North Harbour has a new coach and a new-look squad as it aims to again crack the Premiership semifinals, as it did in 2017.
Another chapter will be written into the rich history between the All Blacks and Springboks when the two old foes clash at Westpac Stadium.
Achieving consecutive wins over the All Blacks on New Zealand soil is the goal for the Springboks when they return to Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Saturday for their Investec Rugby Championship Test.
Having young players put under pressure while still coming out with a 20-16 win over Argentina had been like winning Lotto, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said after the Investec Rugby Championship win in Buenos Aires on Sunday (NZT).
Improved cohesion, clarity in set-piece play and determined tackling provided the difference for the Maori All Blacks when they reversed their loss of a week earlier to beat Fiji 27–17 at Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday.
The All Blacks kick off their Investec Rugby Championship campaign against a Pumas side buoyed by the success of their sole Super Rugby side the Jaguares in Buenos Aires this weekend.
The All Blacks team has been named to play Argentina in the Investec Rugby Championship Test at Jose Amalfitani Stadium (Estadio Velez Sarsfield) in Buenos Aires on Saturday 20 July.
As well as looking to gel as quickly as possible as a unit in their Rugby Championship Test opener against Argentina in Buenos Aires on Sunday (NZT) the All Blacks pack will also be attempting to deal with changed scrummaging laws.
Former England and British & Irish Lions centre Jeremy Guscott believes Wales have the potential to win the Rugby World Cup this year.
Fiji rugby coach John McKee is looking to introduce more players to his Test side when playing the return match against the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua at the weekend.