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Final pieces likely in selection puzzle

New Zealand's final piece of analysis regarding their 41-man squad named ahead of the Samoa Test last month should be completed on Saturday with the Investec Rugby Championship decider against Australia in Sydney.
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Steve Hansen

Kriel could shift to fullback for Boks

Rising Springboks midfield star Jesse Kriel could be slipped back to fullback as South Africa look for a way to accommodate returning captain Jean de Villiers.
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Jesse Kriel

Retallick primed for physical Australian pack

All Blacks lock, and World Rugby player of the year in 2014, Brodie Retallick is recovered from the ankle strain suffered ahead of the Investec Rugby Championship Test against South Africa and ready for the Bledisloe Cup challenge in Sydney on Saturday.
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Brodie Retallick

All Blacks not prepared to loose Bledisloe grip

Forget about the World Cup, the All Blacks want to hang onto the Bledisloe Cup and they can achieve that in the Investec Rugby Championship final against Australia in Sydney on Saturday.
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Conrad Smith

Evans says mental strength needed to beat All Blacks

To beat the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup will require a searching mental test by their opponents.
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Nick Evans

Preview: Taranaki aware they won't slip under the radar

In 1985 Auckland became the first team in a decade of NPC competition to go back-to-back, and champion's Taranaki will enter an exclusive club if they can defend their 2015 ITM Cup crown, becoming the third union to achieve such a feat.
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Taranaki anthem

Carter's work ethic means there is no let up

All Blacks first five-eighths Dan Carter may be winding down his international career but he is still keen on improving and has targeted areas for attention ahead of Saturday's Investec Rugby Championship final against Australia in Sydney.
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Dan Carter

Bledisloe Cup still means plenty to All Blacks

New Zealand were determined to maintain their hold on the Bledisloe Cup when playing the Investec Rugby Championship final against Australia in Sydney on Saturday.
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Sam Cane

Simmons ruled out but Hooper cleared to play All Blacks

Wallabies lock Rob Simmons will miss this Saturday’s Investec Rugby Championship decider and next week’s Auckland Bledisloe Cup Test after being ruled out with a scaphoid injury.
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Michael Hooper

ITM Cup champions in good pre-season hit out with Counties Manukau

The Steelers pre-season fixture in Otorohanga against Taranaki was exactly what coach Tana Umaga expected - an opportunity to work on preparing his team for the season without focusing on the score.
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Tana Umaga

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