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Richie McCaw

Rugby Statistics: Does World Cup form matter?

How much attention should be given to form going into a World Cup? Significance may well be attached to ‘building momentum’ in competitions such as the Rugby Championship beforehand, but…

Richie McCaw

Rugby Championship Talking points – Round 1

The first weekend of Rugby Championship action gave rugby watchers their first chance to see what sort of shape four of the world’s top 10 sides were in with the…

Lions tour

Lions fixtures for 2017 New Zealand tour

The Lions have announced their 10-match fixture list for 2017 tour. Unlike 2013, where they stopped off in Hong Kong for a sponsor-led fixture against the Barbarians, there will be…

Imposing sight: The haka has provoked varied responses from opposition teams over the years

Responding to the haka

One-on-one At its heart, the haka is a symbolic ritual representing the challenge laid down by one team to another. But the Kapa O Pango’s group mentality belies the more…