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All Black team to face England named

November 2nd, 2006

All Black coach Graham Henry has named his team to face England on Sunday at Twickenham.

Significant are the return of lock Keith Robinson, Nick Evans replacing Dan Carter at first five-eighth and Ma’a Nonu coming in at centre. As well as a complete overhaul of the tight forwards.

Robinson last played for the All Blacks over two years ago. But has suffered from serious knee and back injuries. Recently he made a fairytale return to the Waikato side.

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina, Rico Gear, Ma’a Nonu, Aaron Mauger, Joe Rokocoko, Nick Evans, Byron Kelleher, Chris Masoe, Richie McCaw (c), Reuben Thorne, Chris Jack, Keith Robinson, Carl Hayman, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Andrew Hore, John Afoa, Clark Dermody, Rodney So’oialo, Andrew Ellis, Daniel Carter, Sitiveni Sivivatu.

Graham Henry announces All Black squad for European tour

October 22nd, 2006

All Black coach Graham Henry has announced his squad for the end of year European tour.

There is one first time selection in the squad - Canterbury halfback Andy Ellis. Also of note is the recall of Waikato lock Keith Robinson who earned six caps between 2002 and 2004 before a long-term back injury.
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Jonah Lomu to switch to league?

October 16th, 2006

All Black great Jonah Lomu is considering a switch to play rugby league for the newly formed Gold Coast Titans.

Medical staff for the Titans must pass Lomu fit on the Gold Coast tomorrow before he enters into preliminary discussions with club’s management.
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2007 Tri Nations Fixtures

October 12th, 2006

Sanzar have released the schedule for the 2007 Tri Nations. There will only be six matches played in 2007 so as to give the players a rest before the start of the Rugby World Cup.

The series kicks off on 16 June with South Africa hosting Australia at a venue yet to be confirmed. And finishes on the 21 July with the All Blacks hosting the Wallabies at Eden Park.
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Graham Henry names his protected 22

September 12th, 2006

All Black coach Graham Henry has named the 22 players who he wants to miss most of the 2007 Super 14 so that they can undertake a conditioning program for the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

This is in despite of concerns from News Ltd that withholding these players will devalue the Super 14 competition. News Ltd recently paid $664 million to renew a five-year broadcasting deal for the Super 14.
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All Blacks make 10 changes

August 30th, 2006

New Zealand coach Graham Henry has made 10 changes to the All Black line up Saturday’s Tri-Nations test against South Africa.

Flyhalf Daniel Carter, openside flank Richie McCaw, centre Mils Muliaina, wing Sitiveni Sivivatu and lock Ali Williams, are the five who remain unchanged from the starting side who played the Springboks last weekend.
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John Afoa and Marty Holah fly in for the All Blacks

August 28th, 2006

John Afoa and Marty Holah are on there way to South Africa following injuries sustained to four players during the last test match.

Of the four players injured tighthead prop Greg Somerville was the most seriously and will be out for at least six months after snapping his right Achilles tendon when he lost traction in a scrum.

Blindside flanker Reuben Thorne broke his thumb and will be out for about six weeks, Leon MacDonald damaged his hip and needs three weeks rest, while Chris Masoe tore ankle ligaments. The four players will return to New Zealand.

Lock Ali Williams was cleared by the Sanzar judicial hearing and is available for selection for test match this coming weekend.

John Smit and Ali Williams Cited

August 27th, 2006

Springbok captain John Smit and All Blacks lock Ali Williams have been cited following the Tri-Nations Test at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Smit and Williams will probably have to attend a disciplinary hearing on Monday, but that has still to be confirmed.

All Blacks dominate Springboks

August 27th, 2006

New Zealand have come back after a shaky start to defeat South Africa by 45 points to 26.

The Boks dominated the opening 10 minutes and opened up an 11-3 lead.
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Match Preview: South Africa vs New Zealand

August 25th, 2006

New Zealand will play South Africa at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Saturday August 26. The match is part of the 2006 Tri Nations. However New Zealand already have an unassailable lead in the Tri Nation. So the All Blacks will be looking to win the two match series in South Africa, they haven’t won a test match series against South Africa in South Africa since 1996. While South Africa will be playing for pride.
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