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opinion

Knowler: Dagg may get favour

Fullback Israel Dagg and coach Steve Hansen share a quiet word after the All Blacks beat the United States 74-6 in Chicago last year.

5:13 AM  OPINION: Aaron Smith’s durability could play major part for one other player, says Fairfax rugby writer Richard Knowler.

Robson: Dagg, Jane out

5:13 AM  OPINION: Lima Sopoaga and Tawera Kerr-Barlow deserve RWC berths, says Fairfax rugby writer Toby Robson.

England are the big threat

Sevens squad needs pace

super rugby

Hurricanes sign Lions loosie Fifita

Wellington loose forward Vaea Fifita in action during last season's national provincial championship.

Sacrifice and hard work have paid off for Wellington loose forward Vaea Fifita.

Super Rugby crisis in Japan

Expansion plans under threat as national coach Eddie Jones set to depart amid struggles to get players for a competitive team.

Crusaders boss Hamish Riach is looking for a new general manager to oversee professional rugby in the franchise.

Crusaders search for new GM

Crusaders going global in their search for a new off-field supremo to oversee Super Rugby franchise squad.

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

Nine RWC winners in Boks

Jean de Villiers, who is working his way back from a broken jaw, will captain South Africa's squad at the Rugby World Cup.

6:10 AM  Jean de Villiers and Duane Vermeulen have won fitness battles to be named in South Africa's RWC squad.

Tokyo stadium scaled back

Stadium for 2020 Olympics won't be able to be used for 2019 RWC after revised plan and deadline.

Sam Burgess' inclusion in England's Rugby World Cup squad has been polarising.

Mixed reaction to Burgess

6:10 AM  British rugby union pundits are divided over centre Sam Burgess' inclusion in England's RWC squad.

all blacks

Knowler: Dagg may get favour

Fullback Israel Dagg and coach Steve Hansen share a quiet word after the All Blacks beat the United States 74-6 in Chicago last year.

5:13 AM  OPINION: Aaron Smith’s durability could play major part for one other player, says Fairfax rugby writer Richard Knowler.

Top 10 RWC series: Tries video

World Cups are often decided by penalties but there's been many memorable tries, too. We select our top 10.

Injury has meant Chiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow has played limited rugby in 2015.

Robson: Dagg, Jane out

5:13 AM  OPINION: Lima Sopoaga and Tawera Kerr-Barlow deserve RWC berths, says Fairfax rugby writer Toby Robson.

provincial

Stags' important assignment

Stags captain Jamie Mackintosh.

5:06 AM  The Southland Stags' 2015 campaign gets serious on Sunday.

Magpies deal to Steelers

Hawke’s Bay cement place at top of NPC championship by beating Counties Manukau 35-11.

Joe Moody on the charge for Canterbury in last year's NPC. The All Blacks loosehead prop has switched to the tighthead side of the scrum for Canterbury.

Moody eyes last ABs trial

5:00 AM  Canterbury front rower hoping stint at tighthead for Auckland clash will boost his versatility.

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