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Williamson v Smith, who wins?

Run machine: Kane Williamson in control again during his 17th test century against South Africa in Hamilton.

OPINION: Both have topped 5000 test runs but who can maintain it longer?

Kohli, defeat hurt Australia video

India captain Virat Kohli celebrates levelling the test series at 1-1 following victory over Australia in the second ...

The five things Aussies did not need to see or hear as they lost to India largely centre on one man.

Black Caps player ratings

Kane Williamson and Jeet Raval's partnership in Hamilton put the Black Caps in a winning position against South Africa.

OPINION: Jeet Raval vies with Kane Williamson for Black Caps test series MVP.

Smith still the best ABs No 9

Aaron Smith prepares to kick from the back of the scrum against the Brumbies.

OPINION: Aaron Smith is coming back to form and New Zealand should celebrate, writes Paul Cully.

Aussies win respect, India win

Steve Smith scored 499 runs but could not lead his side to a series victory.

OPINION: Australia surpassed themselves but India surpassed Australia, writes Greg Baum.

Four questions for the All Whites video

Anthony Hudson has a few decisions to make ahead of the Confederations Cup.

OPINION: Coach Anthony Hudson has four key personnel decisions to make ahead of the Confederations Cup.

Kick off

Moutere centre Teone Filipo makes for a gap in the Harlequins defense during their game at the weekend. Moutere took the ...

COLUMN: The top of the south club rugby season looks to be another cracker, writes Tasman Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe.

Impossible done, now a miracle

Australia captain Steve Smith was out for 17 in the second innings.

OPINION: It's all been downhill for Australia in India since stealing victory in the first test. Surely hope is lost.

Reason: Homage to the scrummage

Codie Taylor told the referee "we're here to scrum".

OPINION: If you don't love the scrummage, then you don't love rugby.

'Chinaman' term just not cricket

India's Kuldeep Yadav bowls left-arm wrist spin, a style known in cricketing parlance as a 'chinaman'.

OPINION: Derogatory term has no place in cricket, writes Andrew Wu.

Dragons provide lesson in effort

The Kieran Foran situation is becoming slightly comical.

OPINION: The Warriors didn't have the personnel or strength to stand up to the Dragons in Sydney.

Aussie rugby hits new low

The Brumbies and their fellow Australian conference teams have lost all seven matches to Kiwi opponents so far in Super ...

OPINION: New stats show ballroom dancing is as popular as rugby in Australia. That should worry Kiwis, writes Marc Hinton.

Celebrate when rugby players make money

NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew has every right to take advantage of the All Blacks' commercial appeal.

OPINION: Here's a news flash for hidebound snobs who are offended by the fact money is now a part of rugby.

Football dads, this one's for you

Roy Krishna is proof that you can come from anywhere to make it.

OPINION: If they're good enough it doesn't matter who your son plays for.

Step up on concussion, PM

Prime Minister Bill English, left, at the pre-season Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Highlanders in ...

OPINION: Rugby appears incapable of tackling head injuries by itself, writes Mark Reason.

Barrett no bolter just yet

It's only a matter of time before Jordie Barrett joins brothers Scott and Beauden as fully fledged All Blacks.

OPINION: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is likely to stick with the tried and tested to face the Lions.

Aus Super Rugby's slow death

Which Australian team will get culled? One of them needs to be, writes Paul Cully.

OPINION: Culling an Australian team from Super Rugby is the only real option for Sanzaar.

Tackling rugby's hot topics

George Moala's form for the Blues should have Steve Hansen at least taking notes.

From Jordie Barrett to the Welly Sevens, rugby writer Marc Hinton gets to grips with the big issues in NZ.

NRL's dirty laundry in demand

Penrith star Bryce Cartwright allegedly paid an ex-girlfriend to have an abortion.

OPINION: Blackmail is apparently the No.1 growth industry in rugby league.

Too much for captain Kane?

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson talks to his troops prior to the Chappell-Hadlee series opener against Australia at ...

OPINION: Should Kane Williamson captain the NZ cricket team in all three formats? Clay Wilson and Liam Hyslop debate.

Tiger tells bald truth

Tiger Woods has released a book on his Masters breakthrough but all the conversation has been about his hair loss.

OPINION: Woods' Masters book is a vivid reminder of what we've been missing, writes James Corrigan.

'Alarm bells' over Taumalolo deal

Jason Taumalolo's 10-year $10.9m deal with the Cowboys has been questioned by Australian rugby league analysts.

Opinion: Jason Taumalolo's 10-year deal is an immense gamble, with plenty of risks.

Concussion spotting cheap shots video

Tony Ayoub checks Brendan Elliot of the Knights for head or neck injuries.

OPINION: NRL pandering to the "bad look" brigade of armchair critics making uneducated calls on concussion.

Lions will pick Farrell as a No 10 and Te'o could be a bolter

Owen Farrell (left) and Jonathan Davies could both find themselves in the Lions backline.

OPINION: Warren Gatland's Lions will play but not until they win the gainline, writes Paul Cully.

Welcome to the furnace, Eddie

England coach Eddie Jones is a master of the diversion.

OPINION: Months of All Blacks noise at an end as the outsmarted England coach prepares to face the fire.

Quick fix needed for Warriors' pack problems

The Warriors have expressed interest in Kiwis wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo.

Taumalolo would be a dream buy but Warriors need short-terms answers upfront.

Reason: NZR, RFU sell out rugby

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew doesn't have a leg to stand on with his campaign to get half the gate receipts.

OPINION: Proposed November tie a squalid squabble over cash between morally bankrupt countries.

Dodd's White Ferns absence baffles

Natalie Dodd in action for New Zealand against South Africa in Paarl last year.

OPINION: 24-year-old cricketer is down the international pecking order despite an outstanding domestic record.

'Double concussion' clear case video

Newcastle Knights fullback Brendan Elliot is treated for a head injury after being felled against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

OPINION: Action needed after a NRL player concussed twice in the same game, Peter FitzSimons writes.

NZ Cricket's leadership headache

Kane Williamson is feeling the burden of being captain in all three formats, as well as the Black Caps' premier batsman.

OPINION: If NZ Cricket doesn't act soon, Kane Williamson and Mike Hesson will be broken men.

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