Rugby

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A surplus of talent left the All Blacks selectors scratching their heads this year.

'We've got some talented people' - 2018 All Blacks squad Steve Hansen's toughest to pick

A surplus of talent left the All Blacks selectors scratching their heads this year.

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

Watch: Sam Cane feels for Matt Todd after he misses out on All Blacks squad

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

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The Crusaders youngster has impressed his senior teammates in Super Rugby.

SBW excited to see 'awesome' Jack Goodhue in All Blacks environment

The Crusaders youngster has impressed his senior teammates in Super Rugby.

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The Crusaders' number eight was picked for next month's series against France.

'I was pretty speechless' – Jordan Taufua thrilled with maiden All Blacks call-up

The Crusaders' number eight was picked for next month's series against France.

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An older and wiser Sonny Bill says he's after a meaningful existence.

'It's more than just rugby' - SBW thankful after injury return

An older and wiser Sonny Bill says he's after a "meaningful existence".

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The Crusaders coach has played a big part in Taufua's rise.

Watch: Jordan Taufua credits Crusaders boss Robertson for ABs nod

The Crusaders coach has played a big part in Taufua's rise.

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Super Rugby's leading try scorer, Lam wasn't picked for today's squad announcement.

Watch: Unlucky Ben Lam 'really close' to All Blacks selection, says Steve Hansen

Super Rugby's leading try scorer, Lam wasn't picked for today's squad announcement.

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The winger left the Highlanders with 14 men for 62 minutes after this wreckless act.

Owen Franks, Tevita Nabura both cited for foul play in Super Rugby matches

Nabura's head kick and Frank's strike on James Parson's head will go before the judiciary.

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The Chiefs halfback was given the warmest of welcomes by his Hurricanes counterpart as he arrived for the All Blacks’ North Island foundation day.

Shannon Frizell, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Jordan Taufua named in All Blacks' squad but no room for red-hot Ben Lam

Sam Whitelock has also been named as captain with Sam Cane and Ben Smith acting as his vice-captains.

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Despite two tries and two assists, Ioane and the Blues couldn't come away with a win the 24-32 loss.

Watch: Unstoppable! Rieko Ioane gives Crusaders nightmares, plays a part in all four of Blues' long-range tries

Despite two tries and two assists, Ioane and the Blues couldn't come away with a win the 24-32 loss.

Taqele Naiyaravoro of the Waratahs passes the ball to Michael Hooper during the round 14 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Highlanders at Allianz Stadium

Hoodoo over as Waratahs thrash Highlanders to end Kiwi Super Rugby dominance

The 41-12 win is an Australian side's first over a Kiwi rival in nearly two years.

Tevita Nabura gets a red card against the Waratahs

Waratahs destroy 14-man Highlanders as NZ's Super Rugby winning streak comes crashing to an end

An early red card to Tevita Nabura saw the Highlanders crash to an embarrassing 41-12 win to the Waratahs in Sydney.

Richie Mo'unga of the Crusaders celebrates with the team. Super Rugby match, Blues v Crusaders at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. 19 May 2018 © Copyright Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / www.photosport.nz

Crusaders resist Blues' second half fightback to claim victory at Eden Park

The defending champions regain top spot on the Super Rugby ladder with a 32-24 win in Auckland.

Jordan Taufua against the Blues

Brave Blues slump to another defeat as Richie Mo'unga masterclass sees Crusaders prevail

The Blues' struggles continued, falling to a gutsy 32-24 defeat in Auckland.

Ryan Crotty of the Crusaders. Crusaders v Chiefs, Super Rugby week 2, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. 24 February 2018. Copyright Image: www.photosport.nz Crusaders v Chiefs, Super Rugby week 2, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. 24 February 2018. Copyright Image: www.photosport.nz

All Blacks sweat as Ryan Crotty fails concussion test against Blues

The Crusaders' midfielder was forced from the field early in the first half at Eden Park.

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Hayden Parker's late heroics sealed the 26-23 win in Tokyo.

Watch: Sunwolves' Kiwi star nails extra-time drop goal to steal win over Stormers

Hayden Parker's late heroics sealed the 26-23 win in Hong Kong.

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Lam is Super Rugby's top try scorer so far in 2018, and could be in line for higher honours.

Ben Lam or Nehe Milner-Skudder: Selection headaches for Steve Hansen's first All Blacks squad of 2018

Outside backs, midfield, a third halfback and number eight are all wide open for the All Blacks' series against France next month.

NatWest 6 Nations Championship Round 3, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/2/2018 
Ireland vs Wales
Ireland's Bundee Aki with Dan Biggar and Gareth Davies  of Wales
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

NZ-born Irish centre Bundee Aki to lead NZ-heavy Baabaas squad against England

Aki and several former All Blacks have been selected in coach Pat Lam's initial 17-man squad.

Hurricanes fail to convince against plucky Reds on way to 10th consecutive victory

The Hurricanes produced one of their worst defensive performances of the season, conceding four tries.

Video: Tongan Thor obliterates Nehe Milner-Skudder with brutal fend, show pace and power to brush aside TJ Perenara

Michael Cheika would have been delighted with Taniela Tupou's form as the Reds went down to the Hurricanes.

Watch as All Blacks hopeful Ben Lam destroys rivals on way to try line as Hurricanes edge thrilling encounter with Reds

The Hurricanes didn't have it all their own way in a high-scoring thriller in Wellington.

Bernard Foley. 2017 Melbourne Rebels v NSW Waratahs. Super Rugby round 5 match. AAMI Park, Melbourne on Saturday 24 March 2017. Photo Clay Cross / photosport.nz

'The key is confidence' - Waratahs eye Highlanders victory to end NZ hoodoo

Australian sides have lost their last 39 matches against Kiwi sides in Super Rugby.

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