France’s upset victory over England in the Six Nations at the weekend was the perfect result for the All Blacks’ management as they prepare for the June series against France.
Attention in Britain and Ireland has switched from the All Blacks’ game with England at Twickenham in November to the Ireland game a week later on November 17.
Upsets all-round helped keep the pressure on the points table after Week Four of Investec Super Rugby.
The All Blacks Sevens have started the Vancouver Sevens in impressive fashion with three wins to top Pool D and set up a Cup quarterfinal showdown with USA.
Blues attitude triumphed over altitude was the South African media reaction to their 38-35 last gasp Investec Super Rugby win at Ellis Park on Johannesburg on Sunday (NZT).
The Highlanders have made it two from two in Super Rugby 2018 with an equal parts entertaining and frustrating 33-15 bonus point win over the Stormers in Dunedin.
Travel fatigue, what travel fatigue, the Hurricanes could ask after playing more than six minutes of second half injury time to beat the Crusaders for the fifth consecutive time in Wellington when claiming a 29-19 victory on Saturday.
What better way to demonstrate the Blues cannot be discounted than to score two tries in the last five minutes to claim a 38-35 victory over the Lions at Ellis Park.
Exceptional young All Blacks and Gallagher Chiefs playmaker Damian McKenzie has signed a new deal with New Zealand Rugby, recommitting with the national body as well as his Chiefs club through until 2021.
Fiao’o Fa’amausili has become the first female to ever appear on the cover of the NZ Rugby Almanack.