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Craig Dowd played 60 Tests for New Zealand between 1993 and 2000, including in two World Cups, and he was part of the All Blacks team that won their first series in South Africa in 1996. He played for the Blues and Auckland in New Zealand domestic rugby, and for Wasps in England from 2001 to 2005. In 2009, he coached North Harbour in the ITM Cup. More recently has been a SKY Television comments man.

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Craig Dowd
Mar 4, 2015:  Dave Rennie got the better of Todd Blackadder in Hamilton, where the Chiefs had a master plan that paid dividends for them, Craig Dowd writes
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Feb 25, 2015:  Craig Dowd laments what "referees are doing to the scrums", saying "it is just about looking for someone to infringe, it is only going to get worse and it is turning a lot of people off the game"
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Feb 18, 2015:  Dan Carter must get himself 100 per cent fit as his ageing body is fast becoming a liability for the Crusaders, Craig Dowd writes
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Feb 11, 2015:  Craig Dowd assesses New Zealand's Super Rugby franchises, and says players must hit ground running to press individual World Cup claims
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Nov 26, 2014:  Wales did the All Blacks a favour with their best effort against New Zealand for many years, for 68 minutes at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Craig Dowd writes
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Nov 20, 2014:  Augustine Pulu will return home with little more than 20 minutes rugby in one month on tour. It is time for more midweek games writes Craig Dowd
New Zealand
Nov 11, 2014:  Dane Coles must be reminded that opponents will target him as a weak point for his ill-discipline, and teams are only as strong as their weakest link, Craig Dowd writes
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Nov 5, 2014:  Craig Dowd laments the quality of "boil-and-bite $5 mouthguards", saying rugby authorities ought to part-fund and certify official guards in the bid to reduce concussions
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Oct 29, 2014:  With the All Blacks playing the USA Eagles this weekend, Craig Dowd says rugby is ready to make a professional breakthrough Stateside
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Oct 15, 2014:  The Kurtley Beale crisis highlights the many things that are wrong with Australian rugby, Craig Dowd writes
Craig Dowd
Oct 11, 2014:  People in New Zealand are questioning the ITM Cup and its relevance
Craig Dowd
Oct 8, 2014:  Criag Dowd believes the media should stop trying to sensationalise the All Blacks' loss in what was a very good contest
Rugby Championship
Oct 1, 2014:  The All Blacks face their toughest task of the Rugby Championship at Ellis Park this weekend, writes Craig Dowd
New Zealand
Sep 25, 2014:  Craig Dowd urges rugby authorities in New Zealand to tackle the issue of young players being exploited by unscrupulous agents
Craig Dowd
Sep 25, 2014:  No matter what you might think of the Aaron Cruden incident, you have to give huge kudos to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen for the way he has handled the matter, writes Craig Dowd
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Sep 17, 2014:  The All Blacks have nothing to fear when it comes to injuries, with their strong depth of talent they see it as another chance to blood new players Craig Dowd writes,
Craig Dowd
Sep 10, 2014:  Argentina must establish a game plan to create some way to shift a defence around, Craig Dowd writes
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Aug 27, 2014:  Rivals have to strike New Zealand on an off-day if they are to win, but they still then have to rise to the All Blacks' level; that is the only time they will beat us, Craig Dowd writes
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Aug 20, 2014:  The All Blacks' form is not a peaking issue, but Hansen must threaten to wield his axe, to demand improvement, Craig Dowd writes
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Aug 13, 2014:  Craig Dowd reflects on his personal highs and lows of the Bledisloe Cup, in particular the penalty he conceded in 2000 that he describes as "a very, very dark moment in my career"
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