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Conditioning has come a long way since first Rugby World Cup

Wales coach Warren Gatland has not spared the rod with his players.

OPINION: In 1987 the All Blacks got the drop on their opponents by introducing canny Scotsman Jim Blair to their set-up.

McCaw doing it his way till the end

If anyone has earned the right to play the exemption card in the All Blacks, their inspirational captain surely has.

Racism is no shrug off issue

TMO blight on the game

super rugby

Douglas set for Wallabies recall

Lock Kane Douglas has been capped 14 times by the Wallabies, and is eyeing a recall for the Rugby World Cup.

Former test lock paves way for an immediate international call-up by signing three-year deal with Reds and ARU.

Guildford set to join Tahs

Troubled former All Blacks wing offered Super Rugby lifeline in Sydney by former coach at Crusaders.

Zac Guildford scores a try against Mid Canterbury during last week's Ranfurly Shield challenge in Napier.

Guildford 'ready for Super Rugby'

Hawke's Bay chief executive throws his support behind Zac Guildford's proposed move to the Waratahs.

sevens

All Blacks game has Sevens mode

All Blacks Rugby Challenge 3 will be the first game to feature a Sevens mode.

Latest All Blacks Rugby Challenge in development by Aussie studio the first to adapt Sevens competition for gaming.

Speight signing shows intent

Australia's sevens programme receives mighty boost for Rio 2016 hopes with Fijian-born wing joining team next season.

DJ Forbes and the New Zealand Sevens team will play Australia in a six-match series.

Six-match series for NZ Sevens

High quality preparation lined up ahead of new world series season in form of six-match series against Australia in September.

international

Giteau key for Wallabies

Veteran playmaker Matt Giteau is set to play his first test against the All Blacks since 2010.

Playmaker didn't get a lot bigger during time in France, but he's just as quick, and a whole whole lot wiser.

Gibson: Physicality key for Wallabies

Australia must front with aggression and clever kicking game to upset world champions, former All Black says.

Fiji captain Akapusi Qera is buoyant about his team's World Cup chances after their Pacific Nations Cup success.

Fiji a RWC threat, say England

The tournament's 'pool of death' just got deeper as Fijians flex muscles with impressive Pacific Nations Cup win.

all blacks

ABs wary of dual threats

The All Blacks realise they must combat David Pocock and Michael Hooper in Sydney this weekend.

Assistant coach Ian Foster agrees Wallabies flankers Michael Hooper and David Pocock must be nullified.

Milner-Skudder tipped to debut

Hurricanes utility expected to get starting debut for All Blacks on right wing in Sydney.

Veteran playmaker Matt Giteau is set to play his first test against the All Blacks since 2010.

Giteau key for Wallabies

Playmaker didn't get a lot bigger during time in France, but he's just as quick, and a whole whole lot wiser.

provincial

Francis' eyes on Super Rugby contract

Piers Francis played for the Counties Manukau club premiership champions Bombay in 2015.

The promising rugby career of Piers Francis was looking in danger of derailing but the English-born playmaker is determined to get it back on track with Counties Manukau.

Spence says all the hard work has been worthwhile

Following last year's ITM Cup premiership rugby final in New Plymouth, Max Spence stepped out onto Yarrow Stadium for a moment of solitary reflection.

Mooloos to have co-captains

New coach Sean Botherway opts to split the captaincy duties.

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