The Wallabies can expect a backlash when they host the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship opener in Sydney on Saturday, writes JON CARDINELLI.
As many as 12 All Blacks have signed contract extensions to remain at the Crusaders until the end of 2019.
A second-place finish for the Springboks in the Rugby Championship would signify progress – but only in the context of a nightmare two-year period, writes JON CARDINELLI.
Heyneke Meyer believes the Springboks will be much improved in the Rugby Championship, but still lag behind the All Blacks.
Jordie Barrett has been ruled out of the Rugby Championship due to a shoulder injury.
Julian Savea has been dropped from the All Blacks’ squad for the Rugby Championship as fit-again Nehe Milner-Skudder makes his return.
All Blacks and Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa says it was the most difficult decision of his life to leave New Zealand rugby to join French club Toulon.
Former Test referee Jonathan Kaplan says Romain Poite should have penalised Kieran Read before the ‘accidental offsides’ in Auckland.
Stuff.co.nz‘s MARC HINTON says the All Blacks’ no-excuses mentality could result in a big response against the British & Irish Lions in Auckland on Saturday.
Flank Jerome Kaino has likened Saturday’s third Test between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions to that of a World Cup final.