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Robbie Deans still has All Black ambitions despite Steve Tew rift

Richard Knowler Robbie Deans still wants to coach the All Blacks and would have no problem working under Steve Tew.

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Ma'a Nonu linked with move to Toulon

French connection: Ma'a Nonu.

Duncan Johnstone All Blacks star Ma'a Nonu has been linked to French club Toulon as the European champions ramp up recruitment ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup.

Waterboy Aaron Cruden to play for province

Aaron Cruden is likely to return for the All Blacks for the third Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane.

Dumped New Zealand flyhalf Aaron Cruden will get some game time for his provincial side Manawatu on Sunday before an expected recall for the All Blacks' final Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia next month.

SBW to make return to rugby off bench

Sonny Bill Williams will turn out for Counties Manukau just 12 days after his final NRL appearance.

Sonny Bill Williams is expected to get game time off the bench when he makes his return to rugby after two seasons in the NRL.

Dane Coles to join All Blacks in South Africa

Dane Coles will re-join the All Blacks squad in South Africa.

Hooker Dane Coles will rejoin the All Blacks squad ahead of their Test in South Africa following the birth of his first child.

Dan Carter chased by Top 14 club Racing Metro

Dan Carter has little left to achieve in rugby.

David Long Racing Metro chairman Jacky Lorenzetti has gone public on his plans to lure Dan Carter to the French club next season.

All Blacks win third successive Rugby Championship

Malakai Fekitoa of the All Blacks charges through the Pumas defence.

The All Blacks wrapped up their third successive Rugby Championship crown with a comprehensive 34-13 win over Argentina in La Plata.

Beauden Barrett ready to take charge against Pumas

Fresh start: Beauden Barrett during his run-on debut against the Pumas in Napier.

Liam Napier Be the boss. That's Beauden Barrett's mission against the Pumas in La Plata.

Pumas change three for All Blacks Test

Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe will miss next week's Test against the Wallabies.

Argentina made three changes in the starting lineup to face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

Senior All Blacks 'disappointed' in Aaron Cruden

Conrad Smith.

Liam Napier In a version of the catch cry ''we are not angry but disappointed'', two senior members of the All Blacks leadership group have expressed their sense of being let down by Aaron Cruden.

All Blacks stand down Aaron Cruden after night out

Aaron Cruden on Saturday night.

Liam Napier All Blacks five-eighth Aaron Cruden will miss the Rugby Championship Tests against Argentina and South Africa for disciplinary reasons.

Graham Henry says losing might be good for All Blacks

World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has committed the ultimate sin in rugby-mad New Zealand, suggesting it would not hurt the All Blacks if they lose a game before they defend the Webb Ellis trophy next year in England.

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Richie McCaw's try gives All Blacks tense win over Springboks

Skipper's score: Richie McCaw scores the all-important five-pointer.

The All Blacks have a third successive Rugby Championship crown in their sights after beating South Africa 14-10 Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash involving the world's top ranked sides.

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Argentinian lock Tomas Lavanini to miss Wallabies clash after pleading guilty to foul play in All Blacks loss

Tomas Lavanini.

Greg Stutchbury Argentina lock Tomas Lavanini will miss Saturday night's Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies on the Gold Coast after pleading guilty to foul play on All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw.

Julian Savea brace helps All Blacks to bonus point win over Pumas

Getting away: Beauden Barrett (L) runs with the ball.

Two tries to powerhouse winger Julian Savea propelled the All Blacks to a convincing 28-9 win over Argentina at a rain-soaked McLean Park in Napier on Saturday night.

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Richie McCaw and Tony Woodcock past their prime: Ross Reynolds

Bledisloe Cup winners:  Richie McCaw, left, and Tony Woodcock, who won the trophy last month.

RUPERT GUINNESS Former Wallabies No.8 Ross Reynolds has continued the Bledisloe Cup war of words by claiming All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and prop Tony Woodcock are past their prime - less than a fortnight after the world champions' record-breaking 51-20 win over Australia.

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Coach Steve Hansen gives Israel Dagg chance to impress in All Blacks match against Argentina

Time to shine: Israel Dagg.

Richard Knowler All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's generosity could make or break Israel Dagg's rugby year.

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Beauden Barrett gets chance as All Blacks' pivot

Winds of change: Hurricanes No.10 Beauden Barrett will start at five-eighth for the All Blacks.

Sean Martin Beauden Barrett's hold on the All Blacks' five-eighth jersey may last just a week.

Waikato prop Ben Tameifuna investigated after flooring referee Glen Jackson

Ben Tameifuna

Waikato prop Ben Tameifuna is in the firing line after shoving referee Glen Jackson to the ground during the latest round of New Zealand's national provincial rugby competition.

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Only Suzie Catering Co can stop All Blacks from winning 2015 World Cup

Paul Cully dinkus Dinkus

PAUL CULLY The awful truth about the Wallabies' hammering last weekend is that by 2015 the All Blacks could roll out an entirely different back line and dish it out all over again.

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Wallabies humbled by All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup massacre

Going nowhere: Kurtley Beale is closed down by Liam Messam and Ryan Crotty.

GEORGINA ROBINSON There is no hiding at Eden Park. The rain, wind and mud confused the picture in Sydney a week ago, allowing the Wallabies to draw with the All Blacks and their fans to hope.

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Richie McCaw no spent force, says All Blacks coach

Plenty still to offer: Richie McCaw.

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.

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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 this week.

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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.

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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

Nonu

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

Israel Folau will be looking to break his try drought in Auckland.

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. Kicking in rugby is not the problem. Bad kicking is.

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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 Stadium at Homebush on Saturday night.

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Rugby Championship 2014

Round 1
Sat, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
AUS 12 vs NZL 12 Report Stats
Sun, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
RSA 13 vs ARG 6 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NZL 51 vs AUS 20 Report Stats
Sun, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
ARG 31 vs RSA 33 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 28 vs ARG 9 Report Stats
AUS 24 vs RSA 23 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sat, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 14 vs RSA 10 Report Stats
AUS 32 vs ARG 25 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
RSA 28 vs AUS 10 Report Stats
ARG 13 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 05 OctTimes shown AEST
RSA vs NZL 01:05EllS
ARG vs AUS 09:40Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
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The Rugby Championship - 2014 Ladder
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
New Zealand 5 4 0 1 75 21
South Africa 5 3 2 0 22 15
Australia 5 2 2 1 -41 10
Argentina 5 0 5 0 -56 3
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