All Blacks assume familiar favorites tag at World Cup

Sep 1, 2015

All Blacks assume familiar favorites tag at World Cup

That New Zealand has been the team to beat ahead of every World Cup has long been accepted by the rest of the international rugby community. But that the All Blacks have managed, for the time being at least, to defy conventional medicine by ...

Aug 30, 2015

Miracle cure hands Naholo place in All Blacks World Cup squad

Injured winger Waisake Naholo was named Sunday in New Zealand’s squad to defend the Rugby World Cup as the selectors trusted a Fijian folk healer to repair Naholo’s broken leg in time for the tournament’s pool rounds. Naholo suffered a cracked tibia in his ...

McCaw says retirement scares him 'a little bit'

Aug 19, 2015

McCaw says retirement scares him 'a little bit'

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says the prospect of retirement scares him “a little bit” but he isn’t yet certain he will end his international career after this year’s Rugby World Cup. The 34-year-old McCaw became the world’s most-capped test rugby player when he ...

All Blacks crush Wallabies, retain Bledisloe Cup

Aug 15, 2015

All Blacks crush Wallabies, retain Bledisloe Cup

New Zealand set its Rugby World Cup preparation on track with an emphatic 41-13 win over Australia on Saturday which retained the Bledisloe Cup and extended a 29-year winning streak over the Wallabies at Eden Park. After last week’s 27-19 loss in Sydney which ...

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 ...