Rugby

Akira Ioane heads to the try line.
Auckland v Tasman, Mitre 10 Cup National Provincial Rugby Championship. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Friday 7 September 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.co.nz

'I'm just doing my job' - Akira Ioane not out to prove All Blacks wrong with Auckland form

After missing out on the All Blacks' end of year tour squad, Ioane has been key in Auckland's Mitre 10 Cup success.

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Crotty praised Taylor's influence in the All Blacks side this year.

'The All Blacks ship keeps sailing on' - Dane Coles admits he's behind Codie Taylor in Steve Hansen's plans

Coles is preparing to return to the All Blacks after another spell on the sidelines.

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The superstar forward credited the sell out crowd at Eden Park last night.

'It's about making these guys proud' – Jason Taumalolo thanks Tonga fans after Kangaroos loss

The superstar forward credited the sellout crowd at Mt Smart last night.

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Gareth Anscombe’s parents have flown to London to cheer on the New Zealand-born fullback as he tries to help Wales overcome South Africa.

'I was crucified' - former Blues, Chiefs first-five opens up about criticism from Welsh fans

Having switched allegiances back in 2014, Anscombe has not been accepted by Welsh fans, he told the Daily Mail.

Auckland's Dalton Papali'i (C celebrate a try with team mate Jordan Trainor (R during the Lions vs Auckland Mitre 10 Cup rugby match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Thursday the 4th of October 2018. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.nz

Auckland allow fans free entry to Mitre 10 Cup final against Canterbury

Fans can attend next week's final at Eden Park free of charge.

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The discarded flanker scored twice in his side's 38-17 win over Wellington.

Watch: Akira Ioane sends message to All Blacks selectors, puts Auckland into Mitre 10 Cup final

The discarded flanker scored twice in his side's 38-17 win over Wellington.

Kendra Cocksedge and Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox  with the Farah Palmer Cup

Canterbury hammer Counties Manukau to claim second straight Farah Palmer Cup

The defending champions kept hold of their crown with a 52-29 win in Christchurch.

Canterbury player Mitchell Drummond celebrates his try during their Mitre 10 Cup Semi Final game Tasman v Canterbury. Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand. Friday 19 October 2018. ©Copyright Photo: Chris Symes / www.photosport.nz

Canterbury secure Mitre 10 Cup final spot with win over Tasman

They'll face either Auckland or Wellington in the decider.

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A whopping 51 players are making the trip to Japan with the All Blacks.

'We have to run two buses' - Brodie Retallick relishing All Blacks' biggest ever touring squad

A whopping 51 players are making the trip to Japan with the All Blacks.

England rugby coach Eddie Jones

'This is not new territory' - Eddie Jones unfazed by impending England sacking

The Australian coach's England side are in dismal form heading into their autumn internationals.

Chiefs' Brad Weber, dejected following their loss during the Investec Super Rugby Semi-Final match, Hurricanes v Chiefs at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. 30th July 2016. © Copyright Photo: Grant Down / www.photosport.nz

Dejected Brad Weber called All Blacks after missing 51-man squad - 'I thought I was a decent chance'

Five halfbacks were taken ahead of the one-Test All Black for the tour.

Former Highlanders captain undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer

Nasi Manu had an abnormal growth removed earlier this year but still requires treatment.

Blade Thomson (L) of the Hurricanes is tackled by Alby Mathewson of the Force during the Hurricanes vs Force Super Rugby  match at the Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North on Friday the 18th of March 2016. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.nz

Former Hurricanes flanker Blade Thomson named in Scotland's 40-man squad for end-of-year Tests

Thomson played for NZ in age grade but never cracked the All Blacks.

Auckland's Dalton Papali'i (C celebrate a try with team mate Jordan Trainor (R during the Lions vs Auckland Mitre 10 Cup rugby match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Thursday the 4th of October 2018. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.nz

Bolters galore: Get to know the eight rookies in the All Blacks' end-of-year tour squad

Former NZ Secondary Schools stars, Super Rugby champions and more feature in the talented group.

Black Ferns' Stacey Waaka takes on the Wallaroos defence at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Wallaroos v Black Ferns, Bledisloe doubleheader. ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia. 18th August 2018. Copyright Photo: David Neilson / www.photosport.nz

Black Ferns mix veterans with fresh faces as squad named for end-of-year tour of USA and France

"We want to give younger players an opportunity to be in the Black Ferns environment."

Watch: Smiling assassin Damian McKenzie adds another tool to arsenal, nails goal-kicking with both feet

The first-five used a pole instead of posts as a target – and still nailed it.

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A reporter asked the All Blacks coach why he's using 51 players for a tour when he's also asking for financial support.

Watch: Steve Hansen shuts down reporter's challenge about Government funding for All Blacks

"We continue to win Test matches and we've got some big Test matches to play."

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The All Blacks coach confirmed 32 players will be used in Europe with the extra 19 only needed for the short Japan leg.

Strategic Steve Hansen reveals thinking behind huge 51-man All Blacks squad

The All Blacks coach says there's method to his madness with his eyes on big games and the World Cup.

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The squad is divided into a 32-man main unit who will head to Europe and a 19-strong squad who will only venture to Japan.

Dane Coles back, Akira Ioane axed, Dalton Papali'i the bolter as All Blacks name 51-man squad for Northern Tour

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named his huge team to travel to Japan and Europe.

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