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Hansen Rejects Deans' Criticism

Hansen Rejects Deans' Criticism

By Mark Geenty of NZPA

Tokyo, Nov 1 NZPA - All Blacks assistant rugby coach Steve Hansen fired back at his old sparring partner Robbie Deans today after the frustrated Wallabies coach accused their opponents of cynical play not befitting the occasion.

Springboks Include Nine New Caps In Touring Squad

Springboks Include Nine New Caps In Touring Squad

Pretoria, South Africa, Oct 31 Reuters - South Africa coach Peter de Villiers included nine new caps in his squad to tour Europe in November as part of his long-term planning to keep the Springboks at the top of world rugby.

Canterbury To Host Wellington For Air Zealand Cup 2009 Final

Canterbury To Host Wellington For Air Zealand Cup 2009 Final

After 14 weeks of exciting domestic rugby, Canterbury and Wellington will battle for Air New Zealand Cup honours in the final to be played in Christchurch next Saturday.

North Otago's Experience Shows As West Coast Wilt In Final

North Otago's Experience Shows As West Coast Wilt In Final

Wellington, Oct 31 NZPA - West Coast's hopes of a maiden divisional rugby title were dashed when North Otago beat them 21-13 in the Lochore Cup final in Greymouth today.

McCaw, Elsom Contrasting Figures In Duel

McCaw, Elsom Contrasting Figures In Duel

By Mark Geenty of NZPA

Tokyo, Oct 31 NZPA - Richie McCaw is baffled his long-time rugby sparring partner George Smith isn't starting tomorrow, while his new opposite Rocky Elsom is just itching to prove he's the man to inspire the Wallabies.

Classy Canterbury Lock Up Home Final

Classy Canterbury Lock Up Home Final

Wellington, Oct 30 NZPA - Hawke's Bay's cruel Air NZ Cup rugby semifinal record continued as clinical Canterbury prevailed 20-3 tonight to book a home final.

Deans Feels Heat After Turbulent Weeks

Deans Feels Heat After Turbulent Weeks

By Mark Geenty of NZPA

Tokyo, Oct 30 NZPA - Talk of player dissatisfaction, too much player power and increasing edginess at board level isn't something Robbie Deans is used to as a rugby coach.

Edgy All Blacks Chase Spring Tour Kickstart

Edgy All Blacks Chase Spring Tour Kickstart

By Mark Geenty of NZPA

Tokyo, Oct 30 NZPA - Phase two of an indifferent rugby year starts tomorrow for Richie McCaw's All Blacks, who says his side are on edge and desperate to maintain their high standards from Wellington.

O'Neill Keen To Continue Annual Asia Tests

O'Neill Keen To Continue Annual Asia Tests

Tokyo, Oct 30 NZPA - Australian Rugby Union (ARU) boss John O'Neill is adamant test rugby will continue in Asia next year as questions remain over the worthiness of tomorrow's Bledisloe Cup match here.

Matulino To Make Test Debut Off Bench Against France

Matulino To Make Test Debut Off Bench Against France

Warriors second rower Ben Matulino will become Kiwi No 756 when he makes his Test debut off the bench in the Kiwis' second Four Nations match against France at Stade Ernest Wallon in Toulouse on Saturday night.