All Blacks

Only a miracle will salvage the All Blacks’ remaining home tests

The second Bledisloe test in a row at Eden Park looks like it will be the last time they play on New Zealand soil in 2021, with the Rugby Championship set to likely take place in Perth over the course of the next month.

That's a real shame, not just because it means for a third season in a row the players will have to make a long road trip after last year's Australian hosted tournament and the World Cup in 2019.

One change for All Blacks for second Bledisloe Cup test

Will Jordan comes into the run on side for injured centre Anton Lienert-Brown. Jordan will start on the right wing, with Sevu Reece moving to the left wing and Rieko Ioane moving from the left wing to centre.

Lienert-Brown has been ruled out with a knee injury.

David Havili remains at second-five and Damian McKenzie remains at fullback.

Halfback TJ Perenara is in the reserves and returns to the matchday 23 for the first time this year.

Aaron Smith admits they didn't follow the game plan

Despite a 33-25 win in Bledisloe I, the All Blacks were put through an unflattering review on Monday, where players were held accountable for their mistakes.

However, Smith vowed the team's game managers wouldn’t repeat their tactical errors in Bledisloe II at Eden Park on Saturday.

“We had a plan around how we wanted to exit and get our forwards in the game early,” Smith told The Breakdown on Sky on Monday evening.

“But there was just so many opportunities. We fell into that trap of, ‘we could go on here, it’s hot here, we could do this’.

One hand on Bledisloe Cup but still plenty to ponder for All Blacks

The hosts won Saturday's opener 33-25 over the Wallabies in Auckland, leaving the visitors needing to break a 35 year hoodoo at Eden Park this weekend to have any hope of winning back the trophy for the first time since 2002.

It was a far from flawless display from New Zealand but they celebrated Aaron Smith becoming the 10th All Blacks centurion with a win and despite the patchy performance, it was still an occasion he'll never forget.

"It was a dream and goal of mine so it's surreal it's happened," Smith said.

All Blacks too strong for Wallabies but have plenty to work on

Unbeaten at the Auckland venue since 1994, Ian Foster's side ran in three tries in a 13-minute burst after the break to kill off the contest with an awesome display of forward muscle and backline inspiration.

Wallabies fullback Tom Banks scored two late tries and Jordan Uelese grabbed another after the siren to give the visitors a flattering final scoreline.

The damage was done earlier as All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith celebrated his 100th test with a win and his team took a 1-0 lead in the Bledisloe Cup, the annual trophy contested by the trans-Tasman nations.

Richie Mo'unga gets nod over Beauden Barrett for Bledisloe Cup

Foster unveiled a largely expected 23 to take on the Australians in the Bledisloe opener and first of back-to-back trans-Tasman tests at their Auckland stronghold where they haven’t lost since 1994. Notably it contains three Barretts on the bench, with Jordie covering the outside backs, Beauden doing the honours 10 and 15 and Scott the second row.

In-form and evergreen halfback Aaron Smith is also named to start what will be his 100th test for the All Blacks, which is sure to add an extra layer of emotion to the night for the New Zealanders.


All Blacks released to play in NPC

TJ Perenara, Braydon Ennor, Asafo Aumua, Hoskins Sotutu and Tupou Vaa'i have left the All Blacks camp in Auckland to join their provincial teams.

Perenara and Aumua will be available for Wellington's opening match against Northland in the capital on Saturday afternoon,

Canterbury will be able to call on Ennor for Sunday's match against Auckland at Eden Park, Sotutu is in line to make his debut for Counties-Manukau in the opening match of the season against Manawatu on Friday night and Vaa'i will boost Taranaki for their match against Hawke's Bay on Saturday afternoon.

NZR and Adidas unveil new All Blacks and Black Ferns jerseys

The All Blacks will wear their jersey for the first time this weekend when they host the Wallabies in the first Bledisloe Cup test at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

The Black Ferns, meanwhile, will wear their jersey for the first time when they take on Australia at Rugby Park in Christchurch on September 26.

For the first time in their 30-year history, the Black Ferns have their own dedicated jersey that is specifically tailored to accomodate the demands of the women’s game.

NZ Rugby confirms six-year partnership with petrochemical company INEOS

INEOS will become the official performance partner of the All Blacks, Black Ferns, All Blacks Sevens, Black Ferns Sevens, Māori All Blacks, All Blacks XV and All Blacks Under-20s.

The new deal could be worth in the region of $8 million a year to NZR.

The INEOS logo will appear on the back of the playing shorts and on the front of the Training Jersey of each of those seven teams from 2022. More details on the Performance Partnership will be unveiled later this year.

Tuipulotu to stay with NZ rugby and Blues

The Blues captain will head to Japan later this year after the All Blacks end of year tour. He will miss the Super Rugby season next year and return to New Zealand mid-2022.

Tuipulotu said while there was a desire to experience playing overseas, he and his family wanted to live in New Zealand long-term.

"In some ways winning the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman title has made my decision easier, because we have got that monkey off our backs at the Blues. It was a hard decision because the Blues as a group have developed so well.