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Sonny Bill Williams: I would have mulled All Blacks to Samoa switch after 2015 RWC

Williams is now 36, and about to embark on the final chapter of his sporting career as he “scratches the itch” to give boxing a proper crack.

But Williams is more than a sportsman these days. After hanging up the boots he moved into the commentary box with broadcaster Stan in Australia, and away from the industry entirely he has used his platform to advocate on behalf of asylum seekers.

All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor re-signs ahead of 2023 World Cup

The 30-year-old has played 66 tests since making his debut in 2015 and was part of the Rugby World Cup 2015-winning squad.

"I'm hugely grateful for another opportunity to play in New Zealand, especially given the current Covid situation around the world," Taylor said.

"My wife Lucy and I have a young family, and putting my family first was a big part of my decision. We love it here in Christchurch and we're settled and happy.

Ardie Savea open to bringing goggles back after World Cup trial run

Savea made headlines around the globe two years ago when it was announced that he would wear protective eyewear for his side’s pool match against Canada.

During a second half appearance in his side’s 63-0 rout in that match, the 28-year-old only wore the goggles for a short amount of time, and never used them for New Zealand’s following clash against Namibia as they fogged up in the Tokyo humidity.

All Blacks fullback Jordie Barrett admits he'd 'love to give NRL a crack'

The 24-year-old spoke of his love for rugby league during a recent interview on the What a Lad podcast, hosted by his former Hurricanes teammate James Marshall.

While he did not indicate a code switch was imminent, Barrett said: “To be honest, every off-season or every time I’m sitting there watching a rugby league game, I think, s..t I’d love to go over there and play some league just for a season.

“And who knows, I might. It crosses my mind a lot.

Moody becomes latest player to extend his contract with New Zealand Rugby

He's played 57 Tests and 100 Super Rugby matches.

"It's a bloody good footy scene here in New Zealand and I've got a great set up down here in Christchurch, so looking forward to getting stuck in again over the next few seasons and playing my part," he said.

All Blacks Head Coach Ian Foster says the signing is great news.

"He's a hugely respected member of our squad and goes about his work in a quiet, understated way.

Will Jordan named World Rugby's Breakthrough Player of the Year

The 23-year-old outside back has pipped Australia’s Andrew Kellaway, Wales’ Louis Rees-Zammit and England’s Marcus Smith for the prestigious award, which has been previously picked up by the likes of Romain Ntamack, Rieko Ioane and Maro Itoje.

While Jordan made his test debut in 2020, no awards were dished out last year due to the significantly affected international calendar which saw a huge disparity in the number of games played by each nation.

Savea and Elder headline list of NZ rugby awards nominees


Black Ferns debutant Liana Mikaele-Tu'u has been nominated for Black Ferns player of the year alongside loose forwards Les Elder (captain) and Kennedy Simon.

Black Ferns Sevens Captain Sarah Hirini has been nominated for two awards. She will contest the Black Ferns Sevens player of the year award alongside Gayle Broughton and Tyla Nathan-Wong.

Hirini is also up for the Tom French Memorial Māori Player of the Year, alongside Māori All Blacks Captain Ash Dixon and All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith.

France demolish All Blacks 40-25 in Paris

Stade de France in Paris this morning.

After leading 24-6 at half-time, the French weathered an all Black fightback in the second half and sealed the victory with a try to Damian Penaud in the 66th minute.

New Zealand had not lost against Les Bleus since 2009 and had been unbeaten in France since 2000.

It was the final game of the All Blacks' 2021 season and followed a 29-20 loss to Ireland last week. It was the second back-to-back defeat for the team in 12 months.

All Blacks want to match French flair

New Zealand are coming off a 29-20 loss to Ireland last weekend where they were, by their own admission, outplayed in most departments, and are looking to avoid back-to-back defeats for the second time in 12 months.

"We've had a really good week. Hopefully that means we show up on Sunday," Whitelock said.

"They (France) are a smart side and they will stick to their strengths, but at the same time they will have looked at the last four or five games we have played and come up with a plan.

Former All Blacks hooker Nathan Harris announces retirement from rugby

The 29-year-old former All Black on Friday announced he was finishing up in the sport after continued discomfort from an ankle injury.

“It has been a massive year and it is time to hang up the boots,” he said in a statement released by the Chiefs.

“After playing 10 years of footy, my ankle has had enough, and it is time to move onto something new.

“It has been a really hard decision, but at the end of the day, my body and my family come first.