All Blacks

Mo'unga called up by All Blacks

The All Blacks face the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, New Zealand having already won the trophy courtesy of their victories in Sydney and Dunedin in August.

And Crusaders fly-half Mo'unga could feature having been brought in as cover due to the head knock sustained by Beauden Barrett in the Rugby Championship finale with South Africa and Nehe Milner-Skudder's season-ending shoulder injury.

All Blacks wary of improving Wallabies

The All Blacks have already secured the Bledisloe Cup, backing up the 54-34 trouncing in Sydney with a series-clinching comeback in Dunedin.

But after that narrow escape, and having witnessed Australia's draw in South Africa and win in Argentina since, Hansen and the side have arrived in Brisbane wary of how far the Wallabies have come.

"They've been pretty good, they keep developing and they're a confident side aren't they?" he said.

Cane signs again

Cane, 25, is set to play his 50th test against Australia this weekend in Brisbane and has captained the All Blacks in two tests.

The deal means he will also remain with Super rugby side the Chiefs.

"Even though I've been in the All Blacks for five years now, there is still heaps more I want to achieve in the black jersey," said Cane.

"I'm in a leadership role with the All Blacks and the Chiefs and that's something I enjoy, and I want to contribute any way I can in helping lead and drive both those teams to succeed."

All Blacks on verge of title

The All Blacks are averaging 6.8 tries and 46.3 points per game compared to 6.3 and 43.7 in 2016 and will wrap up a fifth Rugby Championship title if victorious against bottom-placed Argentina in Buenos Aires this weekend, irrespective of the result of the other match between South Africa and Australia in Bloemfontein.

Naholo returns with Havili set for test debut

Naholo has been named on the right wing for Sunday morning's test against Argentina in Buenos Aires replacing Nehe Milner-Skudder.

He hasn't played a rugby championship this year.

The Crusaders David Havili is set to make his test debut having been named in the reserves with Damian McKenzie again named at fullback.

Anton Lienert-Brown will start at centre with Ngani Laumape named in the reserves as back cover.

Israel Dagg out for season

That was the positive spin being put on the latest injury update provided by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen before his team's departure for their away Rugby Championship match in Buenos Aires against Argentina.

Hansen confirmed Dagg was his fourth player to have his season ended prematurely with his ongoing knee problems, but said the overall prognosis was much better than was originally feared.

Barrett replaces Lima Sopoaga

The hard-working All Blacks first five-eighth, who has started all eight tests in 2017, was originally slated as one of six players to sit out the trip to Buenos Aires for the Rugby Championship clash against Argentina.

But that plan has proven ill-fated, with the 26-year-old called in at late notice to replace Southland's Lima Sopoaga in the travelling squad of 28 to face the Pumas, as the All Blacks look to seal another title with their fifth victory from as many matches in the competition.

SBW fan makes ABs hijab

The Aucklander captured attention on Saturday night wearing her special homemade All Blacks hijab at the test match against South Africa.

The idea of a "rugby hijab" was suggested to her by her sons during the 2011 Rugby World Cup and Ali said she always wears it on game day.

Six All Blacks to miss Argentina game

Locks Samuel Whitelock and Brodie Retallick, loose forwards Liam Squire and Sam Cane and backs Beauden Barrett and Ryan Crotty will stay home next week before joining up with the squad in Cape Town.

The 28-man squad to travel to Buenos Aires includes the return of loose forwards Jerome Kaino and Matt Todd and lock Patrick Tuipulotu.

Coach Steve Hansen says they want to manage the squad across a demanding playing and international travel schedule at the back end of the 2017 season.

The squad to travel to Argentina is:

All Blacks crush Boks by record 57-0 margin

The Springboks have not beaten the All Blacks in New Zealand for eight years and they showed little prospect of changing that statistic as they were overwhelmed by the All Blacks 57-0 in a seven-try-to-none demolition at North Harbour Stadium tonight.

The young Springboks team initially ran and scrumed strongly in the early exchanges but the All Blacks quickly seized on lineout and passing errors with a first half masterclass in counterattacking rugby and ruthless finishing.