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Skipper Cane named All Blacks' best for 2020

Sam Cane capped his debut season as All Blacks captain with two honours at New Zealand's annual Rugby Awards on Thursday when he was named the Kelvin R Tremain Player of the Year as well as All Black of the Year.

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40dTom Hamilton

RWC 2023 hosts France draw New Zealand

Rugby World Cup-holders South Africa have been drawn with Ireland for the 2023 competition while New Zealand are paired with France, England are in the same pool as Japan and Argentina.

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Super Round for rugby's Trans-Tasman comp

Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium could host every Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby team over one weekend in a Trans-Tasman Super Round next year.

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SANZAAR open to hub for Rugby Championship

SANZAAR say they are open to hosting the Rugby Championship in a centralised location again after this year's edition was reduced to three teams and played entirely in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New Zealand Super Rugby squads 2021

Following the success of Super Rugby Aotearoa, the competition will be revisited again in 2021 with all five New Zealand Super Rugby sides to face off in a 10 round season with the introduction of a Final.

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Robertson nearing NZR extension, role with Lions

Crusaders supercoach Scott Robertson is closing in on a role with the British & Irish Lions, as talks continue with New Zealand Rugby on a contract extension that will keep him in the mix to be the next All Blacks coach.

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53dLiam Napier

What to make of the All Blacks' topsy-turvy 2020?

It started with a fortunate draw, included one brilliant performance and two shock losses, before ending with a 38-0 shut-out of the Pumas. The two trophies on offer were won, but New Zealand will still be stewing over the summer -- Liam Napier writes.

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All Blacks pay tribute to Maradona before facing Argentina (01:53)
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Foster questions World Rugby's 'niggle' strategy

The All Blacks know they must be more disciplined if they're to overturn their shock loss to the Pumas this Saturday, but coach Ian Foster has also taken umbrage at how World Rugby is treating niggle and retaliation.

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58dESPN staff

All Blacks shuffle forwards for Pumas rematch

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has shuffled his forward pack for Saturday's Tri-Nations rematch with Argentina, after the Pumas pulled off one of the year's great upsets just a fortnight ago in Newcastle.

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All Blacks get creative to guard against Pumas' niggle

Under-pressure New Zealand coach Ian Foster has ramped up the niggle at training ahead of Saturday's rematch with Argentina to weed out All Blacks' ill-discipline that led to rare back-to-back losses.

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First Pasifika match 'start of something special'

Former New Zealand captain Tana Umaga is enthusiastic about the potential of a Pasifika Super Rugby side entering the competition in 2022 after he revealed the invitational squad to face the Maori All Blacks next month.

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All Blacks seek to take pressure off coach Ian Foster

All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu moved to dampen criticism of the side on Monday following back-to-back defeats in the Tri-Nations, saying their own expectations are higher than those from outside the team.

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Cane hits out at 'brutal' All Blacks fans

All Blacks captain Sam Cane has hit out at some of his team's fans following the shock loss to Argentina last Saturday, saying some supporters have little idea of what they're talking about.

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NZ chief Impey to resign as SANZAAR chairman

New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey said on Tuesday he would be resigning a similar position with SANZAAR at the end of the year.

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68dBrittany Mitchell

Passion, heart, skill: Argentina make history in Sydney

After 402 days of waiting, months of lockdown and weeks of quarantine, Argentina returned to the Test arena and made history, defeating the All Blacks 25-15 in a game that will be remembered for years to come.

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Pumas make history, stun All Blacks in Test return

Argentina served up one of the biggest upsets in Test rugby history when they stunned New Zealand 25-15 in the Tri-Nations on Saturday, beating the three-time world champions for the first time in 30 attempts going back to 1985.

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RA, NZR bury hatchet for trans-Tasman Super comp

A "Super Round" highlights the creation of a crossover trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition for 2021, with one lucky city set to host five games on the one weekend in a similar concept to the NRL's Magic Round of 2019.

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71dBrittany Mitchell

Tri-Nations Game 3: The Pumas are on a hiding to nothing

It's frightening to think what kind of scoreline we'll be seeing on Saturday night after Ian Foster named a full-strength side to take on Argentina, who've had next to no real Test preparation.

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72dSam Bruce

Rennie backs red card sub discussion

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie would welcome a discussion into the use of red card replacements following the two send-offs in Brisbane, and also confirmed code-hopper Suliasi Vunivalu would only play against Argentina if there were a "spate of injuries."

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

  • NZL3rd
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries Scored
  • NZL3rd
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points Difference