Burning questions: All Black upshots

Israel Dagg took his chances in the June series against Wales to well and truly revive his international career.

Stuff.co.nz's rugby scribes tackle the big issues of the week, including Steve Hansen's men on a mission.

Wallabies face talent drain

Ineligible from next season: Matt Toomua.

OPINION: When Eddie Jones arrived in Australia, he was playing the role of a grinning executioner, but the death warrants had already been signed.

Press play on Super Rugby

Wing Nemani Nadolo will be one of the star attractions when the Crusaders meet the Chiefs in Suva on Friday.

OPINION: Don't know about you, but I've missed Super Rugby. Here's what's up in the weekend ahead.

The ridiculous rugby season

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen (left), pictured speaking to Ian Foster and Wayne Smith in Dunedin, said the current ...

OPINION: Every year the ABs play exhausted teams, so why is a global season so hard for World Rugby to organise?

Hinton: Barrett the big mover

Beauden Barrett and Israel Dagg (No 15) had plenty to celebrate during the Welsh series.

OPINION: Turns out the All Blacks' supersub is quite some starter as well.

Reason: TV commentators not up to it

Would Israel Dagg, pictured, Ben Smith and Beauden Barrett make a great back three? You might not find out from the TV ...

OPINION: NZ is a nation of rugby punditry, so why are we being let down by the TV commentators?

England 'two years behind' ABs

Former Lions coach Ian McGeechan, pictured with former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick, insists England are not yet ...

England improving, but New Zealand still well on top, says former Lions coach.

Wallabies' RWC hangover

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, captain Stephen Moore and Michael Hooper commiserate after being swept by England in ...

OPINION: This is the Rugby World Cup hangover from hell for the Wallabies.

New order: Rugby's top 10

All Blacks captain Kieran Reed is dominant in all facets of the game.

With no Dan or Richie, the world rugby landscape has changed. So who has stepped up?

Rare shot at No 10 for Barrett

Beauden Barrett, who replaced the injured Aaron Cruden in the 33rd minute, was instrumental in inspiring the All Blacks ...

OPINION: Barrett's 39th test appearance will be only his seventh start in the No 10 jersey.

Reason: The Kiwi driving England

Dylan Hartley celebrates after England's victory against the Wallabies in Melbourne on Saturday.

OPINION: Dylan Hartley's is one of the more extraordinary transformations of modern sport.

Sorry Ardie, Sam's got this


OPINION: Savea is some rugby talent, but Cane has earned the No.7 with hard yards.

All Blacks would wallop England video

Kieran Read at the forefront of the All Blacks haka before their win over Wales.

OPINION: Should we fear this English team? Of course not. We'd absolutely hammer them.

Kieran Read could be our greatest video

Kieran Read signs autographs after clinching his first series win as All Blacks captain.

OPINION: Richie who? Was Steve Hansen serious when he wondered if Read might turn out better even than McCaw?

England are back with a vengeance

England prop Dan Cole had his shirt ripped off his back in a first-half scuffle.

OPINION: Eddie Jones' brash, bad England were all over Australia, and there was little to do but applaud.

Savea slumps like Lomu video

Julian Savea faces hard work off the field to get back into the All Blacks' first XV.

OPINION: Dropped All Black a genuine specialist, it's either No 11 or his number ones on game day.

Is there room for midweek games? video

Wales will have gained little from their embarasing 40-7 loss to the Chiefs.

A refreshing throwback to a bygone era, or a disaster waiting to happen for touring sides?

Lions fans don't have much hope

Talk about a throttling – Wales flanker Josh Turnbull shows his disappointment after the 40-7 belting from a ...

OPINION: The Chiefs' humiliation of Wales must be making the northern hesmiphere quite nervous.

NZ too Super for UK rugby video

The Chiefs celebrate another try against Wales in their humiliation of the northern power.

The Chiefs' smashing of Wales is a taste of the provincial ambushes awaiting the Lions.

ABs hold all the cards for second test video

It could be a tough, long week for the Wales team. Ross Moriarty looks dejected after an All Blacks try on Saturday.

OPINION: They were overrun in the first test and the outlook doesn't get any better for Wales this week.

Reason: Good and bad from ABs video

Kieran Read is the new boss in town.

Kieran Read looked and played like the new sheriff in town. Sam Cane just looked like a man out of form.

'Tell him what to do Keith'

Aaron Smith, the current All Black half back, met Keith Davis, who was the ABs halfback in 1953 when the All Blacks last ...

OPINION: Aaron Smith had help from a past All Black ahead of last night's victory over Wales.

Hinton: ABs embrace greatness

Steve Hansen continues to point the way forward for the All Blacks.

OPINION: What's the difference between the ABs and Black Caps that's not the size of their trophy cabinets?

Wales' stale breadcrumbs video

Luther Burrell scores England's first try against a poor Wales in the 27-13 victory at Twickenham last week.

OPINION: Wales defence a massive concern, and attack isn't too flash either.

ABs selectors have eye for talent

All Black selectors Steve Hansen, from left, Grant Fox and Ian Foster knew that history shows World Cups are not won ...

OPINION: Why the current All Blacks selection panel sits at the head of the table.

Blues a good fit for SBW video

Sonny Bill Williams and the Blues appear to be a natural fit given that Auckland is the global sporting star's spiritual ...

OPINION: Superstar's shift sensible for development of NZ game and should help lure more talent to Eden Park.

Crusaders eye glory days return video

Nemani Nadolo scores an early try for the Crusaders.

OPINION: Lead-in to Eden Park game a whisper compared with glory days of 1998.

Hinton: Launching the McKenzie plan

Damian McKenzie looks set to receive his first All Blacks call-up in Steve Hansen's squad named today.

OPINION: Don't expect the Chiefs prodigy to step straight into an All Blacks lineup to face the Welsh.

Now it's time to kick on, Steve

The Highlanders' Elliot Dixon, left, has to come into the squad and he should start. I don't forget how massive Jerome ...

OPINION: Old folks want to see the kids having a go and players thinking for themselves.

Sopoaga's last chance to impress

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 13: Lima Sopoaga of the Highlanders on the attack during the round twelve Super Rugby match ...

OPINION: ABs selectors watching closely in final weekend before naming squad.

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