Jun 23, 2015

Umaga takes over for Kirwan

Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has been named coach of the Auckland-based Blues Super Rugby team, replacing John Kirwan who stepped down last week after three years in charge. The Blues and New Zealand Rugby on Tuesday jointly announced Umaga’s appointment on a ...

Jun 19, 2015

Kirwan quits coaching post

John Kirwan quit Friday as head coach of the Auckland-based Blues after the team’s 14th-place finish in Super Rugby this season. The Blues won only three of 16 matches in their worst-ever season in 2015, following 10th place finishes under Kirwan’s coaching in 2013 ...

Jun 17, 2015

Thousands attend former All Black Collins' funeral

Thousands of mourners, including rugby greats Jonah Lomu and Tana Umaga, on Wednesday attended the funeral of former All Black Jerry Collins who was remembered as a “wicked, mischievous young man” who “never forgot where he came from.” Collins, 34, was killed along with ...

Jun 10, 2015

All Black Mealamu hints at post-World Cup retirement

All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu says he will make a decision about his rugby future at the end of the year amid speculation he will end his 15-year professional career after the World Cup in England. The 36-year-old, who will play his 175th and ...

Jun 5, 2015

Ex-All Black Collins, 34, killed in crash

Former New Zealand rugby international Jerry Collins was killed Friday along with his wife when a bus crashed into their car in southern France, local officials said. Collins, 34, who was capped 48 times for the All Blacks, was near the town of Beziers ...

All Blacks complete sweep against England in third test

Jun 21, 2014

All Blacks complete sweep against England in third test

England’s ambition of winning next year’s World Cup on home soil lay in ruins Saturday as they lost 36-13 in the third rugby test to a New Zealand team which completed a sweep of the three-test series and posted a world record 17th-straight test ...

All Blacks on brink of history

Nov 23, 2013

All Blacks on brink of history

The All Blacks always talk of striving for perfection. They mean in performance. But they can achieve it another way on Sunday by becoming the first side in rugby’s professional era to win all their matches in a calendar year. New Zealand couldn’t have ...

Hansen warns All Blacks to shape up

Nov 3, 2013

Hansen warns All Blacks to shape up

by Andrew Mckirdy

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has warned his new-look All Blacks to stick to the game plan ahead of their tour of Europe after going rogue for periods of Saturday’s 54-6 win over Japan. The All Blacks brushed past the Brave Blossoms with the ...

All Blacks crush Japan

Nov 2, 2013

All Blacks crush Japan

by Andrew Mckirdy

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw scored a try and flyhalf Dan Carter kicked 10 points as both players returned from injury to lead New Zealand to a comfortable 54-6 win over Japan on Saturday. Seven different All Blacks ran in eight tries as the ...

Japan dreaming of All Blacks upset

Nov 1, 2013

Japan dreaming of All Blacks upset

The Japan rugby team faces one of the hardest tasks in sport Saturday when it takes on the world champion All Blacks at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. In 110 years, the New Zealand national team has played 508 tests and been victorious ...