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Gregor Paul Gregor is New Zealand’s best-read rugby commentator and analyst having been the voice of the Herald’s rugby coverage since 2004. He’s also written seven books about rugby and edited NZ Rugby World since 2007.

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Can Will Jordan buck the trend of All Blacks wings?

WIll Jordan has all the skills to buck the trend of All Blacks wingers heading south.

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The massive challenge looming for Super Rugby Pacific

Super Rugby is struggling thanks to the comparative buying powers of offshore clubs.

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Plethora of northern clashes will fast track All Blacks in 2022

A return to a relatively regular schedule next season should put the All Blacks in good stead.

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Fix imperative for All Blacks' Groundhog Day situation

The All Blacks have plenty to work on in 2022 but calls for a coaching switch-up may be premature.

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Common theme in All Blacks losses major cause for concern

The All Blacks know their weaknesses - but they can't seem to correct them.

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A new chapter begins for rugby's fiercest modern rivalry

Ireland and the All Blacks have fought out some ferocious battles in the past decade.

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Difference maker in Wales v All Blacks not player availability

All test matches are money-spinners, and those criticising the All Blacks' win over Wales have missed the point.

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All Blacks exactly where they need to be as key cavalry arrives

The All Blacks were out-muscled by the Springboks - but they were also stripped of some key figures.

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History won't repeat itself with new All Blacks lock Josh Lord

Josh Lord isn't the first Taranaki second-rower to be plucked from relative obscurity into the All Blacks.

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Private capital the tonic needed to revitalise Rugby Championship

Without some fresh ideas, the Rugby Championship will lose its last rays of lustre.

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Drownings inevitable in All Blacks' deepening talent pool

The All Blacks have developed some great depth in 2021 but the squeeze will come on.

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Southern Hemisphere stocks soaring after Rugby Championship

All three of the traditional Southern Hemisphere superpowers have reasons to be positive.

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Has Springboks speedbump forced an All Blacks rethink?

Everything was going swimmingly for the All Blacks until the Springboks came along.

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Heavy is the head that wears the crown

The All Blacks are one of the few sides in world rugby that thrive with the favourites tag.

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TJ Perenara returns to the All Blacks hot seat

Aaron Smith's ongoing absence from the All Blacks grants TJ Perenara the chance to reaffirm his standing.

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Recognising Scott Barrett's rise into locking royalty

Scott Barrett may be the least appreciated player in the All Blacks, but also one of the most important.

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Never doubt a wounded All Blacks No 10

Beauden Barrett, despite what some may suggest, is not done with being the All Blacks' first-choice pivot just yet.

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Why the 2021 edition of Bledisloe III is a different beast

Far from a dead rubber, the third Bledisloe test will be a key match for the All Blacks.

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Unprecedented All Blacks tour will separate boys from men

The All Blacks are now engaging in one of the biggest tours of the modern era.

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Fact-checking Dave Rennie's plan to beat the All Blacks

Dave Rennie made an interesting claim following the Wallabies' loss to the All Blacks in Bledisloe II.

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The Ioane brothers are coming of age for the All Blacks

After some false starts, Akira and Rieko Ioane are now making all the right moves for the All Blacks.

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The game-defining war between All Blacks and Springboks

High-risk and low-risk rugby will go head to head when the Springboks and All Blacks clash in 2021.

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World Rugby must protect the mental health of referees

As with any other professional athletes, rugby referees are increasingly coming under attack.

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Rassie Erasmus' Lions meltdown isn't entirely unfounded

Rassie Erasmus was wrong to be so public with his complaints, but he wasn’t wrong to be concerned.

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Trans-Tasman relations under more duress

Whenever there has been tension between the New Zealand and Australia unions, it hasn't ended well.

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David Havili proving All Blacks dream is alive and real

More often than not, it can take a little bit of time before players really embed themselves into test rugby.

