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Farrell refuses to rule out Sexton for tour

Ireland coach Andy Farrell has held out hope Johnny Sexton will be available to face New Zealand on Saturday in Dunedin after the fly-half passed the second of three concussion tests.

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4dReuters

All Blacks flex muscle in thumping win over Ireland

The All Blacks weathered storms at the start of each half but responded with six tries to open their 2022 season with a hardfought but convincing 42-19 victory over Ireland in Auckland on Saturday.

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6dLiam Napier

Schmidt the All Blacks ace after wild COVID week

What a wild week for the All Blacks. But there is often opportunity in crisis and with Ian Foster and other New Zealand coaches forced to isolate, the situation has allowed Joe Schmidt to come in early -- and that may prove vital against Ireland.

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6dESPN staff

All Blacks hand debut to Crusaders winger

Leicester Fainga'anuku will make his Test debut on the left wing against Ireland as All Blacks coach Ian Foster named all three Barrett brothers in the run-on side to face Ireland.

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7dSam Bruce and Tom Hamilton

What's new for rugby's top 10 nations this July?

The rugby world is set to reunite this July, with World Rugby's Test window bringing the northern and southern hemispheres together across the globe. So what shape are the top 10 in at this key juncture, and what might they be looking to nail down?

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All Blacks hit by COVID ahead of first Ireland Test

New Zealand's preparations for their opening Test against Ireland have been rocked with head coach Ian Foster and his assistant John Plumtree as well as two key players all testing positive for COVID-19.

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Crusaders down Blues in Super Rugby final

The Crusaders have dominated the ladder-topping Blues to win the Super Rugby Pacific final 21-7 at a sold-out Eden Park in Auckland.

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22dLiam Napier

What the All Blacks are after from their Test newbies

With six rookies selected, and incumbents making way for those inclusions, for the three-Test series against Ireland, All Blacks coach Ian Foster is chasing swift improvement after successive defeats, and a sense of trepidation, ended last year.

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22dBrittany Mitchell

Super -- Not So Super -- Rugby: Biggest referee blunder of the season?

Was Ben O'Keeffe's non-call in the final minutes the biggest referee blunder this season? Meanwhile have Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo'unga set up the most scintillating grand final clash? Read on for our Super -- Not So Super -- Rugby.

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22dRueters

RTS, Perofeta named in All Blacks squad

New Zealand coach Ian Foster named the following squad on Monday for next month's three-test series against Ireland with some big name inclusions including NRL code-hopper Roger Tuivasa-Scheck and Blues teammate Stephen Perofeta.

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34dReuters

NZ Rugby vote sees Silver Lake deal agreed

A special general meeting of New Zealand Rugby in Auckland voted in favour of a NZ$200 million ($129.42 million) private equity investment from U.S. firm Silver Lake on Thursday, the final step in the approval process for the groundbreaking deal.

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39dAAP

Crusaders beat Reds before Super playoffs

The Queensland Reds' Super Rugby Pacific season is hanging by a thread after another tough loss against New Zealand-based opposition on Friday night.

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43dAAP

Force eye finals after Moana Pasifika win

Western Force have kept their Super Rugby Pacific finals hopes alive after snapping their losing streak with a key 48-28 win over Moana Pasifika.

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45dAAP

Waratahs break Super Dunedin hoodoo

The NSW Waratahs have shown they won't just be making up the numbers in the Super Rugby Pacific finals with a rousing 32-20 away win over the Highlanders.

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46dAAP

Ripley hat-trick but Rebels out of hope

Substitute Lukas Ripley has scored a hat-trick of tries but it wasn't enough to keep the Melbourne Rebels' finals hopes alive in a 45-22 loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington.

2021 RankingsRugby Championship

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