'The whole of NZ is worried'

Ben Smith rolled his ankle against the Stormers.

Lengthening All Blacks casualty list casts a pall over weekend of Kiwi dominance in Super Rugby.

Blues hold off Brumbies

Akira Ioane had a strong performance for the Blues against the Brumbies in Canberra.

Three unanswered tries keep Blues' playoff hopes alive after gritty victory in Canberra.

Sam Whitelock cited video

Sam Whitelock wasn't happy at being sent from the field for this alleged elbow strike.

Crusaders captain will face the judiciary after striking with his elbow in the win over the Cheetahs.

Read out, what then for ABs?

Kieran Read has made just three appearances fro the Crusaders this season. He will spend at least six weeks recovery ...

COMMENT: Kieran Read faces a race against time to be fit for the first Lions test. If he can't play, who can?

Fruean eyes RWC with Samoa

Robbie Fruean's career in NZ was hampered by heart problems.

Blockbusting centre whose career has been hampered by heart problems still dreams of playing tests.

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Recap: Blues v Brumbies

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: George Moala of the Blues is tackled during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the ...

Blues hang tough to beat the Brumbies and make it another perfect weekend for Kiwi teams.

Play-by-play: Blues v Brumbies

Blues first five-eighth Piers Francis.

The Blues' clash with the Brumbies a play-at-a-time, in Canberra.

McKenzie magic rescues Chiefs

Damian McKenzie and James Lowe celebrate after McKenzie's second half try which Lowe set up.

Atop the NZ conference, but patchy Chiefs can't nab a bonus point against Super Rugby's worst-ranked team.

Fruean eyes RWC with Samoa

Robbie Fruean's career in NZ was hampered by heart problems.

Blockbusting centre whose career has been hampered by heart problems still dreams of playing test rugby.

Life at Crusaders without Read

George Bridge has been impressive in his debut season with the Crusaders. He scored three tries in the 48-21 win over ...

Whetu Douglas is no chance of returning, meaning Scott Robertson's high-flyers have a tough call to make.

Crusaders: Five things we learned

David Havili has not wasted the chance to get regular starts at fullback in the absence of injured All Black Israel ...

OPINION: Shoot! Nine wins on the trot for the unbeaten Crusaders. Here's five things we learned this week.

Chiefs go soul-searching

Chiefs co-captain Sam Cane was one of many to feel the heat from the Sunwolves defence on Saturday night.

Co-captain Sam Cane admits his side keep finding new areas that need work, after a scrappy win over the Sunwolves.

Rugby players take a knee

Fijian players from the Army team kneel as Britain's Prince Harry greets the teams on the pitch ahead of the annual Army ...

Fijian rugby players hailed for respecting royalty by bowing and kneeling for Prince Harry.

Sharks tame Jaguares

Sharks first-five eighth Curwin Bosch scored 18 of his team's 33 points against the Jaguares.

Sharks end Jaguares' unbeaten home record in Buenos Aires.

Read out for at least six weeks video

All Blacks captain Kieran Read had to be taken to hospital after suffering a thumb injury.

Injury takes shine off Crusaders celebrations, as skipper joins growing All Blacks casualty ward.

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NZ dominance pleasure and pain

Rob Thompson of the Highlanders fends off EW Viljoen of the Stormers on Friday night.

OPINION: It's a fine line between pleasure and pain, and right now NZ followers of Super Rugby might be straddling it.

FitzSimons: Fire Daryl, call Al

OPINION: Alan Jones badly wants Daryl Gibson gone. Maybe he should coach the Waratahs then.

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Sam Whitelock cited for elbow

Crusaders captain will face the judiciary after striking with his elbow in the win over the Cheetahs.

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Faumuina targets Lions

Charlie Faumuina has been a key pillar at tight head prop for the Blues and All Blacks.

Charlie Faumuina has been a key pillar at tight head prop for the Blues and All Blacks but his time is drawing to a close.

Henry: SBW a midfield marvel

Sir Graham Henry says Sonny Bill Williams is a difference-maker for the All Blacks.

Former All Blacks coach backs Sonny Bill Williams to seal a spot in the midfield to face the Lions.

Gatland sweats on halfback's fitness

Ireland halfback Conor Murray needs to prove his fitness before the Lions head to New Zealand.

Lions coach reportedly issues ultimatum to Ireland star who hasn't played since March.

Tug of war for Aussie prop

Tyrel Lomax (with the ball) is the son of former Kiwis prop John Lomax.

Rising Rebels prop Tyrel Lomax has been contacted by the All Blacks to switch to NZ.

international

Fruean eyes RWC with Samoa

Robbie Fruean's career in NZ was hampered by heart problems.

Blockbusting centre whose career has been hampered by heart problems still dreams of playing test rugby.

Rugby players take a knee

Fijian players from the Army team kneel as Britain's Prince Harry greets the teams on the pitch ahead of the annual Army ...

Fijian rugby players hailed for respecting royalty by bowing and kneeling for Prince Harry.

Exeter joint top in English rugby

Lions wing Jack Nowell scored in Exeter's big win over the Northampton Saints.

Two teams are tied at the top of the English rugby table with one game to go.

Evans departs Stoop in style

Nick Evans has become a Harlequins legend since leaving New Zealand.

Kiwi No 10 gets fairytale finish in final home game for Harlequins, leading them to a Premiership win.

provincial

Stags halfback glad to be back

Southland halfback Liam Howley has made a return after a lengthy injury layoff.

"I was taught a big lesson and I'm going to come out the other side better for it.''

From financial survival to growth

Rugby Southland general manager Andrew Moreton.

Rugby Southland announces big 2016 financial surplus and finally has cash reserves in the bank.

Mexted: Provinces better for Lions

Former All Blacks No 8 Murray Mexted wants the Lions to play the provinces.

British and Irish Lions should be playing the provinces, not Super Rugby teams, ex-AB says.

Valley take down defending champions

Athletic Marist first-five Antini Brown kicks down field against Excelsior.

Valley stunned defending champions Maheno in round four of North Otago senior rugby's Citizens Shield on Saturday.

sevens

NZ women win Japan sevens video

Michaela Blyde scored the winning try in the final of the Japan sevens.

Last-ditch Michaela Blyde try seals win after Canada fumble kickoff with seconds remaining.

NZ unbeaten at Japan sevens

New Zealand sevens star Portia Woodman steams away for a try.

Portia Woodman scores three tries and Sarah Goss excels in every department as Kiwi women march into quarter-finals.

$7 tribute for Fiji's rugby heroes

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Two million commemorative $7 notes released in honour of Fiji's Olympic heroes.

'We let ourselves down': 7s coach

Andrew Knewstubb of New Zealand reacts after losing the quartfinal to Canada.

Sevens coach laments a lack of consistency after another fifth placed finish.

super rugby

Recap: Blues v Brumbies

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: George Moala of the Blues is tackled during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the ...

Blues hang tough to beat the Brumbies and make it another perfect weekend for Kiwi teams.

Play-by-play: Blues v Brumbies

Blues first five-eighth Piers Francis.

The Blues' clash with the Brumbies a play-at-a-time, in Canberra.

McKenzie magic rescues Chiefs

Damian McKenzie and James Lowe celebrate after McKenzie's second half try which Lowe set up.

Atop the NZ conference, but patchy Chiefs can't nab a bonus point against Super Rugby's worst-ranked team.

Life at Crusaders without Read

George Bridge has been impressive in his debut season with the Crusaders. He scored three tries in the 48-21 win over ...

Whetu Douglas is no chance of returning, meaning Scott Robertson's high-flyers have a tough call to make.

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