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Back to Blacks champs no given

UNDERDOGS?: Steve Hansen doesn't think the All Blacks should be considered world cup favourites.

OPINION: Steve Hansen, in typical deadpan manner, was being dead earnest when he said the All Blacks shouldn't be considered favourites for next year's Rugby World Cup.

All Blacks in good shape for 2015

OPINION: Steve Hansen will have all the answers by the time September rolls around, says Ian Snook.

ABs keep tricks in bag

Lessons learned on the job

super rugby

TNW won't miss Chiefs games

EXCITEMENT MACHINE: Tim Nanai-Williams wants to keep producing this sort of try-scoring action for the Chiefs

Electric back wants to stick with the Chiefs despite playing for Samoa.

Fiji courts Crusaders, but Nelson won't give up

The Tasman Rugby Union is still hoping to attract the Crusaders to Nelson despite speculation the Super Rugby franchise wants to stage a game in Fiji next season.

STEP LIVELY: Crusader Tom Taylor taking part in the fitness session.

Blackadder hails team's fitness

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder reckons the group is the fittest he's seen at the start of pre-season training.

sevens

Siblings are in sevens heaven

FAMILY AFFAIR: Joe Webber and his sister Jordon.

Siblings Jordon and Joe Webber do almost everything together.

Kurt Baker back in New Zealand sevens side

Kurt Baker's search for game-time and fitness has led to a recall to the national sevens squad.

EXCITEMENT MACHINE: Tim Nanai-Williams wants to keep producing this sort of try-scoring action for the Chiefs

TNW won't miss Chiefs games

Electric back wants to stick with the Chiefs despite playing for Samoa.

international

Mitchell: No more excuses for Warren Gatland

HAVING HIS SAY: Wales are wobbling under Warren Gatland says John Mitchell.

Ex-All Blacks boss says Welsh coach has "no more excuses" and his side are "on a downward spiral".

Hammett: Welsh rugby is 15 years behind NZ

Cardiff's new Kiwi coach believes rugby in Wales is well behind New Zealand in training and preparation methods.

READY TO ROLL: Former Rabbitohs forward Sam Burgess is expected to make his rugby union debut for Bath this weekend.

Sam Burgess in line for an early debut at Bath

Code-crossing star Sam Burgess set to debut for Bath against Harlequins this weekend.

all blacks

Elliot still eyeing World Cup

NOT GIVING UP: Hika Elliot wants to play at next year's Rugby World Cup.

Hika Elliot is grateful for a second chance with the Chiefs after his neck injury and wants to make the most of it.

Retallick up for more awards

World player of the year Brodie Retallick up for NZ player 2014 alongside fellow All Blacks.

UNDERDOGS?: Steve Hansen doesn't think the All Blacks should be considered world cup favourites.

Back to Blacks champs no given

OPINION: Steve Hansen, in typical deadpan manner, was being dead earnest when he said the All Blacks shouldn't be considered favourites for next year's Rugby World Cup.

provincial

Bulls up in poll as Taranaki mull name change

A LOAD OF BULLS: James Marshall could be captaining the Taranaki Bulls next season.

Tradition appears to be winning over change when it comes to a new name for Taranaki's NPC side.

Scotland chase flanker Hardie

Southland flanker John Hardie is being chased by Scotland but a move does not look likely at this stage.

IN THE RUNNING: Taranaki centre Seta Tamanivalu is a finalist for the NPC players of the year.

Tamanivalu up for NPC player of year award

The black ties will be out for a number of Taranaki players after the New Zealand rugby awards finalists were named this week.