Year End Tour

Potent Pommies pulverise imperfect All Blacks

MARK KEOHANE writes that England, at least until the teams next meet, are in the penthouse and all of New Zealand’s rugby world champions will be made to feel like home for the next six months is closer to the shithouse.

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Hore gets slap on wrist

All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore has been given a five-week ban for striking Wales lock Bradley Davies with his arm, three of which will be pre-season.

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Lawes in, Botha dropped

Lock Courtney Lawes replaces South African-born Mouritz Botha in England’s match-day squad for the Test against the All Blacks on Saturday.

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Timani to miss Wales clash

Wallabies lock Sitaleki Timani has been cited for striking an opponent during the Wallabies’ 22-19 win over Italy in Florence.

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Carter blow for ABs

Dan Carter will miss the All Blacks’ Tests against Wales because Achilles injury.

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IRB doubles Thomson ban

The IRB’s appeal against the lenient citing on All Blacks Adam Thomson has seen his suspension increase to just two weeks.

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