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10 Best Players In super Rugby Aotearoa
Codie Taylor is almost certainly the country's best hooker now. Being captain of the Crusaders brought the best out of him. His throwing wasn't perfect, but it was mostly good. His scrummaging was strong, his cleanout work excellent and he picked off
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The Search For Moby Dick
It's maybe a good job Steve Hansen retired as All Blacks coach when he did, or he may have become a little like Captain Ahab endlessly and hopelessly chasing Moby Dick. The white whale in Hansen's case being a bruising, intimidating blindside flanker
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The Nearly Men
The veteran loose forward made his test debut in 2008 and was in a tight contest with Kaino for the No 6 shirt until November 2009. It was then that Kaino established himself as a nonnegotiable selection and Thomson became a handy bench player His qu
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Back In Time… To October, 2010
The Wallabies travelled to Asia in October, 2010 knowing they had lost their last 10 Bledisloe Cup tests. After winning the opening encounter in Sydney 2008, they had slumped to 10 consecutive defeats – albeit the gap had been obviously closing in 20
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The Long Walk To Entry
Whether it was an oversight or a deliberate snub, the decision to not include a Pacific Island team when Super Rugby launched in 1996 is now universally accepted as a giant mistake. The consequences of non-inclusion have been felt hard in the Island
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Defence Force One
The final table didn't reflect that the Blues were probably 10 minutes of concentration away from being possible Super Rugby Aotearoa champions. There's no doubt, if they had been more alert and more urgent in the final quarter of their clash against
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The People's Champion
One of the key selection criteria for the current Springboks coaches involves looking for a point of difference among players. What sets an individual apart? Call it X-factor or that special something; the Boks under Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienab
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Kolbe On…
I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I just want to put myself in the best possible position to play in that series by continuing to keep performing for my club. Having said that, it would be a blessing to be part of the British & Irish Lions series
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Editor’s Letter
THE ONE THING EVERYONE IS MOST DESPERATE FOR is certainty. And it is the one thing that can’t be given at the moment as no one is able to peer into that crystal ball and determine what the next two months look like yet alone the next two years. It’s
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French Influence
“Cheslin Kolbe is arguably one the best if not the best signing of the Top 14 of the past 10 years,” says veteran French journalist Arnaud David. “His influence on Toulouse winning the title last season can only be compared with Jonny Wilkinson at To
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NZ Rugby World
EDITOR Gregor Paul E SALES DIRECTOR Mathew Hewetson P 022 355 0588 E DESIGN Spinc Media PHOTOGRAPHY Andrew Cornaga, Grant Down, Marty Melville, John Cowpland, John Davidson, Brett P
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Pacific Power House
There can't be any doubt that Scotland's loss is Fiji's gain. Vern Cotter, installed as head coach in 2014 was delivering the sort of results Scotland hadn't seen in decades. They were climbing the world rankings, unlucky in the extreme not to make t
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The Breakdown
The scar of the All Blacks last defeat can clearly be seen running through the first selection made by new coach Ian Foster. The All Blacks of 2020 have the look of a side that has decided that whatever else happens this year, they won't tolerate bei
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Crossing The Line
At first, it sounded like an outrageous, unfounded allegation. It felt like the instinctive and poorly considered reaction of a disappointed and frustrated coach who had seen his team once again come agonisingly close to beating the All Blacks. But o
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There was something about Beauden Barrett's body language that told a bigger story when he played against the Chiefs at Eden Park in Super Rugby Aotearoa. He was moving that little bit quicker than he had been in previous weeks. He was almost skippin
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When Things Go Bad
In 2013 Dylan Hartley blew his place in the British & Irish Lions when he was sent off in the English Premiership shortly before the squad departed for Australia. Hartley's crime was that shortly before half-time in the game between Northampton and L
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The No 10 Factory
Barrett was selected in 2012 as a 20-year-old with huge promise. He spent most of his first four years as an impact player, typically coming off the bench at fullback. But in 2016 he won the starting role at No 10 and established himself as arguably
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The Greatest Rivalry Of All
Having lost the first Bledisloe of 2019, the All Blacks were under intense pressure to win at Eden Park in the re-match. One man who did his bit in securing the trophy and his World Cup slot was Sevu Reece. A surprise choice on the wing he proved his
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10 Best Super Rugby Aotearoa Pictures
10 Crusaders captain Codie Taylor dives for the bouncing ball against the Highlanders. The big question you probably have is…did he manage to score the try? The answer is no. It had bobbled over the deadball line before he could get to it. 9 Will Jor
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Anzac Xv
Those who saw it will never forget Tony Woodcock haring down the wing in Brisbane 2008 to score a spectacular solo try. The Wallabies held off him, thinking he’d cut back in, but he didn’t. He fired down the touchline and scored a try that rekindled
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Super Rugby aotearoa Champions 2020
Highlanders 28-27 Chiefs Blues 30-20 Hurricanes Chiefs 12-24 Blues Hurricanes 25-39 Crusaders Blues 27-24 Highlanders Crusaders 18-13 Chiefs Highlanders 20-40 Crusaders Chiefs 18-25 Hurricanes Crusaders 26-15 Blues Hurricanes 17-11 Highlanders Hurric
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What we Learned from SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
Super Rugby Aotearoa produced exactly the sort of rugby that had been envisioned by the founders of the Sanzar competition 25 years ago. Every weekend there was drama, intensity, compelling rugby that left everyone in doubt about the outcome until th
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Things That Have To Happen For The Greater Good
At the moment there is no point in having a debate about whether Super Rugby is working with the South African teams in it. The future of the competition has been decided through to 2025 and it will contain South African teams. So if we accept that t
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Five Best Coaches
It’s no wonder Robbie Deans has legendary status in Christchurch. He was made head coach in 2000 and they won the title. They had a perfect season in 2002 to win again. In 2003 and 2004 they made the final. In 2005 and 2006 they were champions and pr
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Players We Are Genuinely Intrigued To See
This young Fijian is set to become the Sevu Reece of 2020. His progress to this point is amazingly similar – having left Fiji to study at Hamilton Boys’ Narawa made a huge impression with the Bay of Plenty in 2019. He’s fast, agile, innovative and ca
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Best Campaigns
No one gave them any real chance of winning. They were an outside bet to repeat their effort of making the play-offs having done so in 2014, but only an outside bet. Their squad looked okay – short of recognised names but there was enough talent to s
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Safe Bets
In fact, we would go as far to say as the New Zealand Conference will be the most intense it has been because finally, yes, we really believe this, the Blues will be difficult to beat. There will be five well-matched teams all expecting to win their
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Rebuilding Capital Project
FORWARDS BACKS Alex Fidow Ben Lam Ardie Savea Billy Proctor Asafo Aumua Chase Tiatia Ben May Danny Toala Dane Coles Fletcher Smith Devan Flanders Jackson Garden-Bachop Du’Plessis Kirifi Fraser Armstrong James Marshall Gareth Evans Jamie Booth Isaia W
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Potential New All Blacks
Everyone liked the look of this guy for the first half of Super Rugby last year. He was all-action, high-energy, into everything and the sort of tough, rangy athlete the All Blacks had been looking for in their No 6. Injury and fatigue took the shine
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Chasing History The Hard Way
Finished Last Year Champions Scott Robertson Head Coach Jason Ryan Assistant Coach Andrew Goodman Assistant Coach Scott Hansen Assistant Coach FORWARDS BACKS Michael Alaalatoa George Bridge Harry Allan Fergus Burke Scott Barrett Brett Cameron Ethan B
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