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.

'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.

'I'd be worried' if Read's out

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.

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.

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?

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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.

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.

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.

Hoodoo ended in tense struggle

Foxton's David McErlean passes the ball during his side's 13-8 win over Paraparaumu.

Foxton's upset win over Paraparaumu was their first over them for nine years.

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.

Lions fans roaring into town

Lions fans arrive in Picton on their way through the country in 2005.

Cities get ready for the dollars and excitement of another Lions Tour - and there may be more rugby-mad Brits than expected.

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.

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.

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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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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Million dollar contract for Read?

All Blacks captain Kieran Read is expected to announce he has signed on again with New Zealand Rugby through to the 2019 ...

Million dollar contract announcement from All Blacks skipper expected on Wednesday.

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.

Lions' fans may skip south

Christchurch hosted a test match in 2005 when Welsh Lions Fan Simon Mathias tested his ball skills in Cathedral Square.

South Island centres are unlikely to cash in on the Lions tour, with only a few hundred campervans to cross Cook Strait.

All Blacks assistants retained

Ian Foster.

Ian Foster and Mike Cron sign on through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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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.

Franks joins Barbarians

Ben Franks played 47 tests for the All Blacks between 2008 and 2015.

Ben Franks brings former All Blacks contingent in Barbarians squad to four.

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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.

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.

Waihora secures final playoff spot

Methven's Faaitu Tuamoheloa charges at the Southbridge defence.

The defending champions snuck into the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup playoffs for a rematch with Southbridge.

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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.

Hamilton Sevens: Let's do this

37 South managing director Dallas Fisher says the city council will not pay for a thing.

It's time to celebrate Hamilton - as the new home for New Zealand Sevens

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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.

Smooth transition for Crusaders

Sam Whitelock's appointment as the captain of the Crusaders has coincided with the team flying to the top of the New ...

Opinion: Where have been the dramas and tantrums at the Crusaders?

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