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McCaw doing it his way till the end

Richie McCaw salutes Schalk Burger's Springboks after the All Blacks' win in Johannesburg on July 26.

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

OPINION: The ugly face of racism is usually expressed by three main groups, the drunk, the dumb, and the spotlight seekers.

TMO blight on the game

Ugliest voices always loudest

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

Danny Cipriani's England World Cup hopes alive

Danny Cipriani in action against the All Blacks in Hamilton last year.

Backup England No 10 Danny Cipriani re-bailed in his drink driving case until after World Cup.

Puma adds claws to Wallabies scrum

Wallabies prop James Slipper backs scrum to be a force under new coach Mario Ledesma.

Ross Moriarty has won an Under-20 world championship with England but will make his Wales debut against Ireland in Cardiff.

Gatland names experimental Wales to face Ireland

Wales coach Warren Gatland will hand debuts to four players in RWC warm-up match against Ireland.

all blacks

Milner-Skudder tipped to debut

Hurricanes utility Nehe Milner-Skudder is expected to make his test debut on the right wing against the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday night.

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

Kaino hails All Blacks depth

Selection pressure adds extra edge to All Blacks ahead of World Cup, flanker says.

All Blacks centre Conrad Smith has enjoyed his battles with the Wallabies, and their fans, over the years.

Smith: I'll miss Aussie banter

The Wallabies are the team All Black centre Conrad Smith loves to hate.

provincial

Mooloos to have co-captains

Whetu Douglas, seen here leading Waikato's only haka, ahead of their Ranfurly Shield defence against East Coast in Ruatoria in 2013, has been named as co-captain of the Mooloos, alongside last year's skipper Brad Weber.

New coach Sean Botherway opts to split the captaincy duties.

Hill earns Wellington recall

OBU wing Joe Hill earns Wellington recall after starring in Jubilee Cup final.

Taranaki captain James Marshall celebrates after his side beat Tasman in the National Provincial Championship final last year.

Rugby unions record annual surplus

Belt-tightening has helped fatten the provincial rugby unions' balance sheets, a new Deloitte report shows.

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