Opinion

Robbie Deans made to look good

Israel Folau and Robbie Deans share a laugh after a Wallabies press conference in Sydney in 2013.

OPINION: The Cantabrian's reign as Wallabies coach is being put into context by the struggles of first Ewen McKenzie and now Michael Cheika.

Are the ABs ruining world rugby? video

Israel Dagg and the All Blacks are setting a standard right now that few can match.

They're ruining world rugby with their outrageous talent, unerring consistency and awesome collective ability. A bad thing?

I can't miss Richie McCaw video

Richie McCaw poses for a selfie with a fan at the 2015 NZ Rugby Awards.

OPINION: We see so much Richie, since he hung up his boots. So how can we miss him?

Hansen hands out hiding to Cheika video

The All Blacks, including coach Steve Hansen, quite enjoy being Bledisloe Cup holders.

OPINION: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is winning his battle with Michael Cheika, writes Hamish Bidwell.

Wallabies' stats embarrassing

The Wallabies had a tough night in Wellington, one of many more to come if they can't put a more attacking display together.

 OPINION: Individual All Blacks boasted better statistics than the entire Wallabies side on Saturday night, writes Ben Strang.

Mark Reason: Tietjens' time is up

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Gordon Tietjens, coach of New Zealand looks on after the Men's Rugby Sevens placing ...

OPINION: The 'All Blacks' sevens team played joyless rugby and Rio was an embarrassment, says Mark Reason.

Gatland's Lions to the slaughter

Warren Gatland is set to be unveiled on September 7 as head coach for a second straight Lions tour.

There's a reason the incumbent British and Irish Lions coach faces few challengers for the top job, writes Marc Hinton.

Burning questions: Bledis-woe, Quade & new laws

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and his captain Stephen Moore ponder where it all went wrong in Sydney.

Stuff's rugby scribes tackle a the burning questions of the rugby week.

Don't blame the old guys video

Dane Haylett-Petty, left, seen here getting the fend-off from Ryan Crotty, was probably culpable for at least two of the ...

OPINION: Blaming Europe-based Wallabies stars is confusing the issue, writes Paul Cully.

Is Hansen the best ever? video

Steve Hansen has had plenty of success with the All Blacks, but is he the best coach they have had?

Is Steve Hansen the best All Blacks coach ever? Glenn McLean and Shaun Eade debate.

NZ 7s coaching options for 2020

Who will lead the likes of Gillies Kaka and the New Zealand Sevens team into battle in future?

OPINION: Sevens reporter Ben Strang looks at five coaches who could lead the New Zealand Sevens team into the future.

All Blacks mix and match

Lots of eyes will be on fresh-faced Anton Lienert-Brown.

OPINION: There have been some intriguing changes to this week's All Blacks side.

How Wallabies can bounce back

A dejected Nick Phipps during the Bledisloe Cup thumping by the All Blacks.

OPINION: Australian rugby, it lives! It now needs to rise once more, writes Peter FitzSimons.

Franks sums up ABs' ambition

Owen Franks, far left, showed the skills of an inside back against the Wallabies on Saturday.

OPINION: When ABs coaches framed a narrative of making the team better from the 2015 version it didn't gain too much traction.

Injuries won't hamstring All Blacks

Dane Coles continues to play through the pain to provide class at hooker for the All Blacks.

The woeful Wallabies have all the worries ahead of Bledisloe II, writes Marc Hinton.

Wallabies regress - the reasons why

Tevita Kuridrani had a tough night against the All Blacks in Sydney.

OPINION: Australia's rugby failure is a collective one, writes Paul Cully. Check out his team of the week.

ABs skill sets them apart

The All Blacks were simply dominant to crush the Wallabies in Sydney.

OPINION: Back or forward, it doesn't matter. The ABs' skill is simply unmatched, writes Liam Napier.

Should we fear rugby espionage?

This isn't the first time New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew, left, and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen have ...

OPINION: Bugs get your attention but they don't decide Bledisloe Cups, writes Hamish Bidwell.

Women can save Aussie rugby

Charlotte Caslick of Australia is tackled by Sarah Goss of New Zealand during the Women's gold medal rugby sevens match ...

OPINION: You don't have to be a rugby fan to have been swept up in the euphoria of the Australian women's sevens team.

How Hansen revolutionised ABs

Although the buck stops with him, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen empowers his assistants and players.

OPINION: It will be astonishing if next ABs coach is not working with team at 2019 RWC.

Barrett and the banana skin

Can Israel Folau and the Wallabies make the adjustments needed to score another Bledisloe upset in Sydney?

Stuff's rugby writers tackle the big issues of Bledisloe week in Sydney, and beyond.

Eddie Jones is Cheika's problem

Michael Cheika talks with former All Blacks skills coach Mick Byrne during a Wallabies training session.

OPINION: Unflattering comparisons with Jones would damage Michael Cheika more than a few Steve Hansen barbs, writes Paul Cully.

Sevens Olympic crashlanding won't do

New Zealand's Gillies Kaka fends a tackle in the game against Japan.

OPINION: The New Zealand sevens campaign in Rio has been a disaster, writes Peter Lampp.

Hansen v Cheika rocks

The Bledisloe Cup rivalry needs Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to fire up.

OPINION: Michael Cheika's recent sparring with Steve Hansen is great for rugby.

Cheika feeling the heat

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says the All Blacks don't rate his team, and nor should they.

Under-pressure Wallabies coach has taken the advice of his All Blacks rival and got busy in the media in the Bledisloe buildup

Sevens not all about stars

A player like Damian McKenzie could have transformed the sevens side.

OPINION: NZ weren't the only nation not to stack their team with superstar XVs players.

My Wallabies team for Bledisloe I

Could Matt Giteau be the answer to the Wallabies' problems at No.10?

The Wallabies have had a month's preparation leading up to the first test, giving them their best chance to get off to a flyer against New Zealand and, frankly, I'm more interested in winning than entertaining.

Tew bad! Sevens' own goal video

Dejected New Zealand sevens players after their Olympic Games quarterfinal loss to Fiji.

OPINION: Forget the referee, NZR let down the sevens team.

Savea has the gifts of a GAB

Ardie Savea has 'Great All Black' potential.

OPINON: The possibilities are just a little grander for a talent like Ardie Savea than they are for Sam Cane.

NZ Rugby cost us the gold

An emotional haka after the narrow defeat.

OPINION: We won a medal but this was rugby and it wasn't the gold. Should we be happy or disappointed?

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