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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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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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Aug 1, 2014:  The Waratahs don't have a show if the Crusaders forwards step up again for the Super Rugby final at ANZ Stadium, Craig Dowd writes
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Jul 23, 2014:  Players such as former All Blacks star Joe Rokocoko should not now be able to play Test rugby for another nation, Craig Dowd says noting "you pledge your allegiance and that is the team you play for until the day you die"
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Jul 23, 2014:  Craig Dowd assures Crusaders fans "this Jafa" and many other New Zealand fans will be supporting them this weekend, saying "it's quite a weird feeling"
Craig Dowd
Jul 16, 2014:  Three of the six Super Rugby finalists are from New Zealand, while even the remaining two franchises have cause for optimism, writes Craid Dowd
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Jul 9, 2014:  We are getting bigger and stronger, and the game we used to know is changing, so Craig Dowd asks after the tragic death of a teenage New Zealand player how do we protect each other
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Jul 9, 2014:  The Crusaders always turn up at the end of the year with enough points to qualify for the top six, and Craig Dowd wonders what more can Todd Blackadder do
Craig Dowd
Jul 2, 2014:  Craig Dowd runs his rule over New Zealand's Super Rugby teams, assessing their hopes for the rest of the season with all five franchises still in finals contention
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Jun 25, 2014:  New Zealand showed in tearing England apart in Hamilton the value of self-belief, determined attitude, confidence and 100% trust in your team-mate alongside you, Craig Dowd writes
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Jun 18, 2014:  An important question has emerged out of the All Blacks' series with England, Craig Dowd writes. "How much better can New Zealand get before the Rugby World Cup next year?"
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Jun 11, 2014:  Too many people were sucked into thinking the All Blacks would have it easy against England, Craig Dowd writes
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Jun 4, 2014:  Matt Todd replaced Sam Cane in the All Blacks squad despite having not played since May 5, and Craig Dowd wonders what in-form Luke Braid must do to warrant inclusion in the selection mix
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Jun 4, 2014:  England are the All Blacks' biggest rivals so far as they are the team we love to beat and hate to lose to, Craig Dowd writes
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May 28, 2014:  Samoa do not need an All Blacks Test in Apia; they need a better business structure and matches out of Auckland, Craig Dowd writes
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May 28, 2014:  Aaron Cruden was the best fly-half in New Zealand before breaking his left thumb, and it's quite fickle how we forget him after five or six weeks, but Beauden Barrett is the man of the hour, Craig Dowd writes
Craig Dowd
May 21, 2014:  Given the varying applications of the advantage law, not to forget the greater powers of the television match official, Craig Dowd feels we need consistency
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May 14, 2014:  Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Cory Jane or Julian Savea? The back three is going to provide headaches for the New Zealand All Blacks selectors, Craig Dowd writes
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May 9, 2014:  The All Blacks selectors should not name Kieran Read in their training group ahead of the England series, as he is still recovering from concussion and they have the players to cover his absence, Craig Dowd writes
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