Lions 'too Welsh' to beat ABs

England coach Eddie Jones expects the All Blacks to win the upcoming series against the British and Irish Lions.

10:11 AM  England coach Eddie Jones jabs Warren Gatland's coaching and selections ahead of Lions' NZ tour.

UK farewells Lions - and 'Billy'

The youngest British and Irish Lions player, 22-year-old Mario Itoje, carries the team mascot, Billy, at the tour ...

9:38 AM  The Lions celebrate at a gala dinner in London as they prepare to fly to NZ, soft toy mascot included.

Crusaders up for Southern derby

Seta Tamanivalu bursts through the tackle of Lima Sopoaga to score a late try against the Highlanders in Dunedin on ...

Big guns set to return for Crusaders as they look to back up this season's earlier stunning comeback victory over the Highlanders.

The day Gatland beat the Lions

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland once scored against them... while playing for Waikato in 1993.

Amid the sweat-soaked Waikato jerseys was a mood of pure ecstasty. Warren Gatland had scored.

Southern derby: Brace yourself

Israel Dagg and Waisake Naholo  collide in the first southern derby of the season earlier this year.

Two white-hot teams bashing each other on a crisp Christchurch afternoon - it can't come soon enough.

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The ongoing struggles of Daryl

Daryl Gibson has experienced a torrid season with the Waratahs in Super Rugby.

Daryl Gibson says a "borderline" yellow card against the Highlanders has likely ended his team's season.

Lions thrash Kings

Lions loose forward Kwagga Smith scored two tries as his side walloped the hapless Kings 54-10 in Johannesburg on Monday ...

The Lions have kept the heat on the Crusaders by thrashing the Kings in their Super Rugby match in Johannesburg this morning.

Barrett's headaches a worry

Beauden Barrett was consigned to the role of water boy against the Bulls.

Star All Black misses game in South Africa after waking with headaches just weeks before Lions.

Super wrap: NZ teams dominate

Beauden Barrett could be fit to the face the Force when the Hurricanes travel to South Africa for their next Super Rugby ...

Not much seems to faze Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd. Not even when star playmaker Beauden Barrett is hit by headaches.

5 things learned from Crusaders win

Fullback David Havili has scored seven tries in 12 appearances for the Crusaders this season.

Crusaders have been collecting plenty of air points during their winning rampage against teams in Aussie, Fiji, NZ and South Africa.

Blyde scores five against England

Michaela Blyde bagged five tries for New Zealand in a big win over England at the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in ...

The NZ sevens women are through to the quarterfinals in Canada after dismantling England.

We could have beaten the Lions

Sid Going played for both Northland and the All Blacks against the Lions - then would return home to his family's ...

The Lions' arrival in Whangarei promises old-style billeting, post-match beers – and memories of the triple-scissors move.

Gopperth denied perfect finish

Jimmy Gopperth's 15 points were not enough for Wasps to win the English title.

No grand ending to Kiwi Jimmy Gopperth's high-flying English season as Wasps lose final in extra-time.

Live: Jaguares v Brumbies

Jaguares star Nicolas Sanchez.

The Brumbies seek to keep their place atop the Australian conference as they take the field in Buenos Aires.

Battered Canes go deep in win video

Ardie Savea cops a head knock.

Dressing room dishevelment as bruised Hurricanes hang on for bonus-point win over the Bulls.

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Lions can't win without Billy

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18:  Billy Vunipola of England celebrates a penalty during the International Test match ...

OPINION: The Lions have been fatally wounded before they even arrive, writes Mark Reason.

How rugby can conquer concussion

OPINION: Rugby has dealt with welfare crises before, and it can again, writes Phil Gifford.

Tackling rugby's hot topics

Can anyone conquer the Crusaders?

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Battered Canes go deep in win

Dressing room dishevelment as bruised Hurricanes hang on for bonus-point win over the Bulls.

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Barrett's headaches a worry

Beauden Barrett was consigned to the role of water boy against the Bulls.

Star All Black misses game in South Africa after waking with headaches just weeks before Lions.

