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Oct 31, 2015

Clinical All Blacks deliver when it matters

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand finally showed they could win a World Cup away from home after dismantling a gallant but outclassed Australia 34-17 in a final on Saturday that defined their golden era.

With their two previous triumphs, in 1987 and 2011, both coming in the home confines of Eden Park, Auckland, the All Blacks won their first World Cup on foreign soil with a sublime display from flyhalf Dan Carter on his final international appearance.

Oct 31, 2015

Rugby-Captain fantastic McCaw leads from the front

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Richie McCaw became the first man to lift the Rugby World Cup twice on Saturday and whether or not he opts to call it a day as an All Black, his place as the greatest leader of a rugby team the game has seen is assured.

Like the New Zealand juggernaut he has led with such distinction, McCaw has kept evolving and at the age of 34 his hunger for success and focus has been as intense as ever.

Oct 31, 2015

Rugby-Clinical All Blacks deliver when it matters

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – New Zealand finally showed they could win a World Cup away from home after dismantling a gallant but outclassed Australia 34-17 in a final on Saturday that defined their golden era.

With their two previous triumphs, in 1987 and 2011, both coming in the home confines of Eden Park, Auckland, the All Blacks won their first World Cup on foreign soil with a sublime display from flyhalf Dan Carter on his final international appearance.

Oct 31, 2015

Captain fantastic McCaw spearheaded golden era for All Blacks

LONDON (Reuters) – Richie McCaw lifted the World Cup for a second time on Saturday and whether or not he opts to call it a day as an All Black, his place as the greatest leader of a rugby team the game has seen is assured.

Like the New Zealand juggernaut he has led with distinction, McCaw has kept evolving and at the age of 34 his hunger for success and focus has been as intense as ever.

Oct 31, 2015

Rugby-Captain fantastic McCaw spearheaded golden era for All Blacks

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Richie McCaw lifted the World Cup for a second time on Saturday and whether or not he opts to call it a day as an All Black, his place as the greatest leader of a rugby team the game has seen is assured.

Like the New Zealand juggernaut he has led with distinction, McCaw has kept evolving and at the age of 34 his hunger for success and focus has been as intense as ever.

Oct 31, 2015

Triumphant All Blacks face changing of the guard

LONDON (Reuters) – Sooner or later every great sports dynasty must face up to a changing of the guard and for back-to-back Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand that time has come.

A post-World Cup exodus will hit the All Blacks hard, the departures of five senior players, and in all probability six if captain Richie McCaw decides to retire, leaving coach Steve Hansen to rebuild.

Oct 31, 2015

Rugby-Triumphant All Blacks face changing of the guard

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Sooner or later every great sports dynasty must face up to a changing of the guard and for back-to-back Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand that time has come.

A post-World Cup exodus will hit the All Blacks hard, the departures of five senior players, and in all probability six if captain Richie McCaw decides to retire, leaving coach Steve Hansen to rebuild.

Oct 30, 2015

Durable McCaw at the heart of All Blacks golden era

LONDON (Reuters) – Like the All Blacks juggernaut that he has led with distinction, Richie McCaw has kept evolving and at the age of 34 his hunger for success and focus is as intense as ever.

That the game’s outstanding loose forward has stood up to the demands of test rugby for so long is a reflection of his durability, enthusiasm, consistency and the way he relishes pressure.

Oct 30, 2015

Rugby-Durable McCaw at the heart of All Blacks golden era

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Like the All Blacks juggernaut that he has led with distinction, Richie McCaw has kept evolving and at the age of 34 his hunger for success and focus is as intense as ever.

That the game’s outstanding loose forward has stood up to the demands of test rugby for so long is a reflection of his durability, enthusiasm, consistency and the way he relishes pressure.

Oct 29, 2015

Breakdown the key battle for All Blacks, Wallabies

LONDON (Reuters) – Back in August, New Zealand coach Steve Hansen spoke of not allowing Australia “to have a field day at the breakdown” before their Rugby Championship clash and then watched as Wallaby back-rower David Pocock ran amok.

A 27-19 defeat in Sydney was the only loss suffered by the All Blacks this year and although the Wallabies succumbed a week later in Auckland, they had found a chink in the armour of their bitter rivals.