All Blacks prop Owen Franks makes his 100th appearance for the All Blacks this weekend and will be hoping to score his first try.
Is there such a thing as a talisman? Do teams struggle in the absence of key players?
A superb all-round performance by New Zealand saw them claim a deserved 38-13 win over Australia in Saturday's Rugby Championship opener in Sydney.
All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock has ticked off a few career highlights in the last 12 months and is gearing up for his 100th cap for the All Blacks to join an exclusive club.
Super Rugby is done and dusted and now attention focuses on the Rugby Championship as the national coaches announce their extended straining squads.
Super Rugby took a break in June due to the international test window - here is a review of the action and the players who stood out ahead of The Rugby Championship later this year...
All Blacks beat France in Dunedin to wrap up comprehensive 3-0 Series win and are now focussed on defending their TRC title.
Its down to the wire for the Wallabies against Ireland while the All Blacks and Springboks are chasing whitewash victories.
The All Blacks wrapped up the Series against France with one Test to play with an unconvincing 26-13 win in Wellington.
The All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies have all named their teams for the Second Tests of the June international series...
New Zealand were far too strong at Eden Park in Auckland for new look France team in First Test winning 52-11.
The All Blacks team to play France in the First Test in Auckland has been announced by coach Steve Hansen.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has confirmed his squad for the blockbuster three-Test Ireland Series that kicks off at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 9 June.
The third Bledisloe Cup match between New Zealand and Australia this year will be played in Japan, the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) and New Zealand Rugby (NZR) have confirmed.
New Zealand overturned a half-time deficit to claim a 14-10 victory over South Africa in a thrilling Rugby Championship Test at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
New Zealand made a statement when they dominated Argentina 39-0 in the Rugby Championship clash on the Gold Coast on Sunday.