Sopoaga keen for Super success

Highlanders player Lima Sopoaga is hoping that the Highlanders can make the playoffs again in 2017.

Pre-season form counts for nothing as another campaign kicks off for Highlanders star Lima Sopoaga.

Brumbies tipped to survive

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham will be hoping for on-field success.

Australian rugby chief says ACT franchise need to marry on-field success with financial sustainability.

Vickerman confided to friends

Dan Vickerman's death has shocked the rugby community.

7:11 PM  Mourned Wallaby told team-mate how difficult it was to make the transition from rugby to a new life.

Coles: Fittest I've seen the team video

Hurricanes fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder, centre, took only a limited part in the team's clash with the Crusaders due to ...

Nehe Milner-Skudder the only slight injury concern for the Hurricanes.

Jack: Vickerman 'good bastard' video

Chris Jack and Dan Vickerman locked in combat during a 2006 clash between the Crusaders and Waratahs.

Ex-All Black recalls locking horns with an old Wallabies foe, a "lovely guy" gone too soon.

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The war that never stops

160911 SPORT Photo: Jason Oxenham/Fairfax Media NZ. The Australian Wallabies during the captains run at Eden Park in ...

Broader issue of depression among professional sportspeople needs to be talked about, writes Andrew Webster.

Tamanivalu winging it at Crusaders

Seta Tamanivalu scores a try for the Crusaders during the Brisbane Tens.

No orders from Steve Hansen to play Crusaders' recruit on wing.

Maori rugby showpiece in town soon

Former Wairarapa Rugby player of the year James Goodger is in the tournament side.

Masterton hosts some of Maori rugby's top talent in March.  

Highlanders hoodoo, 'history'

Dave Rennie's Chiefs haven't beaten the Highlanders in six attempts.

Six losses on the trot to Super Rugby's southern men means nothing to Chiefs coach Dave Rennie.

Counselling for players over Vickerman death video

Former Wallabies lock Dan Vickerman.

Australian Rugby offers support for players as shocked rugby world deals with sudden death of Wallabies star at age of 37.

Kiwi fronts England mental health campaign

Jono Kitto in action for Bay of Plenty before he took his game to England with the Leicester Tigers.

Leicester's Bay of Plenty halfback opens up on his issues in rugby's new drive to raise awareness of "growing concern".

'Cut one Aussie Super Rugby side': Poidevin

Could the Force or the Rebels' Super Rugby days be numbered? Former Wallabies star Simon Poidevin believes so.

Australian rugby can't afford five Super Rugby sides, Simon Poidevin says.

Ex-All Black turns garden guide

Former All Black Andy Ellis has joined Seven Sharp.

Andy Ellis says he has the right experience for his new Seven Sharp role.

Time to deliver for Blues

The Blues must kick on and make the playoffs this year.

There are no excuses for the Blues not to kick on and make the Super Rugby playoffs this year.

Boyd comfortable without 'rock stars'

Halfback TJ Perenara and the Hurricanes were all smiles after beating the Crusaders in Waverley.

Hurricanes coaches have a wee bit to ponder ahead of Super Rugby opener.

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Welcome to the jungle, Lions

Lions coach Warren Gatland has expressed a desire for some tough lead-in games - and he'll certainly get his wish now.

OPINION: News that the ABs will be available for Blues, Crusaders makes the tourists' life even harder.

Rennie's Chiefs legacy cemented

OPINION: Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has left a 'Christmas present' for his successor.

NZR's expanding war chest

How did Wgtn screw up the sevens?

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Coles: Fittest I've seen the team

Nehe Milner-Skudder the only slight injury concern for the Hurricanes.

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ABs let off leash for Lions

All Blacks captain Kieran Read and his counterparts will turn out for the Crusaders against the touring Lions.

Lions face a torrid start to NZ tour with top All Blacks to be released as the Crusaders and Blues soften them up.

Read in for the long haul

All Blacks skipper Kieran Read is in a good place after off-season wrist surgery has afforded him an extended lead-in to ...

