All Blacks

Barrett to skipper All Blacks against Barbarians

Barrett missed the defeat to Australia in the final Bledisloe Cup match last month as he was struggling with symptoms of concussion.

The playmaker will return at fly-half for the All Blacks' first match of the tour this weekend, so Lima Sopoaga drops to the bench.

Hooker Asafo Aumua, prop Tim Perry and outside back Matt Duffie are set to make their debuts from the bench.

All Blacks to start World Cup defence against Springboks

The All Blacks beat the Springboks at the semi-final stage of the 2015 World Cup in England before going on to defeat Australia in the final.

Steve Hansen's men begin the defence of their title against their fellow-Pool B heavyweights at the International Stadium on September 21 in the 2019 tournament. 

Hosts Japan get the World Cup started a day earlier at Tokyo Stadium versus a European qualifier in Pool A.

England face Tonga at Sapporo Dome on September 22, a day after 2015 runners-up the Wallabies take on Fiji at the same venue.

Jerome Kaino to fight for ABs jersey

Kaino spoke publicly for the first time since his prolonged period away from the All Blacks dealing with personal issues in London on Wednesday in the lead up to Saturday's November tour opener against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

The veteran 81-test loose forward has not played for the All Blacks since the Lions series ended back in July, and he appeared to have been supplanted in the No 6 pecking order by Liam Squire and Vaea Fifita during the Rugby Championship.

Perenara commits to ABs, Canes

The Wellington-born scrum-half, who has earned 39 Test caps and scored eight international tries since making his debut in 2014, said it was an easy decision to remain in his hometown.

"The All Blacks will always be the goal and to be able to chase that dream for another four years here in New Zealand is a challenge I'm looking forward to," said Perenara.

Baabaas get on the Bus

Capped 56 times for New Zealand and the scorer of 46 tries at test level, Savea has been named in the Barbarians squad to face the All Blacks in London on November 5 (NZ time).

The Wellington and Hurricanes player has also been selected for the Barbarians match the following week against Tonga.

Six other New Zealand players have also so far been chosen in the squad to square off against the All Blacks at Twickenham.

Ex-NRL star Duffie's All Blacks tour call

Duffie has been rewarded for a strong Super Rugby season with the Blues, named as one of four uncapped players along with Crusaders centre Jack Goodhue plus prop Tim Perry and hooker Asafo Aumua, who have both excelled in the national provincial championship.

Duffie started off in union before being scouted by the Melbourne Storm, where he made his NRL debut in 2010.

After six years in the NRL, Duffie signed to play rugby for the Blues last year.

The outside back said making the All Blacks team seemed a bit out of reach.

Four newcomers for All Blacks

The inclusion of young hooker Asafo Aumua and winger Matt Duffie are the notable features of the All Blacks squad for their end of year northern tour.

In an extended 37-man squad named on Monday morning, former NRL player Duffie and Wellington sensation Aumua are joined as new All Blacks by Tim Perry and Jack Goodhue.

Hansen won't wield axe

The All Blacks' selection panel, which comprises Ian Foster, Grant Fox and Hansen, will on Monday confirm their 37-man squad to tour the northern hemisphere and although a number of players' reputations were dented at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night there will be no immediate repercussions.

"I probably could have told you the touring squad before tonight, and it hasn't changed," Hansen said as he ruminated on the end of the All Blacks' seven-match winning streak against the Aussies on the soggy Suncorp pitch.

Wallabies down All Blacks in Brisbane

The third Test of the series might have been a dead rubber but Michael Cheika's men had a point to prove to their trans-Tasman enemies - and they did it, ending a run of seven straight defeats to score their first win over New Zealand since August 2015.

Australia scored three tries to two, showing new-found grit to close out the match as New Zealand mounted a late rally in front of 45,107 supporters who braved constant rain.

Two crunch second-half penalties from Reece Hodge - in the 64th and 78th minutes, both from beyond the halfway line - iced it for the Wallabies.

Mo'unga called up by All Blacks

The All Blacks face the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, New Zealand having already won the trophy courtesy of their victories in Sydney and Dunedin in August.

And Crusaders fly-half Mo'unga could feature having been brought in as cover due to the head knock sustained by Beauden Barrett in the Rugby Championship finale with South Africa and Nehe Milner-Skudder's season-ending shoulder injury.