History can be dismissed like statistics, but it often provides a handy reference as to what is required to win a Rugby World Cup, in most cases a combination of forward play and experience have been perhaps the most important factors.
Ricoh Wellington Lions head coach Chris Boyd is continuing his preference to fill the region’s ITM Cup team with homegrown talent, today naming a 41-man extended squad packed with local players.
With the 2014 Commonwealth Games Sevens tournament for men still a vivid memory for millions of fans around the world, many of the game's leading women's Sevens players are now gearing up to 'cross over' to the 15-a-side game and compete for their countries at the Women's Rugby World Cup in France from 1 to 17 August.
Head coach Steve Hansen, assistant coach Ian Foster and selector Grant Fox have revealed a squad with few surprises, the Steinlager Series against England let the back room team confirm what Investec Super Rugby had for the most part revealed as to the playing hierachy in the country.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is unconcerned with the fact two of his best players, captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, will go into the Investec Rugby Championship having played out of position in their most recent games.