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2dLiam Napier

Schmidt the All Blacks ace after wild COVID week

What a wild week for the All Blacks. But there is often opportunity in crisis and with Ian Foster and other New Zealand coaches forced to isolate, the situation has allowed Joe Schmidt to come in early -- and that may prove vital against Ireland.

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2dESPN staff

All Blacks hand debut to Crusaders winger

Leicester Fainga'anuku will make his Test debut on the left wing against Ireland as All Blacks coach Ian Foster named all three Barrett brothers in the run-on side to face Ireland.

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3dSam Bruce and Tom Hamilton

What's new for rugby's top 10 nations this July?

The rugby world is set to reunite this July, with World Rugby's Test window bringing the northern and southern hemispheres together across the globe. So what shape are the top 10 in at this key juncture, and what might they be looking to nail down?

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All Blacks hit by COVID ahead of first Ireland Test

New Zealand's preparations for their opening Test against Ireland have been rocked with head coach Ian Foster and his assistant John Plumtree as well as two key players all testing positive for COVID-19.

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17dReuters

Ireland name 40-man squad for tour of NZ

Ireland coach Andy Farrell has named five uncapped players in an extended 40-man squad for their three-test tour of New Zealand that will gauge both nations' progress ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup.

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18dLiam Napier

What the All Blacks are after from their Test newbies

With six rookies selected, and incumbents making way for those inclusions, for the three-Test series against Ireland, All Blacks coach Ian Foster is chasing swift improvement after successive defeats, and a sense of trepidation, ended last year.

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67dReuters

All Blacks lock in venues for Irish series

New Zealand will kick off their international season against Ireland at Eden Park on July 2 before meeting the Six Nations runners-up at Dunedin and Wellington in the three-Test series.

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104dReuters

Ireland beat Scotland in 6N final weekend

Ireland clinched the Triple Crown with a 26-5 victory over Scotland in Dublin, but failed to seal the overall Six Nations title after France beat England in Paris to win the Grand Slam.

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106dReuters

6N: Ireland ring changes, Scotland bench Russell

Scotland's Blair Kinghorn has replaced regular fly-half Finn Russell as one of two changes for their final game of the Six Nations against title-chasing Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

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109dReuters

6N: Ireland's Ryan ruled out of Scotland clash

Ireland second row James Ryan will miss their final Six Nations match against Scotland on Saturday as he goes through return to play protocols after suffering a concussion.

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111dReuters

Ireland grab thrilling victory vs. 14-man England

Ireland took full advantage of a red card for England lock Charlie Ewels after less than two minutes of Saturday's Six Nations encounter at Twickenham to claim a bonus-point 32-15 victory.

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115dReuters

Ireland's Sexton to retire after 2023 World Cup

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton will retire after next year's World Cup and said he wants "to go out at the top" after signing one last contract on Tuesday to lead his country to the global showpiece in France.

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126dESPN

Sexton named on Ireland bench vs. Italy

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has been named on the bench for their Six Nation's clash against Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, while fullback Michael Lowry is set to earn his first international cap.

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126dSam Bruce

Resilient Reds find a way to sink Waratahs in sodden Sydney

The Reds lost Taniela Tupou before kick-off, Tate McDermott before halftime, had little ball nor territory, but still found a way to scrounge what may prove to be a crucial victory on the road in Sydney.

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122dBrittany Mitchell and Sam Bruce

Rugby Real or Not: Australian rugby doesn't value locks enough

Izack Rodda's contract extension was good news for Australian rugby, but the question must still be asked whether the country puts enough importance on the lock position. Meanwhile, is this the year the Waratahs come unstuck in Super W?

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129dBrittany Mitchell and Sam Bruce

Rugby Real or Not: Beale's return makes him fullback frontrunner

With Super Rugby Pacific underway, and the Six Nations set to resume after a week off, there is plenty happening across the rugby world. Our writers break down some of the big stories in the first edition of Rugby Real or Not.

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