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New Zealand’s Best Coaches All Have One Unheralded Skill In Common

New Zealand’s Best Coaches All Have One Unheralded Skill In Common

Exceptional technical skills, an in-depth understanding of the sport and astute strategic knowledge are table-stakes for New Zealand rugby coaches at all levels of the game. What sets the truly accomplished coaches apart from…

Steve Hansen to Step Down After 2019 World Cup

Steve Hansen to Step Down After 2019 World Cup

“Steve Hansen’s all-conquering reign as the New Zealand coach will end after the 2019 World Cup. The 59-year-old, who has been in charge of the All Blacks since 2012 and has had 16 years…

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…

Portia Woodman Makes Top 10 Most Influential

Portia Woodman Makes Top 10 Most Influential

Black Ferns winger Portia Woodman, 27, has made the top 10 on a list of rugby union’s most influential people, ahead of any of her male All Blacks counterparts and two spots below All…

All Blacks Prevail Against Barbarians at Twickenham

All Blacks Prevail Against Barbarians at Twickenham

“New Zealand were always going to be the winners of this frolicsome day out at Twickenham, no matter how the scoreline panned out,” the Telegraph reported after the All Blacks beat the Barbarians 31-22. “The…

All Blacks Beat Springboks 25-24

All Blacks Beat Springboks 25-24

The New Zealand “All Blacks completed a clean sweep of the Rugby Championship while the Springboks restored pride in their jersey in one of the great Test matches in front of 50,000 fans at…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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

2015 All Blacks Squad Announcement – Steve Hansen

2015 All Blacks Squad Announcement – Steve Hansen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named his new squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup which will be hosted in England and will run from 18 September – October 31….

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…

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…

53M Views for All Blacks Men In Black Airline Safety Video

53M Views for All Blacks Men In Black Airline Safety Video

Air New Zealand’s new safety video, shown on all domestic and international flights, is featuring the New Zealand All Blacks, who have teamed up with former rugby rivals in the Man In Black-themed safety…

Men In Black Safety Defenders – Air New Zealand Safety Video

Men In Black Safety Defenders – Air New Zealand Safety Video

Watch this new Air New Zealand safety clip #CrazyAboutRugby featuring “some very special Men In Black” to brief the passengers.

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…

New Zealand Entrenched as World Cup Favourites

New Zealand Entrenched as World Cup Favourites

“This year will end just as it began, with New Zealand sitting firmly on top of the rugby world. The All Blacks have been the top-ranked team for five years and will again head…

All Black Sensation Dan Carter’s Paris Move a Big Deal

All Black Sensation Dan Carter’s Paris Move a Big Deal

All Black great Dan Carter, 32, is poised to become the world’s highest-paid rugby player when he moves to France after next year’s Rugby World Cup on a three-year deal with Paris club Racing…

All Blacks Beat Scotland in Tough Challenge

All Blacks Beat Scotland in Tough Challenge

The All Blacks have managed to continue one of the longer streaks in world sport, as Scotland failed for the 30th time to beat the world champions. But it was only just, in a…

New Zealand Trumps at Annual IRB Awards

New Zealand Trumps at Annual IRB Awards

New Zealand have made a clean sweep at the International Rugby Board (IRB) awards once more, taking away all three major end-of-season prizes, with number eight Kieran Read named player of the year, the…

Bledisloe Cup Whitewash with Win over Wallabies

Bledisloe Cup Whitewash with Win over Wallabies

The All Blacks have maintained their 100 per cent record this year, beating Australia at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin 41-33 to seal a 3-0 Bledisloe Cup whitewash, the BBC reports. Having clinched the…

Crossing the Whitewash with Another Win over French

Crossing the Whitewash with Another Win over French

“New Zealand completed a 3-0 series clean sweep of France with a hard-fought but deserved victory at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth ,” the Irish Examiner reported. “Ben Smith’s first-half try helped give…

New Zealand Union Coaches Taking over the World

New Zealand Union Coaches Taking over the World

The appointment of Vern Cotter as next head coach of Scotland is testament to the quality of rugby coaches that have been developed in New Zealand, according to Steve Hansen. The 51-year-old’s appointment means…

Player Of The Year

Player Of The Year

All Black Dan Carter has been named player of the year in London at the 2012 International Rugby Board (IRB) awards, with Steve Hansen winning coach of the year and the All Blacks the…

Foiled By Fourth Best

Foiled By Fourth Best

New Zealand, the world’s No 1-ranked side, was defeated by England 38-21 at Twickenham, bringing the All Blacks’ unbeaten run of 20 back-to-back wins to an end. It was England’s first win over New…

First Win of the Series

First Win of the Series

The All Blacks have won their first post-World Cup tournament against the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship opener beating the Australians 27-19 in Sydney. Australia must win at its Eden Park graveyard on 25…

Savea Does Us Proud

Savea Does Us Proud

The All Blacks trounced Ireland 42-10 at Eden Park in the first test since winning last year’s World Cup, with 21-year-old winger Julian Savea scoring three tries in his debut for New…

Hansen Replaces Henry

Hansen Replaces Henry

The New Zealand Rugby Union have appointed 52-year-old former policeman Steve Hansen as their new coach, replacing Graham Henry who stepped down after winning the World Cup. Dunedin-born Hansen was widely tipped to get…

Back in the Hot Seats

Back in the Hot Seats

All Blacks head coach Graham Henry and his two assistants Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen have been re-appointed for an extended two seasons until the end of the 2011 World Cup. “Graham, Wayne and…

The Imblackables

The Imblackables

In the French rugby stronghold of Lyon, the All Blacks demolished the home side and second-ranked team in the world 47-3. Dubbed “The Imblackables” by Le Midi Olympique, as a defensive unit the All Blacks were flawless….