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All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock hands off Nicolas Mas en route to the try line during the 2011 RWC final. He is the first selection in our First XV. Photo: Dave Lintott / photosport.co.nz

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Loosehead Prop

Only two players have played in six consecutive tests for the Lions in the last 20 years. Martin Johnson, the all-encompassing legend, and Tom Smith the talismanic Scottish loosehead prop. It is this consistency of performance and the fact...
The All Blacks perform the Haka during the 2nd test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday 2 July, 2005.

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV

The excitement around the Lions' arrival to the shores of Aotearoa has been building steadily since the end of RWC15. With just 18 days until the first match in Whangarei, the crescendo is almost upon us. The only time the Lions...
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Twitter remembers Jonah on his birthday

The wonderful, the incomparable Jonah Lomu would have been 42 years old yesterday. Fans, sporting organisations and colleagues shared...   He would have been 42 today.#RIPJonahLomu #Number11 pic.twitter.com/1AsbYcrMDM — All Blacks (@AllBlacks) May 12, 2017   Today would have been the 42nd birthday of...
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WATCH: The Lions captaincy – we picked it!

The 1014 sat down before The 2017 British and Irish Lions squad was announced and predicted the Lions captaincy and more. While much of the British press was touting Dylan Hartley to lead the tourists, the following came up in...
McKenzie against Italy. ALFREDO FALCONE

Jordie Barrett and Damian McKenzie – Worthy All Blacks contenders

Jordie Barrett and Damian McKenzie are worthy contenders for the All Blacks, but you get the feeling that one could miss the call for selection ahead of the British & Irish Lions tour. McKenzie has a tiny bit of All...
Beauden Barrett

Test centurion says Beauden Barrett redefines number 10 position

Ronan O'Gara, the former Irish number 10 and test centurion, says Beauden Barrett redefines the number 10 position. O'Gara recently gave an interview with The Hard Yards podcast and spoke glowingly of Beauden Barrett and how he is changing the game....
Sonny Bill and Jordie Barrett

Sonny Bill is coming back! Who will be his All Black partner?

It looks like Sonny Bill will be back on a rugby union field in the not too distant future. It's been a while! It's no secret that Steve Hansen is a fan and the All Black midfield has yet to...
All Blacks, Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/11/2016 Ireland vs New Zealand Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt with New Zealand Head Coach Steve Hansen before the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

128 Test player thinks best coach in the world is a Kiwi, but not...

Ronan O'Gara, the former Irish number 10 with 128 Test caps has boldly stated who he thinks the best rugby coach in the world is. Will he coach the All Blacks? Since O'Gara hung up his boots in 2013 he has...
Hong Kong 7's

Hong Kong Sevens. The 42nd edition!

It has been widely noted over the past few years that the Wellington Sevens have lost their allure, certainly for the fans. The Hong Kong Sevens tournament certainly doesn't seem to have lost anything. Now into its 42nd year,...
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Sam Cane is hard as nails in an old school way

Sam Cane is still working his way through recovery from concussion. The Reporoa man is nearing full fitness but the Chiefs match against the Stormers this weekend comes one week too soon. The last time Sam encountered concussion was a controversial...
All Black Mils Muliaina, Doug Howlett of Munster, and All Black Joe Rokocoko embrace after the Munster vs New Zealand rugby match, Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick, Ireland. Tuesday, 18th November 2008. Photo: Tim Hales/PHOTOSPORT

Who are you wearing? All Blacks seek a midweek date in France

It's great to hear that the All Blacks are looking to add an additional fixture to their end of year tour. NZR chief executive Steve Tew told Sky TV's The Breakdown rugby show that talks are in progress. Tew...
Georgia Rugby fans

Rugby Europe has had a big week

As we enter the fourth round of Super Rugby a cloud hangs low over who may, or may not be culled from next year's competition. But in the north, particularly in England, Rugby is on the up-and-up; you all...

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