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.
Paul Cully The burden all Crusaders teams carry is to be constantly compared to the great sides that preceded them. The one the Waratahs will face tonight is labouring somewhat to get out of those shadows.
Paul Cully It would be easy to imagine Wallabies coach Robbie Deans with a look of contentment as he surveyed the state of play after the weekend.
Paul Cully Remember the name of Bulls inside-centre Jan Serfontein. The outstanding young midfielder - big, strong, fast but with skills and vision- has the ability to change the way the Bulls attack and be a...
Paul Cully If you intend to have your happiness levels influenced by the outcome of Bledisloe Cup encounters over the next decade, there are two tasty duels in the next two rounds that cannot be missed.
Paul Cully There are a few dark clouds in the land of the long white one.
Paul Cully Adam Ashley-Cooper is growing each week in the No.13 jersey.
Paul Cully There a couple of ways of looking at the opening weekend of the Six Nations.
Paul Cully There are a couple of ways of looking at the opening weekend of the Six Nations.
Paul Cully After the openness of the first round of Six Nations, came something more familiar. Ireland and England, adventurous just a week ago, succumbed to a force greater than either of them: Dublin's grey...
Paul Cully ALL BLACKS coach Steve Hansen has lifted the lid further on his uneasy relationship with Wallabies rival Robbie Deans, questioning whether Deans actually wanted the All Blacks job after the 2007...
Paul Cully ALL BLACKS coach Steve Hansen has lifted the lid further on his uneasy relationship with Wallabies rival Robbie Deans.
Paul Cully When the Welsh started hiring a succession of New Zealanders to hammer that fundamental rugby building block - fitness - into their players, they had games such as the one against the Wallabies in...
Paul Cully Occasions when the Irish, Scots and Welsh take any satisfaction from famous victories at Twickenham are rarer than accords stating all affairs are best run by the born-to-rule crowd from Westminster,...
Paul Cully No one has ever claimed it wasn't a cruel game: for most of the match Italy's five-eighth Luciano Orquera had outplayed his opposite, Kurtley Beale, yet it was left to him to hit a 79th-minute...
Paul Cully For those trying to ascertain what the French will bring against the Wallabies this weekend, the easy route is simply to point to their emotional volatility and say no one knows.
Paul Cully Rugby's difficulty at dealing with an unwelcome visitor, the drawn Test, has produced a divergence of views about Saturday night's absorbing third Bledisloe Test.
Paul Cully The talking points from Saturday's Bledisloe Cup clash.
Paul Cully There's no doubt about it, the All Blacks dominate the Wallabies in every department.