Hinton: Play Smith at fullback

Is it time for Highlanders star Ben Smith to be restored to his favoured position of fullback for the All Blacks?

OPINION: It's time for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to play Ben Smith in his best position, writes Marc Hinton.

Bidwell: Hard luck, Oceania

New Zealand face a justifiably hard road to the 2018 World Cup with a playoff against a South American team.

OPINION: Two games to qualify for 2018 World Cup? You'd take those odds, as world's No 136-ranked team.

Webster: Sharks haven't learnt

Andrew Fifita played for Cronulla against the Bulldogs on Sunday, despite serious allegations made against him.

OPINION: By failing to stand down Andrew Fifita immediately, Cronulla made yet another error of judgment.

Robson: First-five conundrum

All Blacks first five eighth Lima Sopoaga looked at ease at test level in Johannesburg.

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga just made things more interesting ahead of the Rugby World Cup, writes Toby Robson.

Reason: Time to end violence

Trent Merrin of the Blues tackles Corey Parker of the Maroons during game three of the State of Origin series .

OPINION: If rugby league wants to stop violence against women then it must start by eradicating it on the field.

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