ABs watch: Duo impress

Israel Dagg celebrated his 100th Super Rugby game with a standout performance for the Crusaders.

Israel Dagg and Rieko Ioane among the best performing All Blacks in Super Rugby's opening weekend.

Vintage year for Six Nations

Scotland's Stuart Hogg has been one of the stand-out players during the Six Nations.

OPINION: Italy's rope-a-dope tactics added to what could be the best ever 6 Nations, writes Mick Cleary.

Reason: Brilliance of Stern Vern

Vern Cotter has transformed Scotland, who have the chance to win the triple crown for the first time since 1983.

OPINION: Scotland's Kiwi coach has his team playing much bigger than they are.

'Coke popular' in French rugby

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is never afraid to speak out on the issues facing French rugby.

"We've had the alcohol stage, now we're at another one. That needs to stop," says Toulon boss.

Praise for Italy's anti-rucking

Former England coach Sir Clive Woodward is never short of an opinion and has supported Italy's radical tactics against ...

"If NZ had come up with it in a big game, we'd be hailing a tactical master-stroke," Sir Clive Woodward.

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Pinetree's statue shaping up

Sir Colin Meads will soon have a statue in his honour in his home town of Te Kuiti.

"Trying to depict someone who is very well known and respected has been a challenge."

Dixon ready for another epic

Elliot Dixon in action for the Highlanders.

Highlanders loose forward Elliot Dixon ready to be pushed to the limit in showdown with Crusaders in Dunedin.

Karpik has qualities like Cane

Chiefs flanker Mitch Karpik (with the ball) impressed on his Super Rugby debut in Dunedin.

Their hairstyles might differ, but Chiefs coach Dave Rennie sees a lot of Sam Cane in Mitch Karpik.

Sunwolves on borrowed time

Julian Savea and the Hurricanes made short work of the Sunwolves in Tokyo in the opening round of Super Rugby.

How soon before Sanzaar wonders about the wisdom of its decision to expand into Japan, writes Marc Hinton.

Rugby's challenging path

Robbie Robinson in action for the New Zealand under 20 rugby team in 2009.

From talented age-group star to All Blacks, the road is a difficult one.

Barrett plays the wrong tune

Jordie Barrett's choice of music has come into question from his Hurricanes team-mate Julian Savea.

Hurricanes rookie Jordie Barrett's taste in music has The Bus fuming.

Seven games at once in club rugby opener

Upper Hutt Rams' fullback Tafa Tafa battles against Wellington last season. These teams will meet in the second round of ...

Upper Hutt's large open parks will be the perfect location for Wellington club rugby's Gala Day.

Springboks stick with Coetzee

Springboks coach Allister Coetzee has held onto his job, despite the team's worst ever season.

Despite South Africa's worst ever season, beleaguered coach Allister Coetzee but gets "extra support".

O'Connor 'likely to pay fine' video

James O'Connor's chances of wearing the Wallabies jersey again have taken a severe jolt with his arrest in Paris.

James O'Connor had just deemed himself "mature". Now his Wallabies dream is dust.

Kieran Read's mystery replacement

Whetu Douglas is mobbed by his new Crusaders teammates.

Crusaders followers flummoxed as man not in the official squad scores a try.

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Sunwolves on borrowed time

Julian Savea and the Hurricanes made short work of the Sunwolves in Tokyo in the opening round of Super Rugby.

How soon before Sanzaar wonders about the wisdom of its decision to expand into Japan, writes Marc Hinton.

Williams undermines ABs legacy

OPINION: When an All Black lands in hot water, it's no laughing matter, writes Kevin Norquay.

Swing low, sweet chariot bro: England's taste for Kiwi exposes NZ poaching myth

Give Smith the time he needs

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Ali Williams' 40 hours of cell hell

Details emerge of ex-ABs' drugs arrest and weekend alongside hardened criminals in three Paris police cells.

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ABs like Italy's rugby 'underarm' video

Wayne Smith says Italy coach Conor O'Shea was courageous in using surprise breakdown tactics against England.

