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All Blacks still the team to beat

New Zealand remain firm favourites to retain the World Cup title they won on home soil in 2011, a year out from the 20-team tournament in England.

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New Zealand

All Blacks' wounded return for tour

Four injured All Blacks headed by Jerome Kaino and Sam Whitelock are set to return for their last two Rugby Championship matches.
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Boks have World Cup blueprint

South Africa may have lost their last two Tests, but Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer believes he is a step closer to a World Cup-winning blueprint.

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Wallaby hammering chases fans off

The Wallabies have lost just one game in 11 Tests and are unbeaten at home this season but fans are losing interest and staying away.
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New Zealand

NPC comeback for Carter

All Black flyhalf Daniel Carter, making his way back to full fitness from a fractured leg, is likely to make his playing return via the NPC for Canterbury.

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Ranfurly Shield stays put in the Bay

Unlike last year, where the Magpies held the Log o' Wood for just six days, Hawke's Bay will enjoy a longer Shield tenure.

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Nonu injury opens door for SBW

FROM THE ALL BLACK CAMP: Sonny Bill Williams' return to the All Blacks frontline for their year-end tour became easier Sunday.

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New Zealand

Pollard gamble pays off for Meyer

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer knew he had rolled the dice in selecting rookie flyhalf Handre Pollard to play against the All Blacks.
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Concerns over Louw and Pienaar

The Springboks will be sweating over two serious injuries sustained in their tight 14-10 encounter with the All Blacks on Saturday in Wellington.

NPC: South reigns over North

The Southland Stags won a brilliant contest against a red hot Northland side 36-34 at Invercargill on Saturday. 

Nonu suffers major setback

Ma'a Nonu may be sidelined for the remainder of the Rugby Championship with a suspected broken forearm.
 

Player ratings: Clearly still No.1

The All Blacks proved once again why they are the best team in the world, piping the Springboks who played one of their best games in the Championship.

Player ratings: Proud performance

The Springboks came agonisingly close to toppling the No.1 team in the world, losing by a mere four points in a proud performance.

All Blacks edge Wellington battle

The All Blacks were forced to work hard for their 14-10 victory over the Springboks in Wellington on Saturday.

Canterbury continue to dominate

Canterbury's NPC Cup road show trundled on when they put an ineffectual Wellington team to the sword 46–12 at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Friday.

The Matfield factor

The Springboks' famous line-out weapon Victor Matfield will become even more prominent against the All Blacks with Sam Whielock out injured.

Preview: New Zealand v South Africa

Paul Dobson, in his unique and revelatory way, takes a look at the Rugby Championship Round Four encounter between New Zealand and South Africa.

Cruden: Give flyhalves time to settle

EXCLUSIVE: In the fourth and final episode of his interview with Jan de Koning, All Black Aaron Cruden discusses the flyhalf position.