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Gareth Evan, with the support of Liam Coltman, makes a charge for the Highlanders against the Bulls.
Ryan Crotty swats the Cheetahs defence out of his way in Bloemfontein.
Blues flanker Steven Luatua tries to get to grips with the Brumbies' Pat McCabe.
The Hurricanes and Bulls packs get ready to engage at McLean Park in Napier under the gaze of referee Steve Walsh.
The Kinder Surprises: Anna Zobel, left, Wiebke Liebich and Laura Benecke.
Burst of flames fire off behind the victorious New Zealand sevens team in Wellington.
These fans got especially pixellated for the occasion.
The dressing room celebration is under way after the remarkable last-second victory for the All Blacks in Dublin.
100-test All Black Dan Carter with his father Neville.
NEW STAR: In a very experienced test team, it's the young and fresh Charles Piutau that's truly impressed this match.
Richie McCaw at Stade de France during the All Blacks' 'Captain's Run'.
Richie McCaw and the All Blacks acknowledge the crowd in Tokyo after beating Japan.
Benji Marshall on Eden Park during the Super Rugby launch.
The Bledisloe Cup takes pride of place before the test.
Coach Steve Hansen seems to be sending Richie McCaw to the sheds. The flanker has been ruled out of Saturday's test.
Beauden Barrett skips away from Zane Kirchner to score the All Blacks' bonus point try.
Alapati Leiua is taken in a strong tackle.
Waikato's Ben Tamiefuna makes an early break through Counties Manukau's defence.
All Blacks Ma'a Nonu and Kieran Read watch the match from the sin-bin after both receiving late yellow cards.
Tana Umaga is greeted by jubilant Counties Manukau fans at Auckland Airport as his team returns with the Ranfurly Shield.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw led the haka.
Hawkes Bay celebrate winning the Ranfurly Shield after the Ranfurly Shield match between Otago and Hawke's Bay.
Captain Richie McCaw holds the Bledisloe Cup aloft.
Otago players spray some of the sponsor's product in the changing room.
Israel Dagg breaks out of the tackle of two Wallabies.
The Chiefs perform their post-match haka.
Beauden Barrett is mobbed by Charles Piutau and Israel Dagg after his late try.
All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg breaks a tackle in the second test.
All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith looks to force a turnover from French hooker Dimitri Szarzewski.
Injured captain Sam Warburton holds the series trophy after victory at ANZ Stadium.
The All Blacks front row gets in some scrum practice in New Plymouth ahead of the last test with France.
Lelia Masaga has a cut at the Crusaders defence.
Beauden Barrett gets a kick away against the Crusaders.
Departing Ali Williams shares a laugh with coach Sir John Kirwan after his last game for the Blues.
Liam Messam takes on the Crusaders defence.
The dejected Highlanders look on after Melbourne scored a late match-winning try.
A dejected New Zealand sevens team, led by captain DJ Forbes, trudge off Westpac Stadium after losing to Kenya in the semifinal.
Gemma Easton(paris) leads the Snow Globes onto the turf after winning the Supreme Award of the DomPost Costume Competition.
Tim Mikkelson (left) and Belgium Tuatagaloa acknowledge the crowd.
The All Blacks after their loss to England.
All Blacks celebrate their win over South Africa.
DON'T DROP IT: Israel Dagg recovers a ball while on the burst for the All Blacks against Argentina at Wellington.
All Blacks sporting Israel Dagg's (front) pink and blue hooped training jersey (from left) Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Cory Jane and Aaron Smith.
Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by Australia's Wallabies' Anthony Fainga'a.
Chiefs perform a haka after beating the Sharks in the Super Rugby final.
Chiefs players celebrate their semifinal win over the Crusaders at Waikato Stadium.
Sonny Bill Williams celebrates his first try.
Richie McCaw on the charge.
Richie McCaw and Steve Hansen talk at the All Blacks captain's run ahead of the third test.
