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6dCraig Dowd

Key takeaways from All Blacks 'testing' 2018

After winning their first five Tests of 2018 comfortably, the All Blacks ran into some true contests at the back 2018. So what's to be learned, particularly following fierce battles with South Africa, England and Ireland? Craig Dowd investigates.

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7dSam Bruce

SANZAAR should be thrilled Super Rugby speculation exists

SANZAAR issued another typically vague response to reports Super Rugby may revert to a 14-team competition from 2021. It's not such a bad situation, though, and one the governing body would be wise to embrace, Sam Bruce writes.

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11dAAP

Campese: players must take some blame

World Cup-winning legend David Campese believes Rugby Australia would be panicking if it gambled on an overseas replacement for beleaguered Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

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14dSam Bruce

Razor's timing as sharp as ever should Hansen walk

The first piece in the All Blacks coaching jumble has moved, making Steve Hansen's looming decision New Zealand rugby's hot topic at the start of southern hemisphere's offseason. Scott Robertson is ready to see where the cards fall.

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15dESPN Staff

What we learned about rugby's top sides this November

New Zealand were beaten, Ireland and Wales were not. England secured important results while Australia looked broken. ESPN looks at the key takeaways from this month.

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16dAAP

All Blacks to play Tonga before World Cup

The All Blacks will face Tonga in a home Test just two weeks before their bid to defend the Webb Ellis Cup begins next year.

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18dReuters

All Blacks coach comes to defence of Read

On the back of recent poor performances by the All Blacks, coach Steve Hansen has jumped to the defence of captain Kieran Read.

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19dAAP

Mo'unga not among 11 All Blacks changes

Steve Hansen has ignored mounting calls for Richie Mo'unga to start at five-eighth for the All Blacks in naming a heavily-changed to team to face Italy in Rome on Saturday.

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20dSam Bruce

Kiwi claims should make Wallabies fans laugh ... and cry

Blaming the Wallabies for some recent lacklustre All Blacks performances, and two defeats in 2018, may be drawing a bow longer than Pinocchio's nose, but it does shine a light on why Michael Cheika's outfit are well adrift of rugby's top dogs.

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20dCraig Dowd

Rush defence has All Blacks rattled, but it's no time to panic

Ireland's stinging rush defence caught the All Blacks out in Dublin. The world champions had no answer to counter but, fortunately, they have a short window before the World Cup to find a way to break it down -- Craig Dowd writes.

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22dGreg Growden

Wallabies win, but Dublin classic highlights class gap

Ireland's historic win over the All Blacks was a magic moment for rugby, but highlighted just how large the gap is between Australia and those who actually know how to play the game.

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25dReuters

Leavy out of All Blacks clash, Van der Flier in

Josh van der Flier will start for Ireland against New Zealand in Dublin on Saturday after loose-forward Dan Leavy was ruled out with injury.

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26dAAP

Crotty replaces SBW for Ireland Test

Ryan Crotty replaces an injured Sonny Bill Williams in the only change to the All Blacks team to meet Ireland in their clash of the world's top-ranked teams in Dublin.

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26dAAP

Former Kiwi bank teller Aki to stare down haka

Having quit rugby to work as a bank teller in his late teens, Bundee Aki will offer thanks again to Tana Umaga when he runs out for the Test showdown between the world's top two ranked rugby nations in Dublin on Saturday.

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27dESPN

O'Driscoll, Umaga draw line under '05 tackle

Former British & Irish Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll insists he and Tana Umaga have finally drawn a line under the controversial tackle that ended his tour of New Zealand in 2005.

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28dReuters and ESPN staff

Michael Jones' son joins NZ Sevens squad

The son of All Blacks great Michael Jones has earned his first professional rugby contract after he was named in New Zealand's squad for the Sevens World Series.

2018 RankingsRugby Championship

  • TRIES SCORED
    1st 33 Tries
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    = 1st 93 points