Rugby

All Blacks’ Washington D.C. stopover a double-edged sword for USA Rugby

12:38 AM BST Liam Napier Bankruptcy, COVID and a World Cup qualifying loss to Uruguay does not conspire to cultivate a healthy launchpad for one of the toughest challenges in world rugby. The All Blacks’ arrival in Washington D.C. this week, ahead of their money-spinning Test at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Football Team …

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Boks show All Blacks still have work to do against suffocating opposition

8:16 PM BST Liam Napier The narrow nature of last week’s defeat to the Springboks mitigated the outcry that usually accompanies All Blacks losses. Honours shared was a fair reflection. Dig down into successive Rugby Championship Tests against the world champions, though, and familiar root causes evoke cause for concern. The blueprint for upsetting the …

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Rugby Championship review: All Blacks back on top but Wallabies on the rise

The Rugby Championship has been run and won for another year, with the All Blacks securing their seventh title despite the weekend’s loss to the Springboks. SANZAAR on Tuesday declared the tournament had delivered “high-quality” rugby to fans across the southern hemisphere, lauding its ability to play the Championship across three countries amid the difficulties …

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