Wellington: Star centre Sonny Bill Williams has bristled at suggestions he is under pressure to make New Zealand’s World Cup squad after being told to sit out the All Blacks’ Bledisloe Cup opener next week. The 33-year-old has endured an injury-plagued Super Rugby season as rivals for a midfield spot have flourished,
South Africa have changed their entire front row as they seek a bonus-point win in Argentina on Saturday that would clinch their first Rugby Championship title. Props Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira and Trevor Nyakane and hooker Bongi Mbonambi
Australia have approached fixtures against New Zealand more in hope than expectation over the last 12 years but their record against the All Blacks in World Cup years offers at least a glimmer of the former for Saturday’s Test in Perth.
Perth: New Zealand expect Australia’s David Pocock to be “right in the thick of things” when the teams meet in Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test in Perth, despite the loose forward not having played since March. Pocock missed most of the Super Rugby season, as well as Australia’s first two Tests of the Rugby
England coach Eddie Jones refused to reveal why he had left Ben Te’o out of his 31-man squad for the World Cup announced Monday. New Zealand-born Te’o lost out to Piers Francis among four England centres,
England coach Eddie Jones believes off-field problems will be part and parcel of his side’s Rugby World Cup campaign after his surprise move in leaving out centre Ben Te’o from his squad for Japan.
Wellington: The All Blacks on Tuesday warned Australia will face intense physical battle in the Bledisloe Cup decider but vowed to stay on the right side of the law. The world champions were keen to place the emphasis on discipline for Saturday’s crunch match in Auckland after lock Scott Barrett was handed a three-match
Wellington: The All Blacks have drafted in legendary fly-half Dan Carter to calm any nerves among the faltering world champions ahead of this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup decider against Australia. A shock 47-26 loss to the Wallabies has rattled the All Blacks, calling into question their experimental strategy of fielding
Australia scored a stunning 47-26 upset over a shell-shocked New Zealand side reduced to 14 men in a pulsating Rugby Championship clash Saturday for a major confidence boost ahead of the World Cup.