Coles trains, Barrett doesn't video

Ill-health saw Beauden Barrett, right, excused from Hurricanes training on Thursday.

13 min ago  Dane Coles trains but don't hold your breath that he'll play on Saturday.

Leitch boost for Chiefs

Michael Leitch was big for the Chiefs in their last meeting with the Hurricanes and he has recovered from a broken thumb ...

4:00 PM  Michael Leitch has recovered from his broken thumb to be named on the bench for Saturday's semi.

What Hansen wants to see

Beauden Barrett or Aaron Cruden? It's one of the questions Steve Hansen will have to answer ahead of the Rugby Championship.

Ahead of the Super Rugby semifinals, here are the top 5 things the All Blacks coach will be focusing on.

Ex-Wallaby joins Crusaders

Former Wallabies wing Digby Ioane played 35 tests the Wallabies before leaving in 2013 to play for clubs in France and Japan.

3:21 PM  His try helped take down the Crusaders in 2011. Now Digby Ioane is coming to help.

Here comes the all-Kiwi final

The Hurricanes are one of Super Rugby's lovable losers with a sturdy contingent of die-hard fans.

OPINION: Hurricanes have no better chance to shake off their reputation as Super Rugby's lovable losers.

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Perofeta gets first crack at first five

New Zealand Under-20 first five-eighth Stephen Perofeta will start for Taranaki against Counties Manukau in Otorohanga.

Several new players to start for Taranaki in their first pre-season game.

Rich, but not rich enough

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Lorde, Taika Waititi, Sam Neill, Steven Adams. They've done alright. But how well?

Waratahs show leadership in Hayne affair

The ARU rolled out the welcome mat for Jarryd Hayne.

OPINION: The ARU's flirtation with Hayne was the Matt Dunning moment of sports administration.

McKenzie set for biggest game of career

Damian McKenzie produced a man-of-the-match display in the quarterfinal against the Stormers and will be key to the ...

The Chiefs excitement machine is hoping to change nothing, and continue to spark his team.

Savea still on the bench video

Hurricanes wing Julian Savea is on the bench again this Saturday.

Dane Coles makes the team sheet and Julian Savea remains on the bench as the Hurricanes name their semifinal team.

Mains: Quotas will finish Boks

Laurie Mains has strong links with South African rugby and has maintained a keen interest in rugby's development there.

"They're not going to cut it with racially selected teams," former ABs coach says of South Africa's new regime.

Wallabies battle to free Giteau

Matt Giteau tangles with All Blacks No 8 Kieran Reid during last year's Bledisloe Cup series.

Star in doubt for Bledisloe Cup opener as French club Toulon "put spanner in Australian plans".

Hayne Plane plots new path video

Jarryd Hayne proved a one-hit wonder for the Fiji sevens team, only appearing at the London Sevens tournament in May.

No NFL, Rio or Waratahs, so where to next for Australia's code-hopping superstar?

Don't write Coles off yet

Captain Dane Coles of the Hurricanes leaves the field with an injury during the Super Rugby quarterfinal.

Canes captain understood to be testing rib protectors in order to play in the Super Rugby semifinals.

New role for Gardiner

Angus Gardiner, newly appointed Crusaders  general manager for professional rugby.

Angus Gardiner is stepping aside as Crusaders team manager to take up a new role at the franchise.

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Only themselves to blame

The Crusaders gather after their quarterfinal loss to the lions.

OPINION: If the Crusaders want to play the blame game, they need only look in a mirror.

Rennie gem ready to go

OPINION: Chiefs coach ready for test rugby, and now he has the motive when the next job comes up.

More Hansen, more success video

Changing of guard for Turbos

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Coles trains, Barrett doesn't

Dane Coles trains but don't hold your breath that he'll play on Saturday.

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NZRU look at life after Hansen video

The partnership between New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew, left, and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will endure ...

ABs coach signs through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but what then?

All Blacks need a rival video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen faces a challenging time over the next three years.

