WELLINGTON While much of the rugby world next month will be focussed on New Zealand's first clash with England for four years, the eyes of All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will be resolutely fixed on next year's defence of the World Cup.
WELLINGTON, Sept 21 In an All Blacks backline bursting with attacking, headline-grabbing talent, it is little wonder that Jack Goodhue, like one of his predecessors in the number 13 shirt Conrad Smith, tends to be a little overlooked.
WELLINGTON, Sept 20 While the other Rugby Championship coaches are already looking ahead to the 2019 World Cup in Japan, Australia's Michael Cheika is keeping his focus firmly fixed on the next two matches.
WELLINGTON, Sept 15 South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus had exaggeratedly suggested he could be looking for a new job if his side had lost to the All Blacks on Saturday, instead a 36-34 win showed his team were moving the right way towards next year's Rugby World Cup.
WELLINGTON, Sept 15 A 36-34 loss to South Africa was 'disappointing', All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said, but the lessons from Saturday's game would stand his team in good stead as they looked ahead to next year's Rugby World Cup.
* All Blacks' first loss to S. Africa at home since 2009 (Recasts, adds details)
WELLINGTON The sound of a tightly spinning rugby ball whistling through the air before it slapped into a massive hand resonated as the All Blacks completed their preparations on Friday for their Rugby Championship clash against South Africa.
WELLINGTON All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will again balance the double expectations of winning every test match while trying to give less experienced players a chance to develop as he beds down his tactics and squad for next year's Rugby World Cup.
WELLINGTON Rugby World Cup planning has loomed into full view with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen opting not to tinker with his team for the second test against France in Wellington on Saturday while Jacques Brunel has made five changes to the visiting side.
WELLINGTON The outcome of Saturday's first test between the All Blacks and France could well be determined by who copes best with their lengthy injury lists as both sides are set to field below-strength lineups for the clash at Eden Park.