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Rugby: Seven Highlanders in Maori All Blacks

Rugby: Seven Highlanders in Maori All Blacks

Seven Highlanders players have been rewarded for their fine Super 15 season by being named in the Maori All Blacks squad for games against Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians next month.

Rugby: Aaron Smith 'critical' for World Cup defence

Rugby: Aaron Smith 'critical' for World Cup defence

Accounts suggest the All Blacks' first halfback, Henry Kiernan, was a snappy little player - certainly small at 65kg - who distinguished himself in his solitary test in 1903 as he displayed his flourishing moustache and white boots against the Wallabies.

Rugby: Richie rested - and restless

Rugby: Richie rested - and restless

By the time the Samoa test rolls around next month, Richie McCaw will be forgiven for feeling a little stir crazy.

Rugby: Veterans lead way as ABs' fitness put to test

Rugby: Veterans lead way as ABs' fitness put to test

After a first day mostly spent being photographed and fitted out with new kit, day two of the All Blacks' training camp had a decidedly more physical theme with the players put through brutal fitness testing.

Rugby: ABs face hard slog in year of reckoning

Rugby: ABs face hard slog in year of reckoning

There was no gently easing into camp for the All Blacks on day one. It was bags down and into it, with head coach Steve Hansen making it clear that self-improvement is the number one goal with a view to that driving collective enhancement.

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