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Hansen confident All Blacks can cope

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was confident his side could handle preparing for their first Test against Ireland, in Chicago next weekend – a non-rugby city with all the distractions of a big American metropolis.
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Ben Smith expecting plenty of Irish fire in Chicago

All Blacks fullback Ben Smith has no problems remembering the last time they played Ireland, the injury-time win at Dublin in 2013.
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Championship final preview: Otago v North Harbour

Otago have been the team to beat in the Championship in 2016 but face an immense challenge from North Harbour if they are to be promoted to the Premiership.
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Premiership final preview: Canterbury v Tasman

It's an all Crusaders clash as Canterbury and Tasman battle it out for provincial rugby supremacy in Christchurh on Saturday night.

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Ireland have to believe - Lancaster

Former England coach Stuart Lancaster, who is now coaching Leinster in Ireland, believes the Ireland Test side is capable of beating the All Blacks.
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Schmidt names six new caps in Chicago squad

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has rung the changes in naming a 34-man squad for Ireland's Test against the All Blacks in Chicago on November 6 (NZT).
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Black Ferns complete clean sweep

The Black Ferns have warmed up for their Northern Tour with a 29-3 win over the Wallaroos in Albany to complete a two-nil series victory and retain the Laurie O’Reilly trophy.
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NZ Heartland 2016 squad named

The New Zealand Heartland XV 2016 squad has been selected ahead of a three-match campaign starting in November, including two games in Fiji.
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'If anyone can Ireland can' - Blackadder

Former All Blacks captain and Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder believes if any team can beat New Zealand it is likely to be Ireland.
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Ireland have issues ahead of team naming

Ireland's squad to travel to Chicago to play the All Blacks on November 5 is due to be announced on Wednesday evening (NZT) but there are personnel concerns that could affect the side.
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