New Zealand whips Australia to retain Bledisloe Cup

Rugby Aug 17, 2019

New Zealand whips Australia to retain Bledisloe Cup

An All Blacks team chastened by a record-breaking defeat a week ago rallied superbly to beat Australia 36-0 in the return test Saturday and extended its 17-year hold on the Bledisloe Cup and a 33-year winning streak at Eden Park. The Wallabies won the first ...

All Blacks make drastic changes for second Bledisloe Cup match

Rugby Aug 15, 2019

All Blacks make drastic changes for second Bledisloe Cup match

New Zealand's preparations for the Rugby World Cup appear in disarray after coach Steve Hansen was forced to drop two of his most experienced players in response to the record Bledisloe Cup loss to Australia. Hansen has axed prop Owen Franks, a veteran of 108 ...

Wallabies clobber 14-man All Blacks in Rugby Championship test

Rugby Aug 10, 2019

Wallabies clobber 14-man All Blacks in Rugby Championship test

Australia gave itself a huge boost ahead of the World Cup when it stunned a New Zealand side reduced to 14 men for half the match 47-26 in a thrilling Rugby Championship test on Saturday. Lock Scott Barrett's dismissal for a dangerous tackle just before ...

All Blacks legend Brian Lochore dies at 78

Rugby Aug 4, 2019

All Blacks legend Brian Lochore dies at 78

Brian Lochore, who captained the "greatest" All Blacks team of 1967 and went on to coach New Zealand to the inaugural Rugby World Cup title in 1987, has died. He was 78. Lochore was being treated for bowel cancer. His oldest son David Lochore said ...

All Blacks legend Brian Lochore dies at 78

Rugby Aug 3, 2019

All Blacks legend Brian Lochore dies at 78

All Blacks great Brian Lochore, who achieved fame both as a player and coach, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 78. Lochore, a lock or No 8, was an iconic figure in New Zealand rugby union, representing the All Blacks 68 times, ...

Makeshift All Blacks team holds on to beat Argentina

Rugby Jul 21, 2019

Makeshift All Blacks team holds on to beat Argentina

New Zealand began the on-field buildup to its defense of the World Cup with a scratch combination and a scratchy 20-16 win over Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Saturday. Missing regular captains Kieran Read and Sam Whitelock, New Zealand lacked leadership, focus and discipline ...

All Blacks' World Cup kit fuses Japanese, Maori cultures

Rugby Jul 1, 2019

All Blacks' World Cup kit fuses Japanese, Maori cultures

New Zealand's All Blacks have teamed up with fashion's "poet of black" Yohji Yamamoto to create their team jersey for this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. The defending champions, who hope to win a third-straight title in Yokohama in November, unveiled the Yamamoto-designed shirts ...