Sonny Bill Williams at an All Blacks Wider Training Camp gym session.
New Zealand captain DJ Forbes leads his team in a haka after winning the Sevens World Series.
After sitting out the opening three rounds, Dan Carter is expected to return to action next week.
Hurricanes' Motu Matu'u celebrates their win over the Chiefs.
The Highlanders score late in the second half against the Reds.
Chiefs' Liam Messam in action against the Hurricanes.
Blues players celebrate after winning their round 18 match against the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium.
Zac Guildford streaks away to score against the Bulls.
Steve Hansen's most recent assignment, coaching the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham.
Richie McCaw and Graham Henry with the Webb Ellis Cup at the All Blacks victory parade in Auckland.
Victor Vito needed to towel down, despite not playing the final.
Captain Richie McCaw of the All Blacks lifts the Webb Ellis Cup.
Wales left wing Shane Williams scores a try.
Philippe Saint-Andre at Sheepworld.
All Blacks' Cory Jane on his way to scoring against the French in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
All Blacks fans Dylan McCullough, Liam Foster, Mathew McCullough and Marty McCullough before their team's Rugby World Cup pool match against France.
The All Blacks celebrate their win over Australia.
Wales coach Warren Gatland has heavily criticised Irish referee Alain Rolland for taking away his team's "destiny".
The Wallabies pose for a photo with the Tri-Nations trophy, in Brisbane, 2011.
English player Manu Tuilagi coming out of the water after jumping off the Fullers ferry into Auckland's busy waterfront harbour.
All Black captain Richie McCaw encourages All Black replacement Aaron Cruden.
South Africa's Pierre Spies goes down heavily in a tackle by Australia's Pat McCabe.
French fullback Maxime Medard dives over in the tackle of England first-five Jonny Wilkinson to score.
Wales' Mike Phillips scores a tight try with Ireland's Tommy Bowe in close pursuit.
Fans at the Australia v South Africa game.
Irish scrum half Eoin Reddan takes out Italian flanker Alessandro Zanni.
Scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan of the All Blacks breaks away to score his team's seventh try.
Felipe Contepomi of Argentina scoring a try.
Dan Carter goes down in a heap with a tournament-ending groin injury.
Tonga's Taniela Moa in action.
Russian supporters make some noise for the bears.
Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu of Samoa is tackled by Tendai Mtawarira of the Springboks.
TOO SEXY FOR HIS SHIRT: Sonny Bill Williams.
Israel Dagg's rooster? duck? cobra? sign made after his try in the All Blacks' game against France remains open to interpretation.
Jonah Lomu at the 2011 Rugby World Cup opening ceremony.
Sergio Parisse of Italy tackles Todd Clever of the USA.
Dth van der Merwe of Canada runs for a try.
MEETING FANS: Sonny Bill Williams gets a photo with fans at Wellington's Waitangi Park.
Sam Whitelock takes a breather.
Bradley Davies of Wales and Heinz Koll of Namibia fight it out for lineout ball.
Dan Carter arrives at Wellington Airport with the All Blacks.
Argentina celebrate winning.
Paddy Wallace of Ireland off loads the ball/
Samoa flanker Taiasina Tuifua and Samoa first five Tusi Pisi compete with Fiji fullback Kini Murimurivalu.
Jock Hobbs bestows the cap on Richie McCaw on his 100th test.
English Winger Chris Ashton scoring another try.
All Blacks fans enjoy the atmosphere in Auckland prior to their match against France.
Australia's Anthony Faingaa was injured in a midfield collision.
Morne Steyn of South Africa goes over to score a try.
Queen Elizabeth's grand-daughter Zara Phillips (black cap) with her friends at the England-Romania Rugby World Cup match in Dunedin.
Tonga right wing Fetu'u Vainikolo scores.
Paul Derbyshire of Italy holds off the challenge of Vladislav Korshunov of Russia.
France's Damien Traille scores a try.
