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Ten Diminutive Internationals Who Could Thrive Under New High Tackle Laws

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Ben Youngs of England breaks during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

After watching the first weekend’s Premiership action under the new zero tolerance high tackling laws, former England international Will Greenwood predicted that shorter players could thrive under the new laws as their lower centre of gravity and smaller tackle area mean a greater risk of indiscretions by opposing players. He went on to explain to Sky Sports News (via the …

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How Good Is The All Blacks’ Depth? Ranking The Top Three Players In Every Position

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Samuel Whitelock of the All Blacks dives over to score a try during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Following Paul Wassell’s article on England’s unprecedented (that’s how you spell it, Donald) squad depth, we take a look at the only team in the way of Eddie Jones’ marauding men: the All Blacks. How does their player depth measure up heading into 2017? _______ Loosehead Props 1. Joe Moody 2. Wyatt Crockett 3. Ofa Tu’ungafasi Bubbling under: Daniel Lienert-Brown, …

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Big All Blacks Pay Rise Boosts Hopes of Retaining Stars

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15: Richie McCaw of the New Zealand All Blacks performs the haka prior to The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Steve Hansen’s Christmas wish-list to retain his All Blacks stars might come to fruition after the announcement of a €48 million pay increase for New Zealand players over the next three years. A rise in the player payment pool from $121m (NZD) to $191m from 2016 to 2018 was announced by New Zealand Rugby after successful negotiations with the Players’ …

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Five Reasons To Get Excited About The 2017 All Blacks Season

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 25: Rieko Ioane of the All Blacks passes during the New Zealand All Blacks captains run at the Suresnois Rugby Club on November 25, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The Lions hit All Black shores in June next year and will be the obvious highlight of the 2017 season. But while the build-up to the Lions tour will rise to fever pitch, we’re already feeling a few tingles of anticipation about other All Black developments in 2017. Here are the five biggest reasons to look forward to a bumper …

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All Blacks vs England: A Player vs Player Match-Up

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With the news that the All Blacks and England will avoid each other again in 2017, the arguments over which side is the dominant force in world rugby will only intensify. One way to decide could be if we took each side at their peak in 2016 – the All Blacks side which walloped South Africa 57-15 and the England …

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An All Blacks XV To Crush The British And Irish Lions

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Steve Hansen has already make preparations for the 2017 Lions tour with the announcement of a ‘wellness’ camp to monitor and help with the All Blacks early season fitness, strength and conditioning. It is always a lottery to predict a team so far out from a tour, but if the best All Blacks are out of the injury ward and …

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