Bledisloe Cup mind games

No-one plays the mind games better than All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

2:40 PM  OPINION: Winning the mental battle critical to Bledisloe Cup success.

What chance ABs will lose?

Nick Phipps (left), Adam Ashley-Cooper and the Wallabies will attempt to snap an 18-test losing streak against New ...

After a thrashing in Sydney, do the Wallabies have any chance of toppling the All Blacks in Wellington?

Burning questions: Bledis-woe

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and his captain Stephen Moore ponder where it all went wrong in Sydney.

2:03 PM  Stuff's rugby scribes tackle a the burning questions of the rugby week.

McCaw: I hope it's closer

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles tears through the Australian defence in Sydney.

Retirement softens AB legend who says Sydney Bledisloe Cup result "not healthy for world rugby".

Stark Super Rugby warning

Former NZ Rugby chief executive David Moffett, pictured in 2012, says reducing Super Rugby to 12 teams and playing two ...

2:18 PM  Competition "dead in five years" unless team numbers reduced - and that could include a NZ side.

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Ford 'world class' like Carter

George Ford has attributes akin to three New Zealand rugby stars, says Todd Blackadder.

Former Crusaders coach Todd Blackadders compares English first-five eighth to Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett and Kieran Read.

Taranaki not a happy hunting ground for Magpies

Taranaki's Mitchell Crosswell and Mike Kainga show the sort of hard work that will be needed against Hawke's Bay.

"They'll be well organised and they'll be ready to rip into us," Taranaki assistant coach Willie Rickards said.

Guildford cleared to play

Zac Guildford wearing his new team's strip outside the Sir Brian Lochore stand..

From professional rugby to Wairarapa Bush, Zac Guildford is happy to be back on the field.

Mystery around Guildford

Former All Black wing Zac Guildford has returned to the club this season.

Wairarapa Bush coach Josh Syms was not giving anything away ahead of their opening Heartland Championship match against King Country this weekend.

Todd back to boost champions

Canterbury and Crusaders flanker Matt Todd returns to provincial duty after being involved in the All Blacks ...

Matt Todd and Tom Sanders return to strengthen Canterbury loose trio

"Experience I'll never forget"

Loni Uhila started the quarter-final, semi-final and final as the Hurricanes won the Super Rugby title.

Loni Uhila is back for Waikato's 100th Shield game with a wealth of experience from his memorable year with the Hurricanes.

Kainga quick to learn from coach's criticism

Mike Kainga is more than happy in his new province.

"He gave me a bit of a growling and it worked

Southland B to make trip to Blenheim

Matty Johnson will start at second five-eighth for Southland B against the Tasman Red Devils team in Blenheim.

Southland B to take on Tasman Red Devils in Blenheim.

Ex-schoolboy star Lienert-Brown now an AB

The selection of Anton Lienert-Brown in the All Blacks side to face the Wallabies in Wellington on Saturday night is one ...

When Anton Lienert-Brown was a schoolboy star in Christchurch in 2012 Dave Rennie and Wayne Smith were quick to get him locked into the Chiefs programme.

Wallabies deluded, not that good

The Wallabies players spent plenty of time in Sydney waiting for the All Blacks to convert tries.

Clyde Rathbone has no soothing words for the Wallabies, just hard truths.

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Don't blame the old guys video

Dane Haylett-Petty, left, seen here getting the fend-off from Ryan Crotty, was probably culpable for at least two of the ...

OPINION: Blaming Europe-based Wallabies stars is confusing the issue, writes Paul Cully.

NZ 7s coaching options for 2020

OPINION: Sevens reporter Ben Strang looks at five coaches who could lead the New Zealand Sevens team into the future.

All Blacks mix and match

How Wallabies can bounce back

Video

Burning questions: Bledis-woe, Quade & new laws

Stuff's rugby scribes tackle a the burning questions of the rugby week.

all blacks

Barrett hides light under bushel

All Blacks first five-eighth Beauden Barrett ran rings around the Wallabies last week.

The spotlight probably isn't Beauden Barrett's natural habitat.

McCaw's childhood footage

Richie McCaw insisted his soon-to-be released bio-pic could prove an inspiration for young New Zealand children.

"Normal Kiwi bloke" wants his movie to prove ordinary kids can live their dreams and become ABs.

