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Fonotia aims for Samoan team place

Former Crusaders and Tasman midfield back Kieron Fonotia has told Samoa that he is available to be considered for international rugby for them.
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Hemisphere gap no longer exists - Welsh newspaper

A gulf between southern and northern hemisphere rugby no longer exists, according to Welsh newspaper, the Western Mail.
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South Africa slip to sixth, well placed for change- Strauss

Retiring Springboks captain Adrian Strauss believes South African rugby is now in an ideal situation for change and wants to be part of that.
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Sunnier days ahead for France

France coach Guy Noves sees sunnier days ahead for his side after their 19-24 loss to the All Blacks in Paris on Sunday (NZT).
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Off-season vital to All Blacks' hopes in 2017

Evolution of the All Blacks' playing style will continue as the side looks to keep the pressure on opponents, initially with next year's British and Irish Lions tour in mind, but ultimately working towards the next Rugby World Cup.
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All Blacks resources boosted ahead of Lions tour

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has turned his eye towards next year's British and Irish Lions tour happy to have witnessed a satisfying rejuvenation of the side spearheaded by the emerging talent.
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All Blacks finish season with tough win over France

Finishing the season with a 24-19 win against a resurgent French team, the All Blacks retained the Dave Gallaher Trophy and put the fullstop on a highly-successful developmental season in Paris on Sunday (NZT).
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Read confident All Blacks are prepared

All Blacks captain Kieran Read said he was sure the side's preparation for Sunday's (NZT) Test against France would reflect the emphasis that had been applied to the mental side of their game this week.
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All Blacks will test level of French improvement

France are energised by their goal of continuing to improve when they take on the All Blacks in Paris on Sunday (NZT).
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Revenge not the motivation for France

Any talk of revenge in France for their 13-62 World Cup quarter-final humiliation by the All Blacks last year, is confined to the players' own attitudes.
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PREVIEW: All Blacks v France

The All Blacks finish their 2016 season against one of their traditional foes when they take on France in Paris on Sunday morning (NZT).
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Barrett, Crotty ready for contest with French backs

All Blacks first five-eighths Beauden Barrett has dismissed any thoughts of looking beyond Sunday's (NZT) Test against France.
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All Blacks-France history keeps players on edge

Too much rugby history between France and New Zealand ensured the All Blacks could not be over-confident going into Sunday's (NZT) Test in Paris.
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Campaign has benefited All Blacks for Lions

While Sunday's (NZT) final Test of the year, against France, will signal the end of a successful campaign for the All Blacks, attention was already turning to next year and the British and Irish Lions tour.
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