Kevin Skinner, a former All Blacks captain, has died at his home in Auckland aged 86.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is hoping the future surrounding assistant coach Wayne Smith will become clearer as the All Blacks tussel with the franchise
The Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has confirmed the All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday, July 8 next year.
Veteran All Black scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan will return to New Zealand after two seasons in the English Premiership.
All Blacks scrumhalf Andy Ellis has joined the growing exodus to Japan, after it was confirmed he will play for club the Kobelco Steelers.
New Zealand remain the benchmark in international rugby, with their famed 'pace and power' simply too much for most teams.
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.
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.
The All Blacks will be out to claim the world record for consecutive Test victories outright when they face Australia in August.
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.
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