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Assistant coach Mike Blair shrugged off comments by one the greatest All Blacks of all time, who had predicted New Zealand will “whack” Scotland by what would be a record 60 points at BT Murrayfield on Saturday evening.

Zinzan Brooke, the legendary No 8 who won 58 caps between 1987 and 1997, also used his column on the official All Blacks website to blast the Scots’ performance against Samoa last weekend, which saw them concede five tries in a 44-38 win. “If conditions are firm this weekend at Murrayfield, they could completely run Scotland ragged and whack them by 50 to 60 points,” wrote Brooke.

Scotland’s record defeat by New Zealand was a 69-20 loss in Dunedin 17 years ago, with the 49-3 defeat in 2010 the heaviest at Murrayfield.

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France (5) 18 / 38 (31) All Blacks (Final Score)

France and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2017 Internationals at

Stade de France, Paris, France, at 21:45 SA Time (20:45 French Time, 19:45 GMT, Sunday 08:45 NZ Time).

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Barbarians (17) 22 / 31 (10) All Blacks (Final Score)

The Barbarians and New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2017 Internationals at

Twickenham Stadium, London, England, at 17:00 SA Time (15:00 UK Time & GMT, Sunday 03:00 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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Wallabies (12) 23 / 18 (13) All Blacks (Final Score)

The Australian Wallabies and New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the 3rd Bledisloe Cup encounter of 2017 at

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, at 11:05 SA Time (09:05 GMT, 19:05 AEDT, 21:05 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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Los Pumas (3) 10 / 36 (29) All Blacks (Final Score)

The Argentinaian Los Pumas and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2017 at

Estadio Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, at 00:40 SA Time (22:40 GMT, 10:40 NZ Time, 19:40 ARG Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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All Blacks (31) 57 / 0 (0) Springboks (Final Score)

The New Zealand All Blacks and the South African Springboks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2017 at

QBE Stadium, Albany, New Zealand, at 09:35 SA Time (07:35 GMT, 19:35 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & M-Net on TV in SA.

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All Blacks (14) 35 / 29 (17) Wallabies (Final Score)

The New Zealand All Blacks and Australian Wallabies did battle in The Rugby Championship 2017 at

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand, at 09:35 SA Time (07:35 GMT, 19:35 NZ Time, 17:35 AEST).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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Wallabies (6) 34 / 54 (40) All Blacks (Final Score)

The Australian Wallabies and New Zealand All Blacks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2017 at

ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, at 12:00 SA Time (20:00 AEST, 22:00 NZ Time, 10:00 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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All Blacks (12) 15 / 15 (6) B & I Lions (Final Score)

The New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions did battle in the Lions Tour of 2017 at

Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand at 09:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 08:35 UK Time, 07:35 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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As they prepared to do battle against South Africa in 1997, Jim Telfer told his pack of forwards that very few players get to “reach for the top of Everest” by winning a Lions Test series. The number of Scots to sample that rarefied atmosphere in the two decades since is significantly fewer still.

On the most iconic tour of the professional era, the Lions tamed an almighty Springboks outfit, with Scottish stalwarts Tom Smith, Rob Wainwright, Gregor Townsend and Alan Tait all starting Tests as the world champions were handed a 2-1 series defeat.

Four years later Smith started all three Tests in Australia – as he had in South Africa – but was the only Scot to make the starting XV during the series. If that was bad, worse was to follow.

On the tours to New Zealand in 2005, South Africa in 2009 and Australia in 2013, not a single Scot started a Test. Indeed, only three players appeared off the bench in those series.

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All Blacks (9) 21 / 24 (9) B & I Lions (Final Score)

The New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions did battle in the 2017 Tour at

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand at 09:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 08:35 UK Time, 07:35 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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All Blacks (13) 30 / 15 (8) B & I Lions (Final Score)

The New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions did battle in Super Rugby 2017 at

Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand at 09:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 08:35 UK Time, 07:35 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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The Springboks have been drawn alongside the All Blacks in Pool B for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan following Tuesday’s draw in Kyoto.

The Boks will also play against Italy in the pool stages, as well as a yet-to-be-determined Africa 1 team and the Repechage winner.

The final eight teams will only be confirmed following the continental qualification process, which will only be fully completed in November 2018.

It will be the first World Cup hosted by Japan and it will be the first time that the All Blacks and the Boks will meet in the pool stages of a World Cup.

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England scrum-half Ben Youngs has withdrawn from the Lions tour to New Zealand after the wife of his brother Tom learned that she is terminally ill.

Ben, 27, is a team-mate of hooker and captain Tom, 30, at Leicester Tigers and the pair will play in the remainder of the Premiership season for the club.

Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw replaces Ben Youngs on the Lions tour.

“We are a very close family and, as I am sure everyone can respect, time is now precious together,” said Ben.

“The most important thing for me at this difficult time is to be able to offer as much support as I can to Tom and his family in the remaining time we all have together.”

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British Lions

Eddie Jones says the British and Irish Lions should name four captains for the tour of New Zealand – one from each of their four national teams.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland has said “half-a-dozen players are in contention” to lead his squad.

England’s Dylan Hartley, Ireland’s Rory Best, Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones and Greig Laidlaw of Scotland are among those.

“I would take those four captains and make that the leadership group,” England coach Jones said.

“Then after the warm-up games, whoever was the leading player I would make captain for the first Test,” added the Australian.

“You look at the last Lions tour and Sam Warburton captained the first two and Alun Wyn Jones captained the third, so I think you can separate it.

“It would be different but I would reckon you would get a great result, with those four captains running the team for you and making sure they set the standards on and off the field.”

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FranceNew ZealandFrance (6) 19 / 24 (10) All Blacks (Final Score)

France and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2016 Internationals at

Stade de France, Paris, France, at 22:00 SA Time (21:00 French Time, 20:00 GMT, Sunday 09:00 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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IrelandNew ZealandIreland (6) 9 / 21 (14) All Blacks (Final Score)

Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2016 Internationals at

Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, at 19:30 SA Time (17:30 GMT & UK Time, Sunday 06:30 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.

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wrwc17logoHolders England will face the USA, Italy and either Scotland or Spain in their opening pool at next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland.

Scotland will book their spot at next August’s tournament if they beat Spain in this month’s play-off over two legs.

Ireland are joined in Pool C by fellow 2014 semi-finalists France, Australia and either Fiji, Hong Kong or Japan.

Wales face former winners New Zealand and 2014 runners-up Canada and Fiji, Hong Kong or Japan in Pool A.

New Zealand won four successive World Cups between 1998 and 2010 but were knocked out in the pool stage in France two years ago after suffering a surprise defeat by Ireland.

The winners of the Asia/Oceania qualifier between Fiji, Hong Kong and Japan will join 2013 and 2015 Six Nations champions Ireland, plus top seeds France and Australia in Pool C.

The Asia/Oceania runners-up will play in Pool A alongside Canada, New Zealand and Wales.

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ItalyItaly head coach Conor O’Shea has selected a matchday 23 with youth and experience for their clash against the All Blacks in Rome on Saturday.

For his first Test in charge on home soil, O’Shea has handed Treviso’s Giorgio Bronzini an international debut at scrum as part of an untested halfback partnership with Carlo Canna, who has only 12 caps to his name.

Skipper Sergio Parisse will win his 120th cap in the back row, breaking the appearances record he had shared with prop Martin Castrogiovanni.

Zebre’s  player Andries van Schalkwyk has been selected to start alongside Marco Fuser in the second row. This is an interesting selection as the player, who played for many South African unions, normally plays in the back row.

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IrelandAs Rory Best declared in his on-field post-match interview at a rowdy Soldier Field in Chicago, it’s been a long time coming. Just the 111 years, that’s all. But at last, that black stain in Irish rugby has been removed, with a first ever victory over the All Blacks in 29 attempts.

Fully deserved it was too. Soldier Field crackled with atmosphere, vast swathes of the 63,300 bedecked in green watched Ireland dominate vast swathes of the first-half and kept counter-punching in a riotous rollercoaster of a second half, ultimately outscoring the back-to-back world champions and runaway winners of the Rugby Championship by five tries to four, and thus end their world record 18-match sequence of test wins.

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IrelandNew ZealandIreland (25) 40 / 29 (8) All Blacks

Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2016 Internationals at

Soldier Field, Chicago, USA, at 22:00 SA Time (15:00 USA Time, 20:00 GMT, Sunday 06:00 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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New ZealandAustraliaAll Blacks (15) 37 / 10 (7) Wallabies (Final Score)

The New Zealand All Blacks and Australian Wallabies did battle in the final Bledisloe Cup Test of the 2016 season at

Eden Park, Auckland, at 08:35 SA Time (06:35 GMT, 19:35 NZ Time, 17:35 AEST).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & M-Net on TV in SA.

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South AfricaNew ZealandSpringboks (9) 15 / 57 (12) All Blacks (Final Score)

The South African Springboks and New Zealand All Blacks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban, at 17:05 SA Time (15:05 GMT, Sunday 04:05 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & M-Net on TV in SA.

