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Bledisloe Cup

ALL BLACKS coach Steve Hansen has rejected suggestions from former players that the team’s famous pre-match haka has been devalued by overuse. The world champions perform the traditional Maori challenge before every Test match but former New Zealand prop Kees Meeuws told British author Peter Bills the foot-stomping, chest-thumping ritual …

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Bledisloe Cup

THE All Blacks have gone a year without having to worry about David Pocock but they’re on high alert for the return of the Wallabies back-row menace in the Bledisloe Cup. The Brumbies star wasn’t part of the 2017 series as he was on a sabbatical. He returned to the …

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Danny Cipriani arrest

ENGLAND rugby star and former Melbourne Rebels import Danny Cipriani has been charged with assaulting police during an incident in the English Channel island of Jersey. The 30-year-old fly half is also charged with resisting arrest, common assault, larceny, and being disorderly on licensed premises, police said. He has been …

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Bledisloe Cup

ALL BLACKS coach Steve Hansen rates the 2018 Wallabies more dangerous than last year’s model and isn’t backing away from branding them favourites for their opening clash. The defending Rugby Championship winners and long-time Bledisloe Cup holders arrived in Sydney on Sunday evening, six days before their match at Sydney’s …

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Wallaroos v Black Ferns women’s rugby Test

BLACK FERNS coach Glenn Moore has named five rookies in his squad to play Australia’s Wallaroos in the Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy Test in Sydney on Saturday. Two of the debutants are in New Zealand’s starting lineup — Auckland five-eighth Ruahei Demant and sevens winger Alena Saili. The world champion …

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