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Picking a world cup squad always a mystery

Winger Waisake Naholo at an All Blacks training session in Wellington earlier this week.

OPINION: So much for knowing anything about selection of a World Cup squad. 

Robson: ABs need Sopoaga video

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga's non-selection in the All Blacks World Cup squad is hard to fathom.

Reason: England intend to bludgeon

Gifford: Dramatic ABs selection

super rugby

Leguizamon signs for Super Rugby

Pumas back rower Juan Manuel Leguizamon has joined the growing number of Argentina players returning home to play Super Rugby.

Argentina back row Juan Manuel Leguizamon has signed up for the new Argentine Super Rugby franchise for two years.

Sponsorship key to Canes growth

As a number of Hurricanes prepare for World Cup duty, the Wellington franchise is on the hunt for a sponsor.

Auckland coach Paul Feeney will be an assistant to Tana Umaga with the Blues for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Feeney named Blues assistant

Tana Umaga adds Auckland provincial mentor Paul Feeney to complete his coaching setup for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

sevens

Top ref Joubert eyes Rio 2016

Craig Joubert has earned his reputation through decisive officiating and good communication skills.

Craig Joubert switches focus from 15s to sevens with a dream of officiating at next year's Olympics.

Tietjens starts long Olympic trial

SBW aside, it wasn't quite the star studded announcement NZ sevens coach Gordon Tietjens envisaged 18 months ago.

Bay of Plenty will continue to play host to the national tournament until 2018.

BOP keep sevens nationals until 2018

The national sevens tournament will remain in the Bay of Plenty until at least 2018, although the location could change during that time.

international

'El Mago' to play Super Rugby

Juan Martin Hernandez will play for the inaugural Argentine Super Rugby team making its debut next year.

Challenge of "end to end" rugby excites Pumas veteran who has signed up for his first Super Rugby season.

Top 10 Rugby World Cup upsets video

We all remember "that" game in '07, but the RWC has a history of the unexpected - here are 10 of the top surprise wins.

England's Matt Kvesic in the team's training strip two weeks out from the Rugby World Cup opener.

England in red for opener

Rugby World Cup host forced to wear alternate red strip for tournament opener against Fiji.

all blacks

Top 10 Rugby World Cup upsets video

All Blacks wing Joe Rokocoko hangs his head after defeat to France in the 2007 quarterfinal of the Rugby World Cup in Cardiff.

We all remember "that" game in '07, but the RWC has a history of the unexpected - here are 10 of the top surprise wins.

Hansen embraces unlucky dozen

Twelve disappointed men have unwittingly became symbols of one of the All Blacks strengths.

Young All Blacks fan Riley Weir, 7, left and brother Kegan Weir, 10, from Takaka pose for a photo with All Blacks wing Julian Savea at Nelson Airport on Thursday.

'The Bus' makes young fan's day video

A young rugby fan finally got his birthday wish when All Blacks winger Julian Savea gave him his birthday top.

provincial

Hohneck returns for Mooloos

Highlanders prop Josh Hohneck is back from injury for Waikato.

5:13 PM  From Super Rugby title-winner to frustrating injury layoff, prop back and ready for Waikato.

Sopoaga ruled out for NPC clash

4:13 PM  Unwanted ABs No 10 rules himself out of Southland's game against Wellington in Invercargill with hamstring twinge.

Southland coach Brad Mooar says Wellington and Hawek'es Bay are the big dogs of the NPC championship.

Mooar firmly grips underdog tag

4:19 PM  Stags coach labels¬†Wellington and Hawke's Bay premiership teams playing in the NPC championship.

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