Winger Leicester Fainga’anuku has been named to make his test debut as part of a COVID-hit All Blacks team in Saturday’s first rugby test against Ireland.
For the visitors, flyhalf Johnny Sexton will captain an experienced and consistent Ireland lineup in his 106th test match and combine with New Zealand-born scrumhalf Jamison Gibson-Park .
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Bryce Heem scored two tries as a first-half replacement and winger Caleb Clarke added two more as the Auckland-based Blues beat the Queensland Reds 53-26 on Saturday to stay atop the table in Super Rugby Pacific.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Winger A.J. Lam scored two tries as the Auckland-based Blues overcame a stern challenge from the Fijian Drua to win 35-18 in the second trans-Tasman match Saturday in Super Rugby Pacific.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Auckland-based Blues hung on to beat the 14-man Crusaders 27-23 in a match between the top-ranked New Zealand teams in Super Rugby Pacific on Friday, claiming their first win in Christchurch in 18 years.
DUBLIN (AP) — Dublin is on notice. In town are the All Blacks, rugby's ultimate party-poopers.
They are having another one of those tours.
In Washington, the United States was congratulating itself on an ambitious bid for the 2027 Rugby World Cup until their Eagles were smashed by 104 points.
The return of Anton Lienert-Brown in the backs and Luke Jacobson in the forwards has slightly reshaped the All Blacks team which will play the Springboks in the final match of the Rugby Championship on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Saturday.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Rieko Ioane was a late addition to the New Zealand starting lineup and he was on the scoreboard early against Argentina.
Ioane scored in the 10th minute and New Zealand crossed for two more tries just before halftime on the way to a 39-0 win Sunday to kick off a month of Rugby Championship doubleheaders.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks head coach Ian Foster will finally unleash what he believes to be his strongest team in Saturday’s first Bledisloe Cup rugby test against Australia.
Foster tinkered with his lineup in July test matches against Tonga and Fiji, naming something close to his strongest available team in the second test against Fiji two weeks ago.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chiefs center Quinn Tupaea will make his test debut Saturday in New Zealand's one-off match against Tonga.
Tupaea will combine in midfield with regular winger Rieko Ioane as the All Blacks cope with a shortage of specialist centers.
TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — The Queensland Reds have managed to do what no other Australian team had done in 13 previous matches in Super Rugby this season — beat a New Zealand squad.
The Reds led 33-3 at halftime on Saturday and held on desperately for a 40-34 win over the Hamilton-based Chiefs at Townsville in north Queensland state.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Flyhalf Otere Black scored a try among 19 points as the Auckland-based Blues beat the Dunedin-based Highlanders 39-17 Sunday in Super Rugby Aotearoa.
The Blues took a bonus point from the five tries to two win to stay unbeaten after three matches in the New Zealand domestic tournament while the Highlanders are now 2-1 after three games.
TOKYO (AP) — It takes something special to move the normally stone-faced Steve Hansen in the All Blacks coaches' box.
TJ Perenara produced something special.
While New Zealand's 10th try was being converted against Namibia on Sunday in the Rugby World Cup, Perenara, who'd been sent into Tokyo Stadium for the last 14 minutes as a first-time replacement flyhalf, exhorted the team for one last crack with three minutes left.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Backrower Akira Ioane is the only uncapped player named Tuesday in New Zealand coach Steve Hansen's first extended squad of the Rugby World Cup year.
Ioane was named along with winger and brother Rieko Ioane in a 41-man squad which will assemble for the first time in 2019 at a one-day camp in Wellington next week.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Winger Rieko Ioane scored two tries, bringing his tally to six from his last two games, as the Auckland-based Blues ended a 20-match losing streak against New Zealand opponents, beating the Dunedin-based Highlanders 33-26 in Super Rugby.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane has agreed a new four-year contract with New Zealand Rugby.
The 21-year-old Ioane, who has scored 18 tries in his 18 tests, has signed through 2022 in a deal worth several million dollars.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand made five backline changes for Saturday's Rugby Championship test against South Africa but the return of star center Sonny Bill Williams was delayed.
Williams was named on the bench Thursday to play his second test of the year, his first since June, after recovering from wrist and knee injuries.
MONACO (AP) — All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett has been named World Rugby's Player of the Year for the second straight year, continuing New Zealand's stranglehold on the award which has been won by an All Black every year since 2012.
DUBLIN (AP) — Beauden Barrett, World Rugby's reigning player of the year, has been named on a five-man shortlist for the 2017 award.
The New Zealand flyhalf was joined on the list by teammate Rieko Ioane, England players Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje, and Australia fullback Israel Folau.
SYDNEY (AP) — Center Sonny Bill Williams has been recalled to the All Blacks team for Saturday's Rugby Championship match against Australia after completing a four-match suspension, while Kurtley Beale will start at inside center for the first time in 60 tests for Australia.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand Maori have included nine All Blacks in the squad to play the British and Irish Lions on June 17, throwing another formidable roadblock in the way of the tourists ahead of a three-test series against New Zealand.