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opinion

Robson: ABs need Sopoaga video

Lima Sopoaga starred for the All Blacks in his debut test against the Springboks at Ellis Park but still missed the cut for the 31-man World Cup squad.

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga's non-selection in the All Blacks World Cup squad is hard to fathom.

Reason: England intend to bludgeon

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

Robson: Dagg, Jane out

super rugby

Feeney named Blues assistant

Auckland coach Paul Feeney will be an assistant to Tana Umaga with the Blues for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Tana Umaga adds Auckland provincial mentor Paul Feeney to complete his coaching setup for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Hurricanes sign Lions loosie Fifita

Sacrifice and hard work have paid off for Wellington loose forward Vaea Fifita.

Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee wants to secure a sponsor for the franchise before Christmas

Sponsorship key to Canes growth

As a number of Hurricanes prepare for World Cup duty, the Wellington franchise is on the hunt for a sponsor.

sevens

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.

international

Hardie makes Scotland squad

Flanker John Hardie has turned his one international cap into a spot in Scotland's Rugby World Cup squad.

3:09 AM  Former Southland and Highlanders standout John Hardie will play in his first RWC - for Scotland.

Wales 'more settled' than England

Kiwi coach Warren Gatland says hosts have plenty of questions to answer heading into pool of death.

Jared Payne is one of two New Zealand-born players in Ireland's World Cup squad.

Kiwis make Ireland RWC squad

New Zealanders Nathan White and Jared Payne may get the chance to face the All Blacks at the World Cup. 

all blacks

Faumuina rebuilds neck for Cup

Auckland prop Charlie Faumuina got through 40 minutes of provincial rugby against Canterbury last Saturday and was named in the All Blacks World Cup squad the following day.

All Blacks prop feeling more and more at home on rugby pitch after injury layoff.

ABs tackling leads down south video

The All Blacks have the highest tackling percentage of Rugby Championship sides this year.

All Blacks loose forward Victor Vito gives instruction during the World Cup squad's first full training run together at the Hutt Recreation Ground in Wellington.

ABs' RWC squad trains in Welly

Anxiety has given way to excitement as the All Blacks gear up for the Rugby World Cup.

provincial

Perseverance paying off for Tucker

Waikato lock James Tucker is finally fulfilling his potential after being constantly struck down by injury.

After a horror run of injuries, James Tucker is now making his chance with Waikato

All Blacks hooker needed somewhere to play

All Blacks hooker Hika Elliot needed a place to call home.

Ryan Crotty is looking for more domestic success with Canterbury.

Crotty sets a good example

Canterbury's Ryan Crotty believes it's important to show a positive display, despite his All Blacks disappointment.

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