England's Manu Tuilagi looks up after scoring a try.
Shane Williams of Wales goes over to score their first try.
Irish fans celebrate their win over Australia.
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton kicks for a penalty.
South Africa's Frans Steyn dodges Fiji's Napolioni Nalaga to score a try.
Juan Jose Imhoff of Argentina celebrates as he scores their fifth try.
All Black replacement Sonny Bill Williams setting up a try.
Todd Clever of USA goes past Alexander Shakirov of Russia.
CASUAL ARRIVAL: Deputy Russian Prime Minister, Alexander Zhukov and his entourage arrive at New Plymouth Airport, while Richard Donald, left, from Auckland and James Walsh, from Hamilton, show off their Russia markings.
Giorgi Chkhaidze of Georgia catches the line out.
Sione Timani of Tonga is tackled by Adam Kleeberger of Canada.
Samoan wing Alesana Tuilagi scores a try.
As the All Black squad prepares to take on Japan on Friday the public has been able to meet and greet some of the players including at Rebel Sport and CBD Corner Pub.
South Africa's Francois Hougaard celebrating mid-air as he scores a try.
Kurtley Beale, right, and Will Genia collide with Italian wing Tommaso Benvenuti.
England halfback Ben Youngs scores the first try of the match and celebrates with England centre Manu Tuilagi.
French Lionel Nallet scores in the tackle of Japan left wing Hirotoki Onozawa.
Romania's Daniel Carpo moves the ball out of the ruck during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Scotland.
Sonny Bill Williams gets a pass away despite three Tongan tacklers attempting to stop him.
Sonny Bill Williams of the All Blacks and Taniela Moa.
Opening ceremony at Eden Park.
All Blacks fans in Auckland.
Sonny Bill Williams signs a fan's shirt a fan day in Christchurch.
Ross Rennie of Scotland reaches for the ball.
USA fullback Chris Wyles's scores a try.
Russia's Sergey Trishin and Ireland's Rob Kearney contest a high ball.
Berhampore School's Caroline Fa'afoi has created her version of Ma'a Nonu.
Namibia captain Jacques Burger runs towards Wales' Toby Faletau.
Ilia Zedinidze of Georgia wins lineout ball.
Wallabies fans hold a banner.
All Black halfback Piri Weepu kicks a penalty.
KIERAN READ: He is the foil for Richie McCaw and the skipper plays much better when Read is at his side.
Richard McCaw, on debut for the All Blacks in 2001, runs at the defence against Ireland at Lansdowne Road.
Argentina no.8 Leonardo Senatore slips All Black captain Richie McCaw's tackle.
Romania's Madalin Vlad Lemnaru takes a high ball.
Samoa players celebrate a try.
England's Jonny Wilkinson prepares to kick a conversion.
Japan's Kosuke Endo celebrates with Fumiaki Tanaka and Bryce Robins.
Fiji's Netani Edward Talei scores a try.
The French celebrate their win.
Gio Aplon of South Africa celebrates scoring their first try of the match.
Australia second-five Berrick Barnes and teammates celebrate his try.
Tonga right wing Fetu'u Vainikolo scores.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw takes part in the traditional Maori welcome at Aotea Square.
No question who these 15 year old Papanui High students support at the North Hagley Park Fanzone, from left, Kelly Eade, Devon Edwards and Brittany Chilton.
William Terepo, three, of Mangere sits on dad William’s shoulders.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and Wallabies first five-eighth Quade Cooper square off.
Taranaki celebrate winning the Ranfurly Shield.
Captain Keven Mealamu (centre) and the other All Blacks forwards contemplate defeat against the Springboks at Port Elizabeth.
It's a family affair as Latira Misi (left) and her brothers Eddie and Falefia proudly get a snap in Otara.
South African fans wait to see the All Blacks' recovery session at Xerox Arena in Port Elizabeth.
Beauden Barrett tries to evade the tackle of Sam Cane.
