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Auckland bolter in All Blacks' spring tour squad

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has included uncapped Blues back-rower Dalton Papali'i among a 32-man squad for the five-Test tour of Japan and Europe.

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Joy for Dane Coles after 'tough year'

A storming 20-metre run chasing a loose ball in slippery conditions last Friday was all it took for Dane Coles to convince All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to include the hooker in his squad for the end-of-season tour.

Hansen: Matt Todd selection not policy change

There has been no change to the All Blacks' selection policy of choosing only New Zealand-based players, according to coach Steve Hansen.

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Rugby Championship

TRC Review: Springboks closing gap, Wallabies wobbling

The All Blacks cemented their place at the top of the Rugby Championship with emphatic displays. However, South Africa -- and even Argentina -- showed that the world is catching up, while the Wallabies floundered. Read on for our tournament review.

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Team of the Tournament: All Blacks, Springboks star

There were some magnificent individual performances in the Rugby Championship. But who were the guys who were consistently good throughout the competition? Read on for our Team of the Tournament.

Australia

RA can't allow comeback win to camouflage frailties

Rugby Australia must not let the Wallabies' Keystone Cops-esque win in Argentina camouflage glaring frailties within the outfit. Nor can the team or management be allowed to get away with any 'we showed the critics' carry-on -- Greg Growden writes.

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Victory not enough for Cheika

A half-time shellacking from coach Michael Cheika turned around one of the most remarkable rugby internationals in history on Saturday but the Australians will need more than words if they are to improve on a disappointing Rugby Championship.

Rugby Championship

Round 5

Cheika's 'Muddle-Headed Wombats' continue to astound

Under Michael Cheika's withering command, the Wallabies have become a dumb outfit. From inexplicable team selections to bewildering on-field decisions, they are in need of a complete rebrand -- Greg Growden writes.

Rebooted: Cut-outs a sign of bigger Wallaby problem

The Wallabies' attack is all wrong, but the Springboks' rush defence so right. Meanwhile in Buenos Aires, the All Blacks combined experience and opportunity to deny an overly-excitable Argentina. Your R5 review is here.

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  • Greg Growden's Australian Super Rugby report card

    The Waratahs might have made the Super Rugby semifinals but their rating reflects their easy ride to the finals, while another team's year can only be described as a "missed opportunity", writes Greg Growden.

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  • What to make of Wallabies' 2017 Test season?

    Sam Bruce and Greg Growden go head-to-head to review the Wallabies' 2017 season, identifying the positives, problem areas and rating their progress towards Rugby World Cup 2019.

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