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Rugby: Retallick's recognition 'thoroughly deserved'

Rugby: Retallick's recognition 'thoroughly deserved'

Brodie Retallick has struck a blow on behalf of the world's tight forwards - his recognition as IRB player of the year is the first time a prop or lock has won the award.

Rugby: Five key points - All Blacks v Wales

Rugby: Five key points - All Blacks v Wales

ODT Online rugby writer Jeff Cheshire analyses five key points from the All Blacks' match with Wales at the weekend. 

Rugby: Samoa trip a challenging one for All Blacks

The trip to Samoa in July next year will present a unique set of challenges for the All Blacks, with manager Darren Shand scheduled to travel there soon to investigate everything from the state of the Apia Stadium pitch to the availability of medical care.

Rugby: Argentina stun France with four drop goals

Rugby: Argentina stun France with four drop goals

Argentina kicked four drop goals, including three by flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez, to upset France 18-13 and close their European tour with two wins in three tests.

Rugby: Never count out resourceful All Blacks, says Hansen

Rugby: Never count out resourceful All Blacks, says Hansen

Wales defended with such intensity it was inevitable that they wilted late on in falling to a 34-16 defeat by New Zealand, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.

Rugby: All Blacks dig deep for win

Rugby: All Blacks dig deep for win

The margin of this victory looks flattering, but the All Blacks were again asked to dig extremely deep for it by a defiant Wales, who at one point, must have thought their first win over their nemesis since 1953 was within grasp.

Rugby: Scotland crush Tonga in five-try rout

Rugby: Scotland crush Tonga in five-try rout

Scotland ran in five tries and conceded none to run up an emphatic 37-12 win over Tonga, their second victory in three November test matches, at Kilmarnock.

Rugby: Sloppy Springboks battle past brave Italy

Rugby: Sloppy Springboks battle past brave Italy

South Africa claimed an unconvincing 22-6 victory over Italy with a late try from Bryan Habana adding some respectability after a lacklustre performance in Padova.

Rugby: Wales' confidence rising

Rugby: Wales' confidence rising

Cardiff is awash with youthful bravado every weekend as crowds invade the city hotspots.

Rugby: Could Ellis return for the World Cup?

Rugby: Could Ellis return for the World Cup?

By the end of next year, this could be a classic trivia question. Who was the All Black who touched the ball last in the 2011 and 2015 World Cup finals?

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