Ben Smith is the latest All Black heading overseas, according to reports out of France.
Sam Whitelock badly needs a break and is set to miss the Crusaders' first four matches next season in an attempt to recuperate fully before the All Blacks' World Cup defence.
Aaron Smith being relegated to the bench for the third Bledisloe Cup test initially feels like it should carry a shock-horror factor, writes Gregor Paul.
The All Blacks selectors have thrown a few surprises into the mix for the third Bledisloe Cup test against the Wallabies, including dropping winger Waisake Naholo.
A handful of leading All Blacks including Beauden Barrett are tipped to be eyeing a short release to Japanese rugby as part of their next contracts.
Will Genia has laid bare the despair of a decade of Bledisloe Cup beatings as he eyes one last crack at the All Blacks before next year's World Cup.
Aaron Smith will become the All Blacks’ most capped starting halfback when he lines up for his 75th start against Australia in Tokyo on Saturday night, overtaking Justin Marshall.
No one could begrudge Ben Smith signing off his time in New Zealand after the World Cup, writes NZME's Liam Napier.
Blues loose forward Akira Ioane, overlooked for NZ's end-of-season tour, has been given something of a reprieve after being selected for the Maori All Blacks squad for their trip to the Americas.
England No8 Billy Vunipola will be sidelined for 12 weeks after undergoing surgery on his broken left arm.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's made no secret of the way he prepares for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the selection of 19 extra players to join his squad ahead of their test against Japan continues a long-standing policy.
Highlanders prop Tyrel Lomax has made a quick rise up the ranks and made the All Black squad to play Japan next month.
Lima Sopoaga admits he went to school to play rugby and eat his lunch. He saw the sport as his ticket to potentially making a better life.