New Zealand


Woodcock out of Championship

Tony Woodcock is set to undergo shoulder surgery, potentially ruling him out of the upcoming Rugby Championship.

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All Blacks get Island opportunity

The IRB's player eligibility rules amendment could see a number of foreign national players switch their allegiances back to their home nations.

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Foster: Wallabies 'gaining ground'

New Zealand may be ranked No.1 in the world, ahead by some distance, but Australia is fast making up lost ground.

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Carter waltzes back in

Dan Carter is back in the All Black squad as one of three additions to their squad for the Rugby Championship, which starts next month.

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New Zealand

Six young All Blacks staying put

All Blacks Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Jeff Toomaga-Allen, Beauden Barrett, Dominic Bird and Matt Todd have all committed to New Zealand until 2016.

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Anscombe: 'Why I left NZ'

Chiefs back Gareth Anscombe said he switched allegiance from New Zealand to Wales after realising he had little hope of making the All Blacks.

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Wallabies to spoil All Black party?

REACTION: Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie made it clear Australia will not hand New Zealand the world record on a silver platter.

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New Zealand

B&I Lions should follow ABs lead

The British & Irish Lions are under pressure to follow the All Blacks' lead and play a test in the Pacific Islands.

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Former All Blacks captain passes

Kevin Skinner, a former All Blacks captain, has died at his home in Auckland aged 86.

Tug-o'-war for Smith

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is hoping the future surrounding assistant coach Wayne Smith will become clearer as the All Blacks tussel with the franchise

July date for NZ v Samoa

The Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has confirmed the All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday, July 8 next year.

Cowan returns to New Zealand

Veteran All Black scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan will return to New Zealand after two seasons in the English Premiership.

Ellis joins Japan exodus

All Blacks scrumhalf Andy Ellis has joined the growing exodus to Japan, after it was confirmed he will play for club the Kobelco Steelers.

Who can live with NZ pace and power?

New Zealand remain the benchmark in international rugby, with their famed 'pace and power' simply too much for most teams.

No McCaw for Crusaders

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw will miss the Crusaders' push for the Super Rugby play-offs after breaking a rib in the Test series against England.

Harsh lessons for England

England came in for scathing criticism from their coaches after failing to measure up to the intensity of the All Blacks in Hamilton on Saturday.

All Blacks set sights on history

The All Blacks will be out to claim the world record for consecutive Test victories outright when they face Australia in August.

Player ratings: No coming back

England fought hard in the second half, but there was no coming back after a devastating first half from the All Blacks in Hamilton on Saturday.