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Why Tyrel Lomax Chose the ABs over the Wallabies

Why Tyrel Lomax Chose the ABs over the Wallabies

Tyrel Lomax, 22, grew up with a dream to play for the ACT Brumbies and Wallabies. But the closer he got, the more he realised he couldn’t ignore the black feeling in his stomach….

Secrets Behind the World’s Most Successful Team

Secrets Behind the World’s Most Successful Team

The All Blacks jersey carries with it an aura of invincibility. Their starting 15 could be injured and the next 15 would still stand head and shoulders above the rest of the world. How…

Steve Hansen Suggests 16-Week Off-Seasons

Steve Hansen Suggests 16-Week Off-Seasons

“Steve Hansen has called for a mandatory 16-week off-season, days after an 11-month campaign was announced in England. The New Zealand head coach said England were still counting the cost of having 15 players…

All Blacks Complete Sweep of Australia in Japan

All Blacks Complete Sweep of Australia in Japan

World champions New Zealand crushed old foes Australia 37-20 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, where the 2019 Rugby World Cup final will be held, to complete a 3-0 Bledisloe Cup series whitewash win,…

All Blacks Win Over Pumas in Nelson

All Blacks Win Over Pumas in Nelson

Coach Steve Hansen gave his rearranged All Blacks a pass mark after their 46-24 victory over a much-improved Argentinian side in Nelson, but conceded they weren’t as good as they…

ABs Lift Bledisloe Cup for 16th Consecutive Year

ABs Lift Bledisloe Cup for 16th Consecutive Year

New Zealand has won the Bledisloe Cup for a 16th consecutive year with a 40-12 victory over Australia at Eden Park in Auckland. Beauden Barrett scored four tries and kicked five conversions, while Joe Moody…

All Blacks Dismantle Stunned Wallabies

All Blacks Dismantle Stunned Wallabies

New Zealand delivered a clinic of counter-attacking in Sydney, scoring five second-half tries to blow away their hosts in this season’s Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup opening encounter, rugby reporter Charlie…

Raised on Rugby

Raised on Rugby

“In sports, few teams have dominated their competition the way the New Zealand All Blacks of rugby union have,” writes David Maurice Smith in an article for The New York…

Finding Keith Murdoch Four Decades On

Finding Keith Murdoch Four Decades On

His closest friends in a remote town in the Australian outback had no idea who he was. Now that former All Black Keith Murdoch is dead at 74, the story of the man who…

Why New Zealand “Still Rules the High Seas of Rugby”

Why New Zealand “Still Rules the High Seas of Rugby”

“The flag which flutters highest on the masthead of world rugby is still all black in colour. It does not have a skull-and-crossbones on it, but when it hoves into view everyone knows its…

New All Blacks Documentary “Looks Absolutely Breathtaking”

New All Blacks Documentary “Looks Absolutely Breathtaking”

“All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks is a new six-episode series and it promises to be a belter,” writes Paul Moore in an article for Joe.ie. Narrated by the “incredibly…

Keith Murdoch a Giant Who Never Made It Home

Keith Murdoch a Giant Who Never Made It Home

Keith Murdoch, who has died in Australia, aged 74, played just three Tests for the All Blacks, but his name was etched in New Zealand rugby folklore after he became a recluse in the…

Chasing Great – An Ode to New Zealand’s All Blacks

Chasing Great – An Ode to New Zealand’s All Blacks

“Justin Pemberton and Michelle Walshe’s documentary Chasing Great follows All Blacks team captain Richie McCaw through his final season,” writes Chris Packham in a review for the Village Voice. “Even if…

All Blacks Inflict More Pain on Wales

All Blacks Inflict More Pain on Wales

“There was little solace to be found around the streets of Cardiff as the city’s population set about anaesthetising painful memories of yet another valiant loss to the All Blacks,” Irish Independent sports reporter…

