Israel Dagg confirms move to Japan, out of All Blacks contention in 2018

The Crusaders fullback will join the Canon Eagles after Super Rugby's completion.

Israel Dagg of the Crusaders during the Super Rugby match, Crusaders V Brumbies, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 25th February 2017.Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz

Israel Dagg chooses to play in Japan over Hawke's Bay after Super Rugby season - report

The Crusaders star will take up a lucrative Japanese deal instead of playing for the Magpies.

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All Blacks Sevens reaping benefits of new centralised program ahead of World Cup

Drastic changes were made following the disappointing effort at Rio.

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The Hurricanes star said Ioane thought he had dived on him as he tried to stop the Blues midfielder from scoring.

'Got no beef!' Jordie Barrett laughs off sledge from All Blacks teammate Rieko Ioane during Super clash

The Hurricanes star said Ioane thought he had dived on him as he tried to stop the Blues midfielder from scoring.

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Apartheid stopped Ben Couch from playing in South Africa, but 70 years later his great-grandson is playing there.

‘I see it as upholding the family mana’- All Blacks' great-grandson honours him 70 years after apartheid barred him from playing in South Africa

Apartheid stopped Ben Couch from playing in South Africa, but 70 years later his great-grandson is playing there.

Sonny Bill Williams and Augustine Pulu discuss a plan of attack during the Highlanders and Blues Super Rugby match. week 2 game held at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. 23 February 2018. Copyright Image: Derek Morrison / www.photosport.nz

Blues expect SBW to be fit for Bledisloe Cup Tests

The midfielder was ruled out for the rest of Super Rugby, but should be fit for the All Blacks.

The Crusaders star was overlooked for Cane and Ardie Savea to face France.

All Blacks flanker Matt Todd signs short-term contract with Japan's Wild Knights

Todd, 30, will link up with his new team at end the of the 2018 Super Rugby season.

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The All Blacks coach said World Rugby needs to take action after controversial calls went against the Wallabies and the All Blacks.

Watch: 'It's just ridiculous' - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen fires shots at World Rugby's leadership

The All Blacks coach said World Rugby needs to take action after controversial calls went against the Wallabies and the All Blacks.

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The All Blacks coach said World Rugby needs to take action after controversial calls went against the Wallabies and the All Blacks.

Watch: 'It's just ridiculous' - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen fires shots at World Rugby's leadership

Hansen said the sport is being ravaged by uncertainty for players, coaches and spectators and has demanded World Rugby start listening.

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The AB’s coach said Shannon Frizell, Jack Goodhue, Jackson Hemopo and Richie Mo’unga stood up in the third test in Dunedin.

Steve Hansen surprised by debutants calm nature in final All Blacks test against France

The AB’s coach said Shannon Frizell, Jack Goodhue, Jackson Hemopo and Richie Mo’unga stood up in the third test in Dunedin.

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The NZ lock was relentless on attack and defence in the All Blacks' 49-14 win at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin last night.

Video: 'Probably his best game in the jersey' – All Blacks coach praises Scott Barrett's performance against France

Workaholic lock Barrett was a standout performer in the 49-14 rout of France in Dunedin, maintaining his high standards from the first two Tests.

The skipper won't play a part in the France series, but will still lend a hand to his teammates.

Top All Blacks back for Bledisloe opener - including captain Kieran Read

Read is expected to play 40 minutes for his Counties Manukau province on Wednesday.

French coach says try shouldn't have been allowed after ref obstruction, Hansen disagrees

All Blacks coach says there is nothing in rules for officials obstructing defenders.

Damian McKenzie.
All Blacks v France. Rugby Union. Steinlager Series, 2nd test match. Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Saturday 16 June 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

Damian McKenzie made a statement, says All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

"He showed that he's a very, very capable footballer at 10 and can drive a team around the park," Hansen said.

Damian McKenzie inspires All Blacks to huge win over France, scores controversial try after referee impedes would be French tackle

McKenzie crossed twice, scored 24 points and pulled the strings in a slick New Zealand display on Saturday after the tourists had begun in compelling fashion.

Classy All Blacks dominate spirited French, score sensational set move try in final Test

The All Blacks thumped a spirited French side 49-14 at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

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The veteran lock was a hit with the kids as he strapped up at the ABs captain run in Dunedin.

Watch: Future Black Fern? All Blacks skipper Sam Whitelock gives Ben Smith's curious daughter rugby tips

The veteran lock was a hit with the kids as he strapped up at the ABs captain run in Dunedin.

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The veteran lock was a hit with the kids as he strapped up at the ABs captain run in Dunedin.

Watch: Future Black Fern? All Blacks skipper Sam Whitelock gives Ben Smith's curious daughter rugby tips

The veteran lock was a hit with the kids as he strapped up at the ABs captain run in Dunedin.

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The All Blacks coach says tough ref calls are all part of rugby.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen calls for French to quit complaining about referees

Hansen didn't deny his team had received the rub of the green, he said France were doing themselves no favours by dwelling on negatives.

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Eben Etzebeth and Brodie Retallick. The Rugby Championship. New Zealand All Blacks v South Africa. Test Match Rugby Union. Eden Park, Auckland. New Zealand. Saturday 14 September 2013. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/www.Photosport.co.nz

South African commentator backs 'Boks, Wallabies to hammer All Blacks in Rugby Championship - 'What was there to fear?'

Eben Etzebeth is building up Saturday's New Zealand v South Africa as world rugby's biggest game.

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Eben Etzebeth and Brodie Retallick. The Rugby Championship. New Zealand All Blacks v South Africa. Test Match Rugby Union. Eden Park, Auckland. New Zealand. Saturday 14 September 2013. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/www.Photosport.co.nz

South African commentator backs 'Boks, Wallabies to hammer All Blacks in Rugby Championship - 'What was there to fear?'

Sport24's Mark Keohane is predicting that Steve Hansen's men will struggle against their traditional foes this year.

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Coach Steve Hansen says the rookie quartet have the skills so all that remains is making sure they're composed against France.

All Blacks making sure four debutants mentally prepared for first Test

Steve Hansen says the rookie quartet have the skills so all that remains is making sure they're composed.

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The Highlanders loose forward is set debut in front of home fans at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Video: 'I was a goalkeeper' - All Blacks rookie Shannon Frizell on playing football for Tonga

In another life the back-rower could be playing in Russia right now.

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Frizell is set to debut for the All Blacks in Dunedin for the final Test against France on Saturday.

Watch: Softly spoken Shannon Frizell has reporters in stitches with honest answer about the All Blacks duty he finds most challenging

Frizell is set to debut for the All Blacks in Dunedin for the final Test against France on Saturday.

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