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All Blacks to roll dice with three locks video

Sam Whitelock, pictured in action against the Wallabies, is one of three locks listed in the All Blacks' 31-man squad

Jeremy Thrush the unlucky one as national selectors gamble on just three locks for World Cup.

Versatility gave Slade, Barrett edge video

Lima Sopoaga will be primed for action if he gets an injury-enforced callup to the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup squad.

Dan Carter's emphatic Eden Park statement dealt the final blow to Lima Sopoaga's World Cup hopes.

Milner-Skudder stunned by selection video

Nehe Milner-Skudder, whose electric rookie year has culminated in him making the All Blacks World Cup squad.

Nehe Milner-Skudder was in a state of shock as he received word of his inclusion in the All Blacks' World Cup squad.

Hansen: All Blacks ready to win it video

All Blacks coach Steven Hansen speaks at Parliament House in Wellington after his 31-man squad for this year's Rugby World Cup was unveiled on Sunday.

All Blacks coach's men won't be defending their World Cup title, they'll be going north to win it back.

In Waisake we trust: Hansen video

Ben Smith, left, glances across to rookie wingers Waisake Naholo and Nehe Milner-Skudder who were named on Sunday in the All Blacks squad to contest the Rugby World Cup.

The Waisake Naholo storyline seems too crazy to be true.

MPs eager to join AB scrum

John Key, with Sports Minister Jonathan Coleman in the background, was never going to turn down the opportunity to be at the announcement.

Politicians are scarce in Parliament on a Sunday, but this was no ordinary Sunday.

Harbour grab dramatic win over Stags

North Harbour players celebrate their win  over Southland in Invercargill.

Daniel Halangahu penalty helps North Harbour steal a dramatic 26-25 NPC win over Southland.

Joe Stanley's nephew openly gay

Sam Stanley, right, has become the first English rugby union professional to come out as gay.

Former AB Joe Stanley's nephew becomes first English rugby union professional to come out as gay.

Robson: ABs need Sopoaga video

Lima Sopoaga starred for the All Blacks in his debut test against the Springboks at Ellis Park but still missed the cut for the 31-man World Cup squad.

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga's non-selection in the All Blacks World Cup squad is hard to fathom.

Twitter reaction to ABs squad

Lima Sopoaga had a superb debut for the All Blacks against the Springboks at Ellis Park earlier in the year but has failed to make the 31-man World Cup squad.

Social media lights up after the All Blacks' World Cup squad in unveiled in Wellington.

Cup dream over for Auckland flyer gallery

All Blacks outside back Charles Piutau could consider himself unlucky after missing out on World Cup selection.

Auckland coach feels for unlucky Piutau after the in-form wing misses out on World Cup selection.

Dagg 'gutted' at missing RWC cut video

All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg pictured after winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park. The Crusaders and Hawke's Bay player has missed the cut for the 2015 Rugby World Cup team.

Crusaders fullback tweets his disappointment after missing chance for second shot at RWC winner's medal.

Piutau unluckiest to miss out video

Charles Piutau did everything he could - and more - but still missed out the All Blacks' squad for the Rugby World Cup.

Auckland utility must be questioning what more he could have done to make the All Blacks World Cup squad.

ABs named for Rugby World Cup gallery video

Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo was the big surprise when the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup squad was named on Sunday night.

Steve Hansen names his 31-man All Blacks squad for the Rugby World Cup.

Waikato show what their backline can do

Waikato flanker Whetu Douglas makes a break against Bay of Plenty at Tauranga Domain.

Visitors put their exciting backline to good use in Tauranga to take out 43-10 NPC win.

Bush falter on new artificial turf

North Otago lock Taua Limoloa makes a charge for the tryline during their 18-16 win against Wairarapa Bush on Saturday night.

Wairarapa Bush hosted a first-class rugby match on an artificial turf for the first time on Saturday night in Masterton, losing 18-16 to North Otago.

A nation holds its breath

The phone calls wouldn't have been easy for Steve Hansen, fellow coach Ian Foster, manager Darren Shand, or selector Grant Fox.

D-Day has arrived for possibly the most eagerly awaited All Blacks squad naming in history.

Lions fairly proud after easy win

Lions halfback Adam Deck makes a pass during his side's 29-0 win over Northland at Westpac Stadium.

Encouraging signs weren't hard to find at Westpac Stadium, on Saturday night.

Taranaki drown against Otago

Taranaki wing Latu Vaeno bursts through the Otago defence during Saturday's 34-27 loss at Yarrow Stadium.

Taranaki's NPC title defence appears to have drowned on a sodden Yarrow Stadium.

Lomu's greatest goal

Jonah Lomu, seen here in action at the 1995 World Cup, has to receive kidney dialysis several times a week.

All Blacks great reveals his major ambition is to live long enough to see his two sons turn 21.

Cruel cut leaves dejected All Blacks

All Blacks wing Cory Jane could be on the end of a phone call he doesn't want on Sunday.

Israel Dagg and Cory Jane could be the All Blacks' biggest World Cup selection casualties.

ABs decisions go down to wire

Waisake Naholo showed some of his dynamic Super Rugby form in the All Blacks' test against Argentina.

Winger Waisake Naholo talents thought to have swayed national selectors for All Blacks World Cup spot.

D-Day for ABs' hopes, fears

The ups and downs of sport. Israel Dagg is prepared for the worst ahead of Sunday's All Blacks squad announcement.

All Blacks wing Waisake Naholo could be set for a remarkable comeback with a spot in the RWC squad.

Dagg to wait for life-changing call

Israel Dagg, could be spending the next couple of months playing for Hawke's Bay if he gets bad news on Sunday.

Israel Dagg only wants his wife around him when he receives the most important phone call of his career.

Wales edge Ireland in warm-up

Ireland's Paul O'Connell (left) and Wales' Alun Wyn Jones contest a lineout during their Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Dublin.

Wales hung on to beat Ireland 16-10 in an intense Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Dublin.

Scotland score six in Italy rout

Scotland's John Barclay wrestles his way over in the clutches of Italy's Angelo Esposito and Leonardo Ghiraldini.

Scotland ran in six tries to overwhelm Italy 48-7 in a one-sided World Cup warm-up game at Murrayfield.

Lions tame Taniwha in Wellington

Frae Wilson of Wellington spins a pass out at a raing Westpac Stadium.

Wellington remain unbeaten in the national provincial championship after seeing off Northland 29-0.

Taranaki fall to Otago at home

Beauden Barrett makes a line break in horrible conditions at Yarrow Stadium.

Homecoming of Beauden Barrett was not enough to help Taranaki to first win of NPC season.

West Coast upset Buller on big occasion

Wing Erenimo Tau grabbed a hat trick of tries as South Canterbury routed East Coast, 57-5.

Coasters celebrate jubilee in style with upset win over Heartland neighbours.

Faumuina does all he can for ABs spot

All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina on the charge for Auckland at Eden Park.

NZ prop Charlie Faumuina proves he’s fit enough to go to World Cup in hit out for Auckland.

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