All Blacks

Seven changes to Maori All Blacks

The side includes five new caps - flanker Reed Prinsep, halfback Billy Guyton and wing Ambrose Curtis who will start, while New Zealand under 20s captain and hooker Leni Apisai and Waikato skipper Whetu Douglas will make their debuts off the bench.

Ash Dixon again captains the Maori All Blacks from hooker, with Otere Black directing the team from first-five.

Coach Colin Cooper says the win over the USA last week was satisfying but they were also looking forward to the unique experience of playing in Limerick.

High five for All Black conquerors Ireland

Having had the wind blown out of their sails by Ireland in Chicago, New Zealand’s near seven-year reign at the top of the World Rugby Rankings is not looking quite so secure.

The All Blacks conceded 40 points for only the fifth time in history as the inspired Irish recorded their first-ever win over the All Blacks in 111 years of trying.

In what was a superb advert for the game, Ireland blazed into a 25-8 half-time lead following tries for Jordi Murphy, CJ Stander and Conor Murray, before the All Blacks threatened to pull off one of their infamous second-half comebacks.

Tamanivalu and Retallick join All Blacks

Moala has a serious elbow injury and is heading home, though he doesn't require surgery.

All Blacks second-five Ryan Crotty will miss the next two tests against Italy in Rome and Ireland in Dublin with a hamstring strain he picked up during the historic Chicago defeat.

Crotty should be available for the tour-ending test against France in Paris.

Seta Tamanivalu has been called into the squad as cover and will join the team in Rome having just played for the Barbarians in London.

'They've done it!' - World reacts to Irish win

"History in Chicago. The long wait is over." That is how the Irish Independent reported the win, splashing the result large on its website.

"Ireland's class of 2016 stamped their names into the history books as Joe Schmidt's side dispatched New Zealand 40-29 in Chicago," wrote the Irish Times just after the win.

The ABs themselves were gracious in defeat.

And the mood back in Ireland itself was clearly riotous.

Irish fans at a Wellington pub were in an understandably celebratory mood after the match.

Australia not doing enough to develop rugby in Fiji and Pacific: Mark Ella

Compared with his country, the former ace, regarded as Australia's best rugby player of all time, said the Kiwis were more active and culturally attached to the island nations.

He made the statement in light of the New Zealand All Blacks' tour to Samoa last year and the Super Rugby match between the Waikato Chiefs and the Canterbury Crusaders in Suva this year.

"I don't think Australia does enough to develop rugby in the Pacific Islands, I think New-Zealand does a bit more," Ella said.

All Blacks to shuffle selections

The world champions will head to the United States to take on Ireland in Chicago on 5 November, before jetting to Europe for Tests against Italy, Ireland again and France.

With Hansen's tried-and-tested first team feeling the effects of a long season for club and country, All Blacks management intend to keep shuffling their decks.

Among the candidates for a prominent role on tour include Blues midfielder Rieko Ioane, who may debut against Italy, Chiefs playmaker Damian McKenzie and lock Patrick Tuipulotu.

All Blacks cleared of bugging hotel room - report

Australia's Daily Telegraph reports that betting syndicates have also been ruled out as perpetrators of the bugging, but it's likely to take weeks before police wrap up their investigation.

After the incident, rumours emerged that the All Blacks planted the device themselves in a prank gone wrong.

However that theory has been debunked, with police confirming the listening device found at the Intercontinental Hotel in Double Bay was live.

Police said they found no evidence that an All Black was involved in the planting of the device.

Julian Savea returns, All Blacks make three changes

Savea's recall on the left wing in place of Waisake Naholo against the Wallabies in Auckland on Saturday is the only change to the starting team that demoralised the Springboks in Durban, with two further tweaks coming on the bench.

After making regular adjustments on their successful tour of Argentina and South Africa, the All Blacks have largely returned to their best line-up as they chase a world record 18th win in a row over top tier test nations.

Wallabies set to rise to the challenge

The All Blacks haven't lost at Eden Park since 2004 and it's been 30 years since Australia came home with a win in Auckland.

The New Zealanders are also on the verge of breaking the record for most consecutive Test wins by a top-tier nation - a win on Saturday would make 18 in a row.

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore says ending that streak will be a big challenge.

"They've been the best team in the world for a number of years and we're going to play them in their back yard, it's as simple as that, you've got to play well to win."

All Blacks star Aaron Smith apologizes for airport toilet incident

Aaron Smith was handed a one-game suspension and faces a misconduct hearing after members of the public spotted him following a woman into a disabled toilet last month, while he and his All Blacks teammates were waiting at Christchurch airport.

"I've made a huge mistake, a huge error in judgment," the 27-year-old told reporters at the team's hotel in South Africa Thursday.

"I'd firstly like to say a huge sorry to my partner Teagan, her family, my family. I'm also sorry to my teammates, NZRU and the New Zealand fans.