# New Zealand

Last month
March 2023
# Update
Joe Schmidt rules himself out of All Blacks coaching race
Scott Robertson and Jamie Joseph are believed to be the frontrunners for the role.
# Apology
All Blacks star Savea sorry for throat-slitting gesture
The star admitted he lost control and regretted the action.
This year
# Legend
All Blacks World Cup winner Coles set to retire
He will hang up his boots after 17 years of professional rugby for Wellington, the Hurricanes and New Zealand.
Last year
# Concerned
New Zealand Rugby wants answers from sponsor after conviction
Altrad has sponsored the shirts of New Zealand’s men and women teams since August in a six-year deal.
# Setback
All Blacks veteran Perenara tears Achilles tendon
New Zealand coach Ian Foster has confirmed the scrum-half ruptured his Achilles tendon in last weekend’s draw with England.
Ireland A v All Blacks XV
Relive all the action as it happens at the RDS as Ireland A take on All Blacks XV.
# Team news
Smith to leapfrog Carter as most capped All Blacks back against Wales
Smith is one of a number of older heads to return to the team following a laboured 38-31 victory over Japan in Tokyo.
# tokyo drift
Retallick sees red as All Blacks made to work for win over Japan
Brodie Retallick is set to miss at least some of New Zealand’s autumn tour after he was sent off for dangerous play.
# All Blacks
Delayed Whitelock joins New Zealand tour after trampoline trouble
The veteran second-row had stayed behind due to an issue with his balance.
# Unhappy
Nienaber slams 'disturbing' allegations regarding players as Springboks survive 'semi-final’
A last-minute bonus-point try enabled South Africa to draw level with New Zealand on 14 points.
# rugby championship
Wallabies out to avoid 'world of hurt' against All Blacks
The Rugby Championship is one of the tightest in recent memory with Thursday’s clash crucial to both teams’ title hopes.
# family first
Dad-to-be Savea to miss All Blacks Bledisloe Test in Australia
The 28-year-old is expected to return for the second Test on 24 September.
# hot and cold
'We're good enough': All Blacks coach demands end to inconsistent form
Jason Ryan said it should not take a setback to fire up New Zealand.
# midpoint report
Historic wins and shock slumps serve up one of the most intriguing Rugby Championships in years
It’s all set up for a fascinating finish to this year’s tournament.
# Team news
Under-fire Foster defends naming unchanged All Blacks team
Foster has backed his players to deliver a response in their Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Hamilton.
# Must do better
Foster demands more All Blacks improvement against beefed-up Pumas
New Zealand ended a run of three straight defeats with the 35-23 victory in Johannesburg just under two weeks ago.
# New Law
'I am available to play for the Wallabies' - Former All-Black Kerr-Barlow eyes up shock switch
Kerr-Barlow, who was born in Melbourne, last represented New Zealand in 2017.
# Boost
Retallick on verge of All Blacks return after broken cheekbone
The lock has been sidelined since suffering the injury in New Zealand’s series-deciding third Test defeat to Ireland last month.
# Team news
Springboks recall 'massive' Vermeulen for All Blacks rematch
The Ulster forward missed a three-Test series against Wales last month.
# Claim
All Blacks took 'step up', says under-fire coach Foster
The loss to the Springboks was the fifth in six matches after three defeats by Ireland and another by France.
# Under Pressure
Springbok triumph adds to woes of embattled All Blacks
New Zealand went into the game having lost four of their previous five matches.
# Team news
Struggling New Zealand ring the changes for South Africa Test
Head coach Ian Foster has made nine changes to the matchday 23 beaten by Ireland last month.
# Boost
Ireland boss Andy Farrell signs 2-year contract extension
The new deal will keep him in the role until at least August 2025.
# Fallout
Hansen: Relationship between New Zealand Rugby and All Blacks 'worst it's ever been'
The former All Blacks head coach also believes Ireland were ‘outstanding’ in claiming a 2-1 series win in New Zealand.
# Under Pressure
'No panic' as 'dented' All Blacks prepare to face Springboks
Some pundits in New Zealand have called for head coach Ian Foster to be sacked following the 2-1 home series loss to Ireland.
# all change
Under-pressure All Blacks sack Plumtree and Mooar, bring in Crusaders' Ryan
New Zealand Rugby move following ‘robust and in-depth conversations’ about ways to improve performance.
# Analysis
Analysis: The endgame said it all for Ireland against the All Blacks
Murray Kinsella breaks down the final stages of Ireland’s third Test victory.
# black and blue
What next for Ian Foster and his struggling All Blacks?
Ireland’s historic series win intensifies the pressure on the New Zealand head coach and his players.
New Zealand v Ireland, third Test
Relive all the action as it happens in Wellington.
# Analysis
Analysis: Peter O'Mahony's tour de force against the All Blacks
Murray Kinsella reviews every single involvement O’Mahony had in the second Test in Dunedin.
# tour diary
Doyle on Rugby: Nowhere to hide for Ian Foster
The All Blacks coach is under intense scrutiny at home, writes Garry Doyle from New Zealand.
New Zealand v Ireland, second Test
Relive all the action as it happened in Dunedin.
# Analysis
Analysis: What Ireland can learn from their near misses in the first Test
Ireland came up agonisingly short on more than one occasion in Auckland last Saturday.
# tour diary
Doyle on Rugby: The thing about Eden Park
Garry Doyle discovers New Zealand’s strange relationship with their Auckland fortress.
# Analysis
Analysis: Aaron Smith's passing masterclass picks Ireland apart
Murray Kinsella breaks down Saturday’s performance by the best passer in world rugby.
New Zealand v Ireland, first Test
Relive all the action as it happened in Auckland.
# familiar face
O'Gara: Schmidt impact can be 'overestimated' ahead of first Test
The former Ireland boss has stepped in to help coach the All Blacks this week.
# Worry
All Black star Whitelock could miss Ireland Tests
He missed the Crusaders’ semi-final victory over the Waikato Chiefs with what was termed then as a ‘thumb injury’.
# back on the road
'Priceless' New Zealand tour the first stop on Ireland's long road to France 2023
Andy Farrell has called for this squad to ‘push the boundaries’ on their five-game summer tour.
# On the plane
Andy Farrell includes 5 uncapped players in 40-man Ireland squad to tour New Zealand
Robert Balaoucoune, Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell and Rónan Kelleher have all been ruled out through injury.