Watch: Steve Hansen raves over Liam Squire's comeback – 'He's a naturally fit guy'

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has spoken of his delight at seeing the return of Liam Squire, as the Highlanders star made his comeback from a broken thumb in Brisbane last night.

Having missed a large chunk of the current season, Squire, 27, returned to the field as a first half substitute for the Highlanders, as they ground out a gutsy 18-15 win over the Reds.

Squire himself was in excellent form, scoring a try as well as coming up with a number of crucial carries for his side.

Speaking to media today, Hansen spoke highly of Squire's return, with the flanker expected to be the All Blacks' first-choice in the number six jersey in next month's Test series with France.

"He was Liam Squire wasn't he," Hansen said.

"Pretty physical. (He) probably went for a bit longer than he wanted to, with the injury, but he's come through it.

"He's a naturally fit guy, and the game time would have been superb for him. It's great."

Squire returned from a broken thumb in the Highlanders' 18-15 win over the Reds. Source: 1 NEWS


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Ben Lam burns Manawatū defenders with sheer pace, scores try-double in Wellington's demolition win

The Wellington Lions roared to victory in a one-sided Mitre 10 Cup affair, outclassing Manawatū 47-7 in Palmerston North today.

Wellington were unstoppable in the first half, running in five tries to lead 25-0 at halftime.

Lions winger Ben Lam was unstoppable in the 32nd minutes, as he burned the Turbos defence with sheer pace as he ran 80 metres to score his first try in the match.

He scored a try-double with the winger crossing in the 80-minute mark to seal a dominant victory for his side.

Wellington will take on Tasman Mako next week on Saturday, in their next NPC clash at Westpac Stadium.

The Turbos were no match for the Lions, going down 49-7 in Palmerston North. Source: SKY


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Wyatt Crockett scores after breakout run by Mako fullback as Tasman hold off Steelers dramatic comeback

Tasman Mako have held off a late fightback by Counties Manukau to win 21-19 in their Mitre 10 Cup match at Trafalgar Park in Nelson this afternoon.

The home team led Counties 14-0 at halftime after two converted tries in the first spell.

Mako fullback Will Jordan created a brilliant try in the 32nd minute when sliced in between two Steelers defenders around the halfway mark.

He went onto beat two more defenders before offloading the ball to former All Blacks prop Wyatt Crockett who had enough speed to dot down over the try-line.

Tasman will take on Wellington next week in their next NPC match on Saturday at Westpac Stadium.

The former All Blacks prop can thank Will Jordan for his try in Tasman’s 21-19 win in Nelson. Source: SKY


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Watch: All Blacks take in sights and sounds of Buenos Aires on Argentina arrival

The All Blacks are taking in the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires, having arrived in Argentina ahead of next Saturday's Rugby Championship clash.

Touching down in the Argentina capital, the All Blacks hit the streets to get a taste of Buenos Aires.

A contingent containing the likes of Anton Lienert-Brown, Rieko Ioane and Jordie Barrett hit the shops, while the likes of Sonny Bill-Williams and Sam Cane took in some Buenos Aires street games.

The All Blacks face The Pumas in Buenos Aires next Sunday.

The All Blacks are settling in ahead of facing the Pumas next weekend. Source: ESPN


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