Richie McCaw might still have the aura, but it's All Blacks lock Kieran Read who is the new king of New Zealand rugby.
All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read has urged world rugby bosses to consider ways to shorten the international season.
Daniel Gilhooly It was appropriate that an affluent London suburb was the setting as No.8 Kieran Read acknowledged he's come a long way from the player ranked last on an All Blacks' monopoly board.
All Blacks Kieran Read and Ben Smith are among five players on a shortlist to be named world rugby player of the year.
All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read capped a stellar year on Thursday when he won the New Zealand rugby player of the year award, two days after receiving the same award from the International Rugby Board.
New Zealand No.8 Kieran Read has been named as the International Rugby Board's (IRB) player of the year for 2013.
Melbourne Rebels lock Hugh Pyle says a brutal match-review session has left the players in no doubt about what's required in Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders.
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Duncan Johnstone The Crusaders will know on Monday whether Richie McCaw will require surgery on a broken thumb that will have him absent from their struggling Super Rugby campaign for up to eight weeks.
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Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder continues to drop bombshells with All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg the latest casualty.
The All Blacks have gambled on injured Richie McCaw being fit for their showdown Test against the Springboks early next month, and named the talismanic skipper in the 28-man touring squad.
WELLINGTON: Aaron Cruden will hope there is no repeat of the ugly crowd incident in Argentina last year when the All Blacks face the Pumas in La Plata on Saturday.
Daniel Lorenzo A last-minute Ben Smith try gave New Zealand a bonus-point 33-15 Rugby Championship victory over Argentina on Saturday.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw returns from injury to play his 120th Test in one of two starting changes to the side to face South Africa in Johannesburg.
The All Blacks beat South Africa 38-27 in a pulsating nine-try Test at Johannesburg to defend their Rugby Championship title.
Paul Cully There were fears before the game that this game would send the Wallabies back to Marseille, 2007.
Paul Cully The Rugby Championship is done and dusted for another year, but who were the players that caught the eye? It is hard to go past the All Blacks for the bulk of the side.
Paul Cully Rugby league has many qualities, and rugby has been smart enough to quietly steal a few of the best.
Outside back Cory Jane has been included in the All Blacks' squad for the third Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia, just over a week after coming back from a long spell on the sidelines.