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Lynn McConnell

Southland-born Lynn McConnell is a sportswriter/historian with 40 years experience in journalism having been sports editor of The Evening Post and The Southland Times. Lynn has written several books including 'Behind the Silver Fern: Playing Rugby for New Zealand' together with Tony Johnson.

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Winning the Investec Super Rugby final, not only away from home but at altitude, has emphasised the Crusaders' dominance of the competition and provides them with an edge in choosing a Team of the Tournament.

Dane Coles' 100th game a reward for patience

Former Hurricanes and England five-eighths Riki Flutey may have never known it but he had a lot to do with All Blacks hooker Dane Coles playing 100 games for the Wellington-based franchise.
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Kieran Read: All Blacks Centurion

Out of the wake of the disastrous 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign, No.8 Kieran Read emerged in time to share New Zealand's rejuvenation as a world force, an achievement in which he played a big part.
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Lochore's men changed the game forever

Much attention has focused on the 30-year anniversary of the first All Blacks team to win the Rugby World Cup in 1987, but also worthy of celebration is the 50-year anniversary of the 1967 All Blacks.
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SPECIAL FEATURE: Tom Ellison’s influence remains

It is a measure of the contribution Tom Ellison made to New Zealand rugby that he should pack so much into his 36 years.
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Lions Flashback: 1971

No team, let alone a British & Irish Lions team, was better prepared for a tour of New Zealand at the time of the 1971 visit.

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