The All Blacks and Wallabies are up for a new quest outside of Saturday's Rugby Championship encounter after being named by former Springboks great Joost van der Westhuizen to take an "ice bucket challenge".
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen Thursday said referee Jaco Peyper admitted a series of blunders during last week's record-denying Test draw with Australia -- but added it was no excuse for his team's poor performance.
All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens on Tuesday tipped bitter rivals Australia to break their Eden Park jinx, as New Zealand confirmed Ma'a Nonu and Jerome Kaino are likely to miss Saturday's blockbuster clash.
French club rugby may be flourishing both domestically and on the European front but for embattled national coach Philippe Saint-Andre it is no reason to celebrate as he blames the dominance of foreign players in key positions for his inability to put together a side that looks capable of challenging for the World Cup next year.
The All Blacks confirmed Ben Smith as their first-choice full-back in the team named Thursday for the opening Rugby Championship Test against Australia, with World Cup winner Israel Dagg finding himself on the outer.