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Patrick McKendry Patrick is a columnist for NZ Herald and has been the paper’s chief rugby writer. He has also been the media manager for the Crusaders and is a regular contributor to NZ Rugby World and Midi Olympique in France. He ghost wrote Jerome Kaino My Story.

OPINION
Patrick McKendry

All Blacks have bounced back from disaster in the past

The All Blacks went through the wringer in 2009 and came out stronger.

INTERVIEW
Patrick McKendry

How Moana Pasifika hope to change the rugby landscape

Aaron Mauger believes Moana Pasifika will open doors for young Pacific Island talent.

INTERVIEW
Patrick McKendry

Sam Cane primed for All Blacks' big finish

Sam Cane will make his return to the rugby field against King Country before linking up with the All Blacks in America.

OPINION
Patrick McKendry

Blockbusting Ethan Blackadder making all the right moves

Young All Blacks flanker Ethan Blackadder is very quickly making a name for himself.

Patrick McKendry

Springboks must bounce back in toughest of circumstances

Will the Springboks double-down on their low-risk tactics against the All Blacks, or throw caution to the wind?

Patrick McKendry

Unrelenting attack the trump card for All Blacks

Accuracy - on attack, and from the tee - was the deciding factor in who emerged successful over the weekend.

Patrick McKendry

Deciphering Ian Foster's plans for the outside backs

The All Blacks have themselves a huge selection headache in the outside backs.

Patrick McKendry

Stars of the show have bright futures for All Blacks

There were some standout performances in the All Blacks' win over the Wallabies in Bledisloe III.

Patrick McKendry

Sam Whitelock the All Blacks' Goliath in Springboks clash

The All Blacks are about to enter the unknown - but they have a trump card.

Patrick McKendry

Advantage All Blacks but plenty of room for improvement

There's plenty of areas the All Blacks will be targeting for improvement ahead of Bledisloe II.

Patrick McKendry

Best yet to come for Scott Robertson's Crusaders

Scott Robertson has signed on for two more years with the Crusaders. What will the near future hold?

Patrick McKendry

Dalton Papalii's battle to usurp the All Blacks' best

After spending three years' in the shadows of Sam Cane and Ardie Savea, Dalton Papalii is set to break free.

Patrick McKendry

Will Jordan has one hand on the All Blacks No 14 jersey

A five-try haul against Tonga won't have harmed Will Jordan's chances of starting in major tests.

Patrick McKendry

Where the All Blacks will find their ferocity

The All Blacks have talked about getting aggressive, but it will be up to individuals to make a difference.

Patrick McKendry

Card confusion reigns supreme across global game

Conflicting messages over high tackles and head knocks in both hemispheres remain game’s reliable constant.

Patrick McKendry

Jerome Kaino's final bow

Four years on from his departure from New Zealand, Jerome Kaino is enjoying his final days as a player.

Patrick McKendry

Final hurdle

The Blues are on track to host their first Super Rugby finals showdown since 2003.

Patrick McKendry

Troubled waters

Former All Black Andrew Mehrtens is cautious of NZR's proposed Silver Lake deal.

Patrick McKendry

Joker in the pack

Blues leadership role may be just the boost the laidback Tom Robinson needs to go to next level.

Patrick McKendry

Feeding frenzy

If Super Rugby Aotearoa is a 100m race, then the trans-Tasman edition is a frenetic sprint to the finish.

Patrick McKendry

Pulling power

The Crusaders have surprised the rugby world by making perhaps their highest profile signing ever.

Patrick McKendry

Folk hero

Japan loose forward Kazuki Himeno has become another fan favourite at the Highlanders.

Patrick McKendry

Play it again, Sam

At 32 years of age, Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock is continuing to reach new levels in performance.

Patrick McKendry

Up for the fight

Steve Hansen has been impressed with how Big Brad Thorn has turned around the Red's fortunes.

Patrick McKendry

Guessing game

Some major All Blacks selections still remain a mystery ahead of the test season.

Patrick McKendry

Better never stops

Jason Ryan is helping to keep the Crusaders’ pack at the top of the heap.

Patrick McKendry

Pain and triumph

Jean de Villiers talks about how his injury setbacks made him into a Springbok legend

Patrick McKendry

Edge of glory

The Crusaders exposed some familiar failings of the Blues in Sunday's victory.

Patrick McKendry

The missing piece

Super Rugby Aotearoa is under way but there appears to be something lacking.

Patrick McKendry

Pack mentality

How Blues’ forwards went from easy beats to heavy hitters to challenge Crusaders’ supremacy.

Patrick McKendry

Surviving Super Rugby Aotearoa

Another Covid curve ball could make for an even tougher competition for Aotearoa’s best players.

Patrick McKendry

Fire starter

Flame-haired Finlay Christie’s decision to remain at the Blues for another year may be bad news for Scotland.

Patrick McKendry

Stand-off supreme

Ian Foster’s biggest challenge in 2021 may be getting the best out of Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga.

Patrick McKendry

French resistance

The All Blacks and France have been drawn in the same pool for the 2023 tournament. Drama is guaranteed.

Patrick McKendry

Power play

Young Folau Fakatava could be the man to finally challenge Aaron Smith’s All Black supremacy.

Patrick McKendry

Game changers

The All Blacks once had the most devastating bench in world rugby.

Patrick McKendry

Missing in action

Brodie Retallick’s absence has hurt the All Blacks this year and never more so than during their defeat to Argentina.

Patrick McKendry

Red alert

The All Blacks have lost three men to red cards in four years. They've still not learned any lessons.

Patrick McKendry

Back from the brink

Akira Ioane has always been earmarked for greatness - but there have been a few speedbumps along the way.

Patrick McKendry

Order in the house

After four years of constant change, the All Blacks have now found a midfield partnership that works.

Patrick McKendry

Bouncing back

Sam Cane's reign began with a draw, but the new All Blacks captain won the respect of his nation.

Patrick McKendry

Breaking the age barrier

Ian Foster begins his All Blacks coaching era with a luxury not afforded to his predecessor.

Patrick McKendry

Wow factor

Unorthodox but brilliant, Scott Robertson wants a job with the British and Irish Lions.

Patrick McKendry

Concrete in the soul

The impossibly tough Jerome Kaino is proving hard to replace in the All Blacks No 6 jersey.

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