ABs tough it out

Pinching or disrupting ball on Australia's throw paid big dividends for the All Blacks.

All Blacks play tough to secure another year with the Bledisloe Cup.

Canterbury in ominous form

Canterbury halfback Mitchell Drummond attempts to break a tackle during his team's win against Tasman.

Canterbury are two from two and are clearly the team to beat after the first two NPC rounds.

Hansen hands out hiding to Cheika video

The All Blacks, including coach Steve Hansen, quite enjoy being Bledisloe Cup holders.

OPINION: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is winning his battle with Michael Cheika, writes Hamish Bidwell.

'It's not true' - Hansen video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has dismissed reports he met with Romain Poite.

Steve Hansen dismisses reports out of the Wallabies camp of a secret meeting with referee Romain Poite.

Talk can't hide gap in class video

Australian rugby coach Michael Cheika has a lot to work on.

OPINION: Post Bledisloe fall-out will soon be gone, but some stark truths remain.

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Southland Boys' and Girls' reach national high video

Southland Boys' High School first XV captain Flynn Thomas, left, and Southland Girls' High School first XV captain ...

Southland Boys' High and Southland Girls' High fly province's flag proudly.

Canterbury dish out payback to Tasman

Canterbury midfielder Rob Thompson offloads in the tackle of Tasman halfback Finlay Christie in the build-up to Jordie ...

Jordie Barrett scores 24 points in big win for Canterbury over Tasman.

New boy impresses

Anton Lienert-Brown made most posts a winner on his test debut.

Anton Lienert-Brown made an excellent first impression.

Cocksedge carves up North Harbour

Kendra Cocksedge has scored 70 points in three games so far this season.

Canterbury halfback Kendra Cocksedge scored 30 of her team's 50 points against North Harbour.

Wallabies' stats embarrassing

The Wallabies had a tough night in Wellington, one of many more to come if they can't put a more attacking display together.

 OPINION: Individual All Blacks boasted better statistics than the entire Wallabies side on Saturday night, writes Ben Strang.

SBHS 'off to big dance'

The Southland Boys' High School first XV after beating Christchurch Boys' High School to win the South Island secondary ...

Southland Boys' High School off to national top four finals for the first time in 13 years.

Taranaki find form in second half to thump Magpies

Taranaki's Trinity Spooner-Neera and Beaudein Waaka have eyes for the ball without a Hawke's Bay defender in sight.

Taranaki smash Hawke's Bay in second half to make it back-to-back wins.

Black's dream moment

Otere Black nailed the match-winning kick from more than 40m out on the angle.

Otere Black didn't even watch his match-winning kick against Southland go over the post, he already knew it was good.

Lions schedule upsets rugby boss

English Premier rugby boss Mark McCafferty.

England's Premier Rugby chief executive takes aim at "punishing" 2017 Lions tour timetable.

Mark Reason: Tietjens' time is up

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Gordon Tietjens, coach of New Zealand looks on after the Men's Rugby Sevens placing ...

OPINION: The 'All Blacks' sevens team played joyless rugby and Rio was an embarrassment, says Mark Reason.

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Wallabies' stats embarrassing

The Wallabies had a tough night in Wellington, one of many more to come if they can't put a more attacking display together.

 OPINION: Individual All Blacks boasted better statistics than the entire Wallabies side on Saturday night, writes Ben Strang.

Mark Reason: Tietjens' time is up

OPINION: The 'All Blacks' sevens team played joyless rugby and Rio was an embarrassment, says Mark Reason.

Gatland's Lions to the slaughter

Burning questions: Bledis-woe, Quade & new laws

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Southland Boys' and Girls' reach national high

Southland Boys' High and Southland Girls' High fly province's flag proudly.

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New boy impresses

Anton Lienert-Brown made most posts a winner on his test debut.

Anton Lienert-Brown made an excellent first impression.

Lions schedule upsets rugby boss

English Premier rugby boss Mark McCafferty.

