The former myth of a fading All Blacks aura is now a reality
Now, more than ever, the fear factor surrounding the All Blacks is flickering out.
Now, more than ever, the fear factor surrounding the All Blacks is flickering out.
A fast game is a good game and World Rugby might have to act soon.
The All Blacks have generally improved this year as a result of their injuries.
We are back once again to judging a four-year tenure on a seven-week tournament.
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.
Sam Cane doesn’t need to be a great captain to survive, but he does need to be a great player.
This is no unprecedented times for the All Blacks - but the circumstances aren't entirely the same as in the past.
For years, many believed the All Blacks were given the rub of the green by referees.
A week of player-led preparation could be just the tonic needed by the All Blacks/
Joe Schmidt has a deep understanding of Northern Hemisphere rugby, which can only benefit the All Blacks.
WIll Jordan has all the skills to buck the trend of All Blacks wingers heading south.
Super Rugby is struggling thanks to the comparative buying powers of offshore clubs.
A return to a relatively regular schedule next season should put the All Blacks in good stead.
The All Blacks have plenty to work on in 2022 but calls for a coaching switch-up may be premature.
The All Blacks know their weaknesses - but they can't seem to correct them.
Ireland and the All Blacks have fought out some ferocious battles in the past decade.
All test matches are money-spinners, and those criticising the All Blacks' win over Wales have missed the point.
The All Blacks were out-muscled by the Springboks - but they were also stripped of some key figures.
Josh Lord isn't the first Taranaki second-rower to be plucked from relative obscurity into the All Blacks.
Without some fresh ideas, the Rugby Championship will lose its last rays of lustre.
The All Blacks have developed some great depth in 2021 but the squeeze will come on.
All three of the traditional Southern Hemisphere superpowers have reasons to be positive.
Everything was going swimmingly for the All Blacks until the Springboks came along.
The All Blacks are one of the few sides in world rugby that thrive with the favourites tag.
Aaron Smith's ongoing absence from the All Blacks grants TJ Perenara the chance to reaffirm his standing.
Scott Barrett may be the least appreciated player in the All Blacks, but also one of the most important.
Beauden Barrett, despite what some may suggest, is not done with being the All Blacks' first-choice pivot just yet.
Far from a dead rubber, the third Bledisloe test will be a key match for the All Blacks.
The All Blacks are now engaging in one of the biggest tours of the modern era.
Dave Rennie made an interesting claim following the Wallabies' loss to the All Blacks in Bledisloe II.
After some false starts, Akira and Rieko Ioane are now making all the right moves for the All Blacks.
High-risk and low-risk rugby will go head to head when the Springboks and All Blacks clash in 2021.
As with any other professional athletes, rugby referees are increasingly coming under attack.
Rassie Erasmus was wrong to be so public with his complaints, but he wasn’t wrong to be concerned.
Whenever there has been tension between the New Zealand and Australia unions, it hasn't ended well.
More often than not, it can take a little bit of time before players really embed themselves into test rugby.
TJ Perenara will follow a different path back into the All Blacks than Beauden Barrett and Brodie Retallick.
We don't yet have a full appreciation of what Ian Foster is trying to do as head coach of the All Blacks.
Did rugby throw the baby out with the bathwater when they changed the international eligibility laws?
Injuries have given Rieko Ioane a clear run at the All Blacks No 13 jersey.
The All Blacks have plenty of options to pick from but few certain starters amongst their squad.
Japan can't suddenly be expected to regularly compete with the superpowers of world rugby.
It may be a left-field move, but Jordie Barrett has all the skills needed for a shift back to the midfield.
A massive change in the All Blacks culture is helping to bring the best out of players.
The All Blacks are yet to find a midfielder that possesses the same subtleties to their game as Ma'a Nonu.
The All Blacks have selected a set of forwards that can bring some much-needed aggression to the pack.
After a limited year in 2020, the All Blacks finally have a full calendar ahead of them to rebuild.
The extended 2021 season will finally allow for a proper head-to-head for the All Blacks No 10 jersey.
The British and Irish Lions of 2017 set the standards for the years to come. Will the same be the case in 2021?
Aaron Smith has taken his game to new heights in 2021 and is back in the conversation for world's best.
By focusing on the Olympics, Caleb Clarke is putting his spot in the All Blacks pecking order at risk.
A weak Super Rugby competition will continue to harm performances on the international stage.
Kieran Read, perhaps the greatest No 8 of the modern era, has finally hung up his boots.
