All Blacks rally to beat Springboks

Jul 26, 2015

All Blacks rally to beat Springboks

New Zealand came from behind to beat South Africa 27-20 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, laying down a big marker for its World Cup defense in two months. The top-ranked All Blacks overcame their closest rivals in the rankings at the Springboks’ favorite ...

Jul 23, 2015

Sopoaga, Broadhurst to make All Blacks debuts

Flyhalf Lima Sopoaga and lock James Broadhurst will make their test debuts for New Zealand in the Rugby Championship test against South Africa on Saturday. The 24-year-old Sopoaga steered the Dunedin-based Highlanders to the Super Rugby title this season, while Broadhurst was a key ...

Jul 18, 2015

Naholo to miss Rugby World Cup

All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo suffered a broken leg during his test debut against Argentina on Friday and has been ruled out of contention for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Fiji-born Naholo, who scored 13 tries for the Dunedin-based Highlanders during the Super Rugby ...

Jul 9, 2015

All Blacks coach Hansen named high chief of Samoan village

Three-time World Rugby Coach of the Year Steve Hansen has earned another accolade when the New Zealander was named an honorary high chief, or matai, of a Samoan village. The 56-year-old Hansen was given the title at a ceremony in the village of Vaiala ...

All Blacks beat Samoa in historic test match

Jul 8, 2015

All Blacks beat Samoa in historic test match

New Zealand overcame the ferocious tackling of an inspired Samoa team to complete a 25-16 win Wednesday in the All Blacks’ first-ever test match in the Pacific Island nation. New Zealand took a 12-3 lead to halftime and had to wait until the 46th ...

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 ...