The Tight Five: What we’ve learned about the All Blacks

If the old adage that a week is a long time in rugby is true, then the All Blacks 51-20 victory over the Wallabies is now ancient history, which allows us to take a look at the state of affairs for the World Champions after five Tests in 2014.
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Haka 2014

Alberts out, Whiteley in for Springboks

Willem Alberts has been ruled out of the Springboks’ Investec Rugby Championship tour to Australia and New Zealand and will be replaced in the 30-man squad by Warren Whiteley.
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Warren Whiteley

IRB to become 'World Rugby'

The International Rugby Board will become World Rugby from November 19, 2014 as part of a major rebranding programme.
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Brett Gosper

Welsh Rugby's new $118 million dollar deal with the four regions

A £60 million ($118 million NZD) Rugby Services Agreement (RSA) which provides a new and positive contractual relationship between the WRU and its four Regions for the next six years has been agreed.
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Warren Gatland

Wallabies introduce sabbaticals for key players

The Australian Rugby Union has announced significant changes to its player contracting protocols in a move that will help retain Australia’s best Rugby talent.
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Israel Folau

Less than 2,000 tickets for Napier; extra seats added to Wellington

There are just two 2014 home Tests remaining for the All Blacks, and Los Pumas visit to McLean Park has less than 2,000 tickets remaining.
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All Blacks fans

All Blacks extend lead at top of world rankings

New Zealand have slightly increased their advantage at the top of the IRB World Rankings after their record 51-20 victory over Australia in round two of The Investec Rugby Championship on Saturday.
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The All Blacks are coming to the Bay!

The All Blacks have just won the Bledisloe Cup for the 12th straight year after defeating Australia on Saturday.
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Richie McCaw and Dan Carter

Springboks squad for Wallabies and All Blacks

Victor Matfield is over his injury problems and will rejoin the Springbok squad when they get together for the Australasian leg of the Investec Rugby Championship, while Marcel van der Merwe has been called up for the injured Frans Malherbe.
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Victor Matfield

New Zealand Rugby confirms SBW domestic exemption

UPDATED 06:59AM NZST - New Zealand Rugby’s (NZR) board has confirmed a request that Sonny Bill Williams be available for selection if the situation arises where he may not play in the 2014 ITM Cup, while the Steelers are relaxed about the situation.
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Sonny Bill Williams

McCaw takes ownership of more world records

UPDATED 23:42PM NZST - All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who already holds plenty of records, notably the most capped New Zealand Test player and the most experienced international forward ever to play the game, has taken a couple more.
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Richie McCaw

Social media frenzy as world reacts to the All Blacks victory

UPDATED 23:44pm NZST: The All Blacks 51-20 victory not only ensured that New Zealand retains the Bledisloe Cup for the 12th straight year, but it was a landmark evening for social media.
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Haka 2014

All Blacks will keep feet on ground - Retallick

Australia might have been blown off Eden Park in a 51-20 crushing but one of the hometown stars lock Brodie Retallick said the All Blacks would be keeping their feet on the ground.
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Brodie Retallick

Cruden ticked his boxes in Bledisloe triumph

All Blacks first five-eighths Aaron Cruden wasn't sure if his effort against Australia in Auckland was his best Test performance, but he did feel he had achieved his goal of wanting to play well.
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Aaron Cruden

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