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ArgentinaNew ZealandLos Pumas (3) 17 / 36 (29) All Blacks (Final Score)

The Argentinian Los Pumas and New Zealand All Blacks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires, at 00:10 SA Time (22:10 GMT, 19:10 ARG Time, Sunday 11:10 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.

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New ZealandSouth AfricaAll Blacks (15) 41 / 13 (10) Springboks (Final Score)

the New Zealand All Blacks and South African Springboks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, at 09:35 SA Time (07:35 GMT, 19:35 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & M-Net on TV in SA.

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Warren Gatland and John Spencer

The 1971 and 1974 Lions were the greatest touring teams that have departed these shores, but the monopoly they appear to have on key positions in the Four Home Unions is now coming under scrutiny. The appointment of John Spencer, the 1971 Lions and England centre, as manager of the 2017 Lions is a case in point.

Spencer’s installation was not greeted with unanimous approval, and the same was true when Tom Grace, the 1974 Lions and Ireland wing, was appointed as Lions chairman.

The 1971 and 1974 Lions have rightfully had a major influence on the future of the touring side, and that has been recognised with luminaries from those sides being awarded the majority of the management, coaching and administrative roles in the intervening 40 plus years.

However, exactly how appointments are made in Lions rugby has always been shrouded in fog.

Four Home Unions appointments have always had a whiff of the clandestine about them, with vested national interests and horse-trading to the fore. As a result, in the professional era they have been a mixed bag.

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Warren Gatland has been named British and Irish Lions coach for the 2nd time and will lead them on the 2017 tour of New Zealand.

The Kiwi will step down from his job with Wales and be replaced on a temporary basis by Rob Howley.

“It’s a huge honour when you get offered probably the biggest job in world rugby against the best opposition in world rugby,” said Gatland.

The Lions have not won a series against New Zealand since 1971.

“When I was offered the position, it was definitely a ‘yes’ straightaway,” added Gatland. “To challenge yourself against the best, there is no bigger challenge.”

Howley took over from Gatland the last time the 52-year-old took on the Lions role in 2013, when they went to Australia and claimed a 2-1 series win.

Gatland intends to travel to New Zealand on Thursday with tour manager and former England captain John Spencer to start planning.

The Lions face 10 games on what will be an extremely challenging trip, which includes 3 Tests against the All Blacks – unbeaten on home soil since 2009.

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New ZealandAustraliaAll Blacks (15) 29 / 9 (9) Wallabies (Final Score)

The New Zealand All Blacks and Australian Wallabies did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, at 09:35 SA Time (07:35 GMT, 19:35 NZ Time, 17:35 AEST).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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We have a NEW SuperBru Pool for all to join!

  • The Rugby Championship 2016 starts in on Saturday 20 August 2016 (tomorrow), so hurry up and do not delay to register for it!

This year we are doing it a bit differently and opened our Pools up to all readers of Rugby-Talk.com, but we encourage you to register as a subsciber on Rugby-Talk.com anyway, as our banter and commenting about our Pools will mostly take place here on the website and not on the SuperBru banter boards! It is so easy to register and such fun to discuss rugby here.

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AustraliaNew ZealandWallabies (3) 8 / 42 (32) All Blacks (Final Score)

The Australian Wallabies and New Zealand All Blacks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, at 12:05 SA Time (10:05 GMT, 20:05 AEST, 22:05 NZ Time).

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Australia’s women beat New Zealand 24-17 to win the first ever Olympic rugby sevens gold medal, after Great Britain lost to Canada in the bronze match.

Favourites Australia outscored the Black Ferns four tries to three, with two of those coming while New Zealand’s Portia Woodman was in the sin bin.

Meanwhile, Britain’s women missed out on Olympic medal as they lost 33-10.

Canada – who lost to GB in the pool game between the two – led throughout in the bronze medal match.

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Olympics Rio 2016Great Britain women will face New Zealand in the semi-finals of the Olympic rugby sevens after beating Fiji 26-7 in the last eight at Rio 2016.

GB’s Abbie Brown opened the scoring after just 15 seconds before Fiji’s Litia Naiqato finished off a stunning team move to level.

But Alice Richardson and Joanne Watmore gave Team GB a 19-7 half-time lead, and Brown sealed the win with her second.

Australia and Canada will play in the second semi-final on Monday.

Great Britain earlier beat a strong Canada side 22-0 in their final group game.

And Brown said that Sunday’s improvement came because the team had “settled” after feeling nerves on the first day.

“It is an Olympics, the nerves are going to hit,” she said.

“We have shown everyone today with Canada and Fiji, we have done ourselves justice.”

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