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opinion

First XV: Players NZ snared

Sonny Bill Williams and Tana Umaga miss out in the midfield in this Samoan All Blacks first XV.

OPINION: No room for Umaga or SBW, revealing the embarrassment of NZ rugby's Samoan talent riches.

Hinton: ABs need A game

OPINION: Real test looms for the men in black against their Samoan rivals at Apia Park.

Canes tense up under weight of history

Highlanders, 'team of destiny' gallery video

super rugby

Hurricanes coach proud of season

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd believes his team are set up well for another tilt at the Super Rugby title next season.

Chris Boyd blames basic handling errors for his side's heartbreaking Super Rugby final loss to the Highlanders.

Hurricanes snare Ahki from Blues

North Harbour midfielder pens two-year deal with franchise to leave coach Chris Boyd's roster for next season all but full.

Beauden Barrett and Lima Sopoaga went head-to-head in the Super Rugby final in Wellington on Saturday night.

1st5R: Rating Super playmakers - Season finale video

Lima Sopoaga's calm, assured display in the Highlanders No 10 jersey saw him edge Hurricanes rival Beauden Barrett.

sevens

Day passes back to attract sevens fans

New Zealand's Rieko Ioane scores a try in the cup semifinal against South Africa in front of plenty of empty seats.

Prices have been cut, and day passes brought back in a bid to lure sevens fans back to Wellington in January.

Football-mad Brazil taking to rugby

Interest in oval ball code rising in football-mad nation since sevens earned place in Rio Olympic Games.

The Fiji team celebrate after winning round eight of the HSBC Sevens World series in Glasgow.

Canada Sevens set for mid-March in world series

Inaugural Canadian round of the Sevens World Series will take place in Vancouver on March 12-13.

international

Prop defies club to play ABs

Toulouse rugby bosses want a "please explain" from Census Johnston over his decision to play for Samoa against the All Blacks.

8:34 AM  Samoa prop out of international rugby retirement for All Blacks test to face "consequences" with French club.

Skeen looking to press his claims

After just one season in the ITM Cup, Jacob Skeen now has an opportunity to play at international level.

A scrum collapses during New Zealand Maori's famous 19-13 win over the British & Irish Lions in 2005.

Lions abandon tour warmup

Lucrative US game ditched, leaving Lions underdone for quest to beat the All Blacks in 2017 tour.

all blacks

Emotions loom large over Apia test video

Israel Dagg runs through drills during an All Blacks training session in Apia ahead of Wednesday's Samoa test.

Passions may boil over and cool heads will be vital in the All Blacks' first test in Samoa.

First XV: Players NZ snared

OPINION: No room for Umaga or SBW, revealing the embarrassment of NZ rugby's Samoan talent riches.

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw speaks to fans following a parade through the main streets of Apia on Tuesday.

McCaw says ABs have a job to do

All Blacks skipper wants troops to match Samoans when it comes to passion in Wednesday's test.

provincial

New challenge for world champs

New Zealand Under-20 players Atu Moli, Steven Misa, Tau Koloamatangi, Harrison Levien and Mitch Jacobson get together at Waikato Stadium where they hope to be turning out for Waikato this year in the ITM Cup.

With a world title in the bag, there's a new challenge on the horizon.

Ranfurly Shield clash in Napier

Horowhenua-Kapiti rugby players are hoping to win the shield off Hawke's Bay this month.

New Waikato Rugby Union general manager Blair Foote is getting to grips with his new role.

Foote thrives in Mooloo mould

New Waikato Rugby Union general manager embracing the challenges of a role in the sport he loves.

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