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Sep 21, 2015

Coach Hansen to keep All Blacks on their toes

LONDON (Reuters) – Having negotiated their toughest Pool C obstacle Argentina, New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said the All Blacks would not rest on their laurels and be caught looking ahead to the Rugby World Cup knockout stages just yet.

The holders came away with a 26-16 victory from a bruising encounter with the Pumas at Wembley on Sunday and Hansen will ring the changes for the Thursday’s game against Namibia at the Olympic Stadium.

Sep 21, 2015

Rugby-Coach Hansen to keep All Blacks on their toes

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Having negotiated their toughest Pool C obstacle Argentina, New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said the All Blacks would not rest on their laurels and be caught looking ahead to the Rugby World Cup knockout stages just yet.

The holders came away with a 26-16 victory from a bruising encounter with the Pumas at Wembley on Sunday and Hansen will ring the changes for the Thursday’s game against Namibia at the Olympic Stadium.

Sep 21, 2015

All Blacks focussed on getting the job done, says McCaw

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand and captain Richie McCaw, as befitting the world’s number one side and most-capped player, are rarely ruffled and never panic — even when trailing opponents who match their intensity and work rate.

The All Blacks, accustomed to dominating collisions and the breakdown area, met their match for 40 minutes at Wembley on Sunday as Argentina harried and hustled the Rugby World Cup holders in their Pool C opener.

Sep 21, 2015

Rugby-All Blacks focused on getting the job done, says McCaw

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – New Zealand and captain Richie McCaw, as befitting the world’s number one side and most-capped player, are rarely ruffled and never panic — even when trailing opponents who match their intensity and work rate.

The All Blacks, accustomed to dominating collisions and the breakdown area, met their match for 40 minutes at Wembley on Sunday as Argentina harried and hustled the Rugby World Cup holders in their Pool C opener.

Sep 20, 2015

Rusty All Blacks will improve for battle with Pumas – Hansen

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand were rusty and will only improve as the Rugby World Cup progresses, coach Steve Hansen said as the holders needed all their guile and craft to overcome Argentina 26-16 in their Pool C opener on Sunday.

Hansen hailed his bench for injecting energy and urgency in the second half as the All Blacks wore down their combative opponents after trailing for 56 minutes at Wembley Stadium.

Sep 20, 2015

Rugby-Rusty All Blacks will improve for battle with Pumas – Hansen

LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – New Zealand were rusty and will only improve as the Rugby World Cup progresses, coach Steve Hansen said as the holders needed all their guile and craft to overcome Argentina 26-16 in their Pool C opener on Sunday.

Hansen hailed his bench for injecting energy and urgency in the second half as the All Blacks wore down their combative opponents after trailing for 56 minutes at Wembley Stadium.

Sep 19, 2015

Japan match brawn with brain to silence Springboks

LONDON (Reuters) – Japan, so often pleasing on the eye but short on stature in the face of more physical opponents, came of age as a rugby nation to stun twice winners South Africa 34-32 on Saturday, the biggest upset since the Rugby World Cup’s inception in 1987.

Moulded by former Australia coach Eddie Jones into a side that matched flair and industry with ferocious tackling, Japan made all those attributes count in spectacular fashion with a last-gasp victory in their Pool B opener in Brighton.

Sep 19, 2015

Rugby-Japan match brawn with brain to silence Springboks

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Japan, so often pleasing on the eye but short on stature in the face of more physical opponents, came of age as a rugby nation to stun twice winners South Africa 34-32 on Saturday, the biggest upset since the Rugby World Cup’s inception in 1987.

Moulded by former Australia coach Eddie Jones into a side that matched flair and industry with ferocious tackling, Japan made all those attributes count in spectacular fashion with a last-gasp victory in their Pool B opener in Brighton.

Sep 18, 2015

Full-strength All Blacks ready to silence Pumas snarl

LONDON (Reuters) – If holders New Zealand are to have their noses bloodied in the early stages of their Rugby World Cup defence then Argentina’s Pumas are likely to be the side to do it at Wembley on Sunday.

No one expects the All Blacks to suffer any mishaps on their way to the business end of the tournament as they set out to repeat their 2011 triumph but Steve Hansen’s side face their toughest Pool C opponents first up.

Sep 18, 2015

Rugby-Full-strength All Blacks ready to silence Pumas snarl

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – If holders New Zealand are to have their noses bloodied in the early stages of their Rugby World Cup defence then Argentina’s Pumas are likely to be the side to do it at Wembley on Sunday.

No one expects the All Blacks to suffer any mishaps on their way to the business end of the tournament as they set out to repeat their 2011 triumph but Steve Hansen’s side face their toughest Pool C opponents first up.