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Should Damian McKenzie Remain As All Blacks’ Full-Back?

KLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Steve Hansen of the All Blacks talks to Damian McKenzie after winning the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South African Springboks at QBE Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Joseph O’Gorman analyses whether or not Damian McKenzie should remain at full-back for the All Blacks. Ben Smith is regarded by many as the world’s best outside back. Whether on the wing or at full-back, he is an assured presence in defence and a dangerous counter-attacker. After the All Blacks retained the Bledisloe Cup this summer, Smith announced he would be …

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New Super Rugby Format Confirmed And Organisers Demand Improvement

After the painful and protracted negotiations which eventually confirmed the exclusion of the Western Force from next season’s Super Rugby competition, SANZAAR has finally confirmed the new, reduced format which will be implemented when the season gets underway in February of next year.  Of course, the Cheetahs and the Southern Kings have also been axed, so the competition reverts back …

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More Bad New For All Black Charlie Ngatai Following Yet Another Head Injury

All Blacks and Chiefs centre Charlie Ngatai has had his immediate playing future cast into doubt once more following yet another head injury. Playing for Taranaki in the Mitre 10 Cup against Bay of Plenty on Friday, Ngatai, who missed a significant portion of last season, including much of the Chiefs’ Super Rugby campaign, suffered another worrying head knock during the …

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Video: Five Internet Sensations Who Are Destined For Greatness

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: Damian Willemse of the Stormers during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Sunwolves at DHL Newlands on July 08, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Petri Oeschger/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

Nowadays every schoolboy rugby player seems to have a tribute video before they’ve even had a sniff at a professional contract.    But, every now and then you come across a genuine freak of nature who oozes class. We’ve picked out some of the most exciting talents based on their highlights videos and performances here. _________ 5. Damian Willemse Willemse …

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Western Force Announce Plans To Set Up Rival Competition After Losing Super Rugby Appeal

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Andrew Forrest, Matt Hodgson and David Wessels poses for a photo with the Western Force Team during a press conference at Rugby WA HQ on September 5, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/Getty Images)

Western Force have been dealt another, possibly fatal, blow in their bid to stay in Super Rugby. The Perth-based side have been cut from the multinational league, leaving their competitive future in limbo, and while billionaire backer Andrew Forrest could go as far as the high court in Australia, the prospect of forming an Indo-Pacific league to rival Super Rugby has …

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Jerome Kaino Leaves Squad As Another Scandal Hits The All Blacks

The Rugby Championship kicks off this Saturday as New Zealand play their first Test match since the Lions tour, when they take on Australia in the Bledisloe Cup fixture. However, just hours before kick-off, the All Blacks announced that Jerome Kaino has returned home “to deal with a personal matter” after reports in the Aussie media: RT @nzrugby: NEWS | …

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