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Virtually all successful sport teams are built around the strength of the collective unit, squad depth. From the men on the park in the opening minutes, to their replacements who might only see two, and right down to those men who didn’t quite make the final cut, each and every player is as important as the next, for as the famous quote goes; you are only as strong as your weakest link. 897 more words

All Blacks

Mature reaction from snubbed Cipriani

Snubbed fly-half Danny Cipriani says he will not change his habits despite being disappointed after being left out by England for November’s Tests.

The 26-year-old, who has performed well for the Sharks this season and also impressed as a replacement against New Zealand in June, was not included in Stuart Lancaster’s 33-man squad. 296 more words

Planet Rugby

Rokoduguni in, Ashton out for England

England have called up Bath winger and British Army soldier Semesa Rokoduguni for the November Tests, with Chris Ashton missing out.

Jonathan Joseph comes in for the injured Manu Tuilagi, while there is also a spot for Calum Clark in the forwards. 612 more words

Planet Rugby

149. It's Not Easy Being Black

Only with the All Blacks would you kick the winning goal on Saturday night, and then on Monday be left out of the touring party. 316 more words

Ned

Referee Induced Anger 2

Just like a bad sequel I’m back to whinge about the standard of refereeing in saturday night’s heart-stopper at Lang Park.

Craig Joubert is widely regarded as the world’s best whistle blower. 313 more words

Selectors should consider giving Carter starting role in Chicago

Daniel Carter is back for the All Blacks ahead of the annual end of year Northern Tour.

In a squad with little surprises, Steve Hansen will surely look to include Daniel Carter as part of the run on squad for the test against the USA in Chicago. 250 more words

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