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Foster questions World Rugby's 'niggle' strategy

The All Blacks know they must be more disciplined if they're to overturn their shock loss to the Pumas this Saturday, but coach Ian Foster has also taken umbrage at how World Rugby is treating niggle and retaliation.

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All Blacks shuffle forwards for Pumas rematch

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has shuffled his forward pack for Saturday's Tri-Nations rematch with Argentina, after the Pumas pulled off one of the year's great upsets just a fortnight ago in Newcastle.

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All Blacks get creative to guard against Pumas' niggle

Under-pressure New Zealand coach Ian Foster has ramped up the niggle at training ahead of Saturday's rematch with Argentina to weed out All Blacks' ill-discipline that led to rare back-to-back losses.

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First Pasifika match 'start of something special'

Former New Zealand captain Tana Umaga is enthusiastic about the potential of a Pasifika Super Rugby side entering the competition in 2022 after he revealed the invitational squad to face the Maori All Blacks next month.

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All Blacks seek to take pressure off coach Ian Foster

All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu moved to dampen criticism of the side on Monday following back-to-back defeats in the Tri-Nations, saying their own expectations are higher than those from outside the team.

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Cane hits out at 'brutal' All Blacks fans

All Blacks captain Sam Cane has hit out at some of his team's fans following the shock loss to Argentina last Saturday, saying some supporters have little idea of what they're talking about.

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NZ chief Impey to resign as SANZAAR chairman

New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey said on Tuesday he would be resigning a similar position with SANZAAR at the end of the year.

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11dBrittany Mitchell

Passion, heart, skill: Argentina make history in Sydney

After 402 days of waiting, months of lockdown and weeks of quarantine, Argentina returned to the Test arena and made history, defeating the All Blacks 25-15 in a game that will be remembered for years to come.

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Pumas make history, stun All Blacks in Test return

Argentina served up one of the biggest upsets in Test rugby history when they stunned New Zealand 25-15 in the Tri-Nations on Saturday, beating the three-time world champions for the first time in 30 attempts going back to 1985.

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RA, NZR bury hatchet for trans-Tasman Super comp

A "Super Round" highlights the creation of a crossover trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition for 2021, with one lucky city set to host five games on the one weekend in a similar concept to the NRL's Magic Round of 2019.

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14dBrittany Mitchell

Tri-Nations Game 3: The Pumas are on a hiding to nothing

It's frightening to think what kind of scoreline we'll be seeing on Saturday night after Ian Foster named a full-strength side to take on Argentina, who've had next to no real Test preparation.

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Rennie backs red card sub discussion

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie would welcome a discussion into the use of red card replacements following the two send-offs in Brisbane, and also confirmed code-hopper Suliasi Vunivalu would only play against Argentina if there were a "spate of injuries."

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Smith, Mo'unga return for clash with Argentina

The All Blacks have named a close to full strength side to face Argentina as they look to bounce back from their two-point loss to the Wallabies last weekend.

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Tu'ungafasi suspended for three weeks

All Blacks prop forward Ofa Tu'ungafasi has received a three-week ban for his high shot on Australia's Tom Wright during the fourth Bledisloe Test at Suncorp Stadium.

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NZR release Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 fixtures

Highlanders will welcome defending champions Crusaders in the opening round of Super Rugby Aotearoa on Feb. 26 after New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced the schedule for the second edition of the domestic competition on Tuesday.

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17dReuters with ESPN staff

ABs to fight red card; Coles flags need for change

New Zealand will attempt to fight Ofa Tu'ungafasi's dangerous tackle charge on Tuesday night but hooker Dane Coles has acknowledged the need for players to lower their tackle height in line with the edict World Rugby handed down last year.

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Wallabies' Swinton suspended until 2021

Wallabies flanker Lachie Swinton has been handed a four-week suspension for his high tackle on Sam Whitelock during Australia's 24-22 win against the All Blacks.

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Cane: Red cards tough to avoid in Test footy

All Blacks captain Sam Cane admits a repeat of Saturday's 14-a-side Bledisloe Cup Test might be hard to avoid given the frenetic nature of Test rugby.

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Wallabies claim consolation Bledisloe triumph with dogged win

Dave Rennie has his first win as Wallabies coach after his side produced a far more committed performance than their effort of seven days earlier, Australia triumphing 24-22 in a chaotic Bledisloe Cup clash in Brisbane.

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How tough fatherly talk set Ioane on course to Test debut

New Zealand loose forward Akira Ioane was on the brink of walking away from professional rugby last year until his father gave him a metaphorical "boot up the bum" and asked him if he would rather work a 9-5 job.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

  • NZL3rd
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries Scored
  • NZL3rd
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points Difference