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Mclean: Chiefs find reward in their hard work

Chiefs players Matt Symons, James Lowe and Mitchell Graham know how to work hard and enjoy the rewards.

OPINION: On Saturday, June 13, the two best New Zealand Super Rugby sides will finally meet at Yarrow Stadium.

NZ men's sevens team fading

Canada celebrate an upset win over the New Zealand Sevens team at the Tokyo Sevens earlier this month.

OPINION: Joseph Romanos questions the state of the New Zealand men's sevens team ahead of the Rio Olympics.

Nix have the grit to challenge for title

The Wellington Phoenix celebrate during Friday's come-from-behind win over the Central Coast Mariners in the capital.

OPINION: The character shown by Phoenix in win over Mariners puts them right in contention for A-League title.

Crusaders no longer the lords of Super Rugby

The Chiefs had plenty of reasons to smile after steamrolling the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday night.

OPINION: Friday demolishing of the Crusaders affirmed what we all know - the Chiefs are now NZ's benchmark team.

Bidwell: Time for Irene van Dyk to say good night

Irene van Dyk has cut an increasingly forlorn figure on the Pulse's bench.

OPINION: Irene van Dyk has cut an increasingly forlorn figure on the Pulse's bench, says Hamish Bidwell

Reason: Concussion rugby's biggest issue

Blues veteran Luke Braid has suffered two concussions this season and is expected to be sidelined for the next two weeks.

OPINION: Unless rugby acts on concussion now, it's finest warriors may one day be unable to feed themselves.

Reason: Spieth shows Ko the way to major glory

American Jordan Spieth ran away with the Masters crown at the weekend.

OPINION: Young Texan proves power isn't everything in a golf major, writes Mark Reason.

Why the NRL should let players punch again video

Broncos forward Sam Thaiday and Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves face off at Suncorp Stadium last Friday.

OPINION: The laws of the jungle have changed since the NRL rushed in the edict punching would mean automatic time in sin bin.

Vaughan: Cook's poor run with bat all in the mind

England's Alastair Cook leaves the field after losing his wicket in the first test against West Indies in Antigua.

OPINION: England captain is not out of form but he is out of confidence and would do well to copy the approach of Root and Bell.

McLean: Regrets over Naholo rub rugby fans raw

Waisake Naholo is flying away from New Zealand rugby far too soon to join French club Clermont.

OPINION: Clermont's bosses must be rubbing their hands at the prospect of Waisake Naholo charging down the sidelines.

Hay: No Glory when it comes to salary cap cheating

Perth Glory fans, furious with the FFA's punishment, set off flares during Friday night's loss to Sydney FC.

OPINION: FFA's decision to exclude Perth from the A-League finals for deliberately rorting the salary cap is the right decision.

Gifford: No profit for NZ in the exodus of top talent

All Black utility back Colin Slade has reportedly been offered $720,000 a season to play for French club Pau.

OPINION: From the moment rugby went professional in 1996, rugby leaders here have been fighting to keep our stars in the country.

Reason: Blues more a band of others than brothers

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan remains hopeful that his team can still turn things around this season.

OPINION: John Kirwan says the Blues are unified force but it sure doesn't look that way, writes Mark Reason.

Benaud's death the story nobody wanted to break

Former Australian cricket commentator Richie Benaud passed away last week.

OPINION: Throughout his career Richie Benaud showed legendary restraint. For a change, so did everyone else.

De Barra: Europe looming as ABs' main threat

Robbie Henshaw crosses for Ireland's match-winning try against England in this year's Six Nations.

OPINION: Cricket World Cup allows some fine performances from Europe's top teams go under the radar.

It's a no-brainer - cash will rule over jersey

Charles Piutau is off to Ireland after the Rugby World Cup.

OPINION: So Charles Piutau is off to Ulster and who can blame him, writes Ian Snook.

Reason: How Ko must long for more hitting power

Lydia Ko watches the flight of her tee shot at the ANA Inspiration tournament in America.

OPINION: Any professional golfer can have a bad week. The problem is that Lydia Ko has now had three.

Keane touted for super rugby

Tasman Makos coach Kieran Keane.

OPINION: If the rumours coming out of Auckland are to be believed, Tasman Makos head coach Kieran Keane is a candidate for a Super Rugby call-up.

Toothless Sharks eaten alive by rampant Crusaders

David Havili dives over to score for the Crusaders in Durban.

OPINION: The Crusaders weren't going to allow a red card to Jean Deysel to screw them over this time.

Reason: Rory's been planning Woods' overthrow

While Tiger Woods was rewriting golf history, a kid called Rory McIIroy, pictured, was already planning his overthrow.

OPINION: While Tiger was rewriting golf history, a kid called Rory was already planning his overthrow.

Hudson's bravery to build depth will pay dividends

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson can be proud of his young team.

OPINION: Anthony Hudson and young All Whites should be sporting wry smile after South Korea game.

Wellington Phoenix understand it's time to kick on

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick is leading his team into the business end of the season at the top of the table.

OPINION: The stakes are high on Sunday night as the Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory square off.

Snook: We need four more years from McCullum

Brendon McCullum loses his shoe at the crease against South Africa in the World Cup semifinal at Eden Park.

OPINION: Some time off could help Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum through to the next World Cup.

Smith: A standard start to season for Crusaders

The Crusaders came undone against the Melbourne Rebels in Round One of Super Rugby.

OPINION: Crusaders doomsayers relax: Blackadder's mob are simply having their stock-standard slow start.

Reason: Good, bad and ugly from CWC 2015

Mitchell Starc broke New Zealand hearts but he hasn't got the nasty streak of some of his team-mates.

OPINION: Don't be down, there's another long, hot summer ahead in England. We can still dare to dream.

Millmow: Ghosts of 1992 can finally be put to rest

Moments of joy were rare in the Cricket World Cup final but this New Zealand team gave us plenty to feel happy about.

OPINION: Moments of joy were rare in the World Cup final but this NZ team gave us plenty to feel happy about.

Webster: Just don't listen to the haters, Warnie

Shane Warne works up a thirst while commentating on the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand.

OPINION: Australian cricket, it seems, has now been fully restored to its former glory, writes Andrew Webster.

Referee review: Rugby rules in need of a rethink video

Blues captain Jerome Kaino is shown the yellow card for a high tackle on Waratahs flanker Dave Dennis.

OPINION: Some rules in rugby need a fresh look from the powers that be and better clarification to prevent referees making mistakes.

Millmow: How the Black Caps players rated at CWC gallery

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won plaudits for his aggressive tactics throughout the World Cup.

OPINION: Cricket writer Jonathan Millmow runs his eye over New Zealand's players at the World Cup.

Millmow: McCullum completes last act with class

Brendon McCullum walks past the Cricket World Cup trophy after a hard night at the MCG.

OPINION: Overseas media break into a round of applause for the skipper of the Cup, it's B-Mac's last stand.

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