Chris Boyd blames basic handling errors for his side's home Super Rugby final loss to the Highlanders.
All Blacks skipper wants his troops to match Samoans when it comes to passion in Wednesday's historic test.
Lima Sopoaga's calm display for the Highlanders saw him edge his Hurricanes rival Beauden Barrett in the final.
Samoa rugby fans flock to All Blacks parade, but it's the PM who steals the show with not-so-subtle jibes at the tourists.
It "stiffens the sinew and summons the blood", so just how will the All Blacks and Samoa pre-test rituals go?
OPINION: No room for Umaga or SBW, revealing the embarrassment of NZ rugby's Samoan talent riches.
OPINION: The Hurricanes fluffed their lines on the big stage, leaving a familiar feeling in the capital.
Chris Boyd blames basic handling errors for his side's heartbreaking Super Rugby final loss to the Highlanders.
North Harbour midfielder pens two-year deal with franchise to leave coach Chris Boyd's roster for next season all but full.
Prices have been cut, and day passes brought back in a bid to lure sevens fans back to Wellington in January.
Interest in oval ball code rising in football-mad nation since sevens earned place in Rio Olympic Games.
After just one season in the ITM Cup, Jacob Skeen now has an opportunity to play at international level.
Springboks centre who feared he may not walk unaided again deemed match-fit for World XV game.
All Blacks skipper wants troops to match Samoans when it comes to passion in Wednesday's test.
Samoa rugby fans flock to All Blacks parade, but it's the PM who steals the show with not-so-subtle jibes.
With a world title in the bag, there's a new challenge on the horizon.
Horowhenua-Kapiti rugby players are hoping to win the shield off Hawke's Bay this month.