Marc Hinton on All Blacks
Marc Hinton Beauden Barrett has learnt to take nothing for granted in the All Blacks – not even the winning that has been a constant since he made his Test debut in 2012.
Marc Hinton There is a spring in the step of the record-chasing All Blacks as they prepare for a Bledisloe Cup opener of monumental proportions – a situation assistant coach Ian Foster takes as a very good...
Marc Hinton Steve Hansen has sprung a Bledisloe selection surprise of his own, picking the in-form Ben Smith at fullback and dropping a fully fit Israel Dagg for the first time since he became the first-choice...
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.
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...
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.
Marc Hinton A scratchy All Blacks side have survived a scare to down England 20-15 in Auckland in the opening match of their three-Test rugby series.
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...
Marc Hinton It's been a managed apprenticeship, but the All Blacks finally believe talented North Harbour and Blues youngster Francis Saili is ready to be thrown in at the deep end of Test rugby.
Marc Hinton The All Blacks remain undefeated this year, but at what cost? Their captain looks in major doubt to face the Springboks on Saturday in Auckland, with Richie McCaw just one of several New Zealanders...
Marc Hinton It was a no-brainer for Steve Hansen to pick Dan Carter to brings up his ton against the Poms at Twickenham, and almost as easy for him to restore Julian Savea to the left wing and give Cory Jane a...
Marc Hinton The All Blacks stretched their Eden Park winning streak to 30 in 19 years on Saturday when they beat France 23-13 in an untidy encounter.
Marc Hinton The bold and brave new era of All Blacks rugby continues apace with Wednesday's dramatic promotion of uncapped 24-year-old Tom Taylor to his first Test start.
Marc Hinton The All Blacks look set to be without two of their senior, and most physical, players for what they’re hoping will be a bounce-back Bledisloe performance at Eden Park on Saturday night.
Marc Hinton and Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie has poured cold water on provocative comments from All Blacks coach Steve Hansen questioning his rival's selection of Kurtley Beale at five-eighth for the opening Bledisloe Cup Test.
Marc Hinton With the southern hemisphere alliance facing increased pressure to gain a bigger slice of the broadcasting pie, it's worth asking what Australian rugby brings to the table.
Marc Hinton Who needs those Flash Harrys from the North Island on New Zealand? Not the Highlanders it would seem, as Jamie Joseph's unheralded southerners made a dream start to the new Super Rugby season on...
Marc Hinton FROM the doghouse to the penthouse, Aaron Smith ended his Test match week significantly better than the way he started it.
Marc Hinton Graham Henry is not afraid to call it as he sees it, and at the moment he sees some of the officiating going on in Super Rugby as, to use his vernacular, "bullshit".
Marc Hinton Piri Weepu was knocked cold and his Blues were also left needing the smelling salts after the Highlanders finally unleashed the heavyweight display their fans had been waiting to see all season.