Hayden Smith of the USA fails to control a line out.
Fiji's Kini Murimurivalu avoids the tackles of Namibia captain Jacques Burger and Danie Van Wyk.
England's Rob Andrew clings to All Blacks winger John Kirwan during their 1991 Rugby World Cup tournament-opening pool match at Twickenham.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw drinks from the Bledisloe Cup in the Eden Park changing rooms after their defeat of Australia.
Australia celebrate victory over France in the Rugby World Cup final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
South Africa hold the William Web Ellis trophy aloft.
England's captain Martin Johnson holds up the William Webb Ellis Trophy as his team mates celebrate following the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final played against Australia at the Telstra Stadium.
Cory Jane (second left), Richie McCaw and Liam Messam (right) congratulate Zac Guildford (left) on his second try.
Colin Slade is congratulated by captain Richie McCaw after scoring against South Africa.
Welsh midfielder Jamie Roberts celebrates scoring his try.
Mirco Bergamasco of Italy prepares to kick the conversion.
Dth Van Der Merwe of Canada scores the opening try.
Ma'a Nonu runs into two defenders during a contact drill.
The guardian of the Ranfurly Shield, Southland reserve prop Michael Peterson.
The All Blacks perfrom the haka at the beginning of the game against Fiji.
A general view of the game.
Robbie Fruean of the Crusaders charges up field against the Stormers.
Bob Deans wearing the original All Blacks jersey from 1905. The jersey came complete with a lace-up collar.
Ali Williams celebrates his try that sealed the Blues' 26-13 win over the Waratahs.
Joost Van Der Westhuizen of South Africa passes out of the scrum during the Rugby World Cup match between Australia and South Africa on May 25, 1995 in Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa won the match 27-18.
The New Zealand team do their Haka dance at the beginning of the Rugby World Cup match between New Zealand and Wales in the semi final in Brisbane, Australia.
New Zealand captain D J Forbes (L) leads his team in the haka in celebration after winning the Cup final against South Africa.
New Zealand players celebrate with the trophy after defeating England to win the Cup Final during day three of the IRB Sevens at Hong Kong Stadium.
Crusaders winger Sean Maitland soars over to score the first of his two tries against the Sharks at Twickenham.
Kieran Read and Andy Ellis take in the surroundings at Twickenham.
Blues cheerleaders in action during halftime time in the match against the Chiefs at Eden Park.
Hurricanes player James Broadhurst breaks through.
Sonny Bill Williams scores a try against the Sharks.
Jason Rutledge of the Highlanders in the thick of battle against the Blues.
Liam Messam of the Chiefs breaks free.
Reds second-five Saia Faingaa and Blues captain Keven Mealamu clash during the first Super Rugby semifinal in Brisbane.
New Zealand captain DJ Forbes leads his team in a haka after winning the 2011 Wellington IRB Sevens .
Fans in costume at the Sevens.
Hurricanes lock James Broadhurst scores a try during the pre-season game against the Chiefs at Mangatainoka RFC.
Miles Craigwell, at USA sevens rugby team training in Kilburnie, Wellington.
TOP AWARD: Kieran Read with the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial after being named New Zealand rugby player of the year.
Captain Richie McCaw is set to join an elite group of All Blacks when he plays his 100th test for New Zealand.
Brad Thorn lifts Isaia Toeava in celebration.
Richie McCaw, Hikawera Elliot and Liam Messam perform the haka against Ireland.
Munster's Billy Holland celebrates the 15-6 win over the Wallabies in Limerick.
All Blacks perform the haka before the match against Scotland.
All Black do the haka before the test against England at Twickenham.
Canterbury celebrate their Ranfurly Shield challenge win over Southland.
All Blacks fullback Mils Muliaina celebrates No 8 Kieran Read's match-winning try against Australia at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
Kieran Read runs the ball off the scrum during All Blacks training at Leichhardt Oval.
