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5dReuters

World Rugby abandons Nations Championships

World Rugby has abandoned its plans to create a Nations Championship after failing to gain support from unions, the sport's ruling body said on Wednesday.

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7dCraig Dowd

Craig Dowd's All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad

With the Super Rugby regular season in the books, Craig Dowd has named his All Blacks squad for the Rugby World Cup. The brilliant form of some rising youngsters was good enough to earn a ticket, but the story isn't so rosy for one injury-riddled veteran.

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20dCraig Dowd

Braydon Ennor, Ben Lam among those who deserve All Blacks chance

With the Crusaders and Hurricanes in contention for a potential Super Rugby final, some key All Blacks could be spared a trip to Argentina. It's an opportunity for Steve Hansen to throw some fringe players into the World Cup mix - Craig Dowd writes.

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33dCraig Dowd

Rugby must revisit the scrum amid current guessing game

While the refereeing in South Africa has raised some eyebrows across Super Rugby, it's the increasing amount of scrum resets and general uncertainty that is really upsetting fans - Craig Dowd writes.

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Former Test coach Alan Jones slams Israel Folau call

While former Wallabies coach and radio broadcaster Alan Jones blasted Rugby Australia over its decision to sack Israel Folau, some Australian players used social media to show their love and support for their ex-teammate.

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41dReuters

All Blacks great Dan Carter laughs off World Cup talk

Two-time World Cup winner Dan Carter has laughed off suggestions he could make a surprise return to the All Blacks squad for this year's tournament as New Zealand grapples with concerns over their depth at fly-half.

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49dReuters

Ben Smith's Highlanders career all but over

All Blacks fullback Ben Smith could miss the rest of the Super Rugby regular season with a hamstring strain in a blow for the Highlanders' title hopes.

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62dCraig Dowd

New Zealand Rugby must consider World Cup eligibility adjustment

Damian McKenzie's injury has highlighted a problem New Zealand Rugby must be prepared for. If Steve Hansen wants a particular player who is currently ineligible because of where he's playing, then that needs to change -- Craig Dowd writes.

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63dReuters

Graham Henry backs shock Dan Carter Rugby World Cup call

Dan Carter would not be out of place in the All Blacks squad at the Rugby World Cup later this year if selectors handed him a shock call-up to fill the gap left by the injured Damian McKenzie, Graham Henry has said.

2018 RankingsRugby Championship

  • TRIES SCORED
    1st 33 Tries
  • POINTS DIFFERENCE
    = 1st 93 points