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All Blacks back row desperate for a shake-up

Has the time come to make a big change in the All Blacks loose forwards?

Nick Bishop
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Franco Smith: 'I chose to go to hard places but Glasgow is different'

Franco Smith's road less travelled has brought him to Glasgow, where he must lift the "gloom" hanging over the Warriors.

Jamie Lyall

Features

ANALYSIS
Nick Bishop

Burned by Beirne: Is the All Blacks engine room coming off the rails?

The selection of tough, mobile second rows has always been a point of difference in New Zealand’s favour - until now.

OPINION
Ross Harries

How Wales restored their pride in the Springbok cauldron

Wayne Pivac's men were roundly written-off before heading to South Africa but a hugely competitive Series saw them returning with …

OPINION
Gavin Mortimer

Zach Mercer has usurped Jonny as France's favourite Englishman

The former Bath No 8 has taken the Top 14 by storm with Montpellier and he's been tipped to go to another level

ANALYSIS
Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones

Summer Tests: Who would be picked in a World XV right now?

Rugby has been fortunate enough to feast on three weekends of sumptuous top-class Test action, where a select band of players have…

OPINION
Gregor Paul

Why Ian Foster conundrum differs to All Blacks' past struggles

This is no unprecedented times for the All Blacks - but the circumstances aren't entirely the same as in the past.

Star Columns

Ben Kay

Ben Kay: 'Eddie Jones is the Jose Mourinho of rugby'

The England World Cup winner and BT Sport pundit feels it's time for the erstwhile head coach to put the players first with the Wo…

Tony Johnson

Cut the rhetoric, Australia and NZ can't live without one another

For all the questions before the competition kicked off, Super Rugby Pacific was a massive win for NZ and Australia.

David Flatman

David Flatman: The right to reply

When Dan Biggar was shown a red card for a high tackle against Gloucester he came under a torrent of abuse but was he right to bit…

Analysis

Ben Smith

Rieko Ioane and the art of fixing the defender

The All Blacks are not yet getting the most out of Rieko Ioane in the midfield.

Will Owen

Analysis: the rise and rise of Dewi Lake

2022 has been a breakthrough year for the powerful young Ospreys and Wales hooker and he is vying for the No 2 shirt with a series…

Nick Bishop

Is England's Marcus Smith-Owen Farrell axis doomed to fail?

Marcus Smith's and Owen Farrell's individual strengths aren't necessarily going to synergise for England.

Interviews

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Daniel Gallan

Lukhanyo Am: 'I just needed someone to notice. Rugby had to become my life'

One of the world's best midfielders had to stare longingly as South Africa's top schools battled it out and he wants to make rugby…

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Jamie Lyall

'If I don't perform, my family don't eat': Hacjivah Dayimani's incredible tale

Hacjivah Dayimani's journey from township kid, child labourer and petrol station worker to URC winner.

Editor's Choice

Has Ian Foster reached the tipping point as All Blacks coach?

Was the lack of foresight from the All Blacks in their second test with Ireland the death knell for the coach?

Nick Bishop

Richie McCaw's legacy has painted a target on the All Blacks

For years, many believed the All Blacks were given the rub of the green by referees.

Gregor Paul

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The Highlanders’ Crusade

Rob Vickerman and Andy Clarke take an in-depth look at the Highlanders’ stunning victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch.

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Jamie Lyall

Jamie specialises in long-form rugby content for RugbyPass and TheXV.rugby
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Jamie Lyall

Franco Smith: 'I chose to go to hard places but Glasgow is different'

Franco Smith's road less travelled has brought him to Glasgow, where he must lift the "gloom" hanging over the Warriors.

Will Owen

Will Owen

How Malcolm Marx became King of the breakdown

The muscular hooker won his 50th cap and put in a world-class performance to further weaken the All Blacks' resolve

Gregor Paul

Gregor Paul

The All Blacks playmaking battle that never was

The battle between Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo'unga never really took off for the All Blacks - and it's come back to bite them.

Nick Bishop

Nick Bishop

All Blacks back row desperate for a shake-up

Has the time come to make a big change in the All Blacks loose forwards?

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