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Sam Whitelock to skipper All Blacks on northern tour

Sam Whitelock will take over the New Zealand captaincy ahead of the Northern Tour, with returning skipper Sam Cane given time to ease his way back after a long-term injury layoff.

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2dLiam Napier

All Blacks' Washington D.C. stopover a double-edged sword for USA Rugby

Coming off a failed World Cup qualification series with Uruguay and without six of their best players, the United States will likely suffer a huge defeat by the All Blacks. But the Test in Washington D.C. also presents a huge opportunity for USA Rugby.

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3dESPN staff

All Blacks mourn Sean Wainui: 'So much mana'

Senior All Blacks Codie Taylor and Sam Whitelock have shared their sadness at the passing of former Crusaders teammate Sean Wainui, saying the entire New Zealand squad is hurting as they prepare for Sunday's [NZT] Test against the United States.

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3dESPN staff

Chiefs, Maori ABs winger Wainui dead at 25

The New Zealand rugby community is in mourning after it was confirmed that 25-year-old Chiefs winger Sean Wainui had died in a car crash on Monday morning.

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10dReuters

Cane eyeing All Blacks return in Washington

New Zealand captain Sam Cane is relishing his return to the All Blacks squad after overcoming injury to potentially line up against the United States in Washington this month.

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15dLiam Napier

Boks show All Blacks still have work to do against suffocating opposition

Honours shared was a fair reflection of the All Blacks-Springboks Tests of the past fortnight. Dig down into successive Tests against the world champions, though, and familiar root causes evoke cause for concern for New Zealand, Liam Napier writes.

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17dReuters

Cane right for All Blacks' tour; rookie lock chosen

Captain Sam Cane has been recalled to the All Blacks squad for their northern hemisphere tour later this month as locks Scott Barrett and Patrick Tuipulotu return to New Zealand for family reasons.

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19dReuters

All Blacks moving forward despite 'Boks loss: Foster

New Zealand coach Ian Foster said he has more immediate concerns than the next Rugby World Cup but believes his All Blacks have learned lessons from the Rugby Championship that can be used in France in 2023.

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19dReuters

Springboks edge All Blacks in Gold Coast thriller

Elton Jantjies kicked a penalty after the final hooter as South Africa snapped a three-match losing streak in dramatic fashion with a 31-29 win over New Zealand in a thrilling final match of the Rugby Championship

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22dESPN Staff

Lienert-Brown returns for final Rugby Championship clash

The All Blacks have made three changes to their starting line-up with Anton Lienert-Brown returning from injury as New Zealand look to close out the Rugby Championship unbeaten on the Gold Coast following a tight tussle with the Springboks last weekend.

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29dSam Bruce

Rennie, Foster surprised by World Rugby contact plan

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie and All Blacks counterpart Ian Foster both say they were unaware of World Rugby's move to place a limit on the amount of full contact players are involved in at training.

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29dESPN Staff

Foster rings in changes ahead of Boks clash

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has named one of his strongest sides available in preparation for his team's 100th Test match with the Springboks on Saturday in Townsville.

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31dReuters

All Blacks not buying into Boks' recent slump

All Blacks forwards coach John Plumtree is expecting a "titanic" battle up front when New Zealand and South Africa meet in their 100th Test match in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

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33dReuters

All Blacks back on top of the world after win over Pumas

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.

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36dReuters

McKenzie to pilot All Blacks against Pumas

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.

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37d

Smith to miss remainder of Rugby Championship

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.

38dReuters

All Blacks' Frizell has assault charges dismissed

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.

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42dReuters

Retallick leads shuffled All Blacks against Pumas

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.

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42dLiam Napier

The factors behind Akira Ioane's arrival as an All Blacks enforcer

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.

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44dESPN staff

Barrett's red card dismissed, free to face Pumas

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.

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