The All Blacks' Test against the Pumas in Argentina presents a challenge. But if an under-strength All Blacks nail four key areas they should not only emerge victorious but also take a significant step on their road to the World Cup, Craig Dowd writes.
With eight Crusaders players sitting out the All Blacks' trip to Argentina, the Pumas have their best chance at notching a maiden win over the world champions. But New Zealand's fringe World Cup players can see an opportunity in the adversity.
Sam Cane will captain New Zealand in the Rugby Championship opener less than a year after suffering a broken neck.
All Blacks star five-eighth Beauden Barrett has committed to New Zealand rugby for four more years but has announced a seismic domestic shift from the Hurricanes to the Blues.
How important is momentum ahead of the World Cup? Will we see James O'Connor and Sonny Bill Williams? Who can bolt their way into squad for Japan? We analyse some of the big talking points ahead of the condensed Rugby Championship.
All Blacks assistant Ian Foster has reaffirmed his desire to succeed Steve Hansen as head coach after the Rugby World Cup, ensuring Crusaders boss Scott Robertson will have competition for the role.
Richie Mo'unga's form for the Crusaders in their run to a 10th Super Rugby title could yet thrust All Blacks coach Steve Hansen back into a debate over his fly-half options that he thought was long done and dusted.
Crusaders boss Scott Robertson made history on Saturday, becoming the first player to win three straight Super Rugby titles as a player and then a coach. A dynasty achieved, his All Blacks coaching case is a compelling one.
The Crusaders clinched their 10th Super Rugby title with a tight 19-3 victory over the Jaguares in chilly conditions at Rugby League Park in Christchurch on Saturday.
The Crusaders are chasing their 10th Super Rugby title, the Jaguares from Argentina their first. Sam Bruce unpacks the chief storylines ahead of the grand final in Christchurch on Saturday.
Argentina are poised for a strong Rugby Championship and World Cup on the back of the Jaguares' success. But a first Super Rugby title won't be heading to South America on Saturday, Craig Dowd writes.
Crusaders flyer Sevu Reece is among four new faces in the All Blacks' squad for the Rugby Championship, but there is no place for returned veteran Ma'a Nonu.
Crusaders inside centre Ryan Crotty and lock Scott Barrett have been ruled out of the Super Rugby final against the Jaguares on Saturday and likely the entirety of the Rugby Championship after breaking bones in their hands.
Sonny Bill Williams will run out in Auckland club rugby this weekend in a bid to push his Rugby World Cup case after an injury-riddled Super Rugby season.
SANZAAR has expressed its disappointment at the loss of the "golden opportunity" offered by the Nations Championship, the potentially transformative Test competition which could have brought about a vital financial windfall.
World Rugby has abandoned its plans to create a Nations Championship after failing to gain support from unions, the sport's ruling body said on Wednesday.
With the Super Rugby regular season in the books, Craig Dowd has named his All Blacks squad for the Rugby World Cup. The brilliant form of some rising youngsters was good enough to earn a ticket, but the story isn't so rosy for one injury-riddled veteran.
Former New Zealand captain and coach Sir Brian Lochore has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
New Zealand Rugby has used another Japanese sweetener to retain one of its best players after Brodie Retallick signed through to the 2023 World Cup.
New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew announced on Wednesday he will stand down from his position at the end of 2019, citing the need for "new blood" after 12 years in the top job.
With the Crusaders and Hurricanes in contention for a potential Super Rugby final, some key All Blacks could be spared a trip to Argentina. It's an opportunity for Steve Hansen to throw some fringe players into the World Cup mix - Craig Dowd writes.
While the refereeing in South Africa has raised some eyebrows across Super Rugby, it's the increasing amount of scrum resets and general uncertainty that is really upsetting fans - Craig Dowd writes.
Sonny Bill Williams has enough credit in the bank and needs only to prove his fitness to put himself in contention for a third Rugby World Cup later this year, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Monday.
While former Wallabies coach and radio broadcaster Alan Jones blasted Rugby Australia over its decision to sack Israel Folau, some Australian players used social media to show their love and support for their ex-teammate.
Flanker Sam Cane's remarkable bid to resume his All Blacks career begins this weekend when he returns to rugby seven months after breaking his neck.
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- POINTS DIFFERENCE= 1st 93 points