Veteran All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore has confirmed his retirement from international rugby after more than a decade in the side.
The New Zealand public would refuse to countenance a first-ever defeat to Ireland, according to Steve Hansen.
Rookie blindside flanker Steven Luatua has been given the opportunity to impose himself on an aggressive Ireland pack.
European rugby's new club competition is will go ahead, said the head of the English Premiership.
Japan's fixture against New Zealand on Saturday's is the ultimate litmus test of their rugby development.
Giant lock Dominic Bird and winger Frank Halai will make their New Zealand debuts in the Test against Japan.
New Zealand have called uncapped prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen into their squad for the test against Japan in Tokyo.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen named the following squad on Sunday for rugby tests against Japan, France, England and Ireland in November:
Having steamrolled all before them in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand head north in imperious form.
Luke Whitelock has emulated older brothers Sam and George by becoming an .
Winger Cory Jane has returned to the New Zealand squad for the world champions' final Bledisloe Cup test against Australia.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen named the following squad on Sunday for the Bledisloe Cup rugby clash against Australia in Dunedin on October 19.
The Rugby Championship decider between South Africa and New Zealand could provide an early psychological World Cup blow.
Captain Richie McCaw was restored to the New Zealand team for their decisive Rugby Championship match against South Africa.
New Zealand are preparing for a greater test of concentration than last year in the Estadio Unico cauldron on Saturday.
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