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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.

Jona Nareki.
Waikato v Otago, Ranfurly Shield, Mitre 10 Cup, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand on the 13 October 2018. Copyright Photo: Jeremy Ward / www.photosport.nz

Otago wing played part of Ranfurly Shield win with 'smashed testicle' - 'Don't worry...just a small operation'

The gruesome injury initially forced Jona Nareki from the field, before he returned late on.

Watch: Canterbury forwards claim match-winner after scrum obliterates Counties pack for penalty try

The Southerns went to their failsafe plan to take the lead and the 19-14 win.

Watch the jubilant moment Otago lift the Ranfurly Shield from Waikato

Southerners hold on in the last 10 minutes for famous victory in classic shield showdown.

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The All Blacks first-five's missed efforts proved costly during New Zealand's loss in Wellington.

'I can easily hand over the tee' - Beauden Barrett happy to relinquish goal kicking duties

Barrett says he has no issue with letting Richie Mo'unga take the reigns with the boot for the All Blacks.

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After going on last year's European tour, Hunt is almost certain for Steve Hansen's 51-man squad.

'It's only made me more hungry' – Harbour flanker Dillon Hunt desperate for All Blacks return

After going on last year's European tour, Hunt is almost certain for Steve Hansen's 51-man squad.

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Going into tomorrow's Battle of the Bridge, Harbour want bragging rights over their traditional rivals.

North Harbour looking to ruin Auckland's home semi-final: 'There's no love lost'

Going into tomorrow's Battle of the Bridge, Harbour want bragging rights over their traditional rivals.

Watch: Injury-free Dane Coles makes flying return to rugby, sets up Wellington try with first touch in 11 months

The All Blacks hooker looks back to his playmaking self after showing off his speed against Taranaki.

Lima Sopoaga celebrates against South Africa

'It will change a few lives' - Lima Sopoaga using English payday to help family

The former All Blacks star joined English side Wasps at the start of the current season.

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Dane Coles prepares for long-awaited return to action - ‘He'll bring some fire and niggle off the bench’

The All Blacks hooker will turn out for Wellington tomorrow, having not played since last November.

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