Chiefs embrace underdog tag

When the Chiefs and Hurricanes last met, in Wellington in April, it was a thrilling affair, won by the visitors, who ...

4:12 PM  The Hurricanes are the ones with all the expectations on them, and the Chiefs are quite happy to slide under the radar.

Has Perenara done enough?

TJ Perenara, pictured in action for the Hurricanes during the Super Rugby quarterfinal match against the Sharks last ...

4:22 PM  Sonny Bill Williams is guaranteed to be included in the Rugby Championship squad, but TJ Perenara should be nervous.

Conductors ready for big show video

Beauden Barrett has been in tremendous form for the Hurricanes and will go toe to toe with fellow All Blacks first-five ...

3:41 PM  Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden headline some intriguing battles in Super Rugby's semifinals.

Big job for Canes backs

Centre Matt Proctor, left, provides the Hurricanes backline with its solidity.

3:48 PM  Hurricanes backs have to be clinical to overcome Chiefs.

Is rugby success making us smug?

The manner in which the Hurricanes disposed of the Sharks in the quarterfinals was further proof of New Zealand's ...

Do we have justification for being so pleased with ourselves over New Zealand's rugby success?

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Waikato blooding new stock

Nathaniel Apa, who has Canterbury and Crusaders experience, will make his Waikato debut on Saturday.

Three debutants to start Ranfurly Shield defence against King Country in Matamata, with another three waiting on the bench.

Warren Rean reaches special milestone in final season

Warren Rean on the charge in his 200th game for Ashley.

Warren Rean has played 200 senior club rugby games for Ashley but he probably has closer to 500 throughout a long career.

Former Stag chases US title

Jamie Mackintosh in action for the Stags.

Ex-Southland prop Jamie Mackintosh on verge of US Pro Rugby Championship.

Joseph backs Fekitoa for semi

Malakai Fekitoa, pictured practising in Johannesburg with his Highlanders team-mates this week, will again start in the ...

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph gives strike midfielder a subtle message - he wants a big game.

Culture critical to Canes' success

Hurricanes flanker Brad Shields doesn't fear putting himself in uncomfortable positions.

It will take a total squad effort for the Hurricanes to beat the Chiefs.

Season review: Crusaders

The disappointment is evident on the face of Crusaders captain Kieran Read as he digests his side's 23-13 defeat to the ...

It's time to do a postmortem (of sorts) on another fizzer for the Crusaders.

Te Rure still considering next step

Jade Te Rure last played for Manawatu in 2014.

It only took one day working in an administration job for former Manawatu Turbos first five-eighth Jade Te Rure to realise that he would do anything to get his rugby career back on track.

Taranaki should take advantage of new laws

Taranaki No 8 Toa Halafihi is one of a number of players who are shy on game time.

Taranaki should be one step ahead of Counties Manukau in their pre-season match.

Cruden eyes Barrett's template

Chiefs pivot Aaron Cruden will be looking to call all the right shots in Saturday night's Super Rugby semifinal against ...

Chiefs playmaker Aaron Cruden is preparing to replicate Beauden Barrett's skillful execution.

Recap: Reason on Super Rugby

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Chewing the fat with one of NZ's leading sports opinion writers.

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Only themselves to blame

The Crusaders gather after their quarterfinal loss to the lions.

OPINION: If the Crusaders want to play the blame game, they need only look in a mirror.

Rennie gem ready to go

OPINION: Chiefs coach ready for test rugby, and now he has the motive when the next job comes up.

More Hansen, more success video

Changing of guard for Turbos

Video

Conductors ready for big show

Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden headline some intriguing battles in Super Rugby's semifinals.

all blacks

Sanzaar eyeing up Europe

Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara and the All Blacks could be playing more Rugby Championship matches in Europe if Sanzaar has ...

Rugby Championship matches in the northern hemisphere could become a regular feature.

NZRU look at life after Hansen video

The partnership between New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew, left, and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will endure ...

ABs coach signs through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but what then?

All Blacks need a rival video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen faces a challenging time over the next three years.

OPINION: England and Eddie Jones could be the best thing to happen to Steve Hansen.

Hansen shoots for RWC hat-trick video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has announced he is sticking with the team through to the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

All Blacks coach extends contract through until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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Former Stag chases US title

Jamie Mackintosh in action for the Stags.

Ex-Southland prop Jamie Mackintosh on verge of US Pro Rugby Championship.

Mains: Quotas will finish Boks

Laurie Mains has strong links with South African rugby and has maintained a keen interest in rugby's development there.

"They're not going to cut it with racially selected teams," former ABs coach says of South Africa's new regime.

Wallabies battle to free Giteau

Matt Giteau tangles with All Blacks No 8 Kieran Reid during last year's Bledisloe Cup series.

Star in doubt for Bledisloe Cup opener as French club Toulon "put spanner in Australian plans".

Hayne Plane plots new path video

Jarryd Hayne proved a one-hit wonder for the Fiji sevens team, only appearing at the London Sevens tournament in May.

No NFL, Rio or Waratahs, so where to next for Australia's code-hopping superstar?

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Waikato blooding new stock

Nathaniel Apa, who has Canterbury and Crusaders experience, will make his Waikato debut on Saturday.

Three debutants to start Ranfurly Shield defence against King Country in Matamata, with another three waiting on the bench.

Warren Rean reaches special milestone in final season

Warren Rean on the charge in his 200th game for Ashley.

Warren Rean has played 200 senior club rugby games for Ashley but he probably has closer to 500 throughout a long career.

Te Rure still considering next step

Jade Te Rure last played for Manawatu in 2014.

It only took one day working in an administration job for former Manawatu Turbos first five-eighth Jade Te Rure to realise that he would do anything to get his rugby career back on track.

Taranaki should take advantage of new laws

Taranaki No 8 Toa Halafihi is one of a number of players who are shy on game time.

Taranaki should be one step ahead of Counties Manukau in their pre-season match.

sevens

O'Brien braces for Rio

IRB Sevens rugby referee manager Paddy O'Brien, of Invercargill, heading to Rio for the Olympics.

Former test referee excited at attending the Olympics as the sevens referees manager.

I'd sign Jarryd Hayne in a heartbeat: Connolly

Jarryd Hayne's stint with the Fiji sevens team was short-lived.

Should the Waratahs take a punt on Jarryd Hayne? A former Wallabies coach thinks so.

Sevens stars sign on

DJ Forbes will set a record for most sevens series tournaments if he plays in Dubai.

DJ Forbes looks to make history, as he and five others from Olympics sevens squad re-sign on.

Turner aims to unearth gold in Rio

Amy Turner had to move to Sydney to guarantee a spot in the Australian women's sevens team for Rio.

The former mine driver has taken an intriguing path to the Olympic Games.

super rugby

Joseph backs Fekitoa for semi

Malakai Fekitoa, pictured practising in Johannesburg with his Highlanders team-mates this week, will again start in the ...

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph gives strike midfielder a subtle message - he wants a big game.

Culture critical to Canes' success

Hurricanes flanker Brad Shields doesn't fear putting himself in uncomfortable positions.

It will take a total squad effort for the Hurricanes to beat the Chiefs.

Season review: Crusaders

The disappointment is evident on the face of Crusaders captain Kieran Read as he digests his side's 23-13 defeat to the ...

It's time to do a postmortem (of sorts) on another fizzer for the Crusaders.

Cruden eyes Barrett's template

Chiefs pivot Aaron Cruden will be looking to call all the right shots in Saturday night's Super Rugby semifinal against ...

Chiefs playmaker Aaron Cruden is preparing to replicate Beauden Barrett's skillful execution.

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