Richie Mccaw

Richie McCaw's broken thumb is more pain for Crusaders

Richie McCaw

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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Rule of thumb

Richie McCaw out for two months with broken thumb

Richie McCaw.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will miss about half of the Crusaders' Super Rugby season after breaking a bone in his thumb.

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All Blacks lose Richie McCaw, Cory Jane for Wallaby Test

Cory Jane

The All Blacks suffered a double blow on the eve of Saturday's Test against the Wallabies with captain Richie McCaw and wing Cory Jane ruled out after picking up injuries in training.

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Rugby

Richie McCaw returns in All Blacks training squad

Richie McCaw.

Veteran flanker Richie McCaw has been included in a 30-man All Blacks squad to train in Auckland this week.

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Rugby

Richie McCaw targets Springboks game for All Blacks return

Richie McCaw.

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.

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I preferred Graham Henry over Robbie Deans for All Blacks job, says skipper Richie McCaw

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Paul Cully Richie McCaw has revealed that he told the NZRU that the Graham Henry-led ticket was the better option than appointing Robbie Deans after the All Blacks' 2007 World Cup failure.

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Rugby

Late tries seal Crusaders' victory over Lions

Crusaders fullback Israel Dagg set up the final try/

A couple of late tries clinched a 28-7 victory for Canterbury Crusaders over Golden Lions Saturday in a Super Rugby match at Ellis Park.

Rugby

Quade Cooper says Wallabies stars would back Anzac clash

Keen: Quade Cooper.

It's a long-shot in a World Cup year but Quade Cooper says rugby's biggest stars would be drawn to playing an Anzacs clash to commemorate the Gallipoli conflict.

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Rugby

All Blacks veterans on notice, says Steve Hansen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Monday he will not shy away from axeing his ageing superstars if it boosts New Zealand's chances of defending next year's Rugby World Cup.

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Rugby

All Black enforcer Kieran Read to play 100th Super game

Crusading for 100 games: Kieran Read.

New Zealand forward Kieran Read will play his 100th Super Rugby match as the Crusaders look to continue their resurgence against New Zealand rivals, the Hurricanes, in Christchurch on Friday.

Crusaders v Stormers

AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday March 8, 5.35pm (AEDT)

Brian O'Driscoll set for last international

O'Driscoll

Pirate Irwin Brian O'Driscoll likes to keep his emotions in check but even he will find those difficult to control when arguably Ireland's greatest ever rugby player brings down the curtain on his international...

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Super Rugby Previews

Crusaders v Chiefs

Previews

Richard Shute Crusaders v Chiefs at Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch

Crusaders drop Israel Dagg to reserves

Israel Dagg

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder continues to drop bombshells with All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg the latest casualty.

Cory Jane one of three changes to All Blacks team

Cory Jane.

Daniel Gilhooly Cory Jane makes a rapid-fire return to the All Blacks wing while there are two unexpected changes in the forward pack to face Australia in Dunedin.

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Rugby

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen demands Bledisloe Cup sweep of Wallabies

Steve Hansen

The All Blacks are tired of finishing Bledisloe Cup series on a low note.

Rugby

Rubber is not so dead after All Blacks injuries

Paul Cully dinkus

Paul Cully AT THE start of his tenure, if you had offered Ewen McKenzie the chance to take on the All Blacks without Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Owen Franks, Cory Jane, Luke Romano and Dan Carter - all of whom...

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McKenzie's men face mountain to climb on way out of trough

Ewen McKenzie.

Georgina Robinson NO WONDER Ewen McKenzie had mountains on the brain. The Wallabies had spent two days staring at the Remarkables, the mountain range that looms over Queenstown and hugs the south-eastern shore of the...

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Horwill sure halves will lift

James Horwill.

Georgina Robinson All eyes will be on Wallabies halves Quade Cooper and Will Genia in Dunedin.

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Genia and Cooper need to become the new Gregan and Larkham

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos ON Saturday night at Dunedin, Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies are facing a rampant All Blacks side looking hungrily for a 3-0 blackwash in Bledisloe Cup Tests this year.

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