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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…

Andrew Hore Named Waratahs CEO

Andrew Hore Named Waratahs CEO

New Zealander Andrew Hore has been appointed chief executive of the Waratahs and New South Wales Rugby, replacing Greg Harris in April. Hore has spent the last four years at the helm of Welsh club…

Captaincy Will Be the Making of Dylan Hartley

Captaincy Will Be the Making of Dylan Hartley

Sean Fitzpatrick, the former All Black captain who was asked by Eddie Jones to give advice to his newly appointed captain, Rotorua-born Dylan Hartley, 29, believes that the captaincy will turn out to be…

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…

New Zealand Top Women’s World Rankings

New Zealand Top Women’s World Rankings

New Zealand’s Black Ferns have been ranked #1 on the first rankings for women’s Test rugby. “It’s a positive step for one of the fastest growing team sports in the world, as it brings parity…

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…

All Blacks Add Spice to European Champions Cup

All Blacks Add Spice to European Champions Cup

New Zealand’s All Black stars are the big prizes in rugby’s global talent pool, particularly only a few months after winning a second consecutive World Cup, the New York Times reports. Like Ma’a Nonu,…

New Zealanders Helping Racing 92 to the Top

New Zealanders Helping Racing 92 to the Top

The experience of former All Blacks is helping Paris club Racing 92 with long-term ambitions, both nationally and internationally, said club president Jacky Lorenzetti. French clubs often give priority to their own national…

Ben Franks up for London Irish Challenge

Ben Franks up for London Irish Challenge

Ben Franks, 31, knew what he was getting himself in for when he joined London Irish. The double World Cup winning prop from Christchurch received far more lucrative offers from French clubs, but he…

Dan Carter BBC Overseas Sports Personality of 2015

Dan Carter BBC Overseas Sports Personality of 2015

New Zealander Dan Carter has beaten tennis champion Serena Williams and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to take the title of BBC Overseas Sports personality of the Year. The Paris Racing 92 fly-half was crowned World…

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…

Dan Carter Says Future of NZ Rugby Bright

Dan Carter Says Future of NZ Rugby Bright

All Blacks great Dan Carter, 33, is unsure of his own plans once the time comes to hang up his boots but he is confident the game in New Zealand is in safe hands….

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…

Assistant Coaches Extend All Blacks Contract

Assistant Coaches Extend All Blacks Contract

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster and All Blacks forwards coach Mike Cron have extended their contract with New Zealand Rugby through to 2017. “Ian has provided outstanding coaching of the All Blacks over the…

Richie McCaw Announces New Zealand Retirement

Richie McCaw Announces New Zealand Retirement

Richie McCaw, the most capped All Black in history, has announced his retirement. “This is the end of my rugby days, the reality of hanging up my boots,” said Richie McCaw at a press conference. “This…

All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu Dies

All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu Dies

Former New Zealand rugby star and All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu has passed away in Auckland today, aged 40. “We’re lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah’s family”, said…

How a Tiny Island of 4.5m People Came to Dominate Rugby Worldwide

How a Tiny Island of 4.5m People Came to Dominate Rugby Worldwide

With their 34-17 win at Twickenham against Australia, the New Zealand All Blacks became the first team to ever retain their World Cup trophy. Their back-to-back World Cup wins and their more than 75%…

New Zealand’s All Blacks: Rugby’s All-Time Greats

New Zealand’s All Blacks: Rugby’s All-Time Greats

“The New Zealand All Blacks made it clear this weekend that there isn’t a rugby team in the world that compares with them”, writes Joshua Robinson for the Wall Street Journal. With their winning percentage…

Magnificent All Blacks Beat Wallabies to Become First Team to Win Back-to-Back World Cups

Magnificent All Blacks Beat Wallabies to Become First Team to Win Back-to-Back World Cups

The New Zealand All Blacks have beaten Australia’s Wallabies 34-17 in the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham with a magnificent performance. With their back-to-back World Cup wins they have become the first team…

How to Defend Against the Haka

How to Defend Against the Haka

“Watching 23 burly New Zealanders perform the iconic dance before kickoff is one of rugby’s unwritten rules. The All Blacks, the greatest team ever to play the game, have earned that right over a…

New Zealand All Blacks Join English Footballers For UNICEF

New Zealand All Blacks Join English Footballers For UNICEF

Popular sports stars including England footballers Harry Kane and Chris Smalling and All Blacks players Dan Carter, Ben Franks and Charlie Faumuina have been given a masterclass in how to play board games by a…

