All Blacks loose forward Luke Jacobson has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup due to a delayed onset of concussion and will be replaced by Shannon Frizell, the team said on Friday.
Everything happens earlier in Super Rugby next year in changes that SANZAAR hopes will make the faltering product more successful in the Australian marketplace.
The All Blacks got exactly what they wanted from their final match ahead of the World Cup when they demolished Tonga 92-7, the chance to play down a man included.
Rookie winger George Bridge scored four tries as the All Blacks completed their Rugby World Cup preparations with a 92-7 thrashing of Tonga at Waikato Stadium on Saturday.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made several changes to his Bledisloe Cup winning side for their final World Cup warm-up match against Tonga at Waikato Stadium on Saturday.
Sonny Bill Williams believes he has the fitness and improved maturity to play a pivotal role in New Zealand's hunt for a fourth Rugby World Cup triumph.
All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick was sweating on his fitness for the Rugby World Cup until a couple of days before making the squad but is now more confident his shoulder injury will clear up in time for him to make some contribution in Japan.
Steve Hansen and his fellow All Blacks selectors pulled a couple of late selection shocks, but New Zealand's 31-man squad reflects a clear path as to how the defending champions plan to approach the World Cup.
Veteran prop Owen Franks is the big-name omission as the All Blacks named their squad to defend the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The All Blacks have unveiled the 31-man squad, while coach Steve Hansen was expected to announce a list of names with few surprises, he and his fellow All Blacks selectors did have a couple of shocks up their sleeve on Wednesday, Sam Bruce writes.
New Zealand's first Rugby World Cup-winning captain wants Steve Hansen to keep making the big selection calls as he attempts to "prove himself all over again" on the game's biggest stage.
New Zealand's team bidding for a rugby sevens gold medal at next year's Tokyo Olympics will not include any All Blacks after several approached declined to be involved.
With less than a month until the World Cup kicks off in Japan squad lists are starting to roll in. Here we list every tournament squad as they drop.
"Both teams are very talented teams and both teams will go to the World Cup with a good chance of winning it, I think." That was Steve Hansen's assessment of a wild week of Bledisloe Cup rugby, but just how accurate is it?
The All Blacks say Wales are welcome to the No. 1 world ranking, relaxed to shed themselves of the long-held status heading into a Rugby World Cup defence that is gathering serious momentum.
The All Blacks are too old. The World Cup campaign is off the rails. What is Steve Hansen doing? They were the conversations circulating New Zealand this week, topics that were replaced by that grand old cliche about seven days and sport.
The Wallaroos have conceded three late tries in a fighting 39-8 loss to the Black Ferns in Auckland, losing the series 2-0 but showing glimpses of progression against the women's rugby world champions.
The Wallabies entered Saturday night's Bledisloe match-up full of hope, but walked away with a 36-0 spanking at the hands of the All Blacks at Eden Park.
The stage is set for an intense decider in this year's Bledisloe Cup, Auckland's Eden Park playing host to Game II on Saturday night. Can the Wallabies finally bring the Cup home?
World Rugby's crackdown on high tackles has moved too quickly for the World Cup, Australia director of rugby Scott Johnson has said.
Wallabies great Daniel Herbert says Australia must strip back their mindset to 15 on 15 and otherwise ride the confidence earned from their victory in Perth, as they attempt to do the seemingly impossible and win at Eden Park.
Sonny Bill Williams will have rampaging Wallabies opposite Samu Kerevi in his sights when he lines up for his 10th and probably final Bledisloe Cup Test for the All Blacks.
Forget the excuses, New Zealand were dominated in Perth. The All Blacks forwards have rightfully been criticized, and they must realise their reputations and, for some, their careers, are now on the line in Auckland.
Shaun Berne's influence as Wallabies attack coach blossomed in Perth and Kurtley Beale thinks their all-encompassing approach to running rugby will only be better at the World Cup.
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