The All Blacks captain has reaffirmed his commitment and desire to continue to lead the No 1 rugby side on the planet.

Smith a happy Highlander

Highlanders and All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith has plenty to ponder ahead of an important 2017 season.

Southern franchise expect their embattled halfback to revive his fortunes in Super Rugby.

Love for Sione Lauaki video

Sione Lauaki's wife Stephanie stands by the former All Black's casket at his funeral in West Auckland.

Mischievous, hard-hitting All Black with a big heart and "wee child-like giggle" mourned in Auckland.

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The war that never stops

160911 SPORT Photo: Jason Oxenham/Fairfax Media NZ. The Australian Wallabies during the captains run at Eden Park in ...

Broader issue of depression among professional sportspeople needs to be talked about, writes Andrew Webster.

Counselling for players over Vickerman death video

Former Wallabies lock Dan Vickerman.

Australian Rugby offers support for players as shocked rugby world deals with sudden death of Wallabies star at age of 37.

Kiwi fronts England mental health campaign

Jono Kitto in action for Bay of Plenty before he took his game to England with the Leicester Tigers.

Leicester's Bay of Plenty halfback opens up on his issues in rugby's new drive to raise awareness of "growing concern".

'Cut one Aussie Super Rugby side': Poidevin

Could the Force or the Rebels' Super Rugby days be numbered? Former Wallabies star Simon Poidevin believes so.

Australian rugby can't afford five Super Rugby sides, Simon Poidevin says.

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Ex-NPC player jailed for rape

A Southland Stags team photo of Craig Wells.

Dark off-field life of a drug-addicted rugby player revealed as he's tried for the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Taufua returning to Tasman

Jordan Taufua, shown here in typical attacking mode for the Crusaders, is returning to Tasman.

Explosive loose forward Jordan Taufua is returning to the Tasman Makos.

Punters change their tune video

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 29:  A general view of Westpac Stadium in the Cup Final match between Fiji and South ...

Capital's stadium looks to keep turnstiles spinning as crowds put rock over rugby.

Hammett not returning as Makos assistant coach

Mark Hammett won't be returning as assistant coach of the Tasman Makos rugby team.

Tasman are looking for a new assistant rugby coach.

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How did Wgtn screw up the sevens?

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Internet MANA press secretary Pam Corkery listens as founder Kim Dotcom speaks to ...

OPINION: The brilliant Sydney event makes you wonder how Wellington stuffed up a "gimme" so badly, writes Pam Corkery.

Sevens appeal for females

New Zealand sevens representative Alena Saili is back home in Invercargill after competing in he first international ...

Rugby now not just a man's domain as the sport provides an appealing pathway for female athletes.

Hurricanes getting stronger

Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee, right, has worked hard to make a success of the Super Rugby franchise.

Avan Lee has grown the Hurricanes, but he has no answers for the ailing Wellington Sevens.

NZ finish third in Sydney video

Sione Molia's try in referee's time against Fiji helped New Zealand advance to the semifinals.

New Zealand finish third with 29-14 win over Australia at Sydney Sevens.

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Highlanders hoodoo, 'history'

Dave Rennie's Chiefs haven't beaten the Highlanders in six attempts.

Six losses on the trot to Super Rugby's southern men means nothing to Chiefs coach Dave Rennie.

'Cut one Aussie Super Rugby side': Poidevin

Could the Force or the Rebels' Super Rugby days be numbered? Former Wallabies star Simon Poidevin believes so.

Australian rugby can't afford five Super Rugby sides, Simon Poidevin says.

Time to deliver for Blues

The Blues must kick on and make the playoffs this year.

There are no excuses for the Blues not to kick on and make the Super Rugby playoffs this year.

Boyd comfortable without 'rock stars'

Halfback TJ Perenara and the Hurricanes were all smiles after beating the Crusaders in Waverley.

Hurricanes coaches have a wee bit to ponder ahead of Super Rugby opener.

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