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Chiefs midfielder Anton Lienert Brown will take centre stage at Eden Park in his matchup against George Moala.

Marc Hinton looks at the big talking points of the week as the Lions tour draws ever closer.

NSW's chance to turn Origin tide

The decision not to pick Billy Slater for the Maroons smacks of the type of decision New South Wales would make.

OPINION: The Blues will never get a better opportunity to win at Suncorp Stadium, writes Andrew Webster.

How will you fly, Margaret?

Margaret Court says she won't fly with Qantas because of its promotion of same-sex marriage.

OPINION: Peter FitzSimons has some questions for tennis great Margaret Court over her ban on Qantas.

'Family club' fractured

Bulldogs boss Raelene Castle gives fullback Brett Morris a hug following an NRL win.

ANALYSIS: Outgoing Bulldogs NRL boss Raelene Castle has been sidelined as her chairman takes a greater role.

Time for Grant or Greenberg to go

John Grant, right, and Todd Greenberg's working relationship broken down and one of them must go.

OPINION: One of the rugby league's bosses must resign after Grant's late-night email, writes Andrew Webster.

America's Cup - sink or swim? video

Team New Zealand and Team Japan tangle on Bermuda's Great Sound.

OPINION: The billionaires' play-thing is about to set sail again. Will you be tuning in?

Coaching against his country

Coach Warren Gatland is on his third Lions tour.

OPINION: That there isn't a home-grown Six Nations coach to do the Lions job is an indictment.

Cully's ABs squad to face Lions

Malakai Fekitoa has been solid defensively and shown flashes of brilliance on attack.

OPINION: Jordie Barrett and Rieko Ioane squeezed out by 19-14 forwards/backs split, writes Paul Cully.

Reason: Rugby needs its head examined

Stephen Donald was of three players forced off the field due to concussion in the game between the Chiefs and Crusaders ...

OPINION: How long before rugby becomes a sport again and not some lunatic version of the Hunger Games?

Cullen's elbow goes unpunished video

The incident wasn't deemed as worthy of punishment.

OPINION: In rugby, an accidental elbow is a serious offence. So why can a Silver Fern get away with it?

Netball's form seven

Steel import Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is the competition's top goal scorer.

No place for Maria Tutaia, Anna Harrison or Jane Watson in national netball premiership's form team.

Smooth transition for Crusaders

Sam Whitelock's appointment as the captain of the Crusaders has coincided with the team flying to the top of the New ...

Opinion: Where have been the dramas and tantrums at the Crusaders?

Winx deserves to be Hall Of Famer

Champion Chris Waller-trained mare Winx has earned her Hall Of Fame place.

OPINION: Not everyone agrees, but Winx deserves her place in Australian racing Hall of Fame.

Warriors must walk the talk

Warriors players weren't sure where to look after their poor showing in Hamilton.

OPINION: Actions speaking much louder than the united talk coming out of the Warriors.

Coles, the man we'd miss most

Dane Coles faces a race against time to make the test series against the Lions.

OPINION: The All Blacks will be sweating over the health of one player more than any other, writes Marc Hinton.

NZ sevens' 8-man snafu grates video

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OPINION: World Rugby investigation needed into NZ mistake you'd expect only to see in kids' sport.

Don't try to be Welly, Hamilton

Poor crowds contributed to the demise of the sevens in Wellington.

OPINION: There's only so many times you can slap on a superhero costume, and slip over on the concourse before the novelty has worn off.

Rugby, 'just too damned dangerous'

Mike McRoberts says the sport of rugby has become too dangerous.

OPINION: Mike McRoberts has seen his son stretchered off the field, concussed. Enough is enough, he says.

Reason: Razor loves a tackle

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson, left, oversaw the perfect defensive strategy to contain Beauden Barrett.

OPINION: Crusaders learning a defensive masterclass from a coach who knows how to go low.

Kiwis don't do passion like Europeans

Irish fans in Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France for a match against Italy at Euro 2016.

OPINION: New Zealanders are a reserved bunch when it comes to sport, writes Bill Harris.

Crusaders can start planning parade

Crusaders playmaker Richie Mo'unga slices through the Chiefs defence on Friday.

OPINION: If you live in Canterbury it's time to get ready to party like it's 1998, writes Phil Gifford.

Dragons show Warriors the way

Warriors prop James Gavet collides with the Dragons' defence in Hamilton on Friday.

OPINION: Here we go again as Warriors enter familiar territory.

Crusaders keep on winning

Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs is tackled by Sam Whitelock and David Kaetau Havili of the Crusaders during the Super Rugby ...

OPINION: The Crusaders retain their unbeaten run in Super Rugby, beating the Chiefs in Suva.

Cully: ARU boss should go

Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver should step down, writes Paul Cully.

OPINION: The Super Rugby team axing fiasco has dragged on too long in Australia and it's time for the ARU chief to go, writes Paul Cully.

What Reid's absence means

Winston Reid won't be playing for the All Whites at the Confederations Cup next month.

OPINION: With Winston Reid missing the Confederations Cup, the All Whites have not just lost their best defender.

Don't waste tears on Sharapova

Many of Maria Sharapova's fans sympathise with her contention that she is not an intentional doper.

OPINION: In denying star a wildcard, tennis boss sent a message that doping shouldn't pay. If only Olympic officials were listening.

Rotating stars key for Steel

Southern Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is crucial to her team's ANZ Premiership campaign chances.

OPINION: The Steel will have to manage their stars carefully heading into the hectic final month of the national netball league, with injury potentially derailing their campaign.

Should SBW start for ABs?

Sonny Bill Williams is one of a raft of contenders to play in the All Blacks midfield against the British and Irish Lions.

OPINION: Our rugby writers debate the likelihood of Sonny Bill Williams pulling on the No 12 jersey to face the British and Irish Lions.

Barrett owes one to the Canes

Saturday in Christchurch didn't mark Beauden Barrett's most impressive match as a Hurricane.

OPINION: Otere Black likely to take the kicks for Hurricanes, who are owed a good performance from Beauden Barrett.

Where's the justice, Sir Ben? video

Struggling Team Land Rover BAR skipper and CEO Sir Ben Ainslie has plenty on his mind as the America's Cup quickly looms.

OPINION: Team NZ suffer America's Cup injustice again as British syndicate sails away free.

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