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The All Blacks can't afford to lose Ardie Savea

Ardie Savea's absence against the Wallabies left a big hole in the All Blacks loose forwards.

Nick Bishop

Time gentlemen, please

The Wallabies are incandescent about Mathieu Raynal's refereeing of the Bledisloe's dying moments, in a denouement that has divide…

Graham Simmons

Features

OPINION
Gregor Paul

Will the All Blacks prosper from another happy accident?

The All Blacks have generally improved this year as a result of their injuries.

ANALYSIS
Nick Bishop

How the north have gained parity and taken control of the rugby world

The raw stats tell a very different story from the tale they would have narrated 20 years ago.

INTERVIEW
Owain Jones

Martin Anayi: 'As a rugby fan, I would like it all to be in one place. I can't be the only one.'

The URC has added the South African provinces and sought investment as far afield as India and Qatar, its CEO Martin Anayi says ru…

ANALYSIS
Gavin Mortimer

The French disconnection

French referees are different to Anglophone ones – as Bernard Foley discovered to his, and Australia's cost

ANALYSIS
Nick Bishop

The All Blacks can't afford to lose Ardie Savea

Ardie Savea's absence against the Wallabies left a big hole in the All Blacks loose forwards.

Star Columns

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.

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…

Graham Simmons

Time gentlemen, please

The Wallabies are incandescent about Mathieu Raynal's refereeing of the Bledisloe's dying moments, in a denouement that has divide…

Analysis

Nick Bishop

Can Schmidt lead All Blacks to promised land after Christchurch crisis?

It may take All Blacks players and fans some time to get used to Joe Schmidt's new approach.

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.

Nick Bishop

Have the Springboks stumbled upon their World Cup backline?

Jacques Nienaber may have inadvertently uncovered his best backline at Ellis Park.

Interviews

Jamie Lyall

Theo McFarland: 'We didn't have a rugby ball - we used a Pepsi bottle filled with banana leaves'

Theo McFarland grew up playing rugby with a Pepsi bottle. He has been a debt collector and a basketballer. This is his journey to …

Steffan Thomas

Will Rowlands: 'I don't see why we shouldn't be competing to be the best team in Wales'

The Dragons lock was one of Wales' best players last season and he is in a bullish mood ahead of the URC season

Jamie Lyall

Raymond Rhule: 'Rugby refuses to tap into personality, players must be seen and not heard'

Raymond Rhule wishes rugby embraced its sparkling characters, rather than shunning them.

Editor's Choice

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Culture, schooling and community supercharge the SA rugby conveyor belt

Schools rugby is South Africa is revered around the game and many argue it has the best system in the world for future professiona…

Jon Cardinelli

Time ticking for All Blacks midfield as World Cup looms

With just a dozen or so matches left until the World Cup, the All Blacks are running out of time to experiment.

Tom Vinicombe

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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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RugbyPass+ Contributors

Gavin Mortimer

Gavin Mortimer

The French disconnection

French referees are different to Anglophone ones – as Bernard Foley discovered to his, and Australia's cost

Jamie Lyall

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

Evolution in the east, revolution in the west as Scotland's teams gear up

Straight-talking Franco Smith must revitalise Glasgow Warriors while at Edinburgh, Mike Blair aims to build on the promise of last…

Michael Aylwin

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Michael Aylwin

A sad farewell to the Bard of Monmouth

The passing of Eddie Butler has shocked the rugby community, who will mourn his rich baritone, linguistic dexterity and most impor…

Nick Bishop

Nick Bishop

The All Blacks can't afford to lose Ardie Savea

Ardie Savea's absence against the Wallabies left a big hole in the All Blacks loose forwards.

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