Is Steve Hansen really that good?

'Steve Hansen is a fine coach. But no one knows just how good a coach he is. We haven't a clue how he would get on ...

OPINION: It's ludicrous NZ Rugby believe continuity is the god of coaching appointments.

Bookies backing Canes

Elton Jantjies has been inspirational for the Lions and faces a big matchup against Beauden Barrett.

Lions happy for the Kiwis to have all pressure as odds are stacked in the home team's favour.

History favours Hurricanes

Matt Proctor breaks free during the Hurricanes' big win over the Lions in Johannesburg in April.

A South African side has never won a Super Rugby final overseas and none have won a playoff in NZ in 10 attempts.

ABs outside backs face squeeze

Sonny Bill Williams will make his return for the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship after the Rio Olympics.

Steve Hansen likely to stick with tried and true for Rugby Championship but back line may feel the pinch.

Capital gains for the Hurricanes

Beauden Barrett said he's been motivated by a second chance at a Super Rugby title in front of the home fans.

The Lions passed up a chance at home advantage and the Hurricanes pounced on that edge.

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Lions maul Highlanders video

Waisake Naholo scored a late consolation try for the Highlanders.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph: "We were beaten by a better team" .

Highlanders left gasping video

Jaco Kriel of the Lions runs into open space during the Super Rugby semifinal against the Highlanders at Ellis Park.

Elton Jantjies guides Lions into Super Rugby showdown with the Hurricanes

Waikato's positive attitude pleases

Fullback Jordan Trainor impressed for Waikato in their Shield defence against King Country.

Grim conditions in Matamata on Saturday for Shield defence could have had them playing it safe, but coach Sean Botherway was impressed they persevered.

Fetu pulls plug on South Canty

Linwood' captain Zac Southern is to join the South Canterbury Heartland team.

Long serving South Canterbury prop Matt Fetu is a surprise omission from the Barry Matthews first Heartland squad of the season

Foster favoured to succeed Hansen

Given the criteria, All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster appears best placed to succeed Steve Hansen in 2020.

Given the criteria, All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster appears best placed to succeed Steve Hansen.

Hurricanes do it again video

Second five-eighth Willis Halaholo slides in to open the scoring for the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes easily best the Chiefs, to earn a spot in the Super Rugby final.

Recap: Highlanders v Lions

Highlanders first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga.

The Lions will face the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby final after defeating the Highlanders.

Super title is going to capital

The Hurricanes' Matt Proctor has a scrap with the Chiefs' Aaron Cruden on Saturday night.

OPINION: The Hurricanes have proven themselves worthy. It's their time to shine.

Canes captain ruled out

Dane Coles has been replaced by Ricky Riccitelli for the Super Rugby semifinal against the Chiefs.

Hurricanes captain Dane Coles has lost his battle to prove his fitness for semifinal.

We can do better - Razor

Scott Robertson is determined not to let his new job at the Crusaders interfere with the task of guiding Canterbury to ...

Scott Robertson began recruiting for the Crusaders as soon as he was appointed head coach in June. He has already signed Digby Ioane.

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Super title is going to capital

The Hurricanes' Matt Proctor has a scrap with the Chiefs' Aaron Cruden on Saturday night.

OPINION: The Hurricanes have proven themselves worthy. It's their time to shine.

Dismal season could help

OPINION: This week I am Matt "glass half full" Burke, as the Super Rugby season draws to a close.

Bolters, Barrett & Savea video

Here comes the all-Kiwi final

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Lions maul Highlanders

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph: "We were beaten by a better team" .

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Foster favoured to succeed Hansen

Given the criteria, All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster appears best placed to succeed Steve Hansen in 2020.

Given the criteria, All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster appears best placed to succeed Steve Hansen.

'Rugby has real problems'

David Moffett can't see how a global rugby season can work now, and urges Sanzaar to attend to its own backyard first.

Former top administrator David Moffett offers up a gloomy vision for the future of pro rugby.

Bolters, Barrett & Savea video

Can Seta Tamanivalu and the Chiefs give the Hurricanes the slip again on Saturday night in the big semifinal at the Cake Tin?

Our rugby scribes tackle the hot topics of the week, including what the All Blacks do at No 10.

Perenara done enough for ABs?

TJ Perenara, pictured in action for the Hurricanes during the Super Rugby quarterfinal match against the Sharks last ...

Sonny Bill Williams is guaranteed to be included in the Rugby Championship squad, but TJ Perenara should be nervous.

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Dismal season could help

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore and team-mates look dejected after losing the second test against England and June.

OPINION: This week I am Matt "glass half full" Burke, as the Super Rugby season draws to a close.

Aussie seek help from NZR

Earmarked by the Kiwis: Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson

ARU management have been on several informal fact-finding missions in New Zealand.

Four uncapped Wallabies

Matt Giteau will be available for the Rugby Championship after being released by his French club Toulon.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika reveals agents are putting players in difficult situations.

Wallaby powerhouse Palu retires

Wycliff Palu went to the last three World Cups, though injury cut short his involvement in the 2015 tournament.

The 34-year-old won 58 caps for Australia and went to 3 World Cups.

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Waikato's positive attitude pleases

Fullback Jordan Trainor impressed for Waikato in their Shield defence against King Country.

Grim conditions in Matamata on Saturday for Shield defence could have had them playing it safe, but coach Sean Botherway was impressed they persevered.

Fetu pulls plug on South Canty

Linwood' captain Zac Southern is to join the South Canterbury Heartland team.

Long serving South Canterbury prop Matt Fetu is a surprise omission from the Barry Matthews first Heartland squad of the season

Waikato ease past King Country video

Hame Faiva scored twice as Waikato defended the Ranfurly Shield on Saturday in Matamata.

Wet and muddy conditions kept the contest close to start, but the holders were able to slowly rack up the points to win.

Manawatu hammer Hawke's Bay in preseason

Manawatu captain Heiden Bedwell-Curtis was strong before leaving the field injured in their preseason win over Hawke's ...

Manawatu wing Newton Tudreu plays a starring role as Manawatu beat Hawke's Bay 54-17 in a preseason match.

sevens

O'Brien braces for Rio

IRB Sevens rugby referee manager Paddy O'Brien, of Invercargill, heading to Rio for the Olympics.

Former test referee excited at attending the Olympics as the sevens referees manager.

I'd sign Jarryd Hayne in a heartbeat: Connolly

Jarryd Hayne's stint with the Fiji sevens team was short-lived.

Should the Waratahs take a punt on Jarryd Hayne? A former Wallabies coach thinks so.

Sevens stars sign on

DJ Forbes will set a record for most sevens series tournaments if he plays in Dubai.

DJ Forbes looks to make history, as he and five others from Olympics sevens squad re-sign on.

Turner aims to unearth gold in Rio

Amy Turner had to move to Sydney to guarantee a spot in the Australian women's sevens team for Rio.

The former mine driver has taken an intriguing path to the Olympic Games.

super rugby

Lions maul Highlanders video

Waisake Naholo scored a late consolation try for the Highlanders.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph: "We were beaten by a better team" .

Highlanders left gasping video

Jaco Kriel of the Lions runs into open space during the Super Rugby semifinal against the Highlanders at Ellis Park.

Elton Jantjies guides Lions into Super Rugby showdown with the Hurricanes

Hurricanes do it again video

Second five-eighth Willis Halaholo slides in to open the scoring for the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes easily best the Chiefs, to earn a spot in the Super Rugby final.

Recap: Highlanders v Lions

Highlanders first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga.

The Lions will face the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby final after defeating the Highlanders.

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