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Revised Super Rugby Pacifc draw released

The inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season will begin as separate Australian and New Zealand conferences after border restrictions forced organisers into a fixture revamp.

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NZ Rugby bullish on Super Rugby Pacific

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson is adamant trans-Tasman club rugby will go ahead in 2022 despite the growing threat of the Omicron virus.

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Joe Schmidt to join All Blacks as selector in 2022

Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will replace Grant Fox as New Zealand's independent selector after the July series against Ireland, the All Blacks said on Tuesday.

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NZ border plans wreaks havoc with SR Pacific draw

The inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season and its historic "Super Round" have been thrust back into uncertainty, after the New Zealand Government on Wednesdaty unveiled its plan for the staged reopening of its international border.

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Re-ranking world rugby's top 10 two years out from the World Cup

The halfway point between Rugby World Cups has been reached, with the countdown now on to France 2023. After a fascinating few weeks of cross-hemisphere play, where does the pecking order sit for the game's elite nations?

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All Blacks' Foster: 'Don't believe it's all doom and gloom'

New Zealand coach Ian Foster believes 2021 was a unique season and there is no need for panic just because the All Blacks lost their last two Tests of their European tour against Ireland and France.

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'Not good enough', Foster under fire

Finishing the season with 12 wins out of 15 tests would probably not trigger a crisis for most major rugby nations but All Blacks coach Ian Foster will head home from Europe to a storm of calls for his sacking.

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Inspired, relentless Ireland reinforced All Blacks' deep-seated issues

A humbling loss to Ireland has the All Blacks hurting, and rightly so. Not since the 2019 World Cup semifinal have they been so comprehensively outplayed. The loss further diminished the All Blacks' fear factor, which is in dire need of a boost in Paris.

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Crunch time: All Blacks' season reaches its defining Tests

Five weeks on from the Springboks and the All Blacks are set to face their greatest challenge since splitting successive Tests against the world champions. These are the key areas New Zealand must get right in Dublin.

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All you need to know for the weekend's rugby Tests

After an enthralling opening weekend of the November Test window, the action goes up a gear with huge clashes in London, Dublin and Edinburgh. Read up on all you need to know here.

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The business of building Super Rugby expansion teams

With just four months until the opening match of Super Rugby Pacific, the two new franchises Moana Pasifika and Fijian Dura have been given the unenviable task of finalizing their squad lists and confirm training facilities all before preseason starts.

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Scrumhalf Smith to join All Blacks in Dublin

New Zealand scrumhalf Aaron Smith will join the squad in Dublin midweek ahead of the test against Ireland to provide injury cover after a head-knock to Brad Weber.


All Blacks destroy Italy, make history

New Zealand set world records for the most test points and tries scored in a calendar year as a second-string All Blacks team crossed the line seven times in a 47-9 win over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday.

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All you need to know for the weekend's rugby Tests

The November Test window officially begins this weekend, the opening round of matches highlighted by the Springboks' trip to Cardiff and Scotland's Murrayfield clash with the Wallabies. Read up on all you need to know here.

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Switching Savea making a mockery of back-row intricacies

Somewhat lost, certainly overshadowed, by Beauden Barrett's two-try milestone Test was another sighting of the world's form loose forward. Ardie Savea is surely headed for a Player of the Year nomination - anything else would be an injustice.

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All Blacks overcome Wales to top world rankings

Beauden Barrett marked his 100th test with two intercept tries to lead New Zealand to a convincing 54-16 win over Wales in Saturday's test in Cardiff.

2021 RankingsRugby Championship

  • Tries Scored
    1st 28 Tries
  • Points Difference
    = 1st 114 points