OPINION: England and Eddie Jones could be the best thing to happen to Steve Hansen.

Hansen shoots for RWC hat-trick video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has announced he is sticking with the team through to the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

All Blacks coach extends contract through until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

More Hansen, more success video

Steve Hansen has taken on a further two years in charge of the All Blacks for all the right reasons

OPINION: NZ Rugby makes the smart, and only move, in extending the All Blacks coach's contract to 2019.

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Mains: Quotas will finish Boks

Laurie Mains has strong links with South African rugby and has maintained a keen interest in rugby's development there.

"They're not going to cut it with racially selected teams," former ABs coach says of South Africa's new regime.

Wallabies battle to free Giteau

Matt Giteau tangles with All Blacks No 8 Kieran Reid during last year's Bledisloe Cup series.

Star in doubt for Bledisloe Cup opener as French club Toulon "put spanner in Australian plans".

Hayne Plane plots new path video

Jarryd Hayne proved a one-hit wonder for the Fiji sevens team, only appearing at the London Sevens tournament in May.

No NFL, Rio or Waratahs, so where to next for Australia's code-hopping superstar?

Lions will roar into Springboks

It hasn't been an easy start for Allister Coetzee but the new Springboks can use Lions players to inject some form into ...

New Boks coach under pressure to overhaul his squad with players from Super Rugby semifinalist.

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Perofeta gets first crack at first five

New Zealand Under-20 first five-eighth Stephen Perofeta will start for Taranaki against Counties Manukau in Otorohanga.

Several new players to start for Taranaki in their first pre-season game.

Matthews to coach NZ Heartland

Barry Matthews gets nod for NZ Heartland coaching position.

South Canterbury coach Barry Matthews has been appointed the new head coach of the New Zealand Heartland XV.

Rakaia chase fourth straight Watters Cup crown

Rakaia's Nete Caucau takes the ball into contact  overpowered Celtic in Saturday's Watters Cup rugby semi-final.

 Rakaia advanced to a fourth straight Mid Canterbury final while Southbridge got the better of Waihora in Ellesmere's top-of-the-table clash.

Spartans loss provides gauge

Stags coach Hoani Macdonald.

No 8 Mika Mafi impresses in hit out against the Sassenachs in Dunedin.

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O'Brien braces for Rio

IRB Sevens rugby referee manager Paddy O'Brien, of Invercargill, heading to Rio for the Olympics.

Former test referee excited at attending the Olympics as the sevens referees manager.

I'd sign Jarryd Hayne in a heartbeat: Connolly

Jarryd Hayne's stint with the Fiji sevens team was short-lived.

Should the Waratahs take a punt on Jarryd Hayne? A former Wallabies coach thinks so.

Sevens stars sign on

DJ Forbes will set a record for most sevens series tournaments if he plays in Dubai.

DJ Forbes looks to make history, as he and five others from Olympics sevens squad re-sign on.

Turner aims to unearth gold in Rio

Amy Turner had to move to Sydney to guarantee a spot in the Australian women's sevens team for Rio.

The former mine driver has taken an intriguing path to the Olympic Games.

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Waratahs show leadership in Hayne affair

The ARU rolled out the welcome mat for Jarryd Hayne.

OPINION: The ARU's flirtation with Hayne was the Matt Dunning moment of sports administration.

McKenzie set for biggest game of career

Damian McKenzie produced a man-of-the-match display in the quarterfinal against the Stormers and will be key to the ...

The Chiefs excitement machine is hoping to change nothing, and continue to spark his team.

Savea still on the bench video

Hurricanes wing Julian Savea is on the bench again this Saturday.

Dane Coles makes the team sheet and Julian Savea remains on the bench as the Hurricanes name their semifinal team.

Don't write Coles off yet

Captain Dane Coles of the Hurricanes leaves the field with an injury during the Super Rugby quarterfinal.

Canes captain understood to be testing rib protectors in order to play in the Super Rugby semifinals.

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