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Robson: Overseas clubs will wait for ABs greats

NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew, centre, shares a laugh with All Blacks Brodie Retallick, left and Julian Savea.

OPINION: Agent Warren Alcock key to long-term Savea, Retallick deals to remain in New Zealand.

Gifford: Burning questions rugby needs to answer

OPINION: Phil Gifford identifies the issues with rugby that are keeping him awake at night.

Officials could derail ABs' World Cup campaign

Reason: Community cut off

super rugby

Nice guy Richie McCaw plays it straight over refs

Richie McCaw, pictured talking to South African referee Marius van der Westhuizen in Sydney last weekend, says "I just hate looking at blame''.

Richie McCaw doesn't want to poison his reputation by having a crack at the officials.

Injuries sideline Crusaders stars from Nelson clash

Ryan Crotty the latest All Black to join Kieran Read and Sam Whitelock on concussion list.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd can manage his players' workloads during the final three weeks of Super Rugby.

Hurricanes eye wounded Crusaders in Nelson

Team lists speak volumes for two teams' contrasting fortunes ahead of Super Rugby clash.

sevens

NZ win womens sevens title

New Zealand women's sevens star Charlotte Scanlan.

Sevens sisters have cruised to their third world series title with victory in the Amsterdam plate final.

Sevens sisters look to finish season on a high

There can be no more appropriate place for NZ to end their World Rugby Women's Sevens Series campaign on a high than in Amsterdam.

Honey Hireme had a strong opening day in Amsterdam.

New Zealand into Amsterdam Sevens quarters

Motivation is clearly lacking for the New Zealand Women's Sevens team in Amsterdam, with the world series title already safely packed in their carry-on baggage.

international

Headbutt charge for Hartley

Trouble England hooker Dylan Hartley is in hot water again, called to defend a haedbutt charge.

England's Kiwi timebomb blows up again, possibly ending the hooker's chance at a place in the RWC.

Jones keen for Thorn's hand video

Rugged Welsh rugby prop desperate to have ex-ABs star "shove his hand between my legs in the scrum".

Former All Blacks star Joe Rokocoko lines out in Barbarians colours again when they meet Ireland.

Smokin' Joe out to rock Irish

Five Kiwis headed by former All Blacks try-machine Joe Rokocoko will play for the Barbarians against Ireland.

all blacks

Julian Savea, Brodie Retallick staying home in NZ

Brodie Retallick and Julian Savea (right) share a joke with New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew at the announcement of the All Blacks' pair's decision to keep playing in New Zealand.

Star wing and World Rugby player of the year the first All Blacks to sign on with NZ Rugby for the 2019 RWC.

All Blacks Savea, Retallick to stay in New Zealand

Two of the world's best players are set to pledge their commitment to the black jersey for the next four years.

Kieran Read also sat out several matches last season while recovering from concussion.

Concussion adds further to Kieran Read's pain

Crusaders and All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read is likely to miss the Hurricanes match in Nelson because of concussion suffered in loss to Waratahs.

provincial

Tuala comes up aces for Northampton

Counties Manukau utility back Ahsee Tuala will not be returning to the Steelers in 2015 after signing a contract extension with Northampton.

Counties Manukau utility back Ahsee Tuala has signed an extension to his deal at Northampton ruling out any chance of him playing for the Steelers this year.

O'Halloran to take his talents to Scotland

Manawatu rugby coach will be leaving to coach in Scotland at the end of the season.

Sean Botherway is looking to make an impression in his first season as Waikato coach.

Botherway names first Waikato 2015 NPC squad

Host of new players get chance to press claims to wear the red, yellow and black this season.

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