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Reason: Jimmy's my hero

James Graham died of a heart attack on Friday night.

OPINION: James Graham was one of the finest sportsmen this country has ever known.

First XV: Players NZ snared

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

Hinton: ABs need A game

Canes tense up under weight of history

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.

Ainley keen to extend winning run with Tasman

Foundation player Alex Ainley sat back and watched as many of his Tasman Makos team-mates signed Super Rugby contracts.

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

All Blacks survive spirited Samoa fightback video

All Black debutant George Moala crosses to score a second-half try against Samoa at Apia Park.

2 min ago  Historic occasion lives up to hype with Dan Carter's boot and George Moala's try getting New Zealand over the line.

Lions abandon tour warmup

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

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

Prop defies club to play ABs

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

all blacks

All Blacks survive spirited Samoa fightback video

All Black debutant George Moala crosses to score a second-half try against Samoa at Apia Park.

1 min ago  Historic occasion lives up to hype with Dan Carter's boot and George Moala's try getting New Zealand over the line.

Apia's 'big game' party begins video

Samoa rugby fans fill the streets of Apia as the countdown begins to the historic All Blacks test.

All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter claims a high ball in the Apia test against Samoa.

Recap: All Blacks triumph video

10 min ago  All Blacks claim victory over Samoa in historic first test between the teams in Apia.

provincial

Ainley keen to extend winning run with Tasman

Alex Ainley of the Highlanders takes the ball in the lineout  during the Super Rugby Final match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium.

Foundation player Alex Ainley sat back and watched as many of his Tasman Makos team-mates signed Super Rugby contracts.

Foote thrives in Mooloo mould

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

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.

New challenge for world champs

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

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