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TJ Perenara the new guide for integrating returning All Blacks

TJ Perenara will follow a different path back into the All Blacks than Beauden Barrett and Brodie Retallick.

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Ian Foster's All Blacks vision taking slow steps forward

We don't yet have a full appreciation of what Ian Foster is trying to do as head coach of the All Blacks.

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Rugby's eligibility laws relics of a bygone era

Did rugby throw the baby out with the bathwater when they changed the international eligibility laws?

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Rieko Ioane's chance to cement All Blacks centre shift

Injuries have given Rieko Ioane a clear run at the All Blacks No 13 jersey.

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All Blacks depth reaching bursting point

The All Blacks have plenty of options to pick from but few certain starters amongst their squad.

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Finding space for Japan in The Rugby Championship

Japan can't suddenly be expected to regularly compete with the superpowers of world rugby.

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Is Jordie Barrett the fix to the All Blacks' problem position?

It may be a left-field move, but Jordie Barrett has all the skills needed for a shift back to the midfield.

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The cultural shift that's transformed the All Blacks

A massive change in the All Blacks culture is helping to bring the best out of players.

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The struggle to replace Ma'a Nonu

The All Blacks are yet to find a midfielder that possesses the same subtleties to their game as Ma'a Nonu.

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How the All Blacks will bring fire back to the fore in 2021

The All Blacks have selected a set of forwards that can bring some much-needed aggression to the pack.

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A handful of debutants likely for All Blacks re-build

After a limited year in 2020, the All Blacks finally have a full calendar ahead of them to rebuild.

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No more false starts in battle for All Blacks No 10 jersey

The extended 2021 season will finally allow for a proper head-to-head for the All Blacks No 10 jersey.

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Lions provide blueprint for global game

The British and Irish Lions of 2017 set the standards for the years to come. Will the same be the case in 2021?

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Taking back the throne

Aaron Smith has taken his game to new heights in 2021 and is back in the conversation for world's best.

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Gamble of a lifetime

By focusing on the Olympics, Caleb Clarke is putting his spot in the All Blacks pecking order at risk.

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Victory breeds complacency

A weak Super Rugby competition will continue to harm performances on the international stage.

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Read between the lines

Kieran Read, perhaps the greatest No 8 of the modern era, has finally hung up his boots.

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The L word

Employees wouldn't normally have a say in how a business is run, but professional sport is a different beast.

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Decision time

A mid-season off-shore signing has hampered the final weeks of many a player's New Zealand career.

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A closer shave

Scott Robertson has led the Crusaders to a fifth title but has that enhanced his All Blacks chances?

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Homegrown hit

The Crusaders have built a dynasty on nurturing young talent, not buying superstars.

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Testing times

Are the All Blacks going to do the impossible and play less but make more money?

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Intellectual poverty

Fluid movement of players and coaches means intellectual property is always going to be tough to lock down.

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Blue is the coldest colour

Things appear to be unravelling at the Blues and this time, there are no ready made excuses.

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On the hook

The fire that burns within Dane Coles is raging still, which is why he’s put off retiring.

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Pacific pathway

Moana Pasifika's genesis is the first step to helping Pasifika rugby thrive, but an important one nonetheless.

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Midfield muddle

More questions than answers continue to arise in the All Blacks’ quest to rebuild their midfield.

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Flicking the switch

Nathan Sharpe talks about how Eddie Jones masterminded the 2003 World Cup win over New Zealand

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Nothing is impossible

Passion and resilience underpin the MLR and make everyone confident the US competition will flourish.

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Silver bullet or silver medal?

A probable $465m cash injection is going to change New Zealand rugby forever.

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Simply the best

Ali Williams compares his former teammates Dan Carter and Jonny Wilkinson, two of the best 10s to play the game.

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Raising the bar

When will Richie Mo'unga finally transfer his excellent Super Rugby form into the test arena?

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Attack force one

If Super Rugby looks to be a different game entirely to the Six Nations, that's because it is.

