All Blacks get armed guard escorts

The All Blacks are taking their security and safety seriously in Argentina this week.

Sydney 'bug gate' heightened intrigue but security and safety always paramount on an ABs tour.

Canterbury revert to old-selves

Canterbury winger Johnny McNicholl eludes Otago fullback Tony Ensor during their NPC match in Christchurch on aturday.

Canterbury's return to winning form was one of many story lines in the latest NPC round.

Ioane hat-trick enough

Auckland centre Reiko Ioane en-route to one of his three tries against Bay of Plenty.

Reiko Ioane grabs a hat-trick as Auckland beat Bay of Plenty in a 12-try attacking extravaganza.

Aussie's eyes on Ranfurly Shield

Dave McDuling signals Nathan Vella's try - Canterbury's seventh against Otago on Saturday.

The most popular Australian rugby player in Christchurch sets his sights on NZ's fabled prize.

Stags struggle in the rain

Southland Stags first-five-eighth Wharenui Hawera kicked three penalties.

It was another disappointing defeat for the Southland Stags against North Harbou.

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Will Wallabies recall Fardy?

Tough hombre: Scott Fardy will be needed against the physical Springboks.

OPINION: The Wallabies need their toughest hombres against South Africa and Scott Fardy has always been one of them.

Waikato's eyes on the prize

Whetu Douglas says Waikato have flushed their loss to Counties Manukau.

Whetu Douglas says Waikato will refresh after Counties loss, as Canterbury come for the Ranfurly Shield.

'You can't really compare it'

Josh Iosefa-Scott made his debut in the 20-all draw with Taranaki, as Waikato retained the Ranfurly Shield.

It's been a big adjustment for young prop Josh Iosefa-Scott after his Waikato debut, but he's keen to take his chance.

Recap: Harbour v Southland

Southland Stag Jaye Thompson runs with the ball.

North Harbour host Southland in week six of the Mitre 10 Cup.

Recap: Bay of Plenty v Auckland

Auckland rugby star Akira Ioane.

Week six of the Mitre 10 Cup wraps up in Rotorua as the Steamers host Auckland.

Canterbury target Log 'o Wood

Johnny McNicholl is looking forward to his first Ranfurly Shield challenge after starring for Canterbury in Saturday's ...

Focus on long-awaited Shield reign as Canterbury get title defence back on track

Tom Taylor upstages Dan Carter

Tom Taylor, pictured with his ex-All Black father Warwick Taylor, kicked Pau to victory in France.

Ex-All Black pairs with Colin Slade for a dramatic French Top 14 stoppage-time win.

Schmidt, Cotter to pass on NZ

Joe Schmidt is expected to re-sign with the Irish national team, and rule himself out of the running for the Chiefs head ...

Kiwi coaches expected to remain abroad, leaving the Chiefs and NZ Rugby HQ with a conundrum.

Gifford: ABs boast 30 McCaws

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw had a "big diesel engine". "He could just go all day at a reasonable pace. He ...

OPINION: How many Richie McCaws can one team have? A whole squad, if they're fit like the ABs.

Taranaki sneak past Manawatu

Taranaki wing Latu Vaeno dances out of Manawatu tackle during the Mitre 10 Cup match at Yarrow Stadium.

Taranaki get a rare bonus-point win, beating Manawatu at a rain-soaked Yarrow Stadium.

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Will Wallabies recall Fardy?

Tough hombre: Scott Fardy will be needed against the physical Springboks.

OPINION: The Wallabies need their toughest hombres against South Africa and Scott Fardy has always been one of them.

Gifford: ABs boast 30 McCaws

OPINION: How many Richie McCaws can one team have? A whole squad, if they're fit like the ABs.

Zavos: Need for Macqueen

Sanzaar finger jammed in door

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ABs off on global odyssey

Travelling around the world over the next two months means the All Blacks will need to rotate players.

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Squire or Dixon for No 6 role?

Liam Squire is the favoured contender to replace Jerome Kaino in the All Blacks this week in Argentina.

A rare test without Jerome Kaino opens the door for a new challenger, going where Vito and Messam could not.

