Richie McCaw no spent force, says All Blacks coach

Jim Morton All Blacks coach Steve Hansen disagrees Richie McCaw is a fading force but insists neither he, nor his captain, will be afraid to make the right call to end his illustrious career.

Romain Poite set for scrutiny in Bledisloe II as referee stoush rumbles on

Referee Jaco Peyper gives a yellow card to Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks during the Bledisloe Cup opener.

Georgina Robinson The performance of Romain Poite in this weekend's Bledisloe Cup re-match will be under more scrutiny than ever after provocative comments from the All Blacks and Poite's contemporary Jonathan Kaplan...

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Ryan Crotty to start for All Blacks against Wallabies at Eden Park

Ryan Crotty.

Liam Napier From the fringe to centre stage, Ryan Crotty will start his first test for the All Blacks in Saturday's rematch with the Wallabies at Eden Park.

The All Blacks have run out of ideas

No longer immune to the whistle: All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

Mark Reason Suddenly these All Blacks didn't look half the team that some people had assumed they were.

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Ma’a Nonu and Jerome Kaino set to miss Bledisloe II

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Marc Hinton The All Blacks look set to be without two of their senior, and most physical, players for what they’re hoping will be a bounce-back Bledisloe performance at Eden Park on Saturday night.

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Why the Wallabies can beat the All Blacks at Eden Park in Bledisloe II

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Andrew Mehrtens Despite a lot of talk about the All Black response at Eden Park, I see the Wallabies as an even bigger threat this week as they eye a great chance to snap a second win streak in as many weeks.

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Five things we learnt from the slippery Bledisloe Cup opener

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Stephen Samuelson Much has been written about kicking in Australian rugby this year. The lingering legacy of Jake White’s stint at the Brumbies is tactics that value field position above all else.

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Bledisloe Cup: Wallabies break All Blacks' record run in opener

Mud bath: Adam Ashley-Cooper is taken to the turf by Aaron Cruden.

Georgina Robinson A scrappy band of mud-smeared Wallabies denied the world's best Test rugby dynasty a history-making, record-breaking 18th win on the trot in front of a rain-affected 68,627 fans in Sydney.

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Wallabies indifferent to All Blacks' attempt at record consecutive wins

''You don’t need any more motivation than that big Bledisloe Cup

Rupert Guinness All Blacks historians may have a blank page open in anticipation that the world's No.1 ranked team will provide a record 18th consecutive Test win to document when they play the Wallabies at ANZ...

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Hosea Gear returns to Super Rugby with the Waikato Chiefs

Hosea Gear in action for the World XV earlier this year.

Former All Blacks wing Hosea Gear is returning to Super Rugby with the Waikato Chiefs, making him eligible to join New Zealand's World Cup defence in England next year.

Aaron Cruden growing into his skin for All Blacks

Ready to shine: Aaron Cruden.

Marc Hinton It’s water off a duck’s back for Aaron Cruden now. Dan goes down, he steps up and history suggests the All Blacks don’t miss a beat.

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All Blacks satisfied with run-out against North Harbour and Northland

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen (R) with stand-in skipper Kieran Read.

Liam Napier No major injuries and a chance to blow out some rust; the All Blacks got exactly what they needed from a match against North Harbour and Northland in Albany on Friday night.

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Dan Carter remains philosophical over playing future

Stoic: Carter.

Liam Napier Hobbled but far from despondent, Dan Carter portrayed a mixture of frustration and resolve as he spoke about his latest injury setback for the first time today.

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James Slipper says Wallabies don't care about All Blacks' shot at record in Bledisloe clash

Promise: Nathan Charles (left) with James Slipper at Mount Panorama on Wednesday.

Georgina Robinson The All Blacks are 80 minutes away from claiming the longest ever Test-match winning streak among tier-one nations but the Wallabies "don't really care".

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All Blacks' Dan Carter out for four weeks

Sidelined: Carter's injury woes have continued.

Champion All Blacks playmaker Dan Carter has a cracked upper fibula and will likely miss the first four weeks of the Rugby Championship, including the Bledisloe Cup opener against the Wallabies.

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Ma'a Nonu set for return to the Hurricanes

Force of nature: Hurricanes centre Ma'a Nonu.

Toby Robson Ma'a Nonu return and the confirmation of Beauden Barrett's decision to stay put are set to counter balance any fall out should the Hurricanes' Super Rugby play-off drought stretch into its sixth year.

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All Blacks to Samoa a dream come true for Williams

On the run: Richie McCaw during the recent series against England.

Marc Hinton Rugby great Bryan Williams has lauded the long overdue decision to take the All Blacks to Samoa for an historic test in Apia which now seems likely to happen in July next year.

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Ben Smith shrugs off debate about All Blacks' aura

Highland fling: Fullback Ben Smith.

Georgina Robinson Endless chatter about the strength or otherwise of the All Blacks "aura" does not worry try-scoring sensation Ben Smith. 

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New Zealand All Blacks crush England 36-13 in Hamilton

New Zealand's Malakai Fekitoa is tackled by England's Tom Wood at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

Daniel Gilhooly England melted in the face of a merciless All Blacks first-half onslaught to lose the third Test 36-13 in Hamilton and suffer a 3-0 series whitewash.

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New Zealand All Blacks clinch series against England

Richie McCaw

Daniel Gilhooly Dunedin: The All Blacks spluttered into life in the second half to hold off England 28-27 in the second Test in Dunedin and clinch their three-match series.

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