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  1. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Richie McCaw wants to write new chapter in All Blacks' history

    Posted Nov 06th 2013, 10:45am by Agence France-Presse

    ... he also  wants to be the skipper of the only All Blacks side to finish a year with a 100 per cent win record. The 32-year-old backrow forward – capped over 120 times since making his test ... 11. The last All Blacks side to go through a year unbeaten was the 1997 vintage, but despite 11 wins they were also held to a draw. “I think the team wants to add to the legacy of the All ...

  2. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    Steve Hansen expects the unexpected against France

    Posted Nov 08th 2013, 11:04am by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse All Blacks coach taking nothing for granted New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said he will be taking nothing for granted when his side tackle France in Paris on Saturday. The All Blacks may have beaten Les Bleus three times in a row in home tests in June – including a 30-0 thrashing in Christchurch in the second test – but the former Wales coach says history has ...

  3. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    All Blacks won't take Japan lightly

    Posted Nov 01st 2013, 10:13am by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press Steve Hansen says team must get basics right before trying 'razzle-dazzle' All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says his team won’t be taking anything for granted when ... Halai will make their All Blacks debut at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, while newcomers Hurricanes prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen and Crusaders flanker Luke Whitelock were named on the bench. ...

  4. Sport - Other Sport

    All Blacks 15s players show interest in Olympic sevens event

    Posted Dec 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay in Dubai alvin.sallay@scmp.com 15s players lured by gold prospects but coach says they must go through the selection process All Blacks stars eye Rio Olympics The lure of winning a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games has already resulted in a number of All Blacks lining up to join the sevens squad, but New Zealand's coaching guru, Gordon Tietjens, warned ...

  5. Sport - Rugby

    Feeding off the All Blacks’ aura

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 09:01pm by Mathew Scott

    ... Mathew Scott The country benefits greatly, in sporting and economic terms, from the rugby team’s success Feeding off the All Blacks' aura If you're among those harbouring the fantasy that the rest of the world might be catching up with the smooth symmetry that surrounds the All Black machine, think again. On and off the pitch rugby, New Zealand-style, has never been ...

  6. All Blacks coach insists Williams is no mercenary

    Posted Oct 20th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... All Blacks coach Graham Henry yesterday dismissed criticism that former league international Sonny Bill Williams was a mercenary, simply seeking the famous jersey until the World Cup next year. 'Sonny Bill Williams has got a dream of becoming an All Black and he is trying to fulfil that dream,' Henry said. 'He has an unusual physique for a back and he also has ...

  7. Streak over, All Blacks vow to come back stronger than ever

    Posted Oct 31st 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... A disappointed Richie McCaw played down the failure by the All Blacks to establish a record-winning streak and said the character of his side would only be seen next week - if they defeat ... resulted in a sluggish start by the All Blacks. Although some players have had provincial rugby back home, the majority, including McCaw, had only one hit-out when the squad went into camp prior ...

  8. Sport - Rugby

    All Black Weepu suffered undetected stroke

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 11:11am

    ... Associated Press in Auckland Scan reveals minor stroke occurred early this month. Scrum-half complained of migraines All Blacks scrum-half Piri Weepu has suffered a minor stroke which went undetected for almost a month as he was treated for severe headaches. Steven Kara, a doctor for Weepu’s Blues Super Rugby team, said a scan on Monday had revealed the 30-year-old player likely ...

  9. Sport - Rugby

    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says sleeping pills abuse is on the rise

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 09:35pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Wellington All Blacks coach is alarmed over players mixing of medication with alcohol and energy drinks Sleeping pill abuse on rise, says Hansen Sleeping pill abuse is emerging as a major problem among elite athletes and rugby union cannot afford to ignore the issue, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen warned on Monday. Hansen was speaking after the New Zealand Rugby ...

  10. Prove we deserve Bledisloe: McCaw

    Posted Oct 24th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay All Blacks skipper wants 3-1 win over Aussies All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is intent on making his first visit to Hong Kong a memorable one and has urged his team to win ... the All Blacks and the Wallabies this year. As defending champions, the All Blacks have already retained the trophy courtesy of their narrow 28-24 win in Brisbane which gave them a 2-1 lead. ...




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