Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore believes his side’s opening Rugby Championship test will make or break their campaign.
The Wallabies have suffered a major blow, with midfielder Pat McCabe set to miss at least the first month of the Rugby Championship after being diagnosed with a stress fracture to his lower left leg.
Chiefs midfielder Sonny Bill Williams has no hesitation in answering an All Blacks SOS call for the first two Rugby Championship tests.
Mick Byrne will join the All Blacks’ coaching team for the upcoming Rugby Championship.
Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles is the only newbie amongst a group of players in a wider All Blacks training group who will assemble in Wellington ahead of the Rugby Championship.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is searching for a new centre after it was revealed that Conrad Smith will miss the side’s first two Rugby Championship tests against Australia.
Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale will be available for his side’s opening Rugby Championship match, despite having his assault charge referred to a mediation hearing in August.
Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore found himself playing second-fiddle to Tatafu Polota-Nau in June, but should be restored to his usual starting spot for the Rugby Championship. BY LEE STACE
More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the All Blacks’ first home test in the Rugby Championship.
Waratahs wings Drew Mitchell and Lachie Turner have both been included in the Wallabies’ train-on squad ahead of next month’s Rugby Championship.
The All Blacks’ Rugby Championship match against South Africa in Dunedin could be played in front of a full house at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O’Neill says winning the Bledisloe Cup will go a long way to securing Robbie Deans’ future as Wallabies coach.
The selection of uncapped Crusaders duo Luke Romano and Luke Whitelock and the omission of Rugby World Cup winners Zac Guildford and Corey Flynn are the talking points of the All Blacks’ wider training squad.
Fourie du Preez is available for Springboks selection, but is urging coach Heyneke Meyer to pick Francois Hougaard instead.
There is a possibility that Dan Carter may play second five for the All Blacks if his troublesome groin fails to come right.
James O’Connor could miss the Wallabies’ June tests against Scotland and Wales due to a rib injury.
The Wallabies will have a new-look coaching panel this year.
The Springboks’ most capped first five, Butch James, has announced his retirement from test rugby with immediate effect.
With the series level, expect both teams to put it all on the line as they seek to win the deciding test in Sydney on Saturday night.