The Wallabies are “hungry” to snap a 17-year Bledisloe Cup drought, coach Michael Cheika warned Thursday as he savours the chance to inflict back-to-back defeats on the All Blacks. His team stunned the world champions 47-26 in Perth last weekend and head to Auckland needing another win to claim the trans-Tasman
The All Blacks sent out an emphatic message they are not to be underestimated at the World Cup as they bounced back from last week’s hiding to thrash the Wallabies 36-0 in Auckland on Saturday.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read warned he was in a “prickly” mood Friday as he demanded a marked improvement in discipline and defence for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup decider against the Wallabies in Auckland. At stake is not only the All Blacks’ 16-year grip on the cup, but also the defence of a phenomenal record at Eden Park where they
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
Australia coach Michael Cheika is expected to roll the dice and include David Pocock in his World Cup squad to be released on Friday despite growing concerns over the loose forward’s lack of match fitness ahead of the global showpiece in Japan. The 31-year-old had been expected to feature in at least one match during the Rugby Championship
London: Owen Farrell and George Ford will start a Test match together for the first time in over a year when England play Ireland in a World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham on Saturday. Farrell returns to the starting XV -- he was a replacement in the 13-6 defeat by Wales last Saturday -- partnering Manu Tuilagi in the centres