Lynn McConnell

Southland-born Lynn McConnell is a sportswriter/historian with 40 years experience in journalism having been sports editor of The Evening Post and The Southland Times. Lynn has written several books including 'Behind the Silver Fern: Playing Rugby for New Zealand' together with Tony Johnson.

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2018 Investec Super Rugby Form XV

Competition for places in the New Zealand Investec Super Rugby XV is always going to be hot, especially after another season of dominance for New Zealand sides. 

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Last call for Newlands as a Test venue?

It's something that hasn't received a lot of publicity in New Zealand while the country has been engrossed in the Steinlager Series against France, but Saturday's Test between South Africa and England may be the last to be played at the venerable Newlands ground in Cape Town.
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French Memories: The 1986 Baby Blacks

Establishing an unparalleled record of success ensures there are plenty of memorable moments in All Blacks history, but one of the finest is often one of the most overlooked, the Baby Blacks' 18-9 victory over France at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, in 1986.
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Five fierce French rivals

Beating France may have been easier in recent years, not least at the 2015 Rugby World Cup when the All Blacks unleashed a 62-13 thrashing in the Cardiff quarterfinal that exorcised a lot of demons from previous World Cups, but collectively French sides have been New Zealand's banana skin side.
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A French view on New Zealand rugby

New Zealand's rugby development systems may be adapted in the future by France if a study undertaken by a French expert are taken on board by his country's rugby officials.
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