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New Zealand seek All Black magic against England

New Zealand's cricketers are drawing inspiration from images of Richie McCaw leading the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup glory as they head into their first home day-night Test against England on Thursday.

Volvo Ocean flotilla leaves Alicante

New Zealand's Olympic champion Peter Burling and the rest of the crew on board the seven boats in the Volvo Ocean race embarked on a gruelling eight-month round the world odyssey from Alicante on Sunday.

Springbok plan to topple All Blacks, says Coetzee

Coach Allister Coetzee says he knows what South Africa must do to master their biggest challenge of the year against the All Blacks in the battle of the two unbeaten Rugby Championship teams.

Coach Hansen frustrated at «seduced» All Blacks

Coach Steve Hansen has vowed to tighten the noose around the Wallabies for this week's potentially deciding Bledisloe Cup Test after venting his frustration over the All Blacks' «ugly» finish to their Sydney romp.

All Blacks hit highs in 54-34 win over Wallabies

The world champion All Blacks rebounded spectacularly to down the Wallabies 54-34 and plunge Australian rugby further into despair in the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney on Saturday.

Wallabies plan to stay the pace with All Blacks

Skipper Michael Hooper urged his Wallabies team Friday to stick with the All Blacks in the hope of pulling off a morale-restoring win in the Rugby Championship series opener this weekend.

Williams in, Kaino out of All Blacks for Wallabies clash

Sonny Bill Williams has been rushed back into the All Blacks after serving his four-match suspension while Jerome Kaino has been dropped for the opening match of the Rugby Championship against Australia in Sydney on Saturday.

All Black Kaino denies intent to hurt Murray

All Black Jerome Kaino on Tuesday rejected allegations he maliciously targeted British and Irish Lions scrum-half Conor Murray and predicted a backlash from the tourists after their first Test loss.

All Blacks say they can crack Lions' defence

The All Blacks believe they've cracked the code to beating the British and Irish Lions rushed defence, with coach Steve Hansen saying Thursday they have plans to outsmart their lightning line speed.

New Zealand set Ireland 290 to win in ODI

New Zealand set Ireland a target of 290 to win the second match of the ODI tri-series in Dublin with Neil Broom top scoring for the Blackcaps with 79.

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