Employees wouldn't normally have a say in how a business is run, but professional sport is a different beast.
A mid-season off-shore signing has hampered the final weeks of many a player's New Zealand career.
Scott Robertson has led the Crusaders to a fifth title but has that enhanced his All Blacks chances?
The Crusaders have built a dynasty on nurturing young talent, not buying superstars.
Are the All Blacks going to do the impossible and play less but make more money?
Fluid movement of players and coaches means intellectual property is always going to be tough to lock down.
Things appear to be unravelling at the Blues and this time, there are no ready made excuses.
The fire that burns within Dane Coles is raging still, which is why he’s put off retiring.
Moana Pasifika's genesis is the first step to helping Pasifika rugby thrive, but an important one nonetheless.
More questions than answers continue to arise in the All Blacks’ quest to rebuild their midfield.
Nathan Sharpe talks about how Eddie Jones masterminded the 2003 World Cup win over New Zealand
Passion and resilience underpin the MLR and make everyone confident the US competition will flourish.
A probable $465m cash injection is going to change New Zealand rugby forever.
Ali Williams compares his former teammates Dan Carter and Jonny Wilkinson, two of the best 10s to play the game.
When will Richie Mo'unga finally transfer his excellent Super Rugby form into the test arena?
If Super Rugby looks to be a different game entirely to the Six Nations, that's because it is.
Folau Fakatava should ignore the selection myth that players need to start for their clubs to be All Blacks.
Patrick Tuipulotu has helped mould the Blues into his own hard-working image.
New Zealand seems to want uncertainty to prevail when it comes to major coaching roles.
The Highlanders have brought in Tony Brown to help them find who they really are.
All Blacks great Dan Carter officially bows out at a time when his body was still willing - even at almost 39.
David Havili will be eager to bounce back after illness and Covid de-railed his stunning start to 2020.
World Rugby is killing the game with its futile attempt to eradicate rather than reduce contact to the head.
Test centurion Tamara Taylor talks about the highs and lows of her career
Too much rugby is going to be a thing of the past for the best players in Australasia.
If the New Zealand Rugby strikes a private equity deal, it is going to force a radical culture shift in the All Blacks' traditiona…
Two major losses in the last 12 months could be the emotional fuel that rebuilds the All Blacks.
All Blacks captains have seemingly been subject to different rules because of their reputation.
The pressure and expectation that comes with the All Blacks captaincy has been too hard for some players to handle.
A broken foot, a ripped testicle, whatever the injury, an All Blacks captain will find a way to play on.
The best All Blacks captains are, more often than not, the All Blacks' best players.
The Six Nations need to admit their obsession with New Zealand and now South Africa is hurting them.
Aaron Smith is off contract next year and the All Blacks know the importance of locking him in until 2023.
New Zealand has known great riches at No 10 but is currently experiencing a genuine dearth of talent in a key position.
Liam Squire is back with the Highlanders and has rediscovered a desire to play test football.
Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick are poised to re-establish themselves as the world's premier locking combination.
The All Blacks' search for a game-changing impact player may be over.
Unless there's a dramatic shift in the way the game is played, fans won't return to stadiums any time soon.
Once imperious and almost unbeatable, the All Blacks are now in the midst of a crisis that many fear will never end.
The All Blacks’ mental skills helped them win consecutive World Cups. Is it becoming a weakness again?
The All Blacks are struggling to come to terms with World Rugby's efforts to stamp out high tackling.
Everyone said the All Blacks were mad to shift Beauden Barrett to fullback. But it turns out everyone was wrong.
Pasifika's dreams continue to be crushed. Is it because Oceania's heavyweights fear for their labour supply?
The All Blacks are no strangers to filth and yet they have no love of the enforcer.
The All Blacks are rightfully fearful expectation could limit Caleb Clarke's potential.
The All Blacks can't win games by dropping a goal and it's a big problem for them.
Losing to England means the All Blacks start a new era with a pain that will fuel them for years.
Australia and New Zealand currently hate each other, but they desperately need each other.
A Pacific Island Super Rugby team could change the power base of the global game.
Emotionally and physically broken at 27, former All Black Richard Kahui is still playing at 35.
Fiji have assembled a gifted coaching team. Is a world rankings rise on the cards?
Covid brought the death of Super Rugby, but it also saw NZ fall back in love with the game.
In the hindsight Olympics, we’re all winners but sometimes, it goes, horribly, horribly wrong
Dropped by the All Blacks his world fell apart but Ioane has his mojo back