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Rugby: Losing might be good for ABs - Henry

Rugby: Losing might be good for ABs - Henry

World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has committed the ultimate sin in rugby-mad New Zealand, suggesting it would not hurt the All Blacks if they lose a game before they defend the Webb Ellis trophy next year in England.

Rugby: Smith casting shadow over other halfbacks

Rugby: Smith casting shadow over other halfbacks

With just under 12 months to go until the World Cup, Aaron Smith is casting such a big shadow over the other halfbacks in the country it's hard to see how they will get a chance to convince the selectors they are up to featuring in the All Blacks' title defence.

Rugby: ABs in right headspace for World Cup

Rugby: ABs in right headspace for World Cup

Exactly one year out from the start of their World Cup defence in England and Wales, a tournament which, if the last is any indication, will test them to the absolute fullest, the All Blacks are in excellent mental shape.

Rugby: Crotty looms as key player in Jo'burg rematch

Rugby: Crotty looms as key player in Jo'burg rematch

Malakai Fekitoa will probably wear Ma'a Nonu's No12 jersey against Argentina in Buenos Aires but Ryan Crotty, who will return to the game from injury for Canterbury next week, is looming as a key figure in the All Blacks' re-match against the Springboks in South Africa.

Rugby: ABs name squad for remaining tests

Rugby: ABs name squad for remaining tests

The 30-man squad for the All Blacks' Rugby Championship matches in Argentina and South Africa has been finalised.

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