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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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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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In Memoriam: New Zealand Rugby remembers

Inevitably at the end of each year there is time to reflect on events, and in rugby that includes not least the loss of former players who have all contributed in their own way to the make-up of the game in New Zealand.
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Dave Gallaher’s legacy lives on 100 years later

Among the early contributors to the proud legacy of All Blacks' rugby few have enjoyed the eminence achieved by Dave Gallaher, leader of the first significant All Blacks tour to Britain, Ireland, France and North America in 1905-06.
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