It doesn't happen often, such is their professionalism, but New Zealand's determination to niggle the Wallabies off the ball was as much to blame for their Bledisloe defeat as the mammoth boot of Australia's Reece Hodge.
The Wallabies have finally snapped their Bledisloe Cup losing streak, toppling the All Blacks 23-18 in a thriller at a rain-drenched Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Australian rugby has been short on positive stories in 2017. But they are out there, and there is no better example than the Australian Stockman Rugby Union.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is fitting the World Cup "jigsaw pieces" together nicely but his side still lacks the mental toughness needed to avoid a second straight Bledisloe Cup whitewash, according to a Wallabies legend.
With the November internationals nearing, the biggest concern for the major nations is the growing size of their injury lists -- will key players be fit for the end-of-year tours?
The Wallabies and All Blacks have split the past three Bledisloe Cup clashes in Brisbane one apiece, either side of an 18-all draw. Saturday's showdown promises to be another close-fought contest, Sam Bruce writes.
Brad Thorn's Bledisloe Cup allegiances have shifted, with the All Blacks great declaring his support for the Wallabies in Saturday's Test at Suncorp Stadium.
Lima Sopoaga has been confirmed at fly-half as New Zealand named a squad featuring four changes for Saturday's trip to face Australia.
All Blacks utility back Nehe Milner-Skudder looks set for six to seven month injury-enforced layoff after undergoing surgery.
The Wallabies came ever so close to upsetting the All Blacks in Dunedin and they're better placed to end a long run of Bledisloe defeats in Brisbane this weekend, Craig Dowd writes.
After two impressive tours with the British & Irish Lions, Warren Gatland says he will not take up the job again.
Crusaders fly-half Richie Mo'unga will join the All Blacks as injury cover ahead of their dead-rubber Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia in Brisbane.
Former All Black scrum half Piri Weepu has officially retired from the game and a number of rugby's leading figures have paid tribute
Karmichael Hunt and Adam Korczyk have earned Wallabies recalls while coach Michael Cheika has named three fresh development players ahead of next weekend's third Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane.
The tremendous Test match between South Africa and New Zealand in Cape Town was full of everything you could want from a game of rugby - Craig Dowd writes.
Nehe Milner-Skudder is out for the remainder of the year, the All Blacks winger requiring surgery after popping his shoulder out during the thrilling 25-24 victory over the Springboks in Cape Town.
All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder is all but certain to miss the rest of the Test season with a dislocated right shoulder.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has given his young players credit after a late try saw them stagger to a one-point Rugby Championship win over South Africa.
France secured their place in the Rugby World Cup semifinals on this day in 2007 with a dramatic 20-18 victory. It would prove to be New Zealand's last defeat at the tournament to date.
All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams says a fault in his tackle technique has been ironed out - and potentially at just the right time.
The All Blacks were ruthless in their treatment of the Springboks a few weeks ago in Albany. South Africa will call on passionate home support in Cape Town this time around, but it won't be enough to see them worry the world champions.
The All Blacks have turned to the players who had slayed the Springboks 57-0 in Auckland for an anticipated fierce Rugby Championship response in Cape Town.
It is 100 years since former New Zealand captain Dave Gallaher died in battle, but no one has played a more significant role in the country's rugby development.
Former New Zealand double world cup winner Dan Carter admitted he felt "pretty sick" after being charged for drink driving in Paris in February.
New Zealand were superb in belting South Africa 57-0 last month, yet the All Blacks will demand even greater quality in the return Test after inaccurate performances in the second clashes against Argentina and Australia -- Craig Dowd writes.
- TRIES SCORED1st 35 Tries
- POINTS DIFFERENCE= 1st 127 points