England's Premier Rugby chief executive takes aim at "punishing" 2017 Lions tour timetable.

'Only a 20-point thrashing' video

The pain of defeat and the scars of battle are written across Wallabies captain Stephen Moore's face.

It wasn't as gloomy as a week before but Australia's rugby writers were still in mourning.

No citing for Franks video

All Blacks tighthead prop Owen Franks Franks looks to have avoided a citing.

Sanzaar appears satisfied the All Blacks prop did not eye gouge Wallabies lock Kane Douglas.

international

Lions schedule upsets rugby boss

English Premier rugby boss Mark McCafferty.

England's Premier Rugby chief executive takes aim at "punishing" 2017 Lions tour timetable.

Pumas beat South Africa

No way through for Springbok Francois Louw.

The Pumas have beaten South Africa 26-24 with a penalty in the dying minutes.

Recap: Pumas v Springboks

No way through for Springbok Francois Louw.

The Pumas upset South Africa with a match winning penalty in the dying minutes.

'Coach of the year?': SBW smack down

Sonny Bill Williams runs with the ball. New Zealand vs Samoa Hong Kong Rugby 7's

Kiwi star takes a crack at controversial Australian coach Michael Cheika.

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Southland Boys' and Girls' reach national high video

Southland Boys' High School first XV captain Flynn Thomas, left, and Southland Girls' High School first XV captain ...

Southland Boys' High and Southland Girls' High fly province's flag proudly.

Canterbury dish out payback to Tasman

Canterbury midfielder Rob Thompson offloads in the tackle of Tasman halfback Finlay Christie in the build-up to Jordie ...

Jordie Barrett scores 24 points in big win for Canterbury over Tasman.

SBHS 'off to big dance'

The Southland Boys' High School first XV after beating Christchurch Boys' High School to win the South Island secondary ...

Southland Boys' High School off to national top four finals for the first time in 13 years.

Taranaki find form in second half to thump Magpies

Taranaki's Trinity Spooner-Neera and Beaudein Waaka have eyes for the ball without a Hawke's Bay defender in sight.

Taranaki smash Hawke's Bay in second half to make it back-to-back wins.

sevens

Women's tournaments added

New Zealand's Huriana Manuel crashes over to score a try against Australia in the women's sevens gold medal final at the ...

Two new venues for latest women's world series where NZ seek revenge on Australians.

Matilda, 7s strut for Jockey gallery video

Matilda Rice made her catwalk debut alongside NZ Sevens stars.

Wearing just her undies, The Bachelor winner Matilda Rice made her catwalk debut on Thursday night.

NZ 7s coaching options for 2020

Who will lead the likes of Gillies Kaka and the New Zealand Sevens team into battle in future?

OPINION: Sevens reporter Ben Strang looks at five coaches who could lead the New Zealand Sevens team into the future.

Tietjens plays waiting game

New Zealand men's sevens coach Gordon Tietjens said the loss of Sonny Bill Williams and Joe Webber with injury in the ...

Sir Gordon Tietjens has coached the NZ men's sevens team for 22 years. After Rio his future is uncertain.

super rugby

Spectre of Super Rugby cuts

Pulver also refused to offer any assurances that sections of Australia's modest but devoted rugby community would not ...

Australian Rugby Union boss admits he's not sure how many Super Rugby teams will exist beyond next season.

Stark Super Rugby warning

Former NZ Rugby chief executive David Moffett, pictured in 2012, says reducing Super Rugby to 12 teams and playing two ...

Competition "dead in five years" unless team numbers reduced - and that could include a NZ side.

Australia, South Africa lose teams?

It is understood the ARU board spent time at its meeting last Thursday discussing the possibility that the preferred ...

Chops in new 16-team Super Rugby model presented to the Australian Rugby Union board.

Ryan in line up for Crusaders scrum job

Canterbury assistant coach Jason Ryan is in contention to continue his association with Scott Robertson at Super Rugby ...

Canterbury assistant coach Jason Ryan is in contention to join the Crusaders as forwards coach.

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