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McCaw doing it his way till the end

Richie McCaw salutes Schalk Burger's Springboks after the All Blacks' win in Johannesburg on July 26.

If anyone has earned the right to play the exemption card in the All Blacks, their inspirational captain surely has.

Gifford: Being told to shrug off abuse is mindless

OPINION: The ugly face of racism is usually expressed by three main groups, the drunk, the dumb, and, more insidiously, the spotlight seekers.

Players do desperate things in desperate situations

Ugliest voices always loudest

super rugby

Douglas set for Wallabies recall

Lock Kane Douglas has been capped 14 times by the Wallabies, and is eyeing a recall for the Rugby World Cup.

Former test lock paves way for an immediate international call-up by signing three-year deal with Reds and ARU.

Guildford set to join Tahs

Troubled former All Blacks wing offered Super Rugby lifeline in Sydney by former coach at Crusaders.

Zac Guildford scores a try against Mid Canterbury during last week's Ranfurly Shield challenge in Napier.

Guildford 'ready for Super Rugby'

Hawke's Bay chief executive throws his support behind Zac Guildford's proposed move to the Waratahs.

sevens

All Blacks game has Sevens mode

All Blacks Rugby Challenge 3 will be the first game to feature a Sevens mode.

Latest All Blacks Rugby Challenge in development by Aussie studio the first to adapt Sevens competition for gaming.

Speight signing shows intent

Australia's sevens programme receives mighty boost for Rio 2016 hopes with Fijian-born wing joining team next season.

DJ Forbes and the New Zealand Sevens team will play Australia in a six-match series.

Six-match series for NZ Sevens

High quality preparation lined up ahead of new world series season in form of six-match series against Australia in September.

international

IOC tells Japan 'no apology needed'

An aerial view shows the planned construction site for the new National Stadium in Tokyo.

Olympic officials tell Japan there was no need to apologize for scrapping their original proposal for a new national stadium in Tokyo.

Hooper ban to be reviewed

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper may miss first Bledisloe test as Sanzar review ban.

Wallabies No 8 Wycliff Palu will be back from a month's rest for the test against the All Blacks in Sydney.

Palu back for Wallabies

No 8 returns to the squad after month's rest, refreshed and ready for back-to-back tests against All Blacks.

all blacks

Nonu cleared but may miss Sydney test

All Blacks midfielder Ma'a Nonu may miss this week's test against the Wallabies in Sydney but has been give the all-clear on his injured shoulder for the World Cup.

All Blacks midfielder given all-clear for World Cup but Cory Jane expected to miss both Bledisloe Cup tests.

Rotation in vogue ahead of Rugby World Cup

Rotation is in vogue for the three southern hemisphere heavyweights. Liam Napier looks at how squads are being managed in the Rugby Championship.

Richie McCaw salutes Schalk Burger's Springboks after the All Blacks' win in Johannesburg on July 26.

McCaw doing it his way till the end

If anyone has earned the right to play the exemption card in the All Blacks, their inspirational captain surely has.

provincial

Bentley picks positives from patchy preseason loss

Wellington fullback Jackson Garden-Bachop runs between two Canterbury defenders during an NPC preseason match at Rugby League Park on Saturday.

New Wellington No 10 Jonny Bentley was quick to pick the positives out of a 50-33 NPC preseason loss to Canterbury.

Canterbury too good for Lions

Johnny McNicholl grabs hattrick as Canterbury beat Lions in NPC pre-season match.

Tawera Kerr-Barlow looks to burst free from the grasp of North Harbour's Chris Vui in Waikato's NPC pre-season win.

Kerr-Barlow primed for ABs return

Halfback makes more progress on his return from injury with an impressive display for Waikato.

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