# all-blacks - Sunday 29 December, 2013
From Lance Armstrong’s admissions to BOD & ROG axings and Fergie’s retirement, it has been a year jam-packed with great sporting tales.
Escape to Victory, the ‘most entertaining fight of the year’ and battling the All Blacks: some of the week’s best sportswriting
Grab a coffee, relax and enjoy the best sports journalism on the web.
# all-blacks - Saturday 28 December, 2013
The RTÉ commentator had the demanding task of covering the closing minutes of the heartbreaking defeat.
# all-blacks - Tuesday 24 December, 2013
The New Zealand rugby stars found something better to do than shop for presents.
Our writers on the sporting events they would have loved to witness in 2013.
# all-blacks - Friday 6 December, 2013
The coach has suggested he is using the All Blacks as the template for Irish success.
# all-blacks - Wednesday 4 December, 2013
Kieran Read, Quade Cooper, Ben Smith, Israel Folau, Willie le Roux and ‘El Mago’ are here to entertain.
# all-blacks - Tuesday 3 December, 2013
The last meeting between the sides made for an all-time classic.
# all-blacks - Saturday 30 November, 2013
The Terenure College youngster was thrilled to meet the iconic New Zealand out-half.
# all-blacks - Tuesday 26 November, 2013
We’ve taken a detailed look at the No. 8′s performance against the All Blacks on Sunday.
# all-blacks - Monday 25 November, 2013
The hooker was forced off the pitch yesterday after scoring Ireland’s wonderful second try.
The extra ‘w’s’ signify the All Blacks’ 14 successive wins in 2013.
The world class No. 8 says the All Blacks will be focused on getting even better next year.
“We genuinely believe that, on our day if we fulfill our potential then, we can beat any team,” declared the fullback.
Alcoholic beverages and Irish rugby misery has been strongly linked in the past two weeks.
Aaron Cruden and Ryan Crotty reveal the depth of confidence the Kiwis can count on in times of stress.
We take a detailed look at the passage of play that led to the Kiwis’ heartbreaking late try.
The Ireland head coach says his side simply ran out of gas to let the All Blacks in at the death.
The centre was heartbroken in the wake of yesterday’s loss at the Aviva Stadium.
‘We can be proud of our performance against the World Champions, but it still wasn’t good enough’, says the Tullow Tank.
The New Zealand head coach says Joe Schmidt’s men don’t realise how tough they are.
Heaslip’s Trojan effort, O’Connell’s awesomeness and the All Blacks efficiency in exploiting gaps.
# all-blacks - Sunday 24 November, 2013
Defensive aggression, All Blacks accuracy, and one of the great Tests of 2013.
Maybe if we don’t watch more than 67 seconds we can pretend we won.
The Ireland captain admitted to frustration at the manner of defeat, but feels a benchmark has been set.
The Ireland coach had no complaints about the veracity of the All Blacks’ late try.
The former Ireland out-half believes Joe Schmidt’s men will take confidence from almost toppling the world champions.
Ireland got off to a perfect start when Conor Murray dived over after four minutes of play.
We went minute-by minute as Joe Schmidt’s men attempted to create history against the All Blacks.
Brace yourselves, Ireland. This isn’t going to be easy.
But Les Kiss has the blowtorch fired up and ready to go.
The number eight is blessed with an endless array of skills. How do Ireland stop him?
# all-blacks - Saturday 23 November, 2013
The Kiwi captain expects energy and fire from the hosts at Lansdowne Road tomorrow.
It’s a tough task in store for Ireland tomorrow, but if they can the upper hand in these areas then maybe, just maybe…
Les Kiss is looking for a massive improvement after last week’s defensive horror show.
Ireland need to be error-free and aggressive in what would be the performances of their lives.
‘I put a lot of effort into it. Otherwise I’m just a past player who is called in just to give a view’
Keith Wood reflects on his part in Joe Schmidt’s appointment and Ireland’s prospects against the All Blacks on Sunday.
The Irish prop prefers to look forward but found himself reflecting on a tough 2012 tour to New Zealand.
On his return to fitness, the Canterbury lock is fully focused on his own game.