The All Blacks celebrate with the Tri-Nations trophy.
All Blacks lock Brad Thorn celebrates with the Bledisloe Cup after beating Australia in Christchurch.
Sonny Bill Williams while playing against Lincoln for his club Belfast.
Northland player Ross Wright makes a run into the Bay of Plenty defence.
Taranaki's James Broadhurst goes flying as he is tackled by Harbour's Josh York and Jack McPhee.
Northland player Ross Wright makes a run into the Bay of Plenty defence.
Waikato hooker Aled de Malmanche charges at the Canterbury defence.
Hawke's Bay fullback Zac Guilford tries to evade the clutches of Counties replacement Grant Henson.
Canterbury players celebrate winning the 2010 ITM Cup, completing a national championship three-peat.
Southland's Hua Tamariki tries to get out of a tackle.
Michael Fitzgerald of Manawatu scores a try during the round 12 ITM Cup match between Manawatu and Waikato.
John Afoa of Auckland makes a break during the round 12 ITM Cup match between Auckland and Otago.
Counties fullback Tim Nanai Williams slips past Hawkes Bay first-five Kahn Fotuali'i.
Manawatu first-five Isaac Thompson attacks the line.
Auckland replacement Matt Berquist reacts to losing their ITM Cup semifinal rugby match at Eden Park.
Auckland's Gareth Anscombe scores his second of three tries.
Canterbury's Isaac Ross on the burst against Wellington.
Kieran Read (left) with Richie McCaw in support charges towards a Springbok defender during the Tri-Nations test in Wellington.
Ex-All Blacks captain and current player and coach for Counties Manukau, Tana Umaga plays his first game of rugby since retiring from the All Blacks and moving to Toulon a few years ago.
FULLBACK: Mils Muliaina.
The All Blacks take on South Africa at Eden Park in the first test of the 2010 Tri Nations.
FULLBACK: Mils Muliaina.
Back reserve Richard Kahui slides over for a runaway try, part of a 27-point All Blacks blitz in the second half.
FIRST FIVE-EIGHTH: Dan Carter.
Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll off-loads in the tackle of his captain counterpart Richie McCaw.
FIRST FIVE-EIGHTH: Dan Carter.
Stormers Pieter Louw protects the ball in a ruck in the Super 14 final against the Bulls.
Samoa players celebrate after beating New Zealand in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens.
STRETCH AND LIFT: Clytie Campbell and Katie Hurst-Saxton from the Royal New Zealand Ballet watch the Crusaders while at right the duo are lifted in a line-out during the Super 14 team's training run at Rugby Park, Christchurch.
Blues Rene Ranger is fended off by Chiefs Hika Elliot.
Blues captain Keven Mealamu and his team prepare to face the Chiefs.
Highlanders' Israel Dagg is challenged by the Bulls' Francois Hougaard.
Michael Paterson of the Hurricanes fights for the ball with Kane Douglas and Tatafu Polota-Nau of the Waratahs.
Sean Maitland, Richie McCaw, Owen Franks and Andy Ellis celebrate Owen Franks try.
GET OFF ME: Hurricanes wing Hosea Gear delivers a fend to the face of Blues opposite Joe Rokocoko during the Super 14's opening game at North Harbour Stadium.
DON'T ARGUE: Save Tokula fends off Nuie player Afa Leona
New Zealand captain DJ Forbes tosses a mini rugby ball to the people.
MAD HATTERS: Fez-wearing fans having fun in the stands.
FAST AND FURIOUS: The Flash Gordons from Hamilton.
SOLD OUT: An aerial shot of the specially made stadium on Neil Symonds farm in Mangatainoka for the Blues v Hurricanes Super 14 pre-season match.
TOUGH GOING: Piri Weepu, left, and John Schwalger nearing the finish line.
DJ Forbes with a head injury during the match against Samoa.
