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Matt Todd misses out as All Blacks welcome back Carter

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...

Colin Slade's Super distraction from pain of All Blacks axe

Dropped: Colin Slade has been omitted from the All Blacks squad.

Richard Knowler Being ditched from the All Blacks wasn’t how Colin Slade wanted to prepare for his first Super Rugby grand final.

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The All Blacks factor means the Crusaders will win Super Rugby title

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Jeff Wilson History tell us that the New South Wales Waratahs are now the favourites to win this year's Super Rugby championship.

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Wallabies must do better than French series to overcome New Zealand All Blacks

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Georgina Robinson Ewen McKenzie says a drought-breaking Bledisloe Cup win is possible but the Wallabies must "do a lot better" than their horror start to last year's campaign if they are to pull off the enormous upset.

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New Zealand All Blacks crush England 36-13 in Hamilton

New Zealand's Malakai Fekitoa is tackled by England's Tom Wood at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

Daniel Gilhooly England melted in the face of a merciless All Blacks first-half onslaught to lose the third Test 36-13 in Hamilton and suffer a 3-0 series whitewash.

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Ben Smith shrugs off debate about All Blacks' aura

Highland fling: Fullback Ben Smith.

Georgina Robinson Endless chatter about the strength or otherwise of the All Blacks "aura" does not worry try-scoring sensation Ben Smith. 

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Sonny Bill Williams needs only 10 minutes to make All Blacks tour

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Liam Napier New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew has confirmed Sonny Bill Williams only needs to make one brief appearance for Counties Manukau to qualify for the All Blacks' end of year tour.

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All Blacks to Samoa a dream come true for Williams

On the run: Richie McCaw during the recent series against England.

Marc Hinton Rugby great Bryan Williams has lauded the long overdue decision to take the All Blacks to Samoa for an historic test in Apia which now seems likely to happen in July next year.

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Wallabies stand in the way of All Blacks and all-time win record

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Daniel Gilhooly The party-pooping Wallabies lie in wait for an All Blacks team more determined than ever to have sole ownership of Test rugby's best winning streak.

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Ewen McKenzie calls his Wallabies troops back down to earth with All Blacks warning

Winning streak: The All Blacks won't be worried that the Wallabies have been on a roll, says coach Ewen McKenzie.

Georgina Robinson Forget the seven-game winning streak, the five-try bonanzas and the clean sweep of France.

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All Blacks must drop Richie McCaw ... for now

Richie McCaw lifts the The Webb Ellis trophy in 2011.

Mark Reason Steve Hansen has some big calls to make in the coming months. Perhaps the biggest call is to drop Richie McCaw as the captain of the All Blacks and to drop him from the November tour of Europe.

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All Blacks come from behind to beat Australia in London finale

Overwhelmed: Gillies Kaka scores for the All Blacks as Australia blows a 21-point lead.

George Boulton New Zealand captain DJ Forbes hailed his side's meticulous preparation after they came from behind to beat Australia 52-33 in the final of the concluding leg of the IRB World Sevens Series in London.

Five newcomers named in All Blacks training squad

Marc Hinton As expected, multi-faceted Blues second-rowforward Patrick Tuipulotu and powerhouse Highlanders midfielder Malakai Fekitoa have been rewarded for standout rookie Super Rugby campaigns with promotion...

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All Blacks to play United States Test in Chicago

The All Blacks will play the United States in Chicago on November 1 in their first Test on American soil for 34 years.

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All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens sees Bernard Foley as Wallabies No.10

Vote of confidence: Bernard Foley scores a try for the Waratahs against the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Georgina Robinson All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens says Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley must be considered for the Wallabies No.10 jersey this year. 

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen joins calls to select overseas-based players

Liam Napier All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has joined calls to allow Australian-based New Zealanders to be selected for the All Blacks as safeguarding Kiwi rugby’s greatest asset becomes increasingly...

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Danny Cipriani set to face All Blacks in first Test

Prodigal son: Danny Cipriani last played for England in 2008.

Mick Cleary Danny Cipriani's big chance as George Ford misses tour of New Zealand

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Tim Nanai-Williams harbours All Blacks dream

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 21:  Aaron Cruden (L) and Tim Nanai-Williams (R) celebrate after the round two Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Chiefs at AMI Stadium on February 21, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Chiefs utility Tim Nanai-Williams has given himself another 12 months to turn his All Blacks dream into reality.

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Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu makes All Blacks-Hitler claim

Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu.

In an apparent bid to get the New Zealand rugby team to tour the Polynesian Islands, former Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has claimed that the All Blacks would have toured Nazi Germany "if...

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Two new All Blacks caps to face England

Uncapped pair Malakai Fekitoa and Patrick Tuipulotu have been rewarded for breakout Super Rugby seasons with inclusion in the All Blacks squad to face England.