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Rugby World Cup Recap: New Zealand v Namibia

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CASTRES, FRANCE – They were outclassed. They were overpowered. But, though they were beaten, battered, bruised and bloodied, Namibia refused to be bowed. Their bodies may have weakened under 80 minutes of New Zealand pressure, but their will, organisation and discipline remained very much in tact. And they were rewarded 10 minutes into the second […]

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All Blacks Torch Wales In Final 20

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AUCKLAND, NZ – With about 20 minutes to go in this game I was starting to think of ways to apologize to the readership for predicting a 20-point All Blacks victory. Up until that point Wales had ripped into the visitors and led by three points. But, as the Irish found out last year at […]

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All Blacks vs. Wales Preview

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AUCKLAND, NZ – The last test of the year for the All Blacks sees them travel to Cardiff, scene of one of their most infamous defeats in recent times. Of course, as we all know, this wasn’t to the home side but to France in the 2007 World Cup quarter-finals. To find the last time […]

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All Blacks Win at Twickenham Rain, Brit and Kiwi Opine

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LONDON, ENGLAND/AUCKLAND, NZ – While it wasn’t the deluge of points some pundits predicted, it was a deluge of a different kind in at Twickenham, where the All Blacks ground out a solid win over an understrength England side. England, buoyed on by a crowd of over 82,000, defied predictions to score early but it […]

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England vs. All Blacks Preview

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LONDON, ENGLAND/AUCKLAND, NZ – With all due respect to our American hosts, the All Black’s northern hemisphere of 2014 faces it’s real test this weekend at Twickenham against England. Due the magnitude of this match, Rugby Wrap Up will again curl up both fists and hit you with double coverage from both nations: European expert Nicholas Hall will […]

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All Blacks vs England, Third Test Recap and Analysis

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AUCKLAND, NZ – Every team is after the complete 80 minute performance, but the All Blacks decided that was too much work for a June test and put in a complete 40 minute effort against a stunned English side in the first half of their match in Hamilton, with the game effectively over at the halftime […]

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