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Reason: England intend to bludgeon

England coach Stuart Lancaster defended his selection of one-cap ex-league player Sam Burgess.

5:00 AM  OPINION: But at least the 2003 champs are likely to be competitive, which is more than we can say for sure about France.

Gifford: Dramatic ABs selection

5:00 AM  OPINION: Delusional or a stroke of genius? With rugby selections it can be a fine line.

Robson: Dagg, Jane out

Knowler: Dagg may get favour

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.


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.


Wales edge Ireland in warm-up

Ireland's Paul O'Connell (left) and Wales' Alun Wyn Jones contest a lineout during their Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Dublin.

Wales hung on to beat Ireland 16-10 in an intense Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Dublin.

Reason: England intend to bludgeon

5:00 AM  OPINION: But at least the 2003 champs are likely to be competitive, which is more than we can say for sure about France.

Scotland's John Barclay wrestles his way over in the clutches of Italy's Angelo Esposito and Leonardo Ghiraldini.

Scotland score six in Italy rout

Scotland ran in six tries to overwhelm Italy 48-7 in a one-sided World Cup warm-up game at Murrayfield.

all blacks

Naholo tipped for shock inclusion

Waisake Naholo showed some of his dynamic Super Rugby form in the All Blacks' test against Argentina.

6:20 AM  Winger's blockbusting talents thought to have swayed national selectors for All Blacks World Cup spot.

Cruel cut leaves dejected All Blacks

5:00 AM  Israel Dagg and Cory Jane could be the All Blacks' biggest World Cup selection casualties.

The ups and downs of sport. Israel Dagg is prepared for the worst ahead of Sunday's All Blacks squad announcement.

D-Day for ABs' hopes, fears

5:02 AM  All Blacks wing Waisake Naholo could be set for a remarkable comeback with a spot in the RWC squad.


Lions tame Taniwha in Wellington

Frae Wilson of Wellington spins a pass out at a raing Westpac Stadium.

Wellington remain unbeaten in the national provincial championship after seeing off Northland 29-0.

West Coast upset Buller on big occasion

Coasters celebrate jubilee in style with upset win over Heartland neighbours.

Beauden Barrett makes a line break in horrible conditions at Yarrow Stadium.

Taranaki fall to Otago at home

Homecoming of Beauden Barrett was not enough to help Taranaki to first win of NPC season.

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