All Blacks legend McCaw honored with Order of New Zealand

Apr 14, 2016

All Blacks legend McCaw honored with Order of New Zealand

All Blacks legend Richie McCaw said he was humbled to receive New Zealand’s top civic honor on Thursday, but also relieved he does not have to adopt the title “Sir Richie.” McCaw was bestowed with the Order of New Zealand (ONZ), which recognizes “outstanding ...

All Blacks to face Ireland in Chicago

Feb 17, 2016

All Blacks to face Ireland in Chicago

The last time New Zealand’s defending Rugby World Cup champion All Blacks team played in the U.S., the game was a record-setting sellout. It also was a blowout, as the storied All Blacks routed the USA Eagles national squad 74-6 before 61,500 people — ...

Jan 19, 2016

Former All Blacks join Sunwolves' coaching staff

Former All Blacks Nathan Mauger and Filo Tiatia announced Tuesday that they are joining the coaching staff of Japan’s Sunwolves less than six weeks before the fledgling side makes its Super Rugby debut. Mauger will coach the backs and Tiatia the forwards under head ...

Dec 15, 2015

All Blacks legend died nearly broke

Legendary All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu died almost penniless, according to the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association, which has established a trust to provide for his two young sons. Association chief executive Rob Nichol said once Lomu’s complex finances had been disentangled “there’s not ...

Thousands mourn Lomu at Eden Park memorial

Nov 30, 2015

Thousands mourn Lomu at Eden Park memorial

World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset led the tributes to Jonah Lomu at a public memorial Monday, saying the former All Blacks winger was a giant whose contribution to the sport “cannot be overstated.” Thousands of mourners, many wearing replicas of Lomu’s No. 11 jersey, ...

Nov 23, 2015

Lomu memorial set for Eden Park

New Zealanders will have the chance to mourn rugby great Jonah Lomu at a public memorial in Auckland’s Eden Park stadium next week, Prime Minister John Key said Monday. Such has been the outpouring of grief among Kiwis at Lomu’s shock death last week ...

All Blacks captain McCaw confirms retirement from game

Nov 19, 2015

All Blacks captain McCaw confirms retirement from game

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw made it official: he’s retiring from all rugby after a record 148 test matches across a 14-year international career capped with back-to-back World Cup titles. McCaw used a news conference broadcast live in New Zealand on Thursday to confirm ...

All Blacks legend Lomu dies at 40

Nov 18, 2015

All Blacks legend Lomu dies at 40

Jonah Lomu, who bulldozed opponents with his size and blistering speed only to be felled by a kidney illness that extinguished his meteoric All Blacks career, died suddenly on Wednesday. He was 40. “Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his ...

New Zealand, Australia set for epic showdown in RWC final

Oct 30, 2015

New Zealand, Australia set for epic showdown in RWC final

The two best teams in the tournament. Nos. 1 and 2 in the world. Archrivals. Neighbors. Records at stake. The Rugby World Cup may just have its perfect final. At the end of a tournament dominated by the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand and Australia ...

Oct 29, 2015

All Blacks' McCaw delays retirement decision

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw said Thursday he has pushed back a decision on when he will retire until after the World Cup final against Australia. McCaw, who led the All Blacks to the 2011 World Cup victory indicated several times this year he ...

All Blacks edge Springboks in tense Rugby World Cup semi

Oct 25, 2015

All Blacks edge Springboks in tense Rugby World Cup semi

New Zealand advanced its Rugby World Cup title defense to the final by overcoming archrival South Africa 20-18 in the rain on Saturday. In an atmosphere thick with tension at Twickenham, the All Blacks clung to their two-point lead for the last 12 minutes ...