Category Archives: All Blacks

Mature reaction from snubbed Cipriani

"I'll keep on working harder," says snubbed Cipriani. Photo: Planet Rugby

“I’ll keep on working harder,” says snubbed Cipriani. Photo: Planet Rugby

Snubbed fly-half Danny Cipriani says he will not change his habits despite being disappointed after being left out by England for November’s Tests.

The 26-year-old, who has performed well for the Sharks this season and also impressed as a replacement against New Zealand in June, was not included in Stuart Lancaster’s 33-man squad.

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Rokoduguni in, Ashton out for England

Rokoduguni has a window to show his class in November. Photo: Planet Rugby

Rokoduguni has a window to show his class in November. Photo: Planet Rugby

England have called up Bath winger and British Army soldier Semesa Rokoduguni for the November Tests, with Chris Ashton missing out.

Jonathan Joseph comes in for the injured Manu Tuilagi, while there is also a spot for Calum Clark in the forwards.

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Tonga hope for Tameifuna

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna charges forward. Photo: Skysports

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna charges forward. Photo: Skysports

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna is looking to conclude his push to play for New Zealand and instead don the shirt of Tonga in November and the RWC.

The 23-year-old was in the All Blacks training squad in 2012 but hasn’t yet made his debut due to fitness concerns expressed by Steve Hansen.

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Fiji crowned Oceania sevens champion

Fiji hoists the Oceania 7s Cup after defeating New Zealand 21-5 in the final. Photo: FORU

Fiji hoists the Oceania 7s Cup after defeating New Zealand 21-5 in the final. Photo: FORU

In a pulsating men’s final New Zealand took the early lead but Fiji responded with some dazzling play to wrest back the initaitive with a converted try to make it 7-5 at half-time. Then converted tries to Vatemo Ravouvou and Fiji 400-metre sprinter Niko Verekauta broke the game apart for Fiji whose defence and all round play was too strong for New Zealand.

Fiji captain Nasoni Roko was delighted with the result, “We worked very hard this week to ensure we were ready and coach Ben Ryan has done a good job with the boys. We knew New Zealand would be very physical and they are always hard to beat. Luckily we have some good talent and in Niko we have some very fast speed out wide.”

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ROBBIE DEANS: Fed to the Lions

Robbie Deans in Wallabies training gear (Photo: Supplied)

Robbie Deans in Wallabies training gear (Photo: Supplied)

The domestic coaching career of Robbie Deans is without parallel in the annuals of trans-Tasman rugby.

A former All Black, Deans was the pin-up boy of the Canterbury team of his generation during a 12-year playing career.

Even greater acclaim has followed as one of the best coaches of the modern era.

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Nonu linked with Toulon move

Ma'a Nonu is linked to a move to Toulon in the French Top 14 competition. Photo: Skysports

Ma’a Nonu is linked to a move to Toulon in the French Top 14 competition. Photo: Skysports

According to a report in the French press, All Black centre Ma’a Nonu is on the verge of signing a deal with Toulon for after the World Cup.

The 32-year-old is currently sidelined with a broken arm and is unlikely to play again before next year’s Super Rugby season.

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All Blacks win Rugby Championship

Winger Ben Smith crosses against Argentina . Photo: Skysports

Winger Ben Smith crosses against Argentina . Photo: Skysports

New Zealand secured a third straight Rugby Championship title on Saturday as they out-classed Argentina 34-13 with a try bonus-point in La Plata.

At times it was a joy to watch from the All Blacks as they scored the four tries required to become champions after the Boks won well at Newlands.

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