Can anyone beat the Crusaders?

Doesn't matter who the Crusaders have on the paddock, the high quality of the output is much the same.

17 min ago  OPINION: Crusaders looking unbeatable, Blues still shaky and Highlanders lurking under the radar.

Israel Dagg back for Crusaders

Israel Dagg required surgery on his right knee after the Super Rugby round-three match against the Reds in Brisbane on ...

3:41 PM  The unbeaten Crusaders will aim to stitch together their 13th consecutive victory.

Ben Smith back for Highlanders

Highlanders captain Ben Smith is back after three weeks out with an ankle injury.

3:32 PM  Co-captain Ben Smith headlines returning Highlanders as he prepares to equal a franchise record.

Brumbies, Tahs race for finals

The Brumbies currently lead the Australian conference with the Waratahs close behind in second.

Either the Brumbies or the Waratahs will have a home playoff match.

Elliot signs French club deal

Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot has signed with french club US Oyonnax.

Hooker Hika Elliot joins a growing list of Chiefs players taking their talents overseas.

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Bevan Moody dies after rugby game

Waitohi prop Bevan Moody during his final game of club rugby, against  Nelson at Neale Park on Saturday.

Family and friends are mourning for Bevan Moody, who has died after collapsing in a club rugby match.

Lions safety planning intensifies video

Superintendent Sandra Manderson is the police National Commander for major sporting events. (File photo).

As thousands of rugby fans arrive, cops say planning includes scenarios for natural and man-made disasters.

Great Britain 7s merger talks

Warwick Lahmert of England makes a pass in a match between England and Wales.

Discussions to permanently merge England, Scotland and Wales for the Sevens World Series begin.

ABs win acclaim in Spain

The All Blacks have won a prestigious Spanish sports award.

Prestigious Spanish award goes to the All Blacks for their "shining example".

Jones takes shot at Bath tactics

England's George Ford during training at Brighton College on May 16.

George Ford's drop in form is down to tactics employed by Todd Blackadder at Bath, Eddie Jones says.

Coaching against his country

Coach Warren Gatland is on his third Lions tour.

OPINION: That there isn't a home-grown Six Nations coach to do the Lions job is an indictment.

Key Stag may not return

Brumbies first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera.

Stags coach Hoani Macdonald is awaiting confirmation if first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera will be back this year.

OBHS players suspended

Three players have been suspended after a haka in a school rugby game in Dunedin.

Suspensions have been issued to three players after a Dunedin schools rugby haka.

Ex-All Black's frank Lions warning

Ben Franks says 'anything can happen' if the Lions win the first test against the All Blacks.

Ben Franks says the Lions can surprise NZ by toppling the All Blacks, warning his brother to expect a tough series.

Concussion sidelines Chiefs trio

Sam McNicol suffered another bout of concussion in the match against the Crusaders in Fiji last Friday.

Charlie Ngatai, Sam McNicol and Stephen Donald will all miss Friday's Blues clash.

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Cully's ABs squad to face Lions

Malakai Fekitoa has been solid defensively and shown flashes of brilliance on attack.

OPINION: Jordie Barrett and Rieko Ioane squeezed out by 19-14 forwards/backs split, writes Paul Cully.

Reason: Rugby needs its head examined

OPINION: How long before rugby becomes a sport again and not some lunatic version of the Hunger Games?

ABs watch: Cruden, Faumuina shine

Coles, the man we'd miss most

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Ex-All Black's frank Lions warning

Ben Franks says the Lions can surprise NZ by toppling the All Blacks, warning his brother to expect a tough series.

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Coaching against his country

Coach Warren Gatland is on his third Lions tour.

OPINION: That there isn't a home-grown Six Nations coach to do the Lions job is an indictment.

Ex-All Black's frank Lions warning

Ben Franks says 'anything can happen' if the Lions win the first test against the All Blacks.

Ben Franks says the Lions can surprise NZ by toppling the All Blacks, warning his brother to expect a tough series.

'Integral' Read needed to crush Lions

All Black captain Kieran Read will be the glue for the All Blacks forward pack during the Lions tour.

ABs great Zinzan Brooke says Kieran Read is needed to beat the Lions - and playing without him's a scary prospect.

'Good coin' for the ABs skip

All Blacks captain Kieran Read appeared to be happy making his NZ Rugby re-signing announcement back at his old school, ...

Peel back the layers on Kieran Read's new contract and you will see he got everything he wanted.

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Jones takes shot at Bath tactics

England's George Ford during training at Brighton College on May 16.

George Ford's drop in form is down to tactics employed by Todd Blackadder at Bath, Eddie Jones says.

Wallabies' Dean Mumm to retire

Dean Mumm is to retire from all rugby at the end of the year.

He's long been a foe of the All Blacks. Now this Wallaby veteran is about to hang up his boots.

Porirua preparing for Lions

Ngati Toa Domain at Mana in Porirua is a popular spot for freedom campers and others looking to enjoy the view.

Popular freedom camper spot will get some extra attention from city council during tour.

Whiteley to captain Springboks

The new Springboks captain plays in Super Rugby for the Lions.

Flanker to lead South Africa against France in June series as the 58th captain of the Boks.

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Key Stag may not return

Brumbies first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera.

Stags coach Hoani Macdonald is awaiting confirmation if first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera will be back this year.

Ripe to return to their roots

Stephen Donald was still a schoolboy when he first played for Counties Manukau.

Kieran Read is heading home to Counties, but who else in NZ rugby could make the switch?

Historic win for St Thomas over St Bedes

St Thomas celebrates beating St Bedes for the first time in 34 years.

St Thomas breaks 34-year drought in round four of the UC Championship.

Who is in the Stags mix?

Marist second five-eighth Matty Johnson is one of the Stags midfield contenders for 2017.

Logan Savory takes a look at who he thinks could be contention for the 2017 Southland Stags squad.

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Great Britain 7s merger talks

Warwick Lahmert of England makes a pass in a match between England and Wales.

Discussions to permanently merge England, Scotland and Wales for the Sevens World Series begin.

Drummond in sevens heaven

Jess Drummond could be set for her New Zealand sevens debut after being selected in the latest squad.

The unavailability of five key players has opened the door for a Riwaka school teacher to make her NZ sevens debut.

XVs into sevens doesn't go

It wasn't a good day for Lewis Ormond and the New Zealand sevens team in London

NZ rugby chief Steve Tew has conceded it's a difficult equation dominating the XVs game and sevens one as well.

Businessman backs Sevens video

Lawrenson Group chief executive John Lawrenson is quietly optimistic about Hamilton hosting the sevens.

Bar owner John Lawrenson is optimistic about the Hamilton Sevens, since Dallas Fisher is in charge.

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Concussion sidelines Chiefs trio

Sam McNicol suffered another bout of concussion in the match against the Crusaders in Fiji last Friday.

Charlie Ngatai, Sam McNicol and Stephen Donald will all miss Friday's Blues clash.

Francis to start for Blues

Piers Francis left the field after being knocked out against the Stormers in Cape Town.

Blues playmaker recovers from being knocked out to get a start against the Chiefs at Eden Park.

McLeod concentrating on 'Landers

Highlanders assistant coach Scott McLeod will coach the team against the British and Irish Lions in June.

Scott McLeod coy on interest in All Blacks' defensive gig.

Cousin ready for SBW

Tim Nanai-Williams returned from a shoulder injury against the Crusaders and will now face cousin Sonny Bill Williams on ...

Tim Nanai-Williams is sure to have his hands full against cousin Sonny Bill Williams when the Chiefs meet the Blues.

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