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2 November 2017 12:00 PM All Blacks face Springboks in 2019 World Cup opener

Favourites New Zealand will begin their quest for a third successive Rugby World Cup title with a heavyweight clash against South Africa at the 2019 tournament in Japan. The All Blacks are scheduled to face their old southern hemisphere foes in Yokohama on September 21, a day after hosts Japan kick off the competition against European qualifiers, likely 217

2 November 2017 4:01 AM Barrett captains raw All Blacks in opener

An experienced duo will capture ample attention despite a host of fresh faces winning All Blacks selection for their tour opener against the Barbarians. Three uncapped players are on the bench while three others will make their starting debuts in a raw team, boasting just over 300 combined caps, on Saturday at Twickenham. To provide some counter-balance 86

30 October 2017 7:12 PM Large number of Kiwis in Barbarians squad

Steven Luatua and Ben Franks are among six former All Blacks and 13 Kiwis in the team coached by Robbie Deans and Scott Robertson. Highlanders' Luke Whitelock, Richard Buckman and Dillon Hunt were included, while other notables additions were fullback George Bridge and Auckland wing Vince Aso. The squad already included five players - Richie Mo'unga 74

23 October 2017 3:30 AM Aumua bolts into All Blacks tour squad

The freakish skills of hooker Asafo Aumua have earned him an All Blacks call-up as one of four uncapped players for the tour of the United Kingdom and France. Blues winger Matt Duffie, Crusaders centre Jack Goodhue and Crusaders prop Tim Perry are the other new faces in the 37-man squad for five matches in November. The recall of outside back Seta Tamanivalu 50

22 October 2017 6:48 AM Michael Cheika stays grounded in spite of win over New Zealand

Australia coach Michael Cheika is determined the Wallabies will not get carried away with their 23-18 victory over New Zealand on Saturday and warned them plenty of work lies ahead if they are to catch up with the world champions. The victory in Brisbane snapped a seven-game losing streak against the All Blacks going back to the 2015 World Cup final 41

22 October 2017 6:48 AM All Blacks see positives in defeat

Brisbane - The All Blacks won't be hitting the panic button following Saturday's loss to Australia but instead warned they will bounce back as a stronger unit on next month's northern hemisphere tour. The misfiring world champions lacked creativity and gave away needless penalties in their 23-18 loss in Brisbane and only a bone-crunching defensive effort 44

22 October 2017 12:02 AM All Blacks captain Kieran Read says Wallabies deserved Bledisloe Cup win, admits ill-discipline cost Kiwis

ALL Blacks captain Kieran Read says the opportunistic and physical Wallabies deserved their Bledisloe Cup breakthrough on Saturday night. And especially to the Wallabies. Even with a number of their rolled gold All Blacks stars out of action. So while the All Blacks were magnanimous in defeat, praise for their trans-Tasman rivals came through partially 31

22 October 2017 12:02 AM Wallabies ready to kick on: Dempsey

Flanker Jack Dempsey says the Wallabies are ready to go to the "next level" after breaking through for a Bledisloe Cup win against the All Blacks. Man-of-the-match Jack Dempsey has declared the Wallabies are ready to go to the "next level" after ending their seven-match Bledisloe Cup losing streak. The 23-year-old said he had never felt more nervous 48

22 October 2017 12:02 AM Wallabies took their chances: Read

Needing a converted try for a victory in the last two minutes of the match, New Zealand pounded away at the Australian defensive line but just came up short as their hosts tackled themselves into the ground. For many Australian fans, it would have been a nervous couple of minutes as the All Blacks have so often rescued victories from the jaws of defeat 42

22 October 2017 12:02 AM Hansen looks on bright side of Bledisloe

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen says there are plenty of lessons his side will learn from Saturday's 23-18 Bledisloe Cup defeat to Australia. Losing is a rare experience for the All Blacks and coach Steve Hansen has challenged his team to make the most of it after their Bledisloe Cup streak of dominance came to an end. New Zealand fell 23-18 in Saturday's 38