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Ma'a Nonu set for return to the Hurricanes

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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Ben Smith gets first All Blacks fullback start

Daniel Gilhooly Ben Smith makes a long-awaited start at fullback for the All Blacks after Israel Dagg hobbled out of contention for the second Test against England.

New Zealand All Blacks scrape past England in First Test

Clash of the Titans: Ma'a Nonu tackles England's Marland Yarde.

Marc Hinton A scratchy All Blacks side have survived a scare to down England 20-15 in Auckland in the opening match of their three-Test rugby series.

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Jonah Lomu: England have no excuses for failure

Mick Cleary Former All Black winger believes that the next generation will step up, writes Mick Cleary.

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All Black Brodie Retallick fails to name a single England player

Faux pas: Brodie Retallick of the Chiefs and All Blacks.

If England's goal was for an anonymous build-up to the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday, it appears to have been a success.

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Two new All Blacks caps to face England

Uncapped pair Malakai Fekitoa and Patrick Tuipulotu have been rewarded for breakout Super Rugby seasons with inclusion in the All Blacks squad to face England.

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Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu makes All Blacks-Hitler claim

Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu.

In an apparent bid to get the New Zealand rugby team to tour the Polynesian Islands, former Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has claimed that the All Blacks would have toured Nazi Germany "if...

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Zac Guildford has New Zealand Rugby Union contract terminated

Zac Guildford on the burst for the All Blacks in 2011.

Former All Blacks winger Zac Guildford has had his contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union terminated, freeing him for a move to France.

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All Blacks to play United States Test in Chicago

The All Blacks will play the United States in Chicago on November 1 in their first Test on American soil for 34 years.

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Five newcomers named in All Blacks training squad

Marc Hinton As expected, multi-faceted Blues second-rowforward Patrick Tuipulotu and powerhouse Highlanders midfielder Malakai Fekitoa have been rewarded for standout rookie Super Rugby campaigns with promotion...

Luke Romano out of All Blacks Tests against England

Crusaders lock Luke Romano is ruled out of New Zealand's three home Tests against England after breaking his ankle.

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Global season a 'long shot', says New Zealand Rugby Union chief Steve Tew

Richie McCaw took a sabbatical from Super Rugby last year to rest ahead of the All Blacks' World Cup preparations.

A push to move June internationals back and create an integrated global rugby season by 2016 remains a "long shot", New Zealand Rugby Union chief Steve Tew has warned.

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All Blacks must drop Richie McCaw ... for now

Richie McCaw lifts the The Webb Ellis trophy in 2011.

Mark Reason Steve Hansen has some big calls to make in the coming months. Perhaps the biggest call is to drop Richie McCaw as the captain of the All Blacks and to drop him from the November tour of Europe.

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Connacht sign Mils Muliaina

Connacht signed World Cup winning All Black Mils Muliaina on Monday in a major coup for the Irish province, who have been struggling in the shadow of its Heineken Cup challenging domestic rivals.

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Robbie Deans to coach in Japan

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans

Richard Knowler Robbie Deans is set to re-start his coaching career in Japan.

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Experience wins it: All Blacks fly flag for thirtysomethings

Richie McCaw.

Steve James Rugby is becoming a young man's game but Kiwis have learnt value of experience from England's past success.