New Zealand snatched South Africa's world number one ranking and placed one hand on the Rugby Championship trophy after subjecting Argentina to a second successive thrashing in Brisbane on Saturday.
Damian McKenzie will make his first Test start at fly-half for three years against Argentina in Brisbane on Saturday after All Blacks coach Ian Foster completely overhauled his team for their fourth Rugby Championship clash.
Disruption isn't always bad, especially when it comes to the old guard that largely continues to govern the rugby world. But is shoehorning in another format, this time the World 12s, really an answer to the game's issues?
Aaron Smith has played his last game for New Zealand in the Rugby Championship this year, with the scrum-half to remain in New Zealand for the birth of his second child.
Assault charges against New Zealand flanker Shannon Frizell were formerly dismissed by a Dunedin court on Tuesday after the loose forward completed a police "diversion" scheme aimed at first offenders, local media reported.
New Zealand have consolidated top spot in the Rugby Championship with a commanding 39-0 victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast.
Lock Brodie Retallick will captain New Zealand for the first time in the absence of Ardie Savea when the All Blacks take on Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Australia's Gold Coast on Sunday.
Improved fitness, a greater appreciation for the privileged position he holds and being happier within himself have all contributed to Akira Ioane's breakthrough performances that strongly suggest he is the All Blacks' long-term answer at No 6.
Jordie Barrett is free to face Argentina in the Rugby Championship clash on the Gold Coast on Sunday after his red card for kicking Marika Koroibete was dismissed by a SANZAAR judiciary panel.
The mixed reaction to Jordie Barrett's red card in Bledisloe Cup III has at least made one thing abundantly clear - that having the trial red-card replacement law in place for the Rugby Championship was one of SANZAAR's smarter moves
All Blacks coach Ian Foster says Jordie Barrett's controversial send-off against the Wallabies on Sunday was proof that the 20-minute red card law should be implemented globally.
The Wallabies saved their worst for last in a Bledisloe series when they had already shipped their highest ever points total to New Zealand, yet the 38-21 defeat in Perth was far more deflating given the nature of how it unfolded on Sunday.
The gap between New Zealand and Australian rugby was laid bare yet again as the All Blacks cruised to a 38-21 win over the Wallabies in Perth despite copping a controversial red card.
What kind of impact can Samu Kerevi make for the Wallabies? How much will the All Blacks feel the loss of skipper Sam Whitelock and their first-choice halves? Your big talking points for Bledisloe III are here.
Brad Weber has been named as Aaron Smith's replacement, leap frogging TJ Perenara for the starting position in the third Bledisloe Test in Perth on Sunday afternoon.
Strength in depth is a pillar that underpins the All Blacks, one set to be severely examined as they confront 10 Tests in the next 12 weeks.
An emotional Ardie Savea says he has no intention of deviating from his usual approach to rugby despite being named New Zealand captain ahead of the All Blacks' Rugby Championship meeting with Australia in Perth next weekend.
Almost a week after relations between Rugby Australia and New Zealand Rugby soured, RA have confirmed Optus Stadium in Perth will host Bledisloe III with a Father's Day afternoon clash on September 5.
All Blacks captain Sam Whitelock and star halves Aaron Smith and Richie Mo'unga will not travel to Perth for the rescheduled Rugby Championship game against the Wallabies.
New Zealand coach Ian Foster has been reappointed through to the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France after guiding the All Blacks to victory over Australia in the Bledisloe Cup.
Friday's derailment of Bledisloe III was another sorry moment in a trans-Tasman relationship that has been increasingly tested over the past 12 months. With competing versions of the truth, the alliance's future is clouded at best - Sam Bruce writes.
Rugby Australia chief Andy Marinos hit back at New Zealand Rugby boss Mark Robinson, stating he doesn't believe NZR ever had any intention of playing the third Bledisloe Test on the 28th of August.
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has been left "bloody angry" after the All Blacks pulled out of the third Bledisloe Cup Test in Perth, saying only one country is interested in doing what's best for the game.
New Zealand have pulled out of the scheduled third Bledisoe Cup match in Perth, as SANZAAR scrambles to finalise the draw for the Rugby Championship that could see the back half of the tournament either be played in Queensland or be rerouted to Europe.
Off the back of his recent Olympic debut, Samu Kerevi is ready to use the learnings from his short time in the Australian sevens program to bolster the Wallabies in their third Bledisloe Test next week and their Rugby Championship that follow.
- Tries Scored1st 24 Tries
- Points Difference= 1st 114 points