New Zealand Cap Fifth Rugby Championship Victory

New Zealand Cap Fifth Rugby Championship Victory

New Zealand has capped their fifth Rugby Championship victory in six years with a 36-10 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires. The earlier 27-27 draw between South Africa and Australia in Bloemfontein had already ensured…

Charles Piutau: “I Felt Invincible As An All Black”

Charles Piutau: “I Felt Invincible As An All Black”

Former All Black Charles Piutau speaks to The Guardian’s Donald McRae about abandoning his Test career with the All Blacks to play for Ulster and, from next season, Bristol. When…

New Zealand Secure Record Win Over South Africa

New Zealand Secure Record Win Over South Africa

World champions New Zealand ran in eight tries as they thumped South Africa 57-0 in Auckland, their biggest winning margin against the Springboks, BBC Sport reports. Victory extended their lead in the four-team Rugby Championship…

Vaea Fifita Rescues All Blacks with Solo Try

Vaea Fifita Rescues All Blacks with Solo Try

“New Zealand needed a second-half surge, inspired by Vaea Fifita’s stunning solo try, to shake off Argentina and record a bonus-point win in New Plymouth,” sports reporter Charlie Morgan writes for the Telegraph. “With just…

Winning Like The All Blacks

Winning Like The All Blacks

New Zealand “is small in size and population, but vast in talent and its position on the global scale,” writes Rajeev Gupta in an article published on

Colin Meads, Revered New Zealand Rugby Star

Colin Meads, Revered New Zealand Rugby Star

“Colin Meads, one of New Zealand’s greatest and most revered rugby players, died on Sunday in Te Kuiti, New Zealand, his hometown. He was 81,” writes Huw Richards in an obituary published in the…

All Blacks Ruthless in Epic Bledisloe Victory

All Blacks Ruthless in Epic Bledisloe Victory

The finishing thrust that All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had been seeking all season finally returned during the weekend as Beauden Barrett scored a last-gasp try to give them a 35-29 victory over Australia in…

New Zealand Thrash Australia in Sydney

New Zealand Thrash Australia in Sydney

New Zealand “hammered” Australia 54-34 in their 2017 Investec Rugby Championship opener. According to the BBC, the All Blacks “were exceptional in the first half in Sydney and, with the help of three tries…

All Blacks Great Colin Meads Leaves Mighty Memories

All Blacks Great Colin Meads Leaves Mighty Memories

Colin Meads, the famously tough All Blacks captain hailed as New Zealand’s greatest rugby player of the 20th century, has died. He was 81. Cambridge-born Meads played 55 tests among 133 games for New…

New Zealand Mourns Death of Sir John Graham

New Zealand Mourns Death of Sir John Graham

Sir John Graham, widely known as DJ, has died at the age of 82. Graham was a former All Blacks captain, a respected educator and staunch opponent of apartheid. Graham represented New Zealand 53 times,…

Fans From Both Sides Celebrate All Blacks Lions Draw

Fans From Both Sides Celebrate All Blacks Lions Draw

A draw. A dead heat. 15-15. And the series too, after the epic twists and turns of the last three weeks, is therefore a tie: one win for New Zealand, one win for the…

Richie McCaw Enjoying Life Away from the Fast Lane

Richie McCaw Enjoying Life Away from the Fast Lane

The air has become the place where two-time World Cup-winning All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has become most comfortable since he hung up his boots for the final time on Halloween night, 2015. He’s a…

New Zealand Run Away with First Test Against Lions

New Zealand Run Away with First Test Against Lions

“The British & Irish Lions must now win both remaining Tests to deny New Zealand a series victory after a sobering loss to the All Blacks in Auckland. The Lions defended heroically at times…

All Blacks Thrash Samoa 78-0

All Blacks Thrash Samoa 78-0

“The All Blacks were at their sublime best in a 78-0 drubbing of Samoa that will have the Lions hoping the losers had an off night. Otherwise the tourists face a daunting task here…