Ex-schoolboy star Lienert-Brown now an AB

The selection of Anton Lienert-Brown in the All Blacks side to face the Wallabies in Wellington on Saturday night is one ...

When Anton Lienert-Brown was a schoolboy star in Christchurch in 2012 Dave Rennie and Wayne Smith were quick to get him locked into the Chiefs programme.

The return of Quade Cooper video

Quade Cooper of the Wallabies stretches during an Australian Wallabies training session.

Rugby's "public enemy No 1" is back in the Wallabies side at first five-eighth against the ABs.

international

Ford 'world class' like Carter

George Ford has attributes akin to three New Zealand rugby stars, says Todd Blackadder.

Former Crusaders coach Todd Blackadders compares English first-five eighth to Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett and Kieran Read.

Wallabies deluded, not that good

The Wallabies players spent plenty of time in Sydney waiting for the All Blacks to convert tries.

Clyde Rathbone has no soothing words for the Wallabies, just hard truths.

Another coaching blow for Lions

Warren Gatland might have to call on the services of his Wales assistant Rob Howley as coaching options thin for the ...

Options thin for Warren Gatland as Scotland's new mentor Gregor Townsend latest to rule himself out of touring NZ next year.

Dan Carter still has gas video

Dan Carter has mad a fast start to the new french season.

The 34-year-old shows incredible speed with this try-saving tackle to start new French season.

provincial

Taranaki not a happy hunting ground for Magpies

Taranaki's Mitchell Crosswell and Mike Kainga show the sort of hard work that will be needed against Hawke's Bay.

"They'll be well organised and they'll be ready to rip into us," Taranaki assistant coach Willie Rickards said.

Guildford cleared to play

Zac Guildford wearing his new team's strip outside the Sir Brian Lochore stand..

From professional rugby to Wairarapa Bush, Zac Guildford is happy to be back on the field.

Mystery around Guildford

Former All Black wing Zac Guildford has returned to the club this season.

Wairarapa Bush coach Josh Syms was not giving anything away ahead of their opening Heartland Championship match against King Country this weekend.

Todd back to boost champions

Canterbury and Crusaders flanker Matt Todd returns to provincial duty after being involved in the All Blacks ...

Matt Todd and Tom Sanders return to strengthen Canterbury loose trio

sevens

Aussie and Japan on 7s circuit

New Zealand's Huriana Manuel crashes over to score a try against Australia in the women's sevens gold medal final at the ...

Two new venues for latest women's world series where NZ seek revenge on Australians.

Matilda, 7s strut for Jockey gallery video

Matilda Rice made her catwalk debut alongside NZ Sevens stars.

Wearing just her undies, The Bachelor winner Matilda Rice made her catwalk debut on Thursday night.

Tietjens plays waiting game

New Zealand men's sevens coach Gordon Tietjens said the loss of Sonny Bill Williams and Joe Webber with injury in the ...

Sir Gordon Tietjens has coached the NZ men's sevens team for 22 years. After Rio his future is uncertain.

Why the Fijian rugby team bowed gallery

Princess Anne presents Gold medals to the Fijian Sevens Rugby Team at Rio.

The Sevens team's actions appeared to be an extraordinary show of respect to Princess Anne - but veteran sports reporter Alan Apted saw something more.  

super rugby

Australia, South Africa lose teams?

It is understood the ARU board spent time at its meeting last Thursday discussing the possibility that the preferred ...

Chops in new 16-team Super Rugby model presented to the Australian Rugby Union board.

Ryan in line up for Crusaders scrum job

Canterbury assistant coach Jason Ryan is in contention to continue his association with Scott Robertson at Super Rugby ...

Canterbury assistant coach Jason Ryan is in contention to join the Crusaders as forwards coach.

Hewett mulls switch to Canterbury

Dave Hewett didn't re-apply for the Crusaders' forwards coach's job, believing it is important to get head coaching ...

Often coaches use the NPC as a springboard to Super Rugby. Dave Hewett might try doing that in reverse.

Tana's mind games at Blues

Blues coach Tana Umaga with assistant coaches Glenn Moore, who is moving on, and Alistair Rogers.

Tana Umaga is combining two forwards roles into one next year to free up funds for a mental skills coach.

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