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Saturday, June 25 2022
ABs land in Kerikeri for three-day training mission

One of the warmest airport welcomes the All Blacks have ever received — that was the verdict of captain Sam Cane after the team touched down in Kerikeri at the start of a three-day Northland visit.

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Saturday, June 25 2022
New Zealand Rugby's big new strategy looks sadly familiar

New Zealand Rugby announced its "Reimagining Rugby" strategy on Tuesday. An underwhelmed Madeleine Chapman reports.

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Thursday, June 23 2022
 The big Super Rugby Pacific final review

On this week's edition of Rugby Direct, Elliott Smith (Newstalk ZB's lead rugby commentator) and Liam Napier (chief sports writer at the NZ Herald) break down the Crusaders' emphatic Super Rugby Pacific grand final win over the Blues at Eden Park.

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Thursday, June 23 2022
TAB ad campaign seeks to stir pot by poking fun at Irish record

Ireland's touring rugby side are set to be reminded at every turn they have never won in New Zealand as part of a controversial marketing campaign likely to rile a few feathers.

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Thursday, June 23 2022
'Warmest welcome ever': ABs land in Kerikeri for three-day training mission

One of the warmest airport welcomes the All Blacks have ever received — that was the verdict of captain Sam Cane after the team touched down in Kerikeri at the start of a three-day Northland visit.

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Monday, June 20 2022
 Black Ferns save best for last in crushing win over USA in Pacific Four series

Black Ferns 50
United States 6

The Black Ferns saved their best for last.

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Monday, June 20 2022
Blues given boost ahead of final against Crusaders as Dalton Papalii passed fit

The Blues have been given a huge boost ahead of tonight's Super Rugby Pacific final, with captain Dalton Papalii cleared to come off the bench.

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Monday, June 20 2022
 Clinical Crusaders crush Blues' dreams

Crusaders 21
Blues 7

The red and black dynasty reigns supreme – again. Six titles in six years. Thirteen in total. This one is sure to leave lingering scars for the Blues, too.

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Friday, June 17 2022
Eden Park sell-out for Super Rugby final a boon for local businesses

A sold-out Eden Park for this weekend's Super Rugby final will be a "life saver" for local businesses after a quiet 10 months at the stadium.

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Friday, June 17 2022
Blues v Crusaders Super Rugby Pacific final: Teams revealed for Eden Park showdown

Blues captain and All Blacks flanker Dalton Papalii faces a fitness test today after being named on the bench for Saturday's Super Rugby Pacific final at Eden Park.

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Friday, June 17 2022
Former Hamilton Old Boys player Ravutaumada's debut Super Rugby season

After leaving the New Zealand Warriors NRL side, Selestino Ravutaumada says he felt lost before Hamilton Old Boys threw him a lifeline - this year he became part of the inaugural Swire Shipping Fijian Drua side in DHL Super Rugby Pacific.

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Monday, June 13 2022
All Black and Blues rugby star Dalton Papalii sidesteps charge due to 'technicality' after 'extremely excessive' speed

All Black Dalton Papalii has sidestepped a court charge after police accused him of driving at "extremely excessive" speeds on an Auckland motorway.

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Monday, June 13 2022
Crusaders shut down Chiefs to move into final

Crusaders 20
Chiefs 7

The Chiefs picked a bad night to have a bad night.

Heading into their Super Rugby Pacific semifinal against the Crusaders in Christchurch, they needed to be at their best. The Crusaders had an immaculate 26-0 record in home playoff games, but the Chiefs had beaten them down south earlier in the season, leaving plenty of intrigue as to whether the Chiefs could snap that streak.

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Monday, June 13 2022
Blues survive huge scare to beat Brumbies and reach final

Blues 20
Brumbies 19

Super Rugby Pacific's inaugural season has its dream final - but only just.

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Saturday, June 11 2022
All Black and Blues rugby star Dalton Papalii sidesteps charge due to 'technicality' after 'extremely excessive' speed

All Black Dalton Papalii has sidestepped a court charge after police accused him of driving at "extremely excessive" speeds on an Auckland motorway.

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