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  • Apr 18, 2014
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New Zealand Rugby

All Black Weepu suffered undetected stroke

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.

Thursday, 27 March, 2014, 2:20pm

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

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 Union (NZRU) revealed last week that All Blacks Cory Jane and Israel Dagg took prescription sleeping pills while on a night out in Auckland during the 2011 World Cup.

24 Mar 2014 - 9:39pm

NZRU chief denies cover-up of players abusing sleeping pills

New Zealand Rugby Union chief Steve Tew has denied accusations of a "cover-up" after revealing that All Blacks backs Cory Jane and Israel Dagg misused sleeping pills in a "silly" competition ahead of the 2011 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.

22 Mar 2014 - 9:58pm

New Zealand rugby to set up integrity unit to fight doping and corruption

The New Zealand Rugby Union will set up a dedicated integrity unit to combat corruption and doping in the sport, a senior official said on Sunday.

3 Mar 2014 - 3:58am

Springboks and All Blacks set for explosive showdown

The next World Cup may still be two years away, but today's Rugby Championship decider between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park could provide an early psychological blow for the victor.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:22pm

Springboks relish All Blacks crunch match

The Springboks are bristling with confidence that they can break open fortress New Zealand when they face the All Blacks today in a top-of-table Rugby Championship clash.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:30pm

High-tempo game should help us beat Pumas, says McCaw

New Zealand plan to run the legs off Argentina with their high-tempo game in the Rugby Championship in Hamilton on Saturday and do not want to be dragged into an “arm wrestle” with the Pumas physical forwards, said All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:35pm

New Zealand beat Australia 27-16

Winger Ben Smith kept up his prolific try-scoring record in test matches this season, touching down twice as New Zealand took advantage of lax defence to beat Australia 27-16 in the Rugby Championship and retain the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:38pm

Attention to detail key as All Blacks try to sharpen up

New Zealand will concentrate on ball security, particularly at the breakdown, as they prepare for the second test against France in Christchurch next week, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said yesterday.

6 Apr 2014 - 8:34pm

Kieran Read anxious to lead All Blacks out at Eden Park

Auckland's Eden Park holds a special place in the memory of All Blacks captain Kieran Read. The 27-year-old No 8, who has been named to lead the side in the absence of Richie McCaw, watched his first test match there. Against England in 1998.

6 Apr 2014 - 8:42pm