All Blacks Edge Boks for Finals Showdown with Australia

All Blacks Edge Boks for Finals Showdown with Australia

The New Zealand All Blacks have beaten South Africa’s Springboks 20-18 in the Rugby World Cup semi-final in England on Saturday. “In an atmosphere thick with tension at Twickenham, the All Blacks clung to their…

All Blacks Own Rugby in a Way No Other Sports Team Ever Could

All Blacks Own Rugby in a Way No Other Sports Team Ever Could

“New Zealand are not only the world’s leading rugby nation. They also own the game,” writes Simon Barnes in an article on ESPN. “On Saturday night the All Blacks beat France so completely…

All Blacks Demolish France in RWC Quarterfinal

All Blacks Demolish France in RWC Quarterfinal

The New Zealand All Blacks have beaten France 62-13 with a record-breaking nine try performance – the biggest victory in World Cup quarter-final history. Many French fans had hoped for a repeat of the 2007…

Ma’a Nonu to Win 100th Cap

Ma’a Nonu to Win 100th Cap

All Blacks centre Ma’a Nonu will make his 100th international appearance in New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup match against Tonga in Newcastle on Friday (Saturday morning New Zealand time). “On behalf of the All Blacks, we…

NZ Student Rugby Team Performs Haka at Fast Food Restaurant in Ireland

NZ Student Rugby Team Performs Haka at Fast Food Restaurant in Ireland

A New Zealand student rugby team from Wairoa College Rugby Academy has performed a haka at a Supermacs at a service station in Ireland. The video that was filmed by customers of the restaurant was…

New Zealand’s Haka – “the World’s Most Perfect Act of Nationalism”

New Zealand’s Haka – “the World’s Most Perfect Act of Nationalism”

The New Zealand haka – “a traditional Maori dance, a sequence of foot-stomping, tongue-wagging and violent gesticulation, accompanied by deep, rhythmic chanting “is an intimidating sight for any opponent”, writes Ishaan Tharoor for The…

Steve Hansen Backs Sonny Bill Williams

Steve Hansen Backs Sonny Bill Williams

“Victory over Argentina already leaves New Zealand overwhelming favourites to top Pool C, with Namibia, Georgia and Tonga hardly expected to trouble the defending champions”, reports an article in The Belfast Telegraph. All…

All Blacks 58-14 Namibia – New Zealand Cruise to Commanding Victory

All Blacks 58-14 Namibia – New Zealand Cruise to Commanding Victory

The New Zealand All Blacks have won their second Rugby World Cup match against Namibia 58-14. “Namibia battled heroically but there was never any chance of it being another Japan versus South Africa”, writes…

How Jonah Lomu Led to the Success of World Cup

How Jonah Lomu Led to the Success of World Cup

“On 18 June 1995, Rupert Murdoch was sitting in his Los Angeles office watching the World Cup semi-final between England and New Zealand,” Sydney Morning Herald rugby columnist Spiro Zavos writes. “England winger Tony…

Sam Cane to Captain All Blacks

Sam Cane to Captain All Blacks

Flanker Sam Cane, 23, will captain the New Zealand All Blacks for the first time in the upcoming World Cup match against Namibia. “It is a very special moment for Sam,” Hansen told www.allblacks.com. “He…

New Zealand All Blacks Beat Argentina to Begin Title Defence

New Zealand All Blacks Beat Argentina to Begin Title Defence

The New Zealand All Blacks have begun their title defence with a 26-16 victory against Argentina in front of 89,019 – the biggest ever crowd at a Rugby World Cup match. “New Zealand dominated possession…

How New Zealand Sustains Its Rugby Dynasty

How New Zealand Sustains Its Rugby Dynasty

A country of just under four and half million is home to arguably the most dominant team in sport. The Guardian looks at how the All Blacks remain at the pinnacle more than 100…

How I Learned to Win the Rugby World Cup

How I Learned to Win the Rugby World Cup

On 23 October 2011, the New Zealand All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup Final against France 8 to 7. It was “culmination of a 37-year career’” for Graham Henry – one of the…

All Blacks Depart for England to Defend Their Title

All Blacks Depart for England to Defend Their Title

The All Blacks have departed for England on Thursday hoping for a number of firsts: “To become the first team to defend the Rugby World Cup, the first New Zealand team to win the…

Coach Joe Schmidt Granted Irish Citizenship

Coach Joe Schmidt Granted Irish Citizenship

He has long been considered an honorary Irishman in the eyes of rugby fans. But Ireland’s head coach Woodville-born Joe Schmidt, 49, was made an official Irish citizen in a special ceremony organised by…