Kieran Read Makes His Mark as All Blacks Captain

Kieran Read Makes His Mark as All Blacks Captain

“Kieran Read spent a long time learning from Richie McCaw but he always knew he would have to do things his own way if he was to make his mark as All Blacks skipper…

Coaching Stalwart Wayne Smith to Step Down

Coaching Stalwart Wayne Smith to Step Down

The All Blacks will lose the services of long-serving and successful assistant coach Wayne Smith after the 2017 Rugby Championship, which begins in August. Smith announced he will take a break from October to consider…

All Blacks Beat France 24-19

All Blacks Beat France 24-19

“World player of the year Beauden Barrett helped stretch New Zealand’s winning streak over France to 10 games with a hard-fought but ultimately comfortable 24-19 victory on Sunday (AEDT),” as reported in an article…

All Blacks Exact Immediate Revenge in Dublin Thriller

All Blacks Exact Immediate Revenge in Dublin Thriller

“Two weeks after their 18-game winning run was ended by a 40-29 defeat to Ireland in Chicago, New Zealand reasserted their hegemony with a victory that was a lot less convincing than the score…

Beauden Barrett Voted World Player of the Year

Beauden Barrett Voted World Player of the Year

“New Zealand flyhalf Beauden Barrett has been voted World Player of the Year as the world champion All Blacks swept the major awards at the end of a record-breaking rugby season,” as reported in…

Ireland End New Zealand’s Record Streak

Ireland End New Zealand’s Record Streak

It was “a great result for Ireland. And an even better one for New Zealand,” writes Mick Cleary for the Telegraph after Ireland beat the New Zealand All Blacks 40 to 29. “You…

ABs Beat Wallabies Again at Eden Park 37-10

ABs Beat Wallabies Again at Eden Park 37-10

Australia had the ball but New Zealand scored the tries as they set a new record for consecutive Test victories by a Tier 1 nation, reaching 18 but having come of age long before,…

Pumas No Match for Unstoppable All Blacks

Pumas No Match for Unstoppable All Blacks

Title-holders New Zealand have made it five bonus-point victories out of five in this year’s Rugby Championship beating Argentina 36-17 in Buenos Aires in front of a 50,000-strong home crowd, South Africa’s Independent Online…

All Blacks Crush Wallabies in All Departments

All Blacks Crush Wallabies in All Departments

“It is always a pleasure to watch sporting greatness in action, so this was rugby ecstasy,” Sunday Telegraph rugby correspondent Steve James enthuses after the All Blacks thrashed the Wallabies 42-8 in the first…

Steve Hansen Re-Signs with All Blacks

Steve Hansen Re-Signs with All Blacks

World Cup winning coach Steve Hansen has re-signed with the All Blacks through until 2019, as reported on Fox Sports. “New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said the board unanimously voted to…

Chasing Great – Richie McCaw

Chasing Great – Richie McCaw

Watch the trailer for the upcoming documentary Chasing Great, which follows Richie McCaw’s final 365 days leading the All Blacks. Richie McCaw became the first person to captain back-to-back World…

NZ Thrash Wales to Seal Series Whitewash

NZ Thrash Wales to Seal Series Whitewash

New Zealand has beaten Wales 46-6 to seal the three-Test series at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. This win was the 29th in a row for the All Blacks over the Welsh who not…

Counting Down #CrazyAboutRugby #ProjectBlackout

Counting Down #CrazyAboutRugby #ProjectBlackout

Take a look at how New Zealand’s national airline Air New Zealand is preparing for the All Blacks vs Lions in 2017. #CrazyAboutRugby#ProjectBlackout  

All Blacks vs. Wales Haka

All Blacks vs. Wales Haka

Watch the All Blacks’ first haka of the 2016 season in their match against Wales at Eden Park on Saturday June 11. The haka was led by Aaron Smith. The…

