Key takeaways from All Blacks 'testing' 2018
After winning their first five Tests of 2018 comfortably, the All Blacks ran into some true contests at the back 2018. So what's to be learned, particularly following fierce battles with South Africa, England and Ireland? Craig Dowd investigates.
SANZAAR should be thrilled Super Rugby speculation exists
SANZAAR issued another typically vague response to reports Super Rugby may revert to a 14-team competition from 2021. It's not such a bad situation, though, and one the governing body would be wise to embrace, Sam Bruce writes.
Campese: players must take some blame
World Cup-winning legend David Campese believes Rugby Australia would be panicking if it gambled on an overseas replacement for beleaguered Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.
Razor's timing as sharp as ever should Hansen walk
The first piece in the All Blacks coaching jumble has moved, making Steve Hansen's looming decision New Zealand rugby's hot topic at the start of southern hemisphere's offseason. Scott Robertson is ready to see where the cards fall.
What we learned about rugby's top sides this November
New Zealand were beaten, Ireland and Wales were not. England secured important results while Australia looked broken. ESPN looks at the key takeaways from this month.
All Blacks to play Tonga before World Cup
The All Blacks will face Tonga in a home Test just two weeks before their bid to defend the Webb Ellis Cup begins next year.
Ten-try All Blacks smash Italy to wrap up European tour
New Zealand smashed Italy 66-3 in Rome on Saturday, finishing their European tour with an 10-try romp.
All Blacks coach comes to defence of Read
On the back of recent poor performances by the All Blacks, coach Steve Hansen has jumped to the defence of captain Kieran Read.
Wallabies' Grey hits back at Kiwis' Bledisloe jab
Wallabies defence coach Nathan Grey has hit back at claims from All Blacks boss Steve Hansen that something is not right about Australian rugby.
November Test Predictions - Round 4: Wales to complete clean sweep?
Can England finish their year on a high with a sixth straight win against Australia? And will Scotland bounce back against Argentina?
Mo'unga not among 11 All Blacks changes
Steve Hansen has ignored mounting calls for Richie Mo'unga to start at five-eighth for the All Blacks in naming a heavily-changed to team to face Italy in Rome on Saturday.
Kiwi claims should make Wallabies fans laugh ... and cry
Blaming the Wallabies for some recent lacklustre All Blacks performances, and two defeats in 2018, may be drawing a bow longer than Pinocchio's nose, but it does shine a light on why Michael Cheika's outfit are well adrift of rugby's top dogs.
Rush defence has All Blacks rattled, but it's no time to panic
Ireland's stinging rush defence caught the All Blacks out in Dublin. The world champions had no answer to counter but, fortunately, they have a short window before the World Cup to find a way to break it down -- Craig Dowd writes.
All Blacks stuck in transition mode, Hansen says
Steve Hansen remains committed to modifying how the All Blacks play even though it cost them in a humbling loss to Ireland.
Wallabies win, but Dublin classic highlights class gap
Ireland's historic win over the All Blacks was a magic moment for rugby, but highlighted just how large the gap is between Australia and those who actually know how to play the game.
Ireland -- and Andy Farrell -- take All Blacks to the 'hurt arena' in a Dublin classic
The fingerprints of Ireland's defence coach were all over an intense, pulsating encounter that makes you yearn for a repeat at next year's Rugby World Cup.
Ireland make history with victory over All Blacks
A brilliant second-half try from Jacob Stockdale helped Ireland defeat New Zealand for the first time ever on home soil.
Leavy out of All Blacks clash, Van der Flier in
Josh van der Flier will start for Ireland against New Zealand in Dublin on Saturday after loose-forward Dan Leavy was ruled out with injury.
O'Driscoll: Ireland win would give edge over All Blacks
Brian O'Driscoll says Ireland will have an advantage heading into the Rugby World Cup next year if they beat New Zealand on Saturday.
November Test Predictions - Round 3: Ireland to show who's No.1?
Can Scotland build on their home run against South Africa? And will England's second-string side impress against Japan? ESPN assesses the biggest talking points and players to watch.
Crotty replaces SBW for Ireland Test
Ryan Crotty replaces an injured Sonny Bill Williams in the only change to the All Blacks team to meet Ireland in their clash of the world's top-ranked teams in Dublin.
Former Kiwi bank teller Aki to stare down haka
Having quit rugby to work as a bank teller in his late teens, Bundee Aki will offer thanks again to Tana Umaga when he runs out for the Test showdown between the world's top two ranked rugby nations in Dublin on Saturday.
O'Driscoll, Umaga draw line under '05 tackle
Former British & Irish Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll insists he and Tana Umaga have finally drawn a line under the controversial tackle that ended his tour of New Zealand in 2005.
Michael Jones' son joins NZ Sevens squad
The son of All Blacks great Michael Jones has earned his first professional rugby contract after he was named in New Zealand's squad for the Sevens World Series.
Hansen expects Murray to return for Ireland
Steve Hansen says he expects Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray to return from injury against New Zealand on Saturday.
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