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The All Blacks are so impressed with the Sydney Swans’ “no dickheads” policy, they are talking with the AFL club to find out how it could be used in New Zealand rugby.

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Dan Carter has cautioned against unrealistic expectations after being recalled to the All Blacks’ Tri Nations rugby squad on Monday.

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Doom and gloom over recent All Blacks performances do not extend to the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU). General manager of professional rugby Neil Sorensen said today head coach Graham Henry and assistants Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith retained the confidence of the NZRU.

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Last week, before the Wallabies set off to play their Test against the Springboks at Cape Town, I talked to Robbie Deans about the prospects of his team, their possible tactics (although he was cagey on this) and how tough it is to beat a very good Springboks side in South Africa.

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It was only a couple of months ago that the Crusaders were billed as a ‘rebuilding team.’ With only McCaw, Ellis and Thorn having top-level Test experience, no one expected a Blackadder-led team to progress to the semis of the Super 14.

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Publicly the jury is still out on who should fill Daniel Carter’s boots, but the judges have made their decision on who will occupy the All Blacks’ playmaking role in Saturday’s Tri-Nations rugby Test against Australia.

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If one was to believe the talk coming from sections of the local media and former Australian test players, then we are witnessing the birth of a new golden age for the Wallabies.

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Preparation for the All Blacks’ next assault on a rugby World Cup begins in September according to coach Graham Henry, confirmed to lead them in 2011.

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The Australian’s Wayne Smith wrote an article yesterday that gives cause for concern that Melbourne and the VRU may not gain the fifth Australian franchise from 2011.

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All Blacks co-coach Wayne Smith has put his players on notice that Tri-Nations Test places are at stake in Saturday’s one-off Test against Italy in Christchurch.

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The Super 14 kicks off next week with a huge question mark hovering over the tournament: Can the Crusade continue?

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Queensland’s unheralded youngsters have convinced Robbie Deans of their potential with the super-coach delivering a huge wrap by likening the Reds to the Crusaders outfit which went on to build a Super rugby dynasty.

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The Test season for 2008 has closed, and one poor game in Cardiff last October has not dethroned New Zealand from the summit of world rugby. The results we have seen this year is a form of savage redemption for the All Black faithful.

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As his jaded players go their separate ways nursing post grand slam hangovers, All Blacks coach Graham Henry happily heads home immune to one headache – adverse public reaction.

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New Zealand coach Graham Henry recalled on Tuesday outside centre Conrad Smith in the only change to his side for this weekend’s Test against England at Twickenham.

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It looks like the Fairfax Propaganda machine is in full operation, designed to soften the audience to accept what is an outrageous fact. There is no investigative coverage involved here, no attempt to ask the many questions posed by this convoluted farce.

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The All Blacks are practising their worst case scenarios to mentally prepare for an assumed Irish onslaught during Sunday’s historic rugby Test at Croke Park.

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Isaia Toeava’s performance against the Wallabies on Saturday night culminated in the All Blacks 19-14 victory – and all this from a player who was nominated as the most likely to melt under pressure in the Hong Kong heat.

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Dear Wayne, we’re sorry, you caught us. We did actually try to pick a rugby team capable of imposing a physical presence. Not a threat, merely a presence. It’s been tried before, but we thought it might work this time.

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