Monday, September 16, 2019
Brodie Retallick Rugby World Cup: Steve Hansen’s selection dilemmas ahead of All Blacks team naming

Brodie Retallick Rugby World Cup: Steve Hansen’s selection dilemmas ahead of All Blacks team...

D-Day is approaching for Steve Hansen and the All Blacks selectors for the announcement of their World Cup squad – and there are a few interesting selection dilemmas for them to mull over. After the All Blacks' 36-0 thrashing of the Wallabies, Hansen admitted there were a few areas in the squad that required robust…
Brodie Retallick Rugby: ‘They aren’t old’ – What the stats say about the All Blacks’ World Cup chances

Brodie Retallick Rugby: ‘They aren’t old’ – What the stats say about the All...

The All Blacks' age and experience are strengths, not weaknesses, at the Rugby World Cup, according to the stats. A lot has been said about the supposedly ageing All Blacks ahead of the World Cup in Japan, especially from one Australian newspaper who labelled them 'Old Blacks' earlier this month. Read morePremium: The Chosen Ones:…
Brodie Retallick Eddie Jones: Rugby like NFL and football

Brodie Retallick Eddie Jones: Rugby like NFL and football

Eddie Jones believes test rugby has evolved into a hybrid of the NFL and football in the past 12 months, a trend he believes will place a great onus on pace, power and tactical kicking at the World Cup. Such a shift, comprising longer passages of "unstructured" play, has contributed to selection reassessments in certain…
Brodie Retallick Pool B capsules for the Rugby World Cup

Brodie Retallick Pool B capsules for the Rugby World Cup

Defending champion New Zealand and archrival South Africa meet in the opening game to ensure a fascinating start to Rugby World Cup Pool B. The All Blacks (2011 and ’15) and Springboks (2007) have won the last three World Cups and five of the eight played, and are obvious choices to progress to the quarterfinals.…
Brodie Retallick Pool B capsules for the Rugby World Cup

Brodie Retallick Pool B capsules for the Rugby World Cup

Defending champion New Zealand and archrival South Africa meet in the opening game to ensure a fascinating start to Rugby World Cup Pool B. The All Blacks (2011 and ’15) and Springboks (2007) have won the last three World Cups and five of the eight played, and are obvious choices to progress to the quarterfinals.…
Brodie Retallick The dark side of being an All Black

Brodie Retallick The dark side of being an All Black

GETTY IMAGESOwen Franks received the news he's likely played his last test match in the black jersey because the game required a more mobile prop.Imagine being laid off from your job because you're too old, too slow, too immobile, or out of shape. If that's not harsh enough, what if your boss then tells the…
Brodie Retallick Rugby World Cup: Beware smokescreens, warns All Blacks assistant Ian Foster

Brodie Retallick Rugby World Cup: Beware smokescreens, warns All Blacks assistant Ian Foster

1 NEWSAll Blacks halfback Brad Weber says that he's prepared to do whatever job is needed of him in Japan.Ian Foster has warned against falling for the smokescreens engulfing the world champion All Blacks. The All Blacks have buried themselves into training ahead of a difficult Rugby World Cup opener against South Africa and a tournament that…
Brodie Retallick Hansen’s gamble with Retallick shoulder underlines lock’s importance

Brodie Retallick Hansen’s gamble with Retallick shoulder underlines lock’s importance

Sport The importance of Brodie Retallick to the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup chances were hammered home when coach Steve Hansen named him in the squad despite the injured lock likely to miss the entire pool stage of the tournament. FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Rugby Championship - Argentina v New Zealand - Jose Amalfitani…
Brodie Retallick Hansen’s gamble with Retallick shoulder underlines lock’s importance

Brodie Retallick Hansen’s gamble with Retallick shoulder underlines lock’s importance

Sport The importance of Brodie Retallick to the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup chances were hammered home when coach Steve Hansen named him in the squad despite the injured lock likely to miss the entire pool stage of the tournament. FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Rugby Championship - Argentina v New Zealand - Jose Amalfitani…
Brodie Retallick 2019 Rugby World Cup: The 31 All Blacks set on creating history in Japan

Brodie Retallick 2019 Rugby World Cup: The 31 All Blacks set on creating history...

More than half of the All Blacks chosen to defend the Rugby World Cup in Japan will be heading to their first World Cup tournament.  Of the 31 players named, 19 have never played at a World Cup.Hannah Peters/GettyFrom left to right, All Blacks captain Kieran Read and head coach Steve Hansen, with vice-captain Sam Whitelock making…