ABs wary of Samoan ambush

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and assistant Ian Foster are not taking the Samoans lightly in Apia.

Samoa have never got close to knocking over the All Blacks but there's a belief they could in Apia.

Dagg itching to get back for ABs

Israel Dagg taking part in an All Blacks training session before heading to Samoa.

Fullback Israel Dagg confident his lengthy spell on the sidelines won't be an issue if he plays Samoa.

'Team of destiny' gallery video

Highlanders No 10 Lima Sopoaga, right, hugs Aaron Smith after the Super Rugby final victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

OPINION: The true story of this final, and season, is the Highlanders. Honestly, who are these blokes?

Highlanders welcomed home video

Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa holds the Super Rugby trophy aloft at Dunedin Airport.

Electric blue and gold scenes in Dunedin as fans turn out in force to sing for their champions.

Dixon, an unlikely hero video

Elliot Dixon on the burst in the Highlanders' Super Rugby final victory over the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Highlanders' Super Rugby final man of the match talks about his controversial try as he celebrates victory.

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Highlanders, 'team of destiny' gallery video

Highlanders No 10 Lima Sopoaga, right, hugs Aaron Smith after the Super Rugby final victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

OPINION: The true story of this final, and season, is the Highlanders. Honestly, who are these blokes?

Highlanders Super Rugby's comeback kings gallery video

OPINION: Highlanders deserving winners in a Super Rugby game worthy of the occasion.

Brave Highlanders prove unstoppable video

Garner: Can the Canes finally do it after 20 years?

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Highlanders fans win big at TAB

Generic money.

Over $1m wagered on Super Rugby final, with one punter making a $15,000 profit.

Sopoaga revels in sweetest victory

Wellington-born-and-raised first five-eighth bleeds for blue and gold on Westpac turf.

Landers Army leader Andrew James was still celebrating the morning after the Highlanders' Super Rugby triumph.

Shepherds delight as beer runs low

They came, they saw, and the southerners almost ran a Wellington pub dry.

sevens

Canada Sevens set for mid-March in world series

The Fiji team celebrate after winning round eight of the HSBC Sevens World series in Glasgow.

Inaugural Canadian round of the Sevens World Series will take place in Vancouver on March 12-13.

Ponying up to save the Sevens video

Wellington Sevens will move to a Saturday-Sunday, team up with the Wellington Cup.

Members of Brazil's sevens teams play a match during the opening of a new rugby pitch which is installed on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Football-mad Brazil taking to rugby

Interest in oval ball code rising in football-mad nation since sevens earned place in Rio Olympic Games.

international

Baby Ayla well enough to return home

Neemia Tialata tweeted this photo of baby Ayla.

Jerry Collins baby daughter is now well enough to leave French hospital and return to her mother's native Canada

Maori face big challenge in Fiji

NZ Maori coach Colin Cooper faces plenty of challenges to get his side ready to face Fiji.

Black Ferns captain Selica Winiata is one of an experienced group of players leading the team into a new era.

Ferns close to Super Series title

Black Ferns just one win away from title as rejuvenated team looks to new era.

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Dagg itching to get back for ABs

Israel Dagg taking part in an All Blacks training session before heading to Samoa.

Fullback Israel Dagg confident his lengthy spell on the sidelines won't be an issue if he plays Samoa.

Hansen embraces RWC challenge

Steve Hansen acknowledges 'everyone has got that same desperate feeling' to win Rugby World Cup.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and assistant Ian Foster are not taking the Samoans lightly in Apia.

ABs wary of Samoan ambush

Samoa have never got close to knocking over the All Blacks but there's a belief they could in Apia.

provincial

Foote thrives in Mooloo mould

New Waikato Rugby Union general manager Blair Foote is getting to grips with his new role.

New Waikato Rugby Union general manager embracing the challenges of a role in the sport he loves.

Jack Goodhue focused on ITM Cup for Cantabs

Fresh from lifting the Under-20 Rugby World Cup trophy in Italy, Jack Goodhue is now fully focused on becoming a regular feature in Canterbury's ITM cup starting line up.

Horowhenua-Kapiti rugby union chief executive Corey Kennett, left, and rugby development officer Ryan Shelford are hoping the union's top side can win the Ranfurly Shield off Hawke's Bay later this month.

Ranfurly Shield clash in Napier

Horowhenua-Kapiti rugby players are hoping to win the shield off Hawke's Bay this month.

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