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Rankings lift for All Blacks

Not only have the All Blacks extended their lead in the World Rugby rankings after their 27-20 Investec Rugby Championship win over South Africa but British betting agency Ladbrokes has maintained their favouritism to win the Rugby World Cup.
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Richie McCaw

All Blacks' innovation is the difference

New Zealand's innovation has been praised by former Springboks coach Nick Mallett.
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Richie McCaw

Cheika hands favouritism to All Blacks

Australian coach Michael Cheika has quickly moved to shift the favouritism heavily onto the All Blacks ahead of the Sydney decider of the Investec Rugby Championship next week.
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Dane Coles

McCaw secures tough Test win with try

Captain Richie McCaw produced a match-winning try seven minutes from time to secure a thrilling 27-20 Investec Rugby Championship victory in the 90th Test against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday.
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Liam Messam

McCaw wants a winning memory

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw refuses to be drawn into the hype associated with the round of last appearances he will be making at rugby's great venues.
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Richie McCaw

Nonu respects midfield rival

All Blacks second five-eighths Ma'a Nonu is bemused by statistics surrounding the defensive ability of his Springbok rival in Saturday's Investec Rugby Championship Test in Johannesburg.
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Ma'a Nonu

Burger wants winning momentum

New Springbok captain Schalk Burger is looking to keep his side calm ahead of Saturday's Investec Rugby Championship Test with the All Blacks in Johannesburg.
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Schalk Burger

All Blacks face an 'ideal' challenge

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said South Africa are one of the best teams in the world on their home patch and Saturday's Investec Rugby Championship Test made that an ideal challenge for his side.
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Steve Hansen

Meyer wants Boks to kick like the All Blacks

Matching the All Blacks' kicking game is one of the ways to beating them, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer believes.
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Heyneke Meyer

Sopoaga savouring the moment

New All Blacks first five-eighths Lima Sopoaga was overwhelmed when given the news that he would be starting in Saturday's Investec Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.
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Lima Sopoaga

Preview: South Africa v All Blacks

Any thought that that Saturday's Investec Rugby Championship Test between the All Blacks and South Africa in Johannesburg would follow traditional lines have been thrown awry by both camps.
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Brussow back as Boks target breakdown

South Africa have clearly targeted the breakdown area in their bid to upset the All Blacks in their Investec Rugby Championship Test at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.
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Heinrich Brussow

Boks helped All Blacks evolve in 2009

It was a confronting year for New Zealand rugby's gameplan in 2009, the Springboks, courtesy of a powerful Bulls backbone and similar tactical blueprint, exposed the All Blacks aerial defences.
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