Rugby

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Cheerful ABs recruits Damian McKenzie and Elliot Dixon reaped the rewards of playing outstanding footy for their Super Rugby teams.

Rookies enjoy perks of new All Blacks status, receiving their new kits

ABs recruits McKenzie, Dixon and Ardie Savea reaped the rewards of playing outstanding footy for their Super Rugby teams.

Former Aussie skipper James Horwill thrilled to be back with Wallabies

Horwill was honeymooning in Mykonos, convinced his Test days were over when a shock call from Cheika revived his career.

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All Blacks backs Julian Savea and Beauden Barrett also showcased their abilities in the gym.

New All Blacks recruit Elliot Dixon shows off crazy power, squatting 140kg with ease

ABs backs Julian Savea and Beauden Barrett also showcased their abilities in the gym.

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All Blacks skipper Read was powering through today’s weights session, showing the new boys how it is done.

All concentration! Kieran Read's big squats set standard at All Blacks' first gym session

The new All Blacks skipper powered through today's session, showing the new boys how it's done.

Stalwart flanker Dan Lydiate ruled out of Wales' New Zealand tour

The 57 Test blindside flanker was a crucial part of Wales' loose trio.

Super Rugby Power Rankings: Chiefs' cracks too large to paper over

The Crusaders shot to the top while the Lions, Tahs and Hurricanes took giant strides up the charts.

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130kg bench? No problem for All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock while Luke Romano and Sam Cane also show impressive power.

How much can you lift? All Black Sam Whitelock benches over his bodyweight

130kg bench? No problem for All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock while Luke Romano and Sam Cane also show impressive power.

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Liam Squire and Ardie Savea are turning heads both on and off the field. But will they come under the boss’s radar for their style?

'Will the All Blacks' newboys be sent to the team barber over their mullet, afro hairdos?'

Will Liam Squire and Ardie Savea be forced to conform? The All Blacks captain's answer might surprise you.

The Unfortunate Five All Blacks - James Lowe, George Moala, Matt Todd, Brad Weber, Jordan Tafua.

Unfortunate Five: Those who came closest to All Blacks selection

Duane Monkley could relate to Matt Todd after his latest All Blacks snub.

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Warren Gatland’s Wales will be coming to New Zealand to claim a prestigious scalp.

'This team here is ready to stamp their mark' - All Blacks captain Kieran Read's warning to Wales

Warren Gatland's Wales will be coming to New Zealand to claim a prestigious scalp.

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says teams will be gunning for them after so many experienced players retired last year.

Opinion: Wales won't be able to live with All Blacks

Steve Hansen's "re-establishing" of the All Blacks is an ominous warning for the visitors.

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Portia Woodman pulls out unreal sidestep for World Series playoff try

The third place finish in the tournament meant the New Zealand side finished second in the series standings.

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After an early lead, Warren Gatland’s side hardly fired at a shot at England.

Wales fire few shots in tour warm-up against England

After leading 10-0, Warren Gatland's side couldn't keep Eddie Jones' out in a less than ideal hit-out.

00:29
Naivalu finished off some brilliant plays for the Rebels as they just managed a 27-22 win over the Western Force in Melbourne.

Melbourne Rebels defeat gritty Western Force

Melbourne have overcome a gritty Western Force to end their Super Rugby losing streak with a 27-22 at home.

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Some of those named have taken a long road on their way to the black jersey - with many familiar faces in there too.

Mixture of fresh faces in All Blacks team naming

Some of those named have taken a long road on their way to the black jersey - with many familiar faces in there too.

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Chiefs' smiling assassin McKenzie said he was “over the moon” after receiving the All Blacks call-up phone call.

'Mum obviously lost it a bit' - Damian McKenzie gets ABs call-up

Chiefs' smiling assassin McKenzie said he was “over the moon” after receiving the All Blacks call-up phone call.

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The Chiefs midfielder was one of six rookies included in Steven Hansen's first team announcement today

Bruising Taranaki midfielder Seta Tamanivalu relishing All Blacks call-up

Tamanivalu is one of six new All Blacks named in Steve Hansen's Test team to take on Wales next month.

00:51
The Highlanders loose forward says he nearly didn’t answer his phone because it was an unknown number. Understandably, he’s glad he did.

First birthdays and wake-up calls – Elliot Dixon’s memorable promotion to the All Blacks

The Highlander says he nearly didn’t answer his phone because it was an unknown number.

00:35
The newly-named All Black says it only started to sink in once he saw his name on his training kit.

Liam Squire: 'It's been a crazy 24 hours'

The newly-named All Black says it only started to sink in once he saw his name on his training kit.

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After the heartbreak of missing last year's World Cup, the Crusaders fullback has fought his way back into the All Blacks.

'I couldn't sleep last night' - Israel Dagg delighted to be back in black

After the heartbreak of missing last year's World Cup, the Crusaders fullback has fought his way back into the All Blacks.

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The Hurricanes flanker made himself unavailable for the Sevens and Olympics to pursue his fifteens career.

'My dream has come true' – Ardie Savea humbled in realising All Blacks dream

The Hurricanes flanker made himself unavailable for Sevens to pursue his fifteens career.

00:45
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says teams will be gunning for them after so many experienced players retired last year.

'They probably believe we are a little bit vulnerable - that's not our mindset'

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says teams will be gunning for them after so many experienced players retired last year.

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The Chiefs back has been called into the All Blacks for the first time, and the coach can't wait to work with him.

'He's in form, he's exciting' - Steve Hansen on new All Black Damian McKenzie

The Chiefs back has been called into the ABs for the first time, and the coach can't wait to work with him.

Stormers win heated clash with Cheetahs

The 31-24 win came on the back of two fortunate tries.

00:28
Slow defence allowed the Lions to dominate the Bulls 56-20 while visiting the Loftus Versfeld stronghold.

Lions first victory in Bulls territory a dominant effort

The Lions consolidated their place atop the South African conference thanks to a stellar performance from van Rensburg.

00:30
Slow ball, a Sunwolves offence with no direction and a sharp Brumbies outfit were on display all night in the 66-5 thrashing.

Brumbies smash Super struggling Sunwolves

The 66-5 belting puts the Brumbies back on top of the Australian conference.

As it happened: Crusaders grind out tough win over Blues in Eden Park thriller

The Crusaders have fought back to beat the home team 26-21 in a close battle at Eden Park, Auckland.

Lavanini, Herrera may miss Pumas clashes after red cards

Argentina could lose the lock and prop Ramiro for Tests against Italy and France after they were sent off this morning.

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