The mighty All Blacks have seemed almost invincible in recent years but back-to-back defeats have left their new coach and captain under fire and raised an unthinkable prospect: losing three in a row for the first time this century.
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Japan are riding a wave of support from their fans similar to the kind of adulation the All Blacks receive in New Zealand, Brave Blossoms scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka said on Tuesday.
All Blacks fans received welcome news yesterday with injured lock Brodie Retallick confirming he was hitting tackle bags at training and expected to increase the intensity of collision on his recovering shoulder this week.
Hansen has made no secret of the way he prepares for the Rugby World Cup.
The All Blacks are done with basking in the glory of claiming a third successive Rugby Championship title.
All Blacks coach will be forced to reshuffle his side again for next week’s Rugby Championship clash with South Africa.
The All Blacks are on “high alert” over the threat David Pocock could pose at the breakdown when they meet the Wallabies.
All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster says he is still smarting from last October’s defeat.
Karl Tu’inukuafe only played around 30 minutes of the All Blacks’ 52-11 first test victory against France on Saturday.
New Zealand have had at least two ‘foundation days’ around the country and organised two three-day training camps.
New Zealand’s cricketer Richie McCaw leading the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup glory.
Captain Dylan Hartley said England had suffered a “big bump on the road” to next year’s World Cup.
Beauden Barrett ‘surprised’ to win Second-straight Men’s Player of the year.
World champions New Zealand hold off a game challenge to keep intact their 112-year unbeaten record against Scotland.
Skipper John Barclay says Scotland must not be overawed by New Zealand when they take on the world champions at Murrayfield.
Australia rugby union coach Michael Cheika is determined the Wallabies will not get carried away with their victory over New Zealand.
The term ‘dead rubber’ has become drearily familiar for Australian rugby fans at the tail end of a Bledisloe Cup series.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has leapt to Sonny Bill Williams’ defence after critics suggested the cross-code star was in decline and should be dropped.
The conveyor belt of New Zealand rugby talent continues to churn out players with the Midas touch.
England will face world champions New Zealand in November 2018 for the first time in four years.
Loose forward Jerome Kaino returns to training with the All Blacks but will unlikely to be selected for their Rugby Championship match.
Steve Hansen has defended lock Brodie Retallick for his clash with Wallabies flanker Ned Hanigan.
Coach Steve Hansen vows to tighten the noose around the Wallabies for Bledisloe Cup Test.
The Wallabies have a chance to lift some of the gloom hanging over Australian rugby, to do so they will have to upset the All Blacks.
The All Blacks juggernaut hit a road bump in the British and Irish Lions series, but it should be back to business as usual.
The loss against British and Irish Lions is good experience for 2019 World Cup.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen defends their decision to stay at the same Sydney hotel where they reported the listening device.
Former All Blacks captain John Graham has died at the age of 82.