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Australia 18 New Zealand 18

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Mitchell coached the All Blacks at the 2003 World Cup

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Fly boy: Cory Jane puts the All Blacks in command with a first-half try

Carter completes Wallaby misery

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FISA said that Eton Dorney was the best venue with the rapturous crowd being one of the key contributing factors

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Horacio Agulla in action for Leicester

Bath sign Argentina wing Horacio Agulla from Leicester

Bath have signed Argentina wing Horacio Agulla from Leicester in the belief the benefits of his international commitments will outweigh his lengthy absences.

Robin Scott-Elliot: The toughest challenge in sport leaves Ireland all black and blue

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Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll: 'They smashed us today and, as a result, we weren't able to put together many phases. There was an amount of unforced errors on top of that.'

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New Zealand 60 Ireland 0

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Australia 20 Wales 19: Another cliff-hanger defeat for the Grand Slam champions Down Under

New Zealand thrash Ireland 60-0 to claim series sweep

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