Samoa's Alafoti Fa'osiliva (R), Lolo Lui (3rd R) and Paul Tung (bottom) fight for the ball with New Zealand's Ben Souness (L) and D J Forbes (2nd R) .
Barbarians' Matt Giteau kicks a conversion.
Jonah completes his four-try rout of England in the 1995 World Cup semi-finals
Richie McCaw walks out to take on France at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille.
Fans gather as All Blacks Brad Thorn, Tony Woodcock, Luke McAlister, Ma'a Nonu, Jimmy Cowan and Dan Carter attend a shirt signing session at an adidas store in Marseille.
Former All Black Jonah Lomu in his comeback match for for Marseille-Vitrolles against Montmelian in Vitrolles.
The All Blacks perform the haka before the test against England at Twickenham.
All Blacks prop Owen Franks shows off an eye injured at training ahead of the test against England at Twickenham.
New All Black Mike Delany has teammate Luke McAlister in support as he tries to break through the Italia defence during a rugby test played in Milan.
Ma'a Nonu's cooking causes some alarm among Italy's Next Top Model contestants.
The All Blacks take on Wales at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in the start of their northern hemisphere campaign.
CENTRE OF ATTENTION: All Blacks centre Conrad Smith's second half try gave New Zealand a lead they never relinquished against the Wallabies.
INCOMING: All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw lines up hooker Andrew Hore during a practice session for the Tokyo Bledisloe Cup test against the Wallabies.
Josevata Rokocoko and Jimmy Cowan close in on Rocky Elsom.
Dan Carter holds his head in his hands next to John Afoa, Jimmy Cowan and Ma'a Nonu after losing to South Africa.
FRONT LINE: Protesters pull the fence down at Rugby Park, Hamilton before invaing the pitch and ultimately forcing the cancellation of the Waikato v Springboks game.
Dan Cater and Luke McAlister stretch before training.
The All Blacks perform the haka before playing South Africa in their Tri-Nations match at the Absa Stadium in Durban.
RECOVERY SESSION: Dan Carter walks from a hydroslide during a Canterbury recovery session in 2009.
Jaque Fourie of South Africa scores a try.
The prize Wellington and Wanganui were playing for in Wanganui on 9 July: the Log o' Wood.
A group of All Blacks fans before the first test against France in Dunedin.
Toby Morland celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Stormers in Cape Town.
BRAVING SCOTLAND: All Blacks Hosea Gear and Sonny-Bill Williams walk through the streets of Edinburgh after a recovery session ahead of the test against Scotland.
WHO'S THE BOSS? Irish halfback Isaac Boss is lost in the middle of Argentina's celebrations.
HISTORY CONFIRMED: The Pumas know they have reached the World Cup finals for the first time while Scotland contemplate another quarter-final exit.
TRUE COLOURS: This French fan made her own statement at the opening ceremony.
WORLD CHAMPIONS: South Africa celebrate their win over England with the Webb Ellis trophy.
AWESOME AUKS: The Auckland team show off the Ranfurly Shield after winning it from Canterbury in Christchurch.
THE AIR UP THERE: South Africa's Bryan Habana flies in the air to score a try.
The IRANZ Intitute is recognised throughout the rugby fraternity as the only institute of its kind, it invites up and coming players from around the world, put forward by their unions as future talent, to come and be coached by some of NZ's greatest players. The brainchild of former All Black Murray Mexted the institute boasts a coaching line up of greats including Jeff Wilson, Christian Cullen, Ian Jones, Frank Bunce and Richard Lowe. We take an exclusive look inside the academy.
RIPPING STUFF: Blues captain Troy Flavell is scragged by Force replacement Chris O'Young.
Break time's over after the Air New Zealand Cup and the Blues were into their Super 14 pre-season fitness training with a gut-busting session on the dunes at Auckland's Bethell's Beach last week.
Slideshow: The Blues at Bethells
Click to see our photo slideshow of the All Blacks completitng the Grand Slam at Twickenham on November 29, 2008.