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Lomu tips Milner-Skudder to make Cup mark

All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu might never have won a World Cup winners' medal but he has no regrets and time has allowed him to appreciate the greater meaning behind the controversial 1995 final loss to South Africa.
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Nehe Milner-Skudder

Japan asked to provide World Cup assurances

World Cup 2019 host Japan has been asked to provide key assurances by the end of September they will still be able to successfully stage the tournament.
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Brett Gosper

All Blacks favourites but will battle history - Davies

Welsh and British and Irish Lions rugby legend Gerald Davies believes the All Blacks are favourites to win the Rugby World Cup, and their recent loss to Australia has only heightened that favouritism.
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Gerald Davies

Nervous wait for injured Anscombe

Former Blues and Chiefs utility Gareth Anscombe faces a nervous wait to see if an ankle injury suffered at training will prevent him winning a place in the Welsh World Cup squad.
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Gareth Anscombe

Romania, Japan to include NZ players

New Zealand's rugby diaspora is evident in the naming of the Romania Rugby World Cup squad today while another is expected to feature in the Japan side named on Monday.
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Luke Thompson

Australia can do it but watch NZ - George Smith

Legendary Australian flanker George Smith believes Australia will win the Rugby World Cup but he hopes they won't be facing New Zealand in the final.
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George Smith

Schmidt heads favouritism for Lions' job

Contenders for the prestigious role of coaching the British and Irish Lions on their New Zealand tour in 2017 have been told they will not be able to coach in that year's Six Nations tournament.
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Joe Schmidt

England need to top pool to avoid All Blacks - Back

England have been told if they want to avoid meeting the All Blacks early in the knock-out phase of the Rugby World Cup they need to top their pool – the so-called 'pool of death'.
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All Blacks

Hardie makes his mark with Scotland

Former Southland and Highlanders loose forward John Hardie has been winning over the Scottish critics after his display in the side's 16-12 win over Italy in Turin at the weekend.
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John Hardie

Critics downplay All Blacks chances

English rugby pundit Colin Boag believes the Rugby World Cup is set to be claimed by a Northern Hemisphere side and that the All Blacks 'haven't looked that good'.
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All Blacks

France boost chances of Cardiff re-match

Don't rule out the prospect of the All Blacks needing to beat France in a quarter-final at Millennium Stadium at the Rugby World Cup.
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Frederic Michalak

Springboks can beat All Blacks at Cup - Smit

World Cup-winning South African captain in 2007 John Smit thinks the Springboks are capable of beating the All Blacks should they meet at the Rugby World Cup.
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Wyatt Crockett

All Blacks' invincibility took a knock - Barnes

Former England Test five-eighths and now television commentator Stuart Barnes believes the All Blacks loss to Australia has demonstrated their invincibility has been shattered.
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Dan Carter

Samoan star states case for Pacific All Blacks

New Zealand has long borne misplaced criticism resulting from the number of players with Pacific Island origins in the All Blacks.
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George Moala

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