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Read confident with knee

All Blacks star No.8 in 2010 Kieran Read won't require surgery for his medial ligament injury suffered against Wales and is expecting he will be recovered in about five weeks time.
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All Blacks in the right place

All Blacks forward coach Steve Hansen said on arrival in Auckland on Tuesday after the Grand Slam tour that the side's goals had been achieved.
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Wallabies right on track

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans believes his side will head into a World Cup year in the best shape of his tenure thanks to an arduous Spring Tour.
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Wallabies doubt lingers

Australian rugby great Mark Ella has warned against getting too excited about the Wallabies' World Cup prospects despite a record win over France at the weekend.
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Crouch, touch - reject

New Zealand assistant coach Steve Hansen has laid the blame for the number of penalties conceded at the scrum by the All Blacks during their end-of-year tour firmly at the door of the refereeing fraternity.
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Gear still nervous

New Zealand winger Hosea Gear is not taking a place in the All Blacks World Cup squad for granted, despite scoring five tries in four games on their Grand Slam tour of the Home Unions.
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All Blacks hierarchy emerges

Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino and Hosea Gear had breakout Grand Slam tours as the All Blacks' World Cup squad nears completion.
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Exciting year for Poms

Sir Clive Woodward predicted on Sunday that an exciting 2011 lies in store for England after an encouraging autumn campaign.
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New boys absorb lessons

Wales' young back-row warriors Dan Lydiate and Sam Warburton might have 14 caps between them - but they both feel the pain of defeat like seasoned Test veterans.
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Carter: 'Thanks boys'

New Zealand first five-eighths Dan Carter thanked his team-mates for helping him become the record points scorer in the history of Test match rugby.
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Room for improvement

Ireland coach Declan Kidney admitted there was plenty of room for improvement following Monday's (NZT) record 29-9 victory over Argentina.
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Deans hails Wallabies

Australia coach Robbie Deans praised his side's ruthlessness as they dispatched France 59-16 in Paris on Saturday.
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Praise for Carter

New Zealand coach Graham Henry hailed the 'special' talent of Dan Carter after the first five-eighths became the record points scorer in Test rugby at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday (NZT).
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Johnson frustrated

England manager Martin Johnson was frustrated after his side shot themselves in the foot against South Africa at Twickenham.
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Henry delighted with effort

New Zealand's 37-25win saw them wrap up a third grand slam of the Home Unions in just six seasons, and coach Graham Henry praised the efforts of his players, particularly captain Richie McCaw, for rounding off a demanding 2010 schedule, which has seen them play 14 Tests in just over six months, in fine style.
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Nottingham sign Ali

Championship club Nottingham have pulled off a major coup by signing New Zealand international lock Ali Williams on a short-term deal.
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France match important

Australia coach Robbie Deans has stressed the importance of Saturday's Test with France as the Wallabies look to end their European tour on a high note.
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Wales aim to dig deep

Wales lock Bradley Davies admitted on Friday that his side have underperformed in 2010.
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Samoa aiming for win

Samoa will run out at Pittodrie tomorrow having faced the hostile Scottish weather this week and determined to finish their northern hemisphere tour on a high.
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Italy ready for Fiji

Italy are feeling very good about their play as they head into the third and final autumn Test against Fiji tomorrow in Modena's Braglia Stadium.
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