World Champion All Blacks Beat Wales

World Champion All Blacks Beat Wales

New Zealand’s All Blacks have beaten Wales 39-21 in the first test at Eden Park on Saturday, as reported in Fox Sports. The win “was achieved by a team beginning a new era…

Iron Maiden Release All Blacks T-Shirt For NZ

Iron Maiden Release All Blacks T-Shirt For NZ

Iron Maiden have released a special edition All Blacks t-shirt as a tribute to their Rugby World Cup victory. Fans will be able to purchase the shirt during the band’s  tour in New Zealand. “The…

All Blacks Named Laureus World Sports Team of 2015

All Blacks Named Laureus World Sports Team of 2015

The All Blacks have been named team of the year of 2015 at the Laureus World Sports awards on Tuesday in Berlin. Dan Carter, who suffered what could have been a career-ending injury in…

All Blacks Re-Sign Wayne Smith

All Blacks Re-Sign Wayne Smith

All Blacks defence coach Wayne Smith has signed a two-year contract extension with New Zealand Rugby. Head Coach Steve Hansen persuaded him to return to the All Blacks after taking a break following the World…

Kieran Read Confirmed As New All Blacks Captain

Kieran Read Confirmed As New All Blacks Captain

Coach Steve Hansen has confirmed that Kieran Read will replace Richie McCaw as captain of the All Blacks. He will also captain the Crusaders in this year’s Super Rugby competition. “We have known for quite…

Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko Win New Zealander of Year Awards

Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko Win New Zealander of Year Awards

Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko have been honoured at the New Zealander of the Year Awards. McCaw was voted ‘New Zealander of the Year’, while golfer Lydia Ko was named ‘Young New Zealander of…

Jonah Lomu: A Gentle Giant

Jonah Lomu: A Gentle Giant

For many the defining image of gentle giant Jonah Lomu, who died in November, aged 40, is the sight of the New Zealand rugby star swatting aside England players in the semi-final of the 1995…

Richie McCaw Film Trailer

Richie McCaw Film Trailer

Watch the former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw on the silver screen, with a new trailer showing a glimpse into the upcoming full-length movie about his amazing life as…

Ed Sheeran Pays Touching Tribute to Jonah Lomu

Ed Sheeran Pays Touching Tribute to Jonah Lomu

“Ed Sheeran has paid a touching tribute to All Blacks great Jonah Lomu by taking to the stage at his concert wearing the late rugby legend’s number 11 jersey”, writes Jenny Awford for

Richie McCaw Set for Adventure Race

Richie McCaw Set for Adventure Race

Recently-retired All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will test his outdoor skills in the GODZone – a 550km adventure race in early April 2016 – alongside NZ Rugby Players Association chief executive Rob Nicol. “We know…

New Zealand Bids Farewell to Jonah Lomu

New Zealand Bids Farewell to Jonah Lomu

“Thousands of New Zealanders have visited Eden Park to honour the memory of legendary All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu at a public memorial service hosted at the hallowed Auckland rugby venue”, writes Rory Keane…

Ma’a Nonu Ready for Adventure With Toulon

Ma’a Nonu Ready for Adventure With Toulon

Ma’a Nonu has arrived at Toulon – fresh from helping New Zealand retain the Rugby World Cup last month. “I want to thank the club and especially (president) Mourad Boudjellal for this opportunity and I’m looking forward…

Auckland Schoolboys Perform Powerful Haka in Honour of Jonah Lomu

Auckland Schoolboys Perform Powerful Haka in Honour of Jonah Lomu

Students from Wesley College in South Auckland have performed an incredible haka outside the college in honour of former student Jonah Lomu, who passed away on November 18. According to Fox Sports it could be…

Jonah Lomu: Rugby Superstar Melded Power and Speed

Jonah Lomu: Rugby Superstar Melded Power and Speed

“Jonah Lomu, whose size, strength and speed made him one of rugby’s most fearsome wings, a record-setting, nearly unstoppable scorer for the All Blacks” has died aged 40, writes Bruce Weber in an obituary…