Leaupepe to educate young players

George  Leaupepe, pictured scoring the match-winner for Western Samoa against Argentina at the 1995 World Cup, was left with little when his playing days finished.

The former Samoa international can use his experience to educate young professional rugby players.

Perenara takes over skipper's role

TP Perenara will captain the Hurricanes in a trial game against the Blues because Dane Coles is attending a wedding.

TJ Perenara will captain the Hurricanes for the first time in a trial match against the Blues.

Aaron Smith returns to action

Aaron Smith will make his first appearance of the season for the Highlanders on Thursday.

11:59 AM  All Black halfback Aaron Smith poised for return to action after World Cup in trial against Crusaders

O'Connell forced to retire

Retired Ireland captain Paul O'Connell with the Six Nations trophy won in 2015.

Ireland great bows out after deciding the road back from injury is too far to travel.

Pocock wants year off rugby

It's not hard to see why David Pocock might want a break to freshen up from the punishment that comes with rugby.

Wallabies star eager to go to study in the UK in 2017, but the Brumbies aren't keen on giving him a break.

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opinion

Eight into seven doesn't go video

Ben Lam holds a didgeridoo after NZ's win at the 2016 Sydney Sevens Final against Australia in Sydney. But should they face a sanction for fielding eight players in a pool game?

OPINION: The New Zealand 'eights team' needs to be ready to face the music for fielding that extra player.

Hinton: Super fears mediocrity

OPINION: In less than three weeks yet another remake of Super Rugby unfolds.

Gifford: Ioane the future

Knowler: Boss should be cautious

all blacks

Rogers imparts ABs knowledge

All Blacks performance analyst Alistair Rogers, pictured here with lock Luke Romano, is overseeing the Blues' defence this year.

Blues defence to benefit from Rogers' All Blacks apprenticeship.

Museum tackles All Blacks' haka history

The All Blacks' haka history leaves plenty of holes for New Zealand Rugby Museum.

Rene Ranger starred in his return to this Blues, playing his first match in 10 months after neck surgery.

Ranger chases ABs recall

Blues midfielder has no regrets about leaving for France and now keen to chase black jersey.

international

O'Connell forced to retire

Retired Ireland captain Paul O'Connell with the Six Nations trophy won in 2015.

Ireland great bows out after deciding the road back from injury is too far to travel.

Gatland and Schmidt disagree

Rival Six Nations Kiwi coaches don't agree on accusations of gamesmanship.

Paul O'Connell poses with the Six Nations trophy after victory over France clinched the 2015 title for Ireland.

Ireland lock hangs up boots

Paul O'Connell forced to retire from rugby due to injury before having chance to end career with Toulon.

provincial

Firth joins Glasgow Warriors

Jarrod Firth has signed with Glasgow until 2018.

Former Chiefs and Counties Manukau prop Jarrod Firth signs with Scottish club.

Make rugby clubs show support

A former Rugby World Cup captain says Pacific nations should refuse to allow young stars to play in New Zealand.

Wellington Lions players Murphy Taramai, Lote Raikabula and Hayden Schrijvers wearing the Absolutely Positively Wellington logo at the national sevens in Rotorua.

Rates to fund rugby team

Wellington ratepayers asked to cough up $250,000 for provincial side's sponsorship deal.

sevens

Pulu hamstrung by broken arm

All Black Sevens playmaker Augustine Pulu suffered an arm injury during the semifinal win over Fiji at the Sydney leg of the World Series on Sunday.

NZ Sevens dynamo Augustine Pulu faces extended lay-off after breaking his arm in Sydney Sevens.

NZ 7s go back-to-back video

New Zealand 7's dismissed Australia to win consecutive tournaments.

Ben Lam holds a didgeridoo after NZ's win at the 2016 Sydney Sevens Final against Australia in Sydney. But should they face a sanction for fielding eight players in a pool game?

Eight into seven doesn't go video

OPINION: The New Zealand 'eights team' needs to be ready to face the music for fielding that extra player.

super rugby

Aaron Smith returns to action

Aaron Smith will make his first appearance of the season for the Highlanders on Thursday.

11:59 AM  All Black halfback Aaron Smith poised for return to action after World Cup in trial against Crusaders

Perenara takes over skipper's role

TJ Perenara will captain the Hurricanes for the first time in a trial match against the Blues.

New Crusaders flanker Tim Boys.

Boys refreshed and after game time

11:40 AM  Tim Boys refreshed through introduction to Crusaders.

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