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 ...

All Black legends Carter, McCaw to face Japan

Oct 31, 2013

All Black legends Carter, McCaw to face Japan

Richie McCaw will lead New Zealand when it takes on Japan on Saturday, head coach Steve Hansen announced Thursday — although the most capped All Black in history will be playing at No. 8 rather than in his more accustomed No. 7 jersey. McCaw, ...

Oct 28, 2013

All Blacks focused on upcoming Japan match

The world champion All Blacks arrived in Tokyo Monday for their first test match against Japan on Japanese soil and vowed to take nothing for granted. “It’s important that we start the tour well,” flyhalf Dan Carter said upon arrival at Tokyo’s Narita airport ...

All Blacks beat Springboks in bruising encounter

Sep 14, 2013

All Blacks beat Springboks in bruising encounter

The All Blacks took the outright lead in the Rugby Championship Saturday when they comprehensively beat South Africa 29-15 in a bitter contest between the heavyweights of world rugby. In a match marred by a red card for Springboks hooker Bismarck du Plessis, the ...