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All Blacks back on top of the world after win over Pumas

New Zealand snatched South Africa's world number one ranking and placed one hand on the Rugby Championship trophy after subjecting Argentina to a second successive thrashing in Brisbane on Saturday.

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McKenzie to pilot All Blacks against Pumas

Damian McKenzie will make his first Test start at fly-half for three years against Argentina in Brisbane on Saturday after All Blacks coach Ian Foster completely overhauled his team for their fourth Rugby Championship clash.


Smith to miss remainder of Rugby Championship

Aaron Smith has played his last game for New Zealand in the Rugby Championship this year, with the scrum-half to remain in New Zealand for the birth of his second child.


All Blacks' Frizell has assault charges dismissed

Assault charges against New Zealand flanker Shannon Frizell were formerly dismissed by a Dunedin court on Tuesday after the loose forward completed a police "diversion" scheme aimed at first offenders, local media reported.

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Retallick leads shuffled All Blacks against Pumas

Lock Brodie Retallick will captain New Zealand for the first time in the absence of Ardie Savea when the All Blacks take on Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Australia's Gold Coast on Sunday.

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9dLiam Napier

The factors behind Akira Ioane's arrival as an All Blacks enforcer

Improved fitness, a greater appreciation for the privileged position he holds and being happier within himself have all contributed to Akira Ioane's breakthrough performances that strongly suggest he is the All Blacks' long-term answer at No 6.

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Barrett's red card dismissed, free to face Pumas

Jordie Barrett is free to face Argentina in the Rugby Championship clash on the Gold Coast on Sunday after his red card for kicking Marika Koroibete was dismissed by a SANZAAR judiciary panel.


Foster, Rennie back 20-min rugby red card

All Blacks coach Ian Foster says Jordie Barrett's controversial send-off against the Wallabies on Sunday was proof that the 20-minute red card law should be implemented globally.

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13dSam Bruce

Swept: Bledisloe whitewash complete as Wallabies save worst for last

The Wallabies saved their worst for last in a Bledisloe series when they had already shipped their highest ever points total to New Zealand, yet the 38-21 defeat in Perth was far more deflating given the nature of how it unfolded on Sunday.

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16dESPN Staff

Weber wins starting jersey for Bledisloe III

Brad Weber has been named as Aaron Smith's replacement, leap frogging TJ Perenara for the starting position in the third Bledisloe Test in Perth on Sunday afternoon.


Savea won't change style after ABs captaincy call

An emotional Ardie Savea says he has no intention of deviating from his usual approach to rugby despite being named New Zealand captain ahead of the All Blacks' Rugby Championship meeting with Australia in Perth next weekend.

24dESPN Staff

Bledisloe III to be Father's Day afternoon kick-off

Almost a week after relations between Rugby Australia and New Zealand Rugby soured, RA have confirmed Optus Stadium in Perth will host Bledisloe III with a Father's Day afternoon clash on September 5.

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All Blacks hit by key omissions for Perth trip

All Blacks captain Sam Whitelock and star halves Aaron Smith and Richie Mo'unga will not travel to Perth for the rescheduled Rugby Championship game against the Wallabies.

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Foster to coach All Blacks through 2023 World Cup

New Zealand coach Ian Foster has been reappointed through to the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France after guiding the All Blacks to victory over Australia in the Bledisloe Cup.

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27dSam Bruce

Can trans-Tasman relations survive two versions of Bledisloe brouhaha?

Friday's derailment of Bledisloe III was another sorry moment in a trans-Tasman relationship that has been increasingly tested over the past 12 months. With competing versions of the truth, the alliance's future is clouded at best - Sam Bruce writes.

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27dESPN Staff

NZR never intended to play Bledisloe III: Marinos

Rugby Australia chief Andy Marinos hit back at New Zealand Rugby boss Mark Robinson, stating he doesn't believe NZR ever had any intention of playing the third Bledisloe Test on the 28th of August.

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30dSam Bruce

Rennie 'bloody angry' over AB's Bledisloe call

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has been left "bloody angry" after the All Blacks pulled out of the third Bledisloe Cup Test in Perth, saying only one country is interested in doing what's best for the game.

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30dSam Bruce

Rugby Championship could move to UK, Europe

New Zealand have pulled out of the scheduled third Bledisoe Cup match in Perth, as SANZAAR scrambles to finalise the draw for the Rugby Championship that could see the back half of the tournament either be played in Queensland or be rerouted to Europe.

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31dBrittany Mitchell

Kerevi's shock Wallabies call-up a 'massive blessing'

Off the back of his recent Olympic debut, Samu Kerevi is ready to use the learnings from his short time in the Australian sevens program to bolster the Wallabies in their third Bledisloe Test next week and their Rugby Championship that follow.

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