Richie McCaw Most Powerful in Rugby Union

Richie McCaw Most Powerful in Rugby Union

Richie McCaw, “arguably the greatest All Black of all time”, has been named the most powerful person in the “50 Most Powerful People in Rugby Union” ranking by The Daily Telegraph. “The flanker’s…

NZ – Rugby World Cup Breeding Ground

NZ – Rugby World Cup Breeding Ground

“The All Blacks may be favoured to retain the Rugby World Cup but New Zealand’s influence on the global showpiece will extend far beyond its national team”, according to an article on

All Blacks Squad Announced

All Blacks Squad Announced

There were few surprises in the All Blacks squad announcement “with coach Steve Hansen naming 17 forwards and 14 backs with the emphasis on the backs being their versatility to cover numerous positions.” “Richie McCaw…

New Zealand’s Jonah Lomu Still Talks a Good Game

New Zealand’s Jonah Lomu Still Talks a Good Game

Jonah Lomu changed the sport of rugby forever – his “emergence at the 1995 World Cup was seismic”.  He was a pioneer for rugby union, who “raised interest to levels not witnessed before and…

Five Reasons why New Zealand Rule the Rugby World

Five Reasons why New Zealand Rule the Rugby World

The New Zealand All Blacks “have been almost untouchable” for four years and World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry believes the current class of All Blacks were better than the group that lifted the 2011 Webb…

All Blacks Play Classic Game in Bledisloe Decider

All Blacks Play Classic Game in Bledisloe Decider

“Australia knew the All Blacks would be in a vengeful mood after their defeat in Sydney,” the Observer’s Ian Malin reports. “New Zealand duly handed out a rugby lesson   to…

New Steinlager Rugby World Cup Ad Recreates New Zealand’s First Rugby Internationals

New Steinlager Rugby World Cup Ad Recreates New Zealand’s First Rugby Internationals

“New Zealand’s Steinlager stylishly recreates the country’s first-ever rugby team to tour the UK back in 1905, in this spot gearing up for the Rugby World Cup next month”, writes Alexandra Jardine for

McCaw Magic Seals All Blacks Win at Ellis Park

McCaw Magic Seals All Blacks Win at Ellis Park

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw grabbed a late winning try to lift the All Blacks to a dramatic 27-20 win over South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The home side led for most of…

Warren Gatland Steers Wales into World Cup Ready

Warren Gatland Steers Wales into World Cup Ready

With a near perfect World Cup training trip to Switzerland in the bank, Wales coach Warren Gatland has steered his squad into a very good place, according to Wales Online rugby editor Delme Parfitt. “If…

All Blacks Dominate Argentina in Christchurch

All Blacks Dominate Argentina in Christchurch

Captain Richie McCaw scored a try and stand-off Dan Carter kicked 14 points in their last home Test at AMI Stadium in Christchurch as the All Blacks beat Argentina 39-18 in the opening match…

New Zealand Stars Feature in Powerful ‘Force of Black’ Rugby World Cup Advert

New Zealand Stars Feature in Powerful ‘Force of Black’ Rugby World Cup Advert

New Zealand’s All Blacks players unleash their inner animals in the new powerful World Cup advert by shirt sponsors Adidas. “It’s inside us. Beating in our heart, pumping through our veins. It strengthens every sense….

All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen Now a Samoan Chief

All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen Now a Samoan Chief

Three-times World Rugby Coach of the Year New Zealander Steve Hansen, 56, has been named an honorary high chief, or matai, of Vaiala village in Samoa, a day after his All Blacks team beat…

Raiders Punisher Josh Papalii Back in Form

Raiders Punisher Josh Papalii Back in Form

Auckland-born Raiders enforcer, the “revitalised” Josh Papalii, 23, credits some tough love from coach Ricky Stuart as the key to turning his fortunes around. After a sluggish start to the NRL season when he questioned…

Hard as Nails Keven Mealamu Has an Arty Side

Hard as Nails Keven Mealamu Has an Arty Side

The second most-capped All Black of all time tells the Independent how illustrating children’s books helps keep him grounded before big games, like the forthcoming defence of the World Cup. Mealamu, 36, one of the…

Outstanding Baby Blacks Beat England to Take World Title

Outstanding Baby Blacks Beat England to Take World Title

“Black is back. England’s reign as World Rugby Under-20 champions is over, deposed by an outstanding New Zealand side, several of whom you should expect to see in an All Black shirt in the…

Ma’a Nonu Called Best Player in Super Rugby

Ma’a Nonu Called Best Player in Super Rugby

Hurricanes player “Ma’a Nonu has been described as a player without peer in Super Rugby this year”, writes the Daily Mail. “I haven’t seen, in my analysis, somebody who’s played consistently…