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Wandering Kiwi, rugby devotee (stereotypes...yep, I know), tennis, cricket - most things with balls.

Can All Blacks Coach Hansen Afford To Ignore Hurricanes’ Aso And Laumape?

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 21: Vince Aso of the Hurricanes makes a break past Joe Powell of the Brumbies during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Brumbies at McLean Park on April 21, 2017 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

Another week, another Hurricanes masterclass. The most lethal backline in world rugby rolled on, putting on 42 unanswered points in the second half to annihilate the Australian conference leaders the Brumbies 56-21. While Beauden Barrett’s red hot form again dominated the headlines, the drumbeat is growing louder to include the two men outside him in the All Black squad: Ngani …

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Where Does Drew Mitchell Rank Among The Great Wallaby Wings?

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Drew Mitchell of the Wallabies attempts to break away from the defence during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South Africa Springboks at Suncorp Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Drew Mitchell called time on his playing days via Twitter on Monday, bringing to a close a long and very successful career in which he earned 71 caps for the Wallabies. So, how high does Mitchell rate in the ranks of the greatest wings to wear the green and gold jersey since the 1980s? _________ 5. Lote Tuqiri Tuqiri, alongside Israel …

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Five International Players Whose Form Deserves More Scrutiny

We saw it with a certain well-groomed No. 7 from Manchester United. The media develop a crush on a particularly charismatic player and a tornado-like hype machine develops, which spins the player’s performances beyond all realms of reality or perspective. So let’s lift the rose-tinted glasses and examine which five international players’ performances aren’t quite living up to the gushing …

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Hurricanes vs Blues Clash Is Set To Be An Explosive Trial For All Blacks Selection

The Lions Tour is just 51 days from kick off, and every New Zealand Super 18 derby match from now until kick-off will essentially become a trial to represent the All Blacks. This weekend sees the reigning champions, the Hurricanes, and the Blues going head-to-head. Which explosive, mouth-watering match-ups could play a role in Steve Hansen’s squad decision? Resident Kiwi Kaal Kaczmarek discusses. …

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