Marc Hinton on Wallabies

Israel Dagg out as All Blacks spring Bledisloe Cup selection shock with Ben Smith

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...

Beauden Barrett happy to build on All Blacks' winning feeling from the bench

Beauden Barrett during a training session in Auckland on Tuesday.

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.

Record-chasing All Blacks have an ominous spring in their step

Selection options ... Israel Dagg

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...

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Ewen McKenzie refuses to bite over Steve Hansen's comments on Kurtley Beale

In the spotlight: Kurtley Beale.

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.

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Ma’a Nonu and Jerome Kaino set to miss Bledisloe II

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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.

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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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Why Australia may be the saviour of SANZAR

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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.

Rugby

Taylor made to start for All Blacks as Hansen flips conservative script

Tom Taylor

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.

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Francis Saili ready for All Blacks debut

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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.

Match report

Champagne Blacks flatten France

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Marc Hinton AUCKLAND: Tres bon. No, no, make that tres magnifique. The All Blacks celebrated their captain's special night the best way they know - by expressing themselves on the rugby field as only they can.