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Who's got keys to No 10? video

Will Aaron Cruden, left, be the All Blacks' water boy, come the Rugby Championship, or win the No 10 jumper back from ...

Semifinal clash should decide whether Barrett or Cruden will be Carter's successor.

Is rugby success making us smug?

The manner in which the Hurricanes disposed of the Sharks in the quarterfinals was further proof of New Zealand's ...

Do we have justification for being so pleased with ourselves over New Zealand's rugby success?

Tahs show real leadership

The ARU rolled out the welcome mat for Jarryd Hayne.

OPINION: The ARU's flirtation with Hayne was the Matt Dunning moment of sports administration.

Here comes the all-Kiwi final

The Hurricanes are one of Super Rugby's lovable losers with a sturdy contingent of die-hard fans.

OPINION: Hurricanes have no better chance to shake off their reputation as Super Rugby's lovable losers.

Secret to Barrett's success

Beauden Barrett

OPINION: Outgoing Crusaders coach to announce future, and secret to Beauden Barrett's form.

Only themselves to blame

The Crusaders gather after their quarterfinal loss to the lions.

OPINION: If the Crusaders want to play the blame game, they need only look in a mirror.

Reason: Competitive Ko 'sneaky long'

Lydia Ko has added more power off the tee without losing her wonderful rhythm.

OPINION: Swing change means Kiwi now has the chance to win every week.

Rennie gem ready to go

The Chiefs play exciting, winning rugby with a hard edge because Dave Rennie and his players have great mutual respect.

OPINION: Chiefs coach ready for test rugby, and now he has the motive when the next job comes up.

NZ guilty of backing 'buck pass' video

IOC President Thomas Bach says the International Olympic Committee will leave the decision up to each sports federation ...

OPINION: NZ Olympic Committee defends the indefensible in backing IOC's buck-passing on Russia.

All Blacks need a rival video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen faces a challenging time over the next three years.

OPINION: England and Eddie Jones could be the best thing to happen to Steve Hansen.

More Hansen, more success video

Steve Hansen has taken on a further two years in charge of the All Blacks for all the right reasons

OPINION: NZ Rugby makes the smart, and only move, in extending the All Blacks coach's contract to 2019.

Ref should use instincts

RJ van Rensburg's strong running was hard for the Crusaders to contain.

OPINION: The Highlanders, Hurricanes, Lions and Chiefs have demonstrated they are the strongest and most consistent outfits.

Getting back into the game

Jason Woodward scores a try for the Hurricanes in Saturday's game against the Sharks. 

Super Rugby Quarter Final: ...

OPINION: I've been thinking a bit about Super Rugby lately, writes Liam Hehir.

Dean: Froome, Team Sky show the way

Yellow jersey race leader Chris Froome needed the support of his team after crashing on stage 19 of the Tour de France.

OPINION: Although it wasn't a thrilling battle for the yellow jersey, Team Sky's dominance of the Tour should be admired.

Highlanders ready to win it all again

Highlanders co-captain Ben Smith was instrumental in his team's 15-9 win against the Brumbies.

OPINION: The Highlanders are ready for any challenge after beating the Brumbies in their quarterfinal in Canberra.

Sky stranglehold stupifying

Fairfax Media has pulled out of Olympics coverage in Rio.

OPINION: Sports lovers the losers in Olympics broadcast wrangle.

Who will win Super Rugby?

The accuracy of Beauden Barrett's play has been a key to the Hurricanes' late-season success.

The Highlanders, Hurricanes, Chiefs or Crusaders - who's it going to be?

Women lose again in battle of the sexes

World No 1 Lydia Ko will be at the Rio Olympics while her top male counterparts stay at home.

OPINION: Olympic snub is just the latest blow inflicted on women's golf by their male counterparts.

Reive: Price Mahrez off the table

Riyad Mahrez was a big part of Leicester historic Premier League title win.

OPINION: You can either price Mahrez out of reach or rely on loyalty. Your call, Leicester.

Voerman: Chiefs short of greatness

Damian McKenzie was at the centre of many of the Chiefs' great attacking moments this season.

OPINION: Great season Chiefs, but you're still a bit short of finishing among Super Rugby's greats.

Russian flag cannot fly in Rio video

The Olympic and Russian flags fly side-by-side at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014.

OPINION: Doping scandal akin to a James Bond plot with fraud all across the Russian chain of command.

Reason: Golf redemption with swoon at Troon

Henrik Stenson poses with the Claret Jug on the the 18th green after his glorious final round.

OPINION: Henrik Stenson returns from the depths to win with remarkable round at High Troon.

Webster: Eels should chop Norman

Parramatta Eels five-eighth Corey Norman arrives at the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney to face drugs charges last week.

OPINION: Eels should suspend star player for rest of season.

Gifford: My Super money is on...

Jason Woodward of the Hurricanes scores a try against the Crusaders on Saturday night.

OPINION: Four Kiwi teams in the Super Rugby finals, so who's the favourite to take out the title from here?

Australia's big attacking problem video

Just give it to Izzy: Early ball to Israel Folau might just be the best attacking option for the Waratahs and Wallabies.

OPINION: All of the Australian teams need to employ a flatter attacking style, where everyone is running at the line and everyone is an option.

Reason: The fans aren't the problem with modern sport

Chris Froome takes off running up the final climb on Mont Ventoux after crashing with a Tour motorbike.

OPINION: The real menace to the cyclists and golfers is television and security.

Who will win Super Saturday? video

Can Beauden Barrett guide the Hurricanes to a sixth victory in the last eight over the Crusaders when the Super Rugby ...

Game picks, dumb tactics and MVPs, we look at the big issues ahead of Super Rugby's final round.

Le Tour: Brilliant or broken?

Michael Matthews of Australia riding for Orica-BikeExchange wins the sprint in stage ten.

The Tour de France - a great sporting event or overshadowed by drugs? Katie Kenny and Ben Strang debate.

Toddy's rough deal on countback


OPINION: It's fair to say fans won't miss him, but would they feel that way about a coach whose record is nearly identical?

Two Super games to savour

Halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow was one of several Chiefs to run riot against the Reds last week.

OPINION: All eyes will be on Christchurch and Dunedin in what is otherwise a Super Rugby sea of mediocrity.

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