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7dSam Bruce, Brittany Mitchell

Round Table: How will Brad Thorn respond to wayward Reds?

Given what he was building at Ballymore, how will Brad Thorn react to the dissenting Reds trio? And should the Sunwolves be involved in Australia's planned domestic Super Rugby tournament? Welcome to the Round Table.

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8dESPN staff

NZ Minister in cheeky Bledisloe dig at Wallabies

You might think that Wallabies 18-year Bledisloe drought would earn some sort of sympathy in New Zealand, yet one politician certainly couldn't help himself when the prospect of some trans-Tasman play was raised.

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10dESPN staff

Barrett breaks Blues fitness record first day back

Prized Blues recruit Beauden Barrett has emerged from New Zealand's lockdown in astounding condition, certainly if his effort in Monday's "Bronco" fitness was anything to go by anyway.

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NZ players set for return in 'second preseason'

New Zealand's Super Rugby players will begin what coaches have deemed to be a "second preseason" on Monday as they return to training following a relaxation of health and travel restrictions imposed after the novel coronavirus pandemic.

14dReuters with ESPN staff

Julian Savea mirrors brother, flags NRL interest

Julian Savea has become the second former All Blacks winger to leave French club Toulon this week and return to New Zealand to try to continue his professional rugby career - or maybe even switch to the NRL.

15dReuters and ESPN staff

Whitelock, Milner-Skudder return to Super Rugby

The Crusaders have been boosted by the return of All Blacks veteran Sam Whitelock for New Zealand's domestic competition starting next month, while the Highlanders will reportedly welcome Nehe Milner-Skudder.

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New Zealand Rugby gets green light to return

Rugby in New Zealand is one step closer to returning with the New Zealand government giving New Zealand Rugby [NZR] and professional netball the green light to resume when the nation eases to COVID-19 alert level two.

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22dESPN staff

All Blacks unveil Cane as Read's successor

The All Blacks will enter into a new era when they return to the Test arena with Sam Cane replacing the retired Kieran Read as national captain.

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24dSam Bruce

SANZAAR rebuffs trans-Tasman Super talk

SANZAAR has moved to quell talk of breakaway rugby competitions being created amid the coronavirus pandemic in declaring that all four member unions remain committed to the alliance through to 2030.

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27dESPN staff

No apology: Lions howler still irks Steve Hansen

Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen remains upset about the decision that cost his side a potentially series-winning penalty against the British & Irish Lions in 2017.

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NZ Rugby flags potential 70% revenue drop

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) faces a 70 percent decline in revenue in 2020 amid a global shutdown of sport due to the coronavirus, officials said on Thursday.

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31dESPN staff

NZ to review Super Rugby; committed to SANZAAR

The review, to be called Aratipu, will look at all facet's of the country's Super Rugby involvement and how it can grow, regenerate and invigorate the competition after a prolonged period of falling interest.

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33dSam Bruce and Tom Hamilton

How can rugby reach its full potential?

Rugby faces a potentially sport-changing decision when World Rugby votes for its chairman on Sunday. But in the middle of coronavirus pandemic, experts Sam Bruce and Tom Hamilton suggest some changes of their own.

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37dSam Bruce

Trans-Tasman rugby possible amid COVID-19

The possibility of Australia and New Zealand opening up its borders for each other's citizens amid the two countries' successful COVID-19 measures could make trans-Tasman rugby a possibility later this year, Raelene Castle has confirmed.


World Rugby considering revamped Nations Championship proposal

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont believes the unity shown in the global game during the coronavirus pandemic will finally lead to a new international competition along the lines of last year's Nations Championship proposal.

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42dESPN staff

NZ Rugby, players agree to hefty pay 'freeze'

All Blacks players could have their 2020 wages frozen by as much as 50 percent after New Zealand Rugby and the Players Association agreed to a raft of reductions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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No financial bailout for SANZAAR, Pichot says

Vice-chairman Augustin Pichot says World Rugby won't bail out SANZAAR nations that hit the financial skids, making it critical they extract themselves quickly from the coronavirus pandemic.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

  • NZL3rd
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries Scored
  • NZL3rd
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points Difference