Wayne Smith applauds "brave" Italian tactic but says it could be snuffed out if teams are prepared.

Toulon chase All Black lock

Sam Whitelock's contract with NZ Rugby expires after the All Blacks play the British and Irish Lions. Here he competes ...

Toulon are reported to be asking All Black lock Sam Whitelock to join former test team-mate Ma'a Nonu at the French club.

Colourful past of 'Comical Ali'

Ali Williams in his twilight season with the Blues.

Ali Williams delighted in playing the class clown, but courted controversy throughout his rugby career.

Carter makes $1.5 million

Dan Carter

Dan and Honor Carter profit from Auckland's property market after selling their Remuera home.

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Ali Williams' 40 hours of cell hell video

New Zealand rugby star Ali Williams is facing a court date following his arrest in Paris.

Details emerge of ex-ABs' drugs arrest and weekend alongside hardened criminals in three Paris police cells.

Springboks stick with Coetzee

Springboks coach Allister Coetzee has held onto his job, despite the team's worst ever season.

Despite South Africa's worst ever season, beleaguered coach Allister Coetzee but gets "extra support".

O'Connor 'likely to pay fine' video

James O'Connor's chances of wearing the Wallabies jersey again have taken a severe jolt with his arrest in Paris.

James O'Connor had just deemed himself "mature". Now his Wallabies dream is dust.

What Ali allegedly bought video

Ali Williams lights up a cigar during the 2011 Rugby World Cup celebrations.

Williams allegedly bought 2g of cocaine for $260 while fellow player acted as a lookout.

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Makos snap up young fullback

Will Jordan of Canterbury in action during the Jock Hobbs memorial under-19 tournament last year.

A fullback who scored tries for fun as a schoolboy is the latest player to join the Tasman Makos.

Manawatu not expecting Gibbins in 2017

Callum Gibbins played 66 games for the Manawatu Turbos.

Manawatu Turbos not expected to feature Callum Gibbins in 2017 after his contract with Glasgow Warriors.

Ex-NPC player jailed for rape

A Southland Stags team photo of Craig Wells.

Dark off-field life of a drug-addicted rugby player revealed as he's tried for the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Taufua returning to Tasman

Jordan Taufua, shown here in typical attacking mode for the Crusaders, is returning to Tasman.

Explosive loose forward Jordan Taufua is returning to the Tasman Makos.

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Curtis returns for NZ sevens

Ambrose Curtis played for the New Zealand Maori last year.

New Zealand sevens coach Scott Waldrom has a sure bet with Ambrose Curtis back in Las Vegas.

Wanganui fined for ineligible player

Wanganui used an under-aged player in their women's sevens team at the Central Region Sevens last year.

Wanganui fined for player under-aged player in their women's sevens team.

How did Wgtn screw up the sevens?

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Internet MANA press secretary Pam Corkery listens as founder Kim Dotcom speaks to ...

OPINION: The brilliant Sydney event makes you wonder how Wellington stuffed up a "gimme" so badly, writes Pam Corkery.

Sevens appeal for females

New Zealand sevens representative Alena Saili is back home in Invercargill after competing in he first international ...

Rugby now not just a man's domain as the sport provides an appealing pathway for female athletes.

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Dixon ready for another epic

Elliot Dixon in action for the Highlanders.

Highlanders loose forward Elliot Dixon ready to be pushed to the limit in showdown with Crusaders in Dunedin.

Karpik has qualities like Cane

Chiefs flanker Mitch Karpik (with the ball) impressed on his Super Rugby debut in Dunedin.

Their hairstyles might differ, but Chiefs coach Dave Rennie sees a lot of Sam Cane in Mitch Karpik.

Barrett plays the wrong tune

Jordie Barrett's choice of music has come into question from his Hurricanes team-mate Julian Savea.

Hurricanes rookie Jordie Barrett's taste in music has The Bus fuming.

Kieran Read's mystery replacement

Whetu Douglas is mobbed by his new Crusaders teammates.

Crusaders followers flummoxed as man not in the official squad scores a try.

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