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10dSam Bruce

NZ border plans wreaks havoc with SR Pacific draw

The inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season and its historic "Super Round" have been thrust back into uncertainty, after the New Zealand Government on Wednesdaty unveiled its plan for the staged reopening of its international border.

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All Blacks' Foster: 'Don't believe it's all doom and gloom'

New Zealand coach Ian Foster believes 2021 was a unique season and there is no need for panic just because the All Blacks lost their last two Tests of their European tour against Ireland and France.

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11dSam Bruce

Re-ranking world rugby's top 10 two years out from the World Cup

The halfway point between Rugby World Cups has been reached, with the countdown now on to France 2023. After a fascinating few weeks of cross-hemisphere play, where does the pecking order sit for the game's elite nations?

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'Not good enough', Foster under fire

Finishing the season with 12 wins out of 15 tests would probably not trigger a crisis for most major rugby nations but All Blacks coach Ian Foster will head home from Europe to a storm of calls for his sacking.

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17dLiam Napier

Inspired, relentless Ireland reinforced All Blacks' deep-seated issues

A humbling loss to Ireland has the All Blacks hurting, and rightly so. Not since the 2019 World Cup semifinal have they been so comprehensively outplayed. The loss further diminished the All Blacks' fear factor, which is in dire need of a boost in Paris.

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23dLiam Napier

Crunch time: All Blacks' season reaches its defining Tests

Five weeks on from the Springboks and the All Blacks are set to face their greatest challenge since splitting successive Tests against the world champions. These are the key areas New Zealand must get right in Dublin.

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21dESPN staff

All you need to know for the weekend's rugby Tests

After an enthralling opening weekend of the November Test window, the action goes up a gear with huge clashes in London, Dublin and Edinburgh. Read up on all you need to know here.

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23dBrittany Mitchell

The business of building Super Rugby expansion teams

With just four months until the opening match of Super Rugby Pacific, the two new franchises Moana Pasifika and Fijian Dura have been given the unenviable task of finalizing their squad lists and confirm training facilities all before preseason starts.

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Scrumhalf Smith to join All Blacks in Dublin

New Zealand scrumhalf Aaron Smith will join the squad in Dublin midweek ahead of the test against Ireland to provide injury cover after a head-knock to Brad Weber.


All Blacks destroy Italy, make history

New Zealand set world records for the most test points and tries scored in a calendar year as a second-string All Blacks team crossed the line seven times in a 47-9 win over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday.

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30dLiam Napier

Switching Savea making a mockery of back-row intricacies

Somewhat lost, certainly overshadowed, by Beauden Barrett's two-try milestone Test was another sighting of the world's form loose forward. Ardie Savea is surely headed for a Player of the Year nomination - anything else would be an injustice.

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28dESPN staff

All you need to know for the weekend's rugby Tests

The November Test window officially begins this weekend, the opening round of matches highlighted by the Springboks' trip to Cardiff and Scotland's Murrayfield clash with the Wallabies. Read up on all you need to know here.

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All Blacks overcome Wales to top world rankings

Beauden Barrett marked his 100th test with two intercept tries to lead New Zealand to a convincing 54-16 win over Wales in Saturday's test in Cardiff.

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Anscombe back for Wales after two years for NZ test

Fly-half Gareth Anscombe will face the land of his birth after returning to the Wales side for the first time in over two years when they face New Zealand in their autumn international test in Cardiff on Saturday.

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37dLiam Napier

All Blacks' tour sweep expected, but other objectives also exist

The first northern tour in three years carries multiple objectives for the All Blacks. While the New Zealand public expects a sweep of their four remaining matches, coach Ian Foster will also be eyeing development opportunities -- Liam Napier writes.

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43dESPN staff

Mo'unga back at 10 for All Blacks' Test with Eagles

Richie Mo'unga will make his first run-on start for the All Blacks since Bledisloe II when he pilots an ominous looking New Zealand outfit for its Test against the United States in Washington D.C.

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