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Rugby: All Blacks squad named for Rugby Championship

Rugby: All Blacks squad named for Rugby Championship

The All Blacks selectors have made significant decisions on their make-up of the midfield and loose forward mix, with Hurricanes players Ngani Laumape and Vaea Fifita the casualties in terms of the Rugby Championship squad. Midfielder Laumape has been included in the squad as cover for the injured Sonny Bill Williams but is unlikely to play; he has been told […]

All Blacks squad announced: Are there any bolters?

All Blacks squad announced: Are there any bolters?

Chris Rattue breaks down the key talking points from the today. Who is the luckiest player?Nehe Milner-Skudder. He‘s always been a very popular footballer, a little man with great feet and attacking verve, a crowd favourite. But Milner-Skudder has had more than his share of injury problems and been ordinary since returning to a dysfunctional Hurricanes side. Milner-Skudder offers a […]

No surprises in New Zealand squad for Rugby Championship

No surprises in New Zealand squad for Rugby Championship

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has included two uncapped players but made no selection surprises in his squad for this season‘s Rugby Championship. Crusaders prop Tim Perry, who played two non-test matches on New Zealand‘s tour to the northern hemisphere last year, and Chiefs scrumhalf Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi are the only uncapped members of the […]

Rugby: Steve Hansen – why I‘m backing Beauden Barrett (but Richie Mo‘unga‘s time will come)

Rugby: Steve Hansen – why I‘m backing Beauden Barrett (but Richie Mo‘unga‘s time will come)

Steve Hansen reckons every time he watches the Crusaders play at home he‘s told to pick Richie Mo‘unga as his first-five ahead of Beauden Barrett. “I walk away thinking ‘we‘ve already put him in team‘,” All Blacks coach Hansen said today as he announced his 33-player All Black squad for the Rugby Championship. “He‘s in the squad. He‘s 24 years […]

Rugby: Last kick in teeth for greatest All Black who never was

Rugby: Last kick in teeth for greatest All Black who never was

Now that former Blues player Isa Nacewa has finished his illustrious playing career, he must have been more shocked than anyone to hear that World Rugby has granted Chiefs wing Toni Pulu dispensation to play for the Wallabies. Nacewa can claim to be the greatest All Black of the modern era who never was: the man denied the chance to […]

Chris Rattue: Big name All Blacks who won‘t make it at the World Cup

Chris Rattue: Big name All Blacks who won‘t make it at the World Cup

Everything is smelling of roses after the All Blacks announced their Rugby Championship squad, following victory over France and the dominant Crusaders team winning Super Rugby in test-class style. Yet serious injury and allied form issues plus advancing years are lurking, ready to undermine the World Cup three-peat bid. It‘s hard to see all of the following big names making […]

Whanganui City College given a rugby lesson by Hato Paora College

Whanganui City College given a rugby lesson by Hato Paora College

Whanganui City College rugby was given two real life lessons at the hand of visitors Hato Paora College on Wednesday. The longtime traditional match-up on Wednesday pitted the college‘s under-15 and 1st XV sides against each other with Hato Paora coming out convincing winners. The Feilding visitors smashed the under-15 XV 76-15 in the lunchtime game starting as they meant […]