Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bledisloe Cup 2 / Wellington

 A general view is seen prior to the during the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies at Westpac Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand.
(Aug. 26, 2016 - Source: Martin Hunter/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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ALL BLACKS SECURE BLEDISLOE CUP

New Zealand secured a bonus-point win over Australia for the second time in a week in the Rugby Championship, triumphing 29-9 in Wellington.
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 Brodie Retallick of New Zealand on the charge during the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies at Westpac Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand.
(Aug. 26, 2016 - Source: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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 Michael Hooper of Australia is tackled by Dane Coles and Sam Whitelock of New Zealand during the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies at Westpac Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand.
(Aug. 26, 2016 - Source: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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Kieran Read of the All Blacks celebrates with the Bledisloe Cup during the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies at Westpac Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand.
(Aug. 26, 2016 - Source: Phil Walter/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June Test 2016 / Ireland v S.A.

14-Man Ireland Stand Firm For Famous Tour Win
 Adriaan Strauss (C) of the Springboks in action during the 1st Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match between South Africa and Ireland at DHL Newlands Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Gallo Images/Getty Images Europe)
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From the disappointment of CJ Stander's sending-off to the sheer elation felt at the final whistle, Ireland ran the full gamut of emotions on the way to beating the Springboks for the first time ever on South African soil.
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Eben Etzebeth of the Springboks wins the line out ball during the 1st Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match between South Africa and Ireland at DHL Newlands Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Gallo Images/Getty Images Europe)
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The Cook Cup / June Test 2016 / Australia v England / Brisbane

 The Cook Cup is displayed during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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 England's resurgence under Eddie Jones gained traction with a breakthrough 39-28 win over the Wallabies to open the three-test series against the Rugby World Cup finalists on Saturday.
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 Israel Folau of the Wallabies attempts to break away from the defence during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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Michael Hooper of Australia wins the lineout from Maro Itoje during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: David Rogers/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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England rallied from 10-0 down to lead 19-13 at halftime, taking advantage of a 9-2 penalty count and swooping on an Australian backfield error for its only first-half try.
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 James Haskell of England breaks with the ball during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: David Rogers/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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 Rory Arnold of the Wallabies competes with Mark Itoje of England in a maul during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Matt King/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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 David Pocock of the Wallabies is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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England could clinch its first series win in Australia with victory in Melbourne next week. The third test is set for Sydney on June 25.
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 Tevita Kuridrani of the Wallabies scores a try during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Matt King/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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Bernard Foley of the Wallabies has this try disallowed during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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June Test 2016 / NZ v Wales / Eden Park

 Luke Romano of the All Blacks takes the ball in the lineout during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Eden Park on June 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Phil Walter/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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New Zealand recovered from being 15-18 down at the break to win 39-21 in their opening Test against Wales in Auckland on Saturday.
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 Kieran Read of the All Blacks is tackled by George North of Wales during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Eden Park on June 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Phil Walter/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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A general view is seen during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Eden Park on June 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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Man of the match: A few men on both sides put their hand up for this award as Liam Williams and Taulupe Faletau stood out for Wales while Waisake Naholo and Kieran Read were impressive in black. But we go forBen Smith, who again showed his importance to this New Zealand side.
Moment of the match: When the Welsh scored through Taulupe Faletau in the tenth minute, it set the tone for a brilliant game to start this June series.
Villain of the match: We don’t like to pick up on an error in such an entertaining game but Wayne Barnescalling Aaron Cruden’s pass to TJ Perenara forward was one for the archives. Despite several replays and advice from elsewhere Barnes stood by his decision. An amazing call.
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 Kieran Read of New Zealand clashes with Taulupe Faletau of Wales going after a high ball during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Eden Park on June 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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Brodie Retallick of the All Blacks looks to fend during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Eden Park on June 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.
(June 10, 2016 - Source: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015 Finals in 25 Pictures

 Richie McCaw of New Zealand and Dan Carter of New Zealand hold the Webb Ellis Cup aloft following victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Phil Walter/Getty Images Europe)
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 Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand breaks through on his way to score his team's second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Europe)
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 Israel Folau of Australia is tackled by Julian Savea (no11) and Conrad Smith of the New Zealand All Blacks during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe)
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 Dan Carter of New Zealand and Richie McCaw of New Zealand pose with the Webb Ellis Cup after victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Europe)
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 Dan Carter of New Zealand celebrates in the dressing room following victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Phil Walter/Getty Images Europe)
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 Nehe Milner-Skudder of the New Zealand All Blacks dives over to score the opening try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe)
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 Sam Whitelock of New Zealand is tackled by Will Genia of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Phil Walter/Getty Images Europe)
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 details shot of a scrum from Australia and New Zealand All Blacks during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe)
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 Michael Hooper of Australia is tackled by Sam Whitelock of New Zealand during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe)
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 Dan Carter of New Zealand scores a conversion during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Europe)
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 Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand is tackled during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: David Rogers/Getty Images Europe)
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 Ben Smith of New Zealand takes the high ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: David Rogers/Getty Images Europe)
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 Dan Carter of New Zealand is tackled by Sekope Kepu of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Phil Walter/Getty Images Europe)
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 Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand breaks the tackle of Drew Mitchell of Australia on his way to score his team's second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Paul Gilham/Getty Images Europe)
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 Julian Savea of New Zealand is tackled by Stephen Moore of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Phil Walter/Getty Images Europe)
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 Dan Carter of New Zealand clears the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe)
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 Israel Folau (c) of Australia and Richie McCaw of the New Zealand All Blacks compete for a high ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe)
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 David Pocock of Australia (obscured) goes over to score his sides opening try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe)
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 Adam Ashley-Cooper of Australia and Julian Savea of New Zealand challenge for the high ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe)
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 Richie McCaw, captain of New Zealand lifts the Webb Ellis Cup after victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: David Rogers/Getty Images Europe)
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 Rob Simmons of Australia wins a lineout from Sam Whitelock of the New Zealand All Blacks during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe)
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 Dan Carter of the New Zealand All Blacks kicks a drop goal to put his side 24-17 ahead during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe)
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Drew Mitchell of Australia claims the high ball under pressure from Nehe Milner-Skudder of the New Zealand All Blacks during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe)
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A rugby statue is seen outside the stadium prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe)
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The Australia team face the Haka before the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
(Oct. 30, 2015 - Source: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe)
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New Zealand 34 - 17 Australia 
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