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Picking a world cup squad always a mystery

Winger Waisake Naholo at an All Blacks training session in Wellington earlier this week.

OPINION: So much for knowing anything about selection of a World Cup squad. 

Robson: ABs need Sopoaga video

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga's non-selection in the All Blacks World Cup squad is hard to fathom.

Reason: England intend to bludgeon

Gifford: Dramatic ABs selection

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Leguizamon signs for Super Rugby

Pumas back rower Juan Manuel Leguizamon has joined the growing number of Argentina players returning home to play Super Rugby.

Argentina back row Juan Manuel Leguizamon has signed up for the new Argentine Super Rugby franchise for two years.

Sponsorship key to Canes growth

As a number of Hurricanes prepare for World Cup duty, the Wellington franchise is on the hunt for a sponsor.

Auckland coach Paul Feeney will be an assistant to Tana Umaga with the Blues for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Feeney named Blues assistant

Tana Umaga adds Auckland provincial mentor Paul Feeney to complete his coaching setup for the 2016 Super Rugby season.


Top ref Joubert eyes Rio 2016

Craig Joubert has earned his reputation through decisive officiating and good communication skills.

Craig Joubert switches focus from 15s to sevens with a dream of officiating at next year's Olympics.

Tietjens starts long Olympic trial

SBW aside, it wasn't quite the star studded announcement NZ sevens coach Gordon Tietjens envisaged 18 months ago.

Bay of Plenty will continue to play host to the national tournament until 2018.

BOP keep sevens nationals until 2018

The national sevens tournament will remain in the Bay of Plenty until at least 2018, although the location could change during that time.


Hansen supports Welsh trial

On his way to a six-pointer? All Black hooker Dane Coles' try at Eden Park could be worth more, under Welsh proposals.

ABs coach backs idea to make tries worth six points and devalue penalties and drop goals to two.

Barritt, Joseph team up for England

Hosts' probable World Cup midfield partnership will start together for the first time in final warm-up against Ireland.

Outside backs Bryan Habana (left) and Zane Kirchner at a Springboks training session in Durban.

Boks plan 'homefield advantage'

South Africa are going to extraordinary lengths to make their players feel at home at the RWC in England.

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Hansen embraces unlucky dozen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has shown great empathy and understanding in dealing with the 12 players who missed out on his 31-man World Cup squad.

Twelve disappointed men have unwittingly became symbols of one of the All Blacks strengths.

Dagg is down, but not out video

Unwanted All Black hasn't given up on international career and plans to fight his way back into the side next season.

All Blacks Ma'a Nonu, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Victor Vito with children from Greytown Early Years childcare centre this morning.

All Blacks thrill fans video

A whole town was in the palm of three All Blacks' large mitts this morning - then it painted them.


Guildford cops four-week ban

Zac Guildford pleaded guilty to a lifting tackle charge and will spend four weeks on the sidelines.

7:14 PM  Hawke's Bay winger Zac Guildford has been suspended for four weeks for a lifting tackle.

Piutau not interested in day off

All Blacks utility declines his Auckland coach's offer after missing out on World Cup squad.

Stephen Donald will return to the Waikato NPC side via the bench this weekend.

Beaver back for Waikato

7:01 PM  World Cup hero returns to NZ rugby via bench for Saturday clash with rivals Auckland.

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