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12dReuters

Former players to take legal action against World Rugby

A group of former players have issued formal legal proceedings against World Rugby and the governing bodies of England (RFU) and Wales (WRU) over claims that the failure to protect them led to the early onset of dementia, British media reported.

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Kirwan: ABs have 'a lot of soul searching to do'

Once were warriors; now they're just worried. The All Blacks' slump has engaged New Zealanders in a national bout of introspection and exasperation, much centred on besieged coach Ian Foster.

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25dLiam Napier

All Blacks' legacy, reputation on the line in Wellington

Weeks don't come much bigger for the All Blacks. Coach Ian Foster and Sam Cane are under mounting pressure as New Zealand fight to avoid a series defeat by Ireland -- and back-to-back home defeats for the first time in 24 years.

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26dSam Bruce

Four series, four deciders: Has Test rugby ever been this tight?

The rugby world can turn itself inside out talking about the problems within the game, and has probably never before done so with such disdain as it has this week. But four series deciders this weekend offer cause for at least muted celebration.

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30dReuters

Ireland score historic victory over All Blacks

Ireland prevailed 23-12 in a test of high intensity to beat the All Blacks on New Zealand soil for the first time in Dunedin on Saturday, taking full advantage after the hosts had lost Angus Ta'avao to a red card in the first half.

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30dReuters

Ireland score historic victory over All Blacks

Ireland prevailed 23-12 in a test of high intensity to beat the All Blacks on New Zealand soil for the first time in Dunedin on Saturday, taking full advantage after the hosts had lost Angus Ta'avao to a red card in the first half.

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36dReuters

Farrell refuses to rule out Sexton for tour

Ireland coach Andy Farrell has held out hope Johnny Sexton will be available to face New Zealand on Saturday in Dunedin after the fly-half passed the second of three concussion tests.

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37dReuters

All Blacks flex muscle in thumping win over Ireland

The All Blacks weathered storms at the start of each half but responded with six tries to open their 2022 season with a hardfought but convincing 42-19 victory over Ireland in Auckland on Saturday.

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39dLiam Napier

Schmidt the All Blacks ace after wild COVID week

What a wild week for the All Blacks. But there is often opportunity in crisis and with Ian Foster and other New Zealand coaches forced to isolate, the situation has allowed Joe Schmidt to come in early -- and that may prove vital against Ireland.

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40dESPN staff

All Blacks hand debut to Crusaders winger

Leicester Fainga'anuku will make his Test debut on the left wing against Ireland as All Blacks coach Ian Foster named all three Barrett brothers in the run-on side to face Ireland.

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41dSam Bruce and Tom Hamilton

What's new for rugby's top 10 nations this July?

The rugby world is set to reunite this July, with World Rugby's Test window bringing the northern and southern hemispheres together across the globe. So what shape are the top 10 in at this key juncture, and what might they be looking to nail down?

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43d

All Blacks hit by COVID ahead of first Ireland Test

New Zealand's preparations for their opening Test against Ireland have been rocked with head coach Ian Foster and his assistant John Plumtree as well as two key players all testing positive for COVID-19.

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54dReuters

Ireland name 40-man squad for tour of NZ

Ireland coach Andy Farrell has named five uncapped players in an extended 40-man squad for their three-test tour of New Zealand that will gauge both nations' progress ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup.

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55dLiam Napier

What the All Blacks are after from their Test newbies

With six rookies selected, and incumbents making way for those inclusions, for the three-Test series against Ireland, All Blacks coach Ian Foster is chasing swift improvement after successive defeats, and a sense of trepidation, ended last year.

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104dReuters

All Blacks lock in venues for Irish series

New Zealand will kick off their international season against Ireland at Eden Park on July 2 before meeting the Six Nations runners-up at Dunedin and Wellington in the three-Test series.

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