Daniel Carter ensured New Zealand converted their territorial domination into points as they beat Australia 22-0 in their Rugby Championship clash.
New Zealand snatched a 22-19 victory over Ireland with a desperate goal by Dan Carter in Christchurch on Saturday.
After 24 years of stumbles, disappointments and plain old chokes, New Zealand finally lived up to its billing as world rugby's premier side in 2011.
Nick Farr-Jones believes the All Black team that will play France in the Rugby World Cup final compares favourably with the side that won in 1987.
Despite the loss of Frans Steyn, South Africa have emerged as the favourites to win on Sunday, after Australia's dreadful display against Ireland.
All Blacks' fly-half Dan Carter has pulled out of the side to play Japan in their World Cup clash on Friday after failing to overcome a sore back.
Kurtley Beale finished off a brilliant sweeping movement to give Australia enough breathing space to beat New Zealand 25-20 and win the Tri-Nations.
The All Blacks opened their Tri-Nations title defence with a 40-7 hammering of the injury-ravaged Springboks on Saturday.
The Super Rugby final between Queensland Reds and Canterbury Crusaders will see flyhalf greats Dan Carter and Quade Cooper face each other.
Queensland Reds will have faced a major test of their Super Rugby title credentials with a showdown against seven-time champions Canterbury Crusaders.
The Blues face the Reds in a top-two Super Rugby showdown this weekend, while Daniel Carter returns to boost the Crusaders title challenge.
The pace-setting Crusaders will be boosted on Friday by the first Super Rugby appearance of the year by captain Richie McCaw.
While the Crusaders' match at Twickenham on Sunday was an on-field success, the New Zealand club says it was not the financial lifeline it hoped for.
New Zealand made five changes to its starting side for the game against Wales, where they will pay tribute to the victims of the Pike River mine.
The last season of Super 14 in its current format kicks off on Friday with the Crusaders and the Bulls once again the teams to beat.
Dan Carter is set to miss the All Blacks' Test against Italy on Saturday after being banned for one week for a high tackle on Martin Roberts of Wales.
Injury problems may force the All Blacks to play Dan Carter out of his accustomed position against South Africa in the September 12 Tri-Nations Test.
Flyhalf Dan Carter will return to play for the All Blacks against the Wallabies on Saturday, after a nine month injury layoff.
Dan Carter has been recalled to the All Blacks squad for the remainder of the Tri-Nations tournament after recovering from an Achilles injury.
All Blacks star flyhalf Dan Carter said Thursday he is on the comeback trail after a six-month injury layoff.