When debates rage over the hardest men to ever play rugby union, Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford will forever get a mention. A force at the back of the scrum for the…

Zinzan Brooke of New Zealand

How many forwards are best remembered for kicking a drop-goal? Not many, but the extraordinary kick Zinzan Brooke slotted from almost 50m out during New Zealand’s 1995 World Cup semi-final…

New Zealand v Argentina - Group C: Rugby World Cup 2015

Death, taxes and Kieran Read unpicking defences in the 15-metre channel – these are three inevitabilities in this world. Athleticism and on-field intelligence brought Read an All Blacks debut at…

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John Hart’s barometer for world-beating ability has been unerring. As New Zealand U21 coach in 1990, it was he who saw something special in a lanky lock from Leicester, bringing…

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Even before he’d made a national age-grade team, Richie McCaw believed he was going to the top. Encouraged by an uncle whilst waiting for food to arrive in a McDonald’s,…

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Ardie Savea had a whale of a game against Sam Cane, the incumbent All Blacks No 7, in the Hurricanes’ Super Rugby semi-final win over the Chiefs in Wellington. From…

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Although Wales eventually lost the Test series 3-0 to the All Blacks, nobody could claim they did not go down fighting. Wales scored five tries in the first two Tests…

Laying down a challenge: The Chiefs sits atop the New Zealand league

By Alex Shaw To coin a phrase from legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, it’s squeaky bum time in Super Rugby. With just two rounds of regular season…

Learning experience: There was no disgrace in Wales' loss but still no elusive win

Brave. But not enough in a brave new world Wales lost by 36-22 in Wellington and with it the Series. But despite the loss and a set piece which made…