation welcomes home their heroes with some sensational scenes across this tiny nation over the last three days since the all conquering All Blacks rugby side returned from the 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC) with the biggest prize of them all. A Rugby Nation Welcomes Home Their Heroes The celebrations have not hardly […] READ MORE


Absolute Flanker 4 November – Ma’a Nonu Describes Euphoria of Winning World Cup

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WELCOME TO ABSOLUTE FLANKER: A RUGGER’S SHOW Absolute Flanker is the Rugby radio show covering all things from around the world, from domestic and European club rugby to the Six Nations and the World Cup. Join Molly, Ryan and Rob every week on Last Word Radio. Also follow us on twitter at @LWOSFlanker and like our […] READ MORE


Tonga defeated but not disgraced against New Zealand

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Most of the pre-match talk was about whether the All Blacks were ready for knockout rounds, whether they were a bit off their rhythm or staggering into another World Cup let-down. On the basis of tonight’s performance against Tonga in Newcastle, the critics may be right. I don’t often get to watch New Zealand play, […] READ MORE


Much improved effort from the All Blacks

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New Zealand 47 Tonga 9 Attendance: 50985  (Half-time: 14 – 3) New Zealand – Tries: Cane, Milner-Skudder 2, Nonu, B Smith, Williams and Woodcock. Cons: Carter 6 Tonga – Pen: Morath: 3 __________________________________________________________________ In a much improved performance tonight from the New Zealand All Blacks, they were victorious in their final Pool C clash in […] READ MORE


All Blacks Team: Ma’a Nonu To Play 100th Test

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Media Release. The All Blacks team to play Tonga in their final Pool match of Rugby World Cup 2015 at St James’ Park, Newcastle, on Friday 9 October (Kick-off: 8.00PM) has been named, with midfielder Ma’a Nonu to play his 100th Test match. The team is: (with Test caps in brackets): Starting XV Tony Woodcock […] READ MORE


All Blacks Analysis: The Midfield

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Sonny Bill Williams, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Malakai Fekitoa – any of these players would command a starting spot in virtually all rugby playing nations. Unfortunately though, the All Blacks cannot start all of them at the same time. So how is Steve Hansen going to approach this conundrum? Who is the preferred starting pair? […] READ MORE


Sonny Bill Williams Yet To Deliver

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Sonny Bill Williams returned to New Zealand hoping to be the first-choice pick in the All Black midfield come World Cup time, but he is far from doing that yet. The code-hopping superstar scored just a single try in 2015 for the Chiefs, and while hindered by numerous back strains and shoulder injuries, Williams didn’t […] READ MORE


Hurricanes Alert

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A storm is brewing in New Zealand and the threat is unrecognisable. A Hurricane is en-route and it has served notice on the rest of the Super Rugby title contenders in search of championship glory. Naturally, the detractors have their doubts whether the Hurricanes from Wellington have the ability to be genuine champions even though […] READ MORE