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Myth buster

Folau Fakatava should ignore the selection myth that players need to start for their clubs to be All Blacks.

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Task master

Patrick Tuipulotu has helped mould the Blues into his own hard-working image.

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Game of thrones

New Zealand seems to want uncertainty to prevail when it comes to major coaching roles.

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Lost identity

The Highlanders have brought in Tony Brown to help them find who they really are.

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All or nothing

All Blacks great Dan Carter officially bows out at a time when his body was still willing - even at almost 39.

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Redemption time

David Havili will be eager to bounce back after illness and Covid de-railed his stunning start to 2020.

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The unwinnable war

World Rugby is killing the game with its futile attempt to eradicate rather than reduce contact to the head.

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Reaching new heights

Test centurion Tamara Taylor talks about the highs and lows of her career

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Finding paradise

Too much rugby is going to be a thing of the past for the best players in Australasia.

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Culture clash

If the New Zealand Rugby strikes a private equity deal, it is going to force a radical culture shift in the All Blacks' traditiona…

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Loss leaders

Two major losses in the last 12 months could be the emotional fuel that rebuilds the All Blacks.

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Charmed life

All Blacks captains have seemingly been subject to different rules because of their reputation.

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Tough at the top

The pressure and expectation that comes with the All Blacks captaincy has been too hard for some players to handle.

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Captain's knock

A broken foot, a ripped testicle, whatever the injury, an All Blacks captain will find a way to play on.

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Best in show

The best All Blacks captains are, more often than not, the All Blacks' best players.

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Bargain hunters

The Six Nations need to admit their obsession with New Zealand and now South Africa is hurting them.

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Prime target

Aaron Smith is off contract next year and the All Blacks know the importance of locking him in until 2023.

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Boom and bust

New Zealand has known great riches at No 10 but is currently experiencing a genuine dearth of talent in a key position.

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Second wind

Liam Squire is back with the Highlanders and has rediscovered a desire to play test football.

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Rebuilding great

Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick are poised to re-establish themselves as the world's premier locking combination.

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Miracle man

The All Blacks' search for a game-changing impact player may be over.

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Breaking the stranglehold

Unless there's a dramatic shift in the way the game is played, fans won't return to stadiums any time soon.

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Collapse of an empire

Once imperious and almost unbeatable, the All Blacks are now in the midst of a crisis that many fear will never end.

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Mind over matter

The All Blacks’ mental skills helped them win consecutive World Cups. Is it becoming a weakness again?

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High stakes

The All Blacks are struggling to come to terms with World Rugby's efforts to stamp out high tackling.

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Double trouble

Everyone said the All Blacks were mad to shift Beauden Barrett to fullback. But it turns out everyone was wrong.

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Fear factor

Pasifika's dreams continue to be crushed. Is it because Oceania's heavyweights fear for their labour supply?

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Defence against the dark arts

The All Blacks are no strangers to filth and yet they have no love of the enforcer.

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Flash in the pan

The All Blacks are rightfully fearful expectation could limit Caleb Clarke's potential.

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Flaw in the Death Star

The All Blacks can't win games by dropping a goal and it's a big problem for them.

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Powered by pain

Losing to England means the All Blacks start a new era with a pain that will fuel them for years.

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Hanging by a thread

Australia and New Zealand currently hate each other, but they desperately need each other.

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Chance of a lifetime

A Pacific Island Super Rugby team could change the power base of the global game.

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Against the odds

Emotionally and physically broken at 27, former All Black Richard Kahui is still playing at 35.

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Dream ticket

Fiji have assembled a gifted coaching team. Is a world rankings rise on the cards?

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Rugby reborn

Covid brought the death of Super Rugby, but it also saw NZ fall back in love with the game.

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The worst ideas in rugby history

In the hindsight Olympics, we’re all winners but sometimes, it goes, horribly, horribly wrong

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The fall and rise of Rieko Ioane

Dropped by the All Blacks his world fell apart but Ioane has his mojo back

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