The most exclusive ABs jersey

Owen Franks is a member of an exclusive club - those who have worn the No 3 for the All Blacks.

ANALYSIS: Since 2004, one jersey number has been worn by fewer All Blacks than any other.

Hansen: I'll pick Coles

Steve Hansen says Dane Coles deserves to be named in the squad to face the Lions.

All Blacks coach says his battered hooker deserves to be given every chance to play against the British and Irish Lions.

SBW backed for Lions tour

Sonny Bill Williams of the Blues offloads in the tackle from Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs. Super Rugby match, Blues v ...

Tana Umaga and Dave Rennie back Sonny Bill Williams to hit form for the British and Irish Lions

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Baabaas loving their Lions shot

Lions coach Warren Gatland wants to embrace some of the traditional aspects of life on tour in New Zealand.

The special club that is the Barbarians are set to welcome Warren Gatland's men to New Zealand in some style.

Father and son reunion

Bryn Gatland has had to make one main adjustment as he gets set to face his dad's Lions team in Whangarei next Saturday.

Bryn Gatland says he won't be nervous when he runs out against a British and Irish Lions team coached by a man he knows too well.

NZ Baabaas extend squad

Bryan Gatland will face the Lions, who are coached by his father, Warren.

NZ side bolsters its playing stocks with some Super Rugby additions for the Lions tour opener.

Good injury news for Lions duo

Sean O'Brien (right) has been struggling with a calf problem.

After losing Billy Vunipola, two Irish Lions are improving from their respective injury concerns.

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Key Stag may not return

Brumbies first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera.

Stags coach Hoani Macdonald is awaiting confirmation if first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera will be back this year.

Ripe to return to their roots

Stephen Donald was still a schoolboy when he first played for Counties Manukau.

Kieran Read is heading home to Counties, but who else in NZ rugby could make the switch?

Historic win for St Thomas over St Bedes

St Thomas celebrates beating St Bedes for the first time in 34 years.

St Thomas breaks 34-year drought in round four of the UC Championship.

Who is in the Stags mix?

Marist second five-eighth Matty Johnson is one of the Stags midfield contenders for 2017.

Logan Savory takes a look at who he thinks could be contention for the 2017 Southland Stags squad.

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Black Ferns to face Canada in final

Theresa Fitzpatrick of New Zealand attacks against Netherlands on day one.

Another tournament final awaits the Black Ferns sevens team after beating France 28-5 in Canada semifinals.

Blyde scores five against England

Michaela Blyde bagged five tries for New Zealand in a big win over England at the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in ...

The NZ sevens women are through to the quarterfinals in Canada after dismantling England.

Why Sevens sceptics won't shut up

Public reaction to the news that the Sevens are moving to Hamilton has been largely positive. But not everybody's cheering.

Official assurances only go so far with twitchy ratepayers haunted by Hamilton's V8 debacle.

Great Britain 7s merger talks

Warwick Lahmert of England makes a pass in a match between England and Wales.

Discussions to permanently merge England, Scotland and Wales for the Sevens World Series begin.

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The ongoing struggles of Daryl

Daryl Gibson has experienced a torrid season with the Waratahs in Super Rugby.

Daryl Gibson says a "borderline" yellow card against the Highlanders has likely ended his team's season.

Lions thrash Kings

Lions loose forward Kwagga Smith scored two tries as his side walloped the hapless Kings 54-10 in Johannesburg on Monday ...

The Lions have kept the heat on the Crusaders by thrashing the Kings in their Super Rugby match in Johannesburg this morning.

Super wrap: NZ teams dominate

Beauden Barrett could be fit to the face the Force when the Hurricanes travel to South Africa for their next Super Rugby ...

Not much seems to faze Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd. Not even when star playmaker Beauden Barrett is hit by headaches.

5 things learned from Crusaders win

Fullback David Havili has scored seven tries in 12 appearances for the Crusaders this season.

Crusaders have been collecting plenty of air points during their winning rampage against teams in Aussie, Fiji, NZ and South Africa.

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