OPINION: Lima Sopoaga's non-selection in the All Blacks World Cup squad is hard to fathom.
OPINION: But at least the 2003 champs are likely to be competitive, which is more than we can say for sure about France.
OPINION: Delusional or a stroke of genius? With rugby selections it can be a fine line.
OPINION: Lima Sopoaga and Tawera Kerr-Barlow deserve RWC berths, writes Toby Robson.
OPINION: Aaron Smith’s durability could play major part for one other player, says Fairfax rugby writer Richard Knowler.
OPINION: England, Ireland, SA, Australia, and of course, the damned French threaten NZ at the RWC.
OPINION: With two more star additions NZ could go from capable to within a whisker of an Olympic certainty.
OPINION: You can debate all you like about the best All Blacks to have played at the Rugby World Cup.
OPINION: All Blacks were good but "assaulted" players, and ref Nigel Owens was ''unintentionally biased'', writes Mark Reason.
OPINION: Should the Government really be in a hellfire hurry to knight Richie McCaw?
OPINION: Lima Sopoaga, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Charles Piutau look like big winners for ABs' World Cup squad.
OPINION: Brave McCaw adds another golden chapter to his glittering resume after Eden Park triumph.
OPINION: Star first-five shows he's well on track to complete his World Cup mission of redemption.
OPINION: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen rejuvenated the team when he first took over in 2012, but he needs to do it again.
OPINION: The All Blacks face relentless pressure to be the best team in the world.
The ever-more commercialised All Blacks risk selling their soul - and losing their edge.
OPINION: Broken play attack will have provided the toughest viewing in training after Sydney loss.
OPINION: The frailty of the human mind was on display in Sydney last Saturday.
We're blaming the wrong things for the loss. The problem lies deeper, writes Mark Reason.
OPINION: Several senior stars will be playing for their future in the return Bledisloe Cup test in Auckland, writes Duncan Johnstone.
OPINION: History suggests the All Blacks will benefit from their painful night in Sydney.
OPINION: The All Blacks have a new ice-water kid and Steve Hansen has some thinking to do.
OPINION: A chill used to grip NZ fans when a game against Australia was close. Not any more.
OPINION: Seeing the 33-year-old unravel the Wallabies on Saturday night would be worth its weight in gold, writes Toby Robson.
OPINION: In 1987 the All Blacks got the drop on their opponents by introducing canny Scotsman Jim Blair to their set-up.
If anyone has earned the right to play the exemption card in the All Blacks, their inspirational captain surely has.
OPINION: The ugly face of racism is usually expressed by three main groups, the drunk, the dumb, and the spotlight seekers.
OPINION: Boks done with a sucker punch and it would have been a travesty to have ruled it out.
OPINION: We need to stop being bystanders and call out the racists, writes Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.
The final make-up of the All Blacks 31-man Rugby World Cup squad remains intriguing.