Schmidt, Cotter to pass on NZ

Joe Schmidt is expected to re-sign with the Irish national team, and rule himself out of the running for the Chiefs head ...

Kiwi coaches expected to remain abroad, leaving the Chiefs and NZ Rugby HQ with a conundrum.

Zavos: Need for Macqueen

Rod Macqueen talks with his captain John Eales and vice captain George Gregan before the Wallabies series-levelling win ...

OPINION: The Wallabies need 1999 World Cup-winning coach Rod Macqueen to bridge gap on All Blacks.

ABs off on global odyssey

All Black caoch Steve Hansen will need to manage his squad as the long haul travel kicks in.

Travelling around the world over the next two months means the All Blacks will need to rotate players.

international

Tom Taylor upstages Dan Carter

Tom Taylor, pictured with his ex-All Black father Warwick Taylor, kicked Pau to victory in France.

Ex-All Black pairs with Colin Slade for a dramatic French Top 14 stoppage-time win.

Kiwi veteran puts Wasps on top

Jimmy Gopperth, pictured playing Saracens, has led Wasps to the top of the English rugby premiership.

Jimmy Gopperth scores 15 points in stinging win to put the Wasps on pole in the English rugby Premiership.

Zavos: Need for Macqueen

Rod Macqueen talks with his captain John Eales and vice captain George Gregan before the Wallabies series-levelling win ...

OPINION: The Wallabies need 1999 World Cup-winning coach Rod Macqueen to bridge gap on All Blacks.

Tew hits back at plundering claims

Fiji coach Ben Ryan and Ro Dakuwaqa celebrate their rugby sevens gold medal success at the Rio Olympics.

NZ Rugby boss sees France as biggest threat to Fiji and islands talent drain.

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Waikato's eyes on the prize

Whetu Douglas says Waikato have flushed their loss to Counties Manukau.

Whetu Douglas says Waikato will refresh after Counties loss, as Canterbury come for the Ranfurly Shield.

'You can't really compare it'

Josh Iosefa-Scott made his debut in the 20-all draw with Taranaki, as Waikato retained the Ranfurly Shield.

It's been a big adjustment for young prop Josh Iosefa-Scott after his Waikato debut, but he's keen to take his chance.

Recap: Harbour v Southland

Southland Stag Jaye Thompson runs with the ball.

North Harbour host Southland in week six of the Mitre 10 Cup.

Recap: Bay of Plenty v Auckland

Auckland rugby star Akira Ioane.

Week six of the Mitre 10 Cup wraps up in Rotorua as the Steamers host Auckland.

sevens

Kiwi quartet in NZ 7s running

Sean Horan has knowledge of the New Zealand sevens programme from his time with the women's team.

 A strong group of Kiwi coaches look most likely to take over as New Zealand sevens coach.

Kenya chasing Tietjens

Sir Gordon Tietjens' sevens knowledge continues to be in demand after stepping away from the top New Zealand job.

African powerhouse keen to tap into knowledge of New Zealand sevens guru.

Inside the new-look Wellington Sevens

A fan at the Wellington Sevens 2016 at Westpac Stadium.

"Revitalised" tournament's plans include "rugby meets rave" zones, and its own food and beer festival.

NZ qualified for sevens world cup

New Zealand are defending sevens world cup champions in both the men's and women's game.

New Zealand's men and women are heading to the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in 2018.

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Steve Jackson joins Blues

North Harbour coach Steve Jackson will join the Blues at the end of the season as forwards mentor.

Winning partnership with Tana Umaga reformed, as North Harbour coach replaces Glenn Moore as Blues forwards coach.

Tew "disappointed" with finals format

NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew admits he is disappointed the Super Rugby finals format won't be changing next year.

NZ Rugby boss pushed hard for change to Super Rugby finals format, only to have it knocked back by Sanzaar partners.

Sanzaar finger jammed in door

Sanzaar's failure with the Sunwolves has been abject, says Paul Cully.

OPINION: Sanzaar's global expansion zeal makes Super Rugby less loveable, writes Paul Cully.

Counties star eyes Blues role

Piers Francis needed to protect the stitches in his ear when playing against Auckland last weekend.

Piers Francis has his eyes firmly set on the Blues No 10 jersey next year.

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