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Hansen not reading too much into pre-Cup results

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said he was not reading too much into results of Northern Hemisphere warm-up games ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
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Tonga a key game for All Blacks

Tonga's Test with the All Blacks in Saturday was far more than a friendly warm-up game and was vital to New Zealand's Rugby World Cup preparations.
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NZR tackling silence as part of new mental wellbeing campaign

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) is encouraging fans to take a stand against silence as part of a new campaign, launched today, to support the conversation around mental health and the stigma associated with getting help.
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Stars line-up for Pacific Legends squad

The Pacific Legends have unveiled a squad stacked with fire-power and big names from the recent past for their clash against the New Zealand Barbarians in Hamilton on Saturday 7 September.
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Wales have side to win World Cup - Gatland

Announcing the Wales Rugby World Cup squad on Sunday coach Warren Gatland, who is taking his third team to the tournament in Japan, said his squad was good enough to win the World Cup.
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'Tempo' the key to World Cup success

Flanker Matt Todd's inclusion in the All Blacks' squad is seen as a pointer to the way New Zealand intend to play during the Rugby World Cup later this month in Japan.
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All Blacks back at No.1 thanks to Irish win

Ireland managed a turnaround from their thumping by England last week when beating Wales 22-17 at Cardiff on Saturday, knocking Wales back down fourth-ranked side in the world.
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Nigel Owens excited heading into his final World Cup

Leading rugby whistle blower Nigel Owens will referee the opening game of the Rugby World Cup between Japan and Russia on September 20, to complete a notable double of refereeing the last Cup final and the first game of the next tournament.
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Bok coach: All Blacks the team to beat

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus left South Africa on Friday with his side for the Rugby World Cup in Japan saying the All Blacks were the team to beat.
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More carbs the key to Tuipulotu boost

Something as basic as a dietary adjustment on game day mornings may prove one of the most important lessons All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu has learned in the game.
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Laulala's advance reward for perseverance

Making the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad has become the pinnacle of selection for the side, but tighthead prop Nepo Laulala had more reason than most to appreciate the significance of what lies ahead in Japan next month.
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Top official blasts world rugby rankings

Doubters of the basis of World Rugby's rankings system have an ally in World Rugby vice president Agustin Pichot.
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World Cup challenge embraced by All Blacks

Completing the most difficult squad selection any coach faces before a Rugby World Cup, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's first thought after the 2019 side was named on Wednesday was for the players who had missed out.
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Ireland should follow All Blacks' example

Ireland need to draw on the All Blacks' example in their bid to get their Rugby World Cup preparation back on track.
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