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Auks aware of Waikato

No-one knows more than Auckland what a challenge Waikato will mount in Saturday's ITM Cup semi-final at Eden Park.
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Anscombe in no hurry

Auckland first five-eighths Gareth Anscombe, who stormed onto the national scene with a 34-point haul against Tasman on Sunday, is in no hurry with his career.
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Flutey doubt for England

Riki Flutey will be assessed by England after sustaining a calf injury in Sunday's 37-10 Premiership defeat by Northampton.
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Luamanu set to shine

North Harbour coach Craig Dowd believes Super 15 rugby could be the making of No.8 Mathew Luamanu who scored his second hat-trick of tries for the side in the ITM Cup this year during the 47-49 loss to Taranaki in Albany on Saturday.
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Thrush pride in Lions

Captain Jeremy Thrush was a proud captain after Wellington beat Southland in Invercargill on Saturday night to qualify for the semi-finals of the ITM Cup.
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Gatland free for Lions

Warren Gatland will be free to coach the British and Irish Lions on their 2013 tour of Australia after it emerged his new Wales contract contains a timely five-month break clause.
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Matfield to lead Boks

Victor Matfield has been named captain for South Africa's year-end Grand Slam tour, which starts in Dublin next month.
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Smith rested and ready

All Blacks centre Conrad Smith, who was one of the few players not to start for his province in an ITM Cup match admits he was very tired at the end of the Tri Nations championship.
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Donald rapt with chance

Recalled All Blacks first five-eighths back-up to Dan Carter, Stephen Donald said he had some sleepless nights wondering about whether he had enough time to push his case for the end of year tour.
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Home semi in sight

Auckland might have been frustrated with the manner of its victory over Otago at the weekend but coach Mark Anscombe has focused on the positives ahead of Sunday's clash with Tasman at Eden Park.
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Perenara no gamble

Wellington coach Andre Bell is adamant thrusting schoolboy player TJ Perenara into the Lions' starting line-up for Saturday's do-or-die clash with Southland is not a gamble.
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Optimism up north

International rugby union is a results-based business - as next month's annual autumn Test match extravaganza will testify.
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'Realism' needed

Rugby Football Union chief executive John Steele called for a 'degree of realism' on Thursday ahead of England's forthcoming autumn international campaign.
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Pocock claims Eales medal

Wallabies flanker David Pocock has underlined his value to the national team by beating Matt Giteau and Quade Cooper to win the John Eales Medal on Thursday night.
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Wallabies eye clean sweep

Experienced utility Adam Ashley-Cooper believes the Wallabies are more than capable of completing their upcoming spring tour of Hong Kong and Europe undefeated.
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Sevens boost for Gear

Hosea Gear became the latest All Black to have cause to thank Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens for the role he played in regaining his All Blacks jersey.
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Hore eyes Taranaki return

All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore will be watching Taranaki's performance against North Harbour closely on Saturday because if Taranaki secures an ITM Cup semi-final berth, Hore will play in that game next weekend.
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All Blacks to go full on

New Zealand will be throwing everything at their northern tour this year and won't be looking to keep part of their World Cup preparations under wraps.
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Robinson backs youth

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson showed his faith in the country's latest crop of professionals on Wednesday by naming four uncapped players in his squad to face the world's best team.
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Moody fit for All Blacks

Martin Johnson expects England captain Lewis Moody to be fit for the opening Investec International against New Zealand at Twickenham on November 6.
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