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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...

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Tony Woodcock back with the Blues

Tony Woodcock.

World Cup-winning All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock is returning to the Blues for next year's Super Rugby season.

All Blacks face uphill battle after fringe stocks frayed

Off the bench: Ryan Crotty (centre) may start for the All Blacks on Saturday.

Liam Napier No Tony Woodcock. No Dan Carter. Now, almost certainly, no Ma'a Nonu and Jerome Kaino. The All Blacks face possibly their greatest test of depth under Steve Hansen this weekend.

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Aaron Cruden growing into his skin for All Blacks

Ready to shine: Aaron Cruden.

Marc Hinton It’s water off a duck’s back for Aaron Cruden now. Dan goes down, he steps up and history suggests the All Blacks don’t miss a beat.

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All Blacks' Dan Carter out for four weeks

Sidelined: Carter's injury woes have continued.

Champion All Blacks playmaker Dan Carter has a cracked upper fibula and will likely miss the first four weeks of the Rugby Championship, including the Bledisloe Cup opener against the Wallabies.

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Nathan Charles won't let Wallabies down against All Blacks, says Michael Foley

Georgina Robinson World Cup-winning former Wallabies hooker Michael Foley has backed rookie Nathan Charles to rise to the challenge of packing down against the All Blacks in the first Bledisloe Cup Test next weekend.

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Matt Todd misses out as All Blacks welcome back Carter

Back in black: Dan Carter has been named in a 31-man New Zealand squad for the Rugby Championship.

Marc Hinton Dan Carter is back, as is Charles Piutau, but it is the selection of Sam Cane ahead of unlucky Crusader Matt Todd that might be considered the chief talking point of Steven Hansen's Rugby...

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Blues v Chiefs

Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Force v Blues

nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 9.45pm (AEST)

All Black Piutau returns for Blues

Boost for the Blues: Charles Piutau returns.

All Black Charles Piutau returns after eight weeks on the sidelines in the only change to the Blues' team to face the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Crusaders v Blues

AMI Stadium, Chrsitchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Tight Five

Wallabies too good for Les Bleus, but they're not at All Black standard yet

Paul Cully

Paul Cully The Wallabies were good, but only good. Cast your mind back just one year and it is clear that the Wallabies are in a better shape than they were.

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Five things we learned from Wallabies-France third Test

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Stephen Samuelson Five talking points from Australia's big win over the French in the third Test.

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Hurricanes v Blues

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

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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.

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Blues v NSW Waratahs

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Eden Park, Auckland, Friday 3.30pm (AEST)

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Anzac Super Rugby showdowns will sort Wallabies from chaff

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Paul Cully The true strength of Australian rugby’s pulse will become that little bit clearer over the next week.

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Blues v NSW Waratahs

Israel Folau.

Alex Rowe The Waratahs play for top spot on the Australian conference - if only briefly - against a struggling Blues outfit.

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Blues v Reds

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Eden Park, Auckland, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

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Queensland Reds thrashed by Blues in Auckland

Flattened: Quade Cooper and the Reds were given a torrid time by the Blues in Auckland.

Jim Morton Richard Graham's first season guiding Queensland has spiralled out of control in an Eden Park mess with the Reds thumped 44-14 by the Blues.