OPINION: Andrew Hore's never been short of a word or two, but it was no surprise he has announced his retirement without any fanfare.
If the Wellington Phoenix follow a Brazilian club's example, fans' support need not end at death.
OPINION: Kiwis more calm under pressure than England in nail-biting World Cup semifinal, writes Mark Reason.
OPINION: The All Blacks of 2013 are unbeaten, unbowed and now truly undisputed as the best rugby team in the professional era.
OPINION: The All Blacks are looking at the season finale against Ireland as a one-off rather than a match that could create history.
OPINION: Let's show the Mexicans no respect tonight as the All Whites fight for a World Cup berth, says Dave Burgess.
OPINION: Ricki Herbert is about to go the way of most international coaches - booted out with hardly a thank you.
OPINION: Desperate, hungry All Blacks to thump England by 13 points or more, says Grant Nisbett.
OPINION: Saturday's test match here in Paris looms as a potential banana skin for the All Blacks.
OPINION: For all his potential, picking Luke Whitelock for ABs over Brad Shields and Victor Vito is odd.
OPINION: Steve Hansen and Steve Tew are facing perhaps the biggest decision of their careers.
OPINION: There were so many positive aspects to come out of last Saturday's blockbuster test in Johannesburg, it's hard to know where to begin.
OPINION: In the national anxiety which is the America's Cup, the All Blacks two week venture to Argentina and South Africa has, so far, flown under the radar, but neither of these two games is going to be easy.
Suffering from the blues after the America's Cup? What is there to look forward to?
OPINION: The All Blacks step up against Springboks' old kick-and-hope tricks.
OPINION: In the days of Federico Mendez, Diego Cash and others, the Argentine scrum was feared by other rugby playing nations.
OPINION: With five tests down and eight (plus the hit-out in Japan) remaining this season, it’s timely to look at the considerable depth Steve Hansen and his cohorts have developed over the past couple of seasons.
OPINION: Before we all get carried away with the All Blacks, it has to be said - the Wallabies are decidedly average.
OPINION: Lydia Ko, the 16-year-old golf wonder from Auckland, is facing an unusually ticklish problem.
OPINION: In Australia last weekend there was incredible optimism surrounding the Wallabies prior to the opening Bledisloe Cup test.
OPINION: The two most influential All Blacks of the past decade are clearly Dan Carter and Richie McCaw.
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OPINION: Benji Marshall could be a fine rugby union fullback, provided he's prepared to suffer on the pre-season training paddock.
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OPINION: The Chiefs' procession along the streets of Hamilton yesterday redefined the old tradition of the 'ticker tape parade.'
With the Super Rugby season behind us, let's look back on another outstanding season for the Chiefs and coach Dave Rennie.
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OPINION: Piri Weepu is down, but it'd be nice to think one of the more popular All Blacks of recent times is not out for the count.
OPINION: History would suggest the Brumbies have no show of winning the Super Rugby final against the Chiefs.
OPINION: Bolstering the coaching structure at the Hurricanes should be a priority for the franchise's board.
OPINION: Buildings will fall and the sky will fill with ash and no more will Daniel Carter be the best first five in the world.
OPINION: Have the Crusaders abdicated their role as a rugby reputation rehabilitation centre by failing to make a play for homeless All Blacks midfielder Ma’a Nonu?
OPINION: Beauden Barrett would be remiss not to hear Sir John Kirwan out, but the Hurricanes pivot will find solid grounds to stay put.
OPINION: News just in from Muirfield, Scotland, for a small group of Canterbury rugby fans. You don't have to be a prat your whole life.
OPINION: A lot of work needs to be done before Ma'a Nonu can even be considered for the Hurricanes.
OPINION: How times have changed from not long ago when star rugby players crossed the great divide to league.
OPINION: It's not hard to imagine a time when refs no longer make the big decisions, but play is paused while you at home decide 'TRY or NO TRY'.
OPINION: Six years ago franchises would have fallen over themselves to sign Nonu but now the boot is on the other foot.
OPINION: It was only after we booked our tickets that my wife and I realised that we would be in San Francisco during the opening of the America's Cup.
There's little doubt that of the four teams left in Super rugby, the Crusaders are the side to beat.
Being a coach in professional sport is a tough gig, as Robbie Deans has discovered.
OPINION: The cream is rising as Super Rugby's playoffs approach and by that Team Talk means the Crusaders are coming good.
OPINION: New Zealand can have a Grand Slam tennis champion. But mums and dads have to ask themselves - is it really all worth it?
OPINION: They say top sport is now so international that the coach's nationality is irrelevant.
OPINION: Play some rugby and you might just give yourselves a chance to win the series – that should be the message to the British and Irish Lions as they contemplate Saturday’s decider in Sydney.
OPINION: Some of you may not have heard of Jessica Korda, but she did a rather odd thing at the weekend.
Beauden Barrett and Jeremy Thrush returned from being in the All Black camp with the confidence that elevates a player from good to very good.
OPINION: The self-titled Mountain Warrior isn't behaving much like a warrior these days.
OPINION: Some questions were answered and some remained unanswered after the All Blacks three tests against France.
OPINION: New Zealand rugby heads will be very interested to know if it is one rule for them and another rule for Australia.
OPINION: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen continues to be bold, but it's hard not to feel a midfield opportunity will be lost in New Plymouth.
OPINION: The excitement and the expectations around a British and Irish Lions tour are alive and well as we head into this weekend's first test in Brisbane.
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