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opinion

Hinton: Smith needs to play fullback

Is it time for Highlanders star Ben Smith to be restored to his favoured position of fullback for the All Blacks?

OPINION: It's time for the All Blacks coach to play Ben Smith in his best position, writes Marc Hinton.

Quartet of first fives possible?

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga just made things a whole lot more interesting ahead of the World Cup.

All Blacks player ratings

Sopoaga, Piutau press claims

super rugby

Guildford set to join Tahs

Zac Guildford has been starring for Hawke's Bay in their early Ranfurly Shield defences this season and has attracted the attention of the Waratahs for a Super Rugby recall.

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

Laumape shapes as perfect fit for Hurricanes video

Code-hopper's physique is a little like Ma'a Nonu's, the midfield wrecking ball he is set to replace in Wellington.

Tawera Kerr-Barlow, pictured in club action, will remain a Chief until 2017.

Kerr-Barlow extends Chiefs deal

6:00 AM  All Blacks hafback Tawera Kerr-Barlow will stay with the Chiefs for the next two seasons.

sevens

Six-match series for NZ Sevens

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

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

Cooper to launch Rio sevens bid - report

Wallabies star looks set to back out of a move to French club Toulon and stay at home with hope of making Australia's Olympic rugby sevens team.

Fijian-born Wallabies wing Henry Speight will be a natural in the sevens game.

Speight signing shows intent

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

international

War of words between Australia and Toulon owner

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika: "He's entitled to say what he likes about what he wants to do. That's fine, but I don't think those analogies are really necessary."

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has taken exception to the trash-talking of Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal.

Boks' De Villiers poised for return against Pumas

Jean de Villiers set to make his return for South Africa when they face Argentina in their final Rugby Championship test.

Australian openside flanker Michael Hooper is confident of beating a striking charge after allegedly punching Argentine five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez.

Wallabies' Hooper hopeful of playing All Blacks

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper has arrived home confident of being cleared of foul play.

all blacks

Jones defends ABs lineout

The lineout in question. All Blacks captain Richie McCaw snares the throw to charge over for the touchdown.

Former NZ lock backs referee's decision as rule reveals Boks may have been lucky.

SA unhappy with McCaw try video

Leading referee among chorus of claims All Blacks' sensational match-winning lineout move illegal.

All Blacks selector Grant Fox with coach Steve Hansen at Eden Park in 2014.

Fox seeks mental edge in ABs

All Blacks selector talks about what it takes to pick the world's best team, saying it's not all physical.

provincial

McIntyre back for red and blacks nine years later

Cameron McIntyre will play for Canterbury in 2015.

It never registered with Cameron McIntyre that 15 years had elapsed since his Canterbury debut.

Whitelock follows family tradition

One-cap All Black will follow in older brother George's footsteps as captain of Canterbury's provincial rugby team.

Kahn Fotuali'i wears the No 9 jersey in the Tasman Makos Team of the Decade.

Tasman's best recognised in team of the decade

14 min ago  In considering the Tasman Makos' best players from the past decade, it would be tempting perhaps to simply list the 2014 team as the standard-bearer. That's it - done deal.

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