Posts Tagged "All Blacks"
The New Zealand rugby year wrapped up on Thursday night with the annual Steinlager rugby awards.
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All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read capped a stellar year on Thursday when he won the New Zealand rugby player of the year award, two days after receiving the same award from the International Rugby Board.
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Brilliant No.8 Kieran Read has served a reminder to the All Blacks about the chasing pack after they swept the International Rugby Board awards – including his own player of the year honour.
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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie says there’s no point making excuses for the toughest draw in the Rugby Championship, with the double-header opener against the All Blacks here to stay.
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Melbourne Rebels fullback Jason Woodward is hoping to take another step towards becoming a Wallaby when he runs out for his second Super Rugby season next year.
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There are 101 countries playing international rugby of a sort, the IRB rankings pretty much tell the story.
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Huge thanks and respect to the Irish and New Zealand teams for the spectacle they put on for us all last Sunday.
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When the Philistine army gathered for war against Israel, they gathered on the opposite side of a valley, preparing for what lay ahead. Goliath, measuring over nine feet tall, came out every 40 days to challenge and mock the Israelites to fight.
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On Sunday morning, my cousin rang me and asked if it was true the All Blacks had just beaten Ireland on time. “No Jim,” I told him, “that was the Kiwis beating England in the Rugby League World Cup semi-final.”
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A common expression from the past is “the luck of the Irish”. Irish rugby fans everywhere, however, would be ruing their luck after their national team failed at the death to hold out the mighty New Zealand All Blacks and record an historic first-ever win.
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In the 108-year rugby history between New Zealand and Ireland there has only ever been one victor.
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The All Blacks are so used to winning that it becomes second nature, says Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell.
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If there were any doubts about the best team in international rugby heading into the start of the 2013, they’ve all been dispelled by the end of the calendar year.
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The All Blacks survived a momentous scare from Ireland before scoring a try in injury time to snatch a 24-22 win in Dublin and complete a perfect season.
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A revamped New Zealand side will bid on Sunday to achieve what no team in the professional era has done and win all their Test matches in a calendar year by beating Ireland at Lansdowne Road.
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Last week I wrote of my expectation that the All Blacks would manage to see off the English, but also of a feeling in my waters that they might still be heading for another end-of-year ambush, though this time in Dublin.
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It will take a “horrifically good” player to force his way into Steve Hansen’s All Blacks squad to defend their World Cup crown.
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The All Blacks selectors have made seven changes to their starting team to face Ireland, explaining that a gruelling two months has caught up with them.
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World Champions and IRB ranking leaders New Zealand hit the lead in the 10 Nations tournament over the weekend.
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The All Blacks reckon their best form has eluded them in Europe and they hope to make a flourishing finish to an all-conquering year against Ireland.
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