All Blacks Rugby News

Rugby: Retallick ready for unknown

Rugby: Retallick ready for unknown

The All Blacks will be the most experienced team at this World Cup in terms of test caps, but Brodie Retallick, a player who seems to have been around for a decade, is, like the majority of the squad, about to attend one for the first time.

Rugby: Hansen uses Slade's scare as warning

Rugby: Hansen uses Slade's scare as warning

Coach Steve Hansen has used Colin Slade's injury scare as a warning to the unlucky few not selected for the All Blacks' World Cup to prepare as if they will be required.

Rugby: Rejected All Blacks to meet selectors

Rugby: Rejected All Blacks to meet selectors

Twelve players who failed to make the 31-man World Cup squad have one-on-one meetings with the All Black coaches in Wellington tomorrow, who will push them through their emotional pain barrier so they are ready if called on during the tournament.

Rugby: Anxiety lifts as All Blacks find smile

Rugby: Anxiety lifts as All Blacks find smile

Colin Slade sent New Zealand's anxiety levels rising with a minor knee problem, but for him and the rest of the All Blacks, yesterday's first training session of the World Cup squad was notable for an improvement in focus and quality.

Rugby: All Blacks the most experienced WC squad

Rugby: All Blacks the most experienced WC squad

There may have been some hand-wringing over some of the All Blacks' selections for the Rugby World Cup squad, but the selectors have produced a squad with ample experience to compete on the biggest stage.

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