All Blacks number eight Ardie Savea and prop Nepo Laulala are on paternity leave and will miss the Rugby Championship opener against Australia next weekend, coach Ian Foster said on Sunday.
The first two Bledisloe Tests are in the book, with the All Blacks holding a 1-0 advantage ahead of the closing two games in Australia. So where exactly are the two teams at, and what do they need to improve?
All Blacks coach Ian Foster will need to wait until later in the week before he is fully aware of who will be on the plane to Sydney on Sunday for the Rugby Championship with a number of injuries to assess.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster says he isn't worried about Caleb Clarke coping with the Jonah Lomu comparisons coming his way after the rookie winger bulldozed through the Wallabies on Sunday.
We knew the All Blacks would be a different team. But the source of their inspiration was perhaps a tad surprising, Caleb Clarke announcing himself on the world stage in a manner that has drawn comparison with one of the game's all-time greats.
New Zealand have turned the screws to overpower Australia 27-7 in the second Bledisloe Cup rugby Test in Auckland.
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has responded to the All Blacks' airing of their refereeing grievances through the media, saying his side had instead shared some of their own concerns through the correct avenues.
The world champion Springboks have officially withdrawn from the Rugby Championship, leaving just Australia, New Zealand and Argentina to challenge for the 2020 title.
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has pulled a selection shock for the second Bledisloe Cup clash in Auckland, handing NSW Waratahs forward Ned Hanigan his first Test start since 2018.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster has made five changes to his starting side for the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland, two of which see Rieko Ioane and Codie Taylor demoted to the bench.
You only have to go back to last year to see that the All Blacks' response to an uncharacteristically poor display usually arrives only a week later. But Bledisloe II could be different, for one very big reason.
All Blacks assistant coach John Plumtree has heaped acid on referee Angus Gardner to deal with Australia's off-the-ball tactics in the second Bledisloe Cup Test on Sunday.
SANZAAR has given the world champion Springboks a 48-hour deadline to resolve their internal issues and confirm their participation in the Rugby Championship.
Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan and Test great David Campese might have gone for New Zealand rugby's jugular, but the Wallabies are keeping their feet firmly on the ground ahead of an All Blacks response in Bledisloe II.
New Zealand Rugby is expecting a "near-capacity" crowd of some 47,000 to pack into Auckland's Eden Park for the second Bledisloe Cup international against Australia on Sunday.
The Wallabies' Auckland assignment just got easier ... maybe.
Test rugby returned with one of the most gripping Bledisloe Cup encounters on memory. At the start of a new era under Dave Rennie, the Wallabies produced an impressive performance that should inspire optimism for the future.
Australia have come within a whisker of a Bledisloe Cup upset win in Wellington but had to settle for a 16-16 draw in their first Test under new coach Dave Rennie.
The All Blacks have been forced into a late change on the eve of Bledisloe I, with Beauden Barrett ruled out through injury.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster has stuck by the same playmaking combination used at last year's Rugby World Cup, selecting Richie Mo'unga and Beauden Barrett at fly-half and fullback respectively for the Bledisloe Cup opener.
Dave Rennie has wasted no time in putting his stamp on the Wallabies, handing Test debuts to Queensland Reds youngsters Harry Wilson, Filipo Daugunu and Hunter Paisami in Sunday's Bledisloe Cup opener.
New Zealand Rugby finally had a win when an agreement was reached that means the All Blacks won't spend Christmas in quarantine. But the organisation could also use a big win from its flagship team on Sunday.
Dave Rennie faces the mother of all introductions to Test rugby as the Wallabies prepare for four Tests in five weeks against the All Blacks. But he may just be the right man at the right time for Australia, Sam Bruce reports.
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