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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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Watch: Brumbies Score One Of The Tries Of The Super Rugby Season


With the scores level at 14 apiece, the Brumbies scored one of the tries of the 2017 Super Rugby season so far against the defending champions the Hurricanes in their Friday night clash at McLean Park in Napier. With the Brumbies gaining momentum after tying up the score, Brumbies’ captain Rory Arnold crashed under the posts to score his sides’ second …

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The England Outcast XV

Eddie Jones shocked many England fans when he named 15 uncapped players in his squad to tour Argentina this summer, but in doing so he axed or ignored a number of individuals whom many would consider next in line or in form for their clubs. We put together a starting XV made up of just some of these players. The …

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Struggling All Black Speedster Adds To Steve Hansen’s Injury Headaches Ahead Of Lions Tour

New Zealand v France - Quarter Final: Rugby World Cup 2015

The British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand is approaching quickly and ahead of the announcement of the tourist squad next week, it appears that All Blacks coach Steve Hansen could be without one of his biggest weapons this summer. Hurricanes star Nehe Milner-Skudder announced himself on the international stage back in 2015 when he terrified and decimated oppositions …

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A Brutal All Blacks Pack That Will Bully The Lions

Aled Price takes a look at the All Blacks’ pack options and deciphers exactly which combination could pose the most problems for the Lions. ________ 1. Joe Moody The most understated and least appreciated member of this All Black pack, Moody quietly goes about his business with precision and aplomb. The Crusaders man is challenged for the number 1 jersey …

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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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A New Zealand Backline To Tear Open The Lions

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: Malakai Fekitoa of New Zealand in action during the International Friendly between Ireland and New Zealand at Aviva Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

With Lions fever gripping England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales ahead of the team announcement later this month, Aled Price takes a look at New Zealand’s strongest backline and just the damage it could do to Warren Gatland’s Lions. Starting with Aaron Smith, here are the All Blacks who could really tear the tourists open. _________ 9. Aaron Smith The diminutive scrum …

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Wasps Looking To Sign Springbok Centre [Report]

English club Wasps are in talks with former Springboks centre Juan de Jongh, according to reports. Neil Fissler, journalist with the Sunday Express and The Rugby Paper, believes the Premiership table toppers are looking to line up the quick-footed, diminutive back from the Stormers. I understand that Wasps are in talks with Lions and former Springbok centre Juan de Jongh …

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