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Hinton: Smith needs to play fullback

Is it time for Highlanders star Ben Smith to be restored to his favoured position of fullback for the All Blacks?

OPINION: It's time for the All Blacks coach to play Ben Smith in his best position, writes Marc Hinton.

Quartet of first fives possible?

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga just made things a whole lot more interesting ahead of the World Cup.

All Blacks player ratings

Sopoaga, Piutau press claims

super rugby

Laumape shapes as perfect fit for Hurricanes video

Code-hopper Ngani Laumape bursts through the Manly Sea Eagles defence for the Warriors earlier this season.

Code-hopper's physique is a little like Ma'a Nonu's, the midfield wrecking ball he is set to replace in Wellington.

King Carlos claims to Blues job video

OPINION: Super Rugby franchise could do worse than inject exAll Black into their coaching ranks.

Northland first five-eighth Dan Hawkins has signed a one-year deal with the Melbourne Rebels.

Hawkins chuffed to ink deal with Melbourne Rebels

Not long ago he was drinking double browns in Picton. Now Northland's first-five has signed with the Rebels.

sevens

Six-match series for NZ Sevens

DJ Forbes and the New Zealand Sevens team will play Australia in a six-match series.

High quality preparation lined up ahead of new world series season in form of six-match series against Australia in September.

Cooper to launch Rio sevens bid - report

Wallabies star looks set to back out of a move to French club Toulon and stay at home with hope of making Australia's Olympic rugby sevens team.

Fijian-born Wallabies wing Henry Speight will be a natural in the sevens game.

Speight signing shows intent

Australia's sevens programme receives mighty boost for Rio 2016 hopes with Fijian-born wing joining team next season.

international

War of words between Australia and Toulon owner

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika: "He's entitled to say what he likes about what he wants to do. That's fine, but I don't think those analogies are really necessary."

1:56 AM  Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has taken exception to the trash-talking of Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal.

Boks' De Villiers poised for return against Pumas

1:49 AM  Jean de Villiers set to make his return for South Africa when they face Argentina in their final Rugby Championship test.

Australian openside flanker Michael Hooper is confident of beating a striking charge after allegedly punching Argentine five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez.

Wallabies' Hooper hopeful of playing All Blacks

1:51 AM  Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper has arrived home confident of being cleared of foul play.

all blacks

Fox seeks mental edge in ABs

All Blacks selector Grant Fox with coach Steve Hansen at Eden Park in 2014.

All Blacks selector talks about what it takes to pick the world's best team, saying it's not all physical.

Hinton: Smith needs to play fullback

OPINION: It's time for the All Blacks coach to play Ben Smith in his best position, writes Marc Hinton.

The lineout in question. All Blacks captain Richie McCaw snares the throw to charge over for the touchdown.

SA unhappy with McCaw try video

Leading referee among chorus of claims All Blacks' sensational match-winning lineout move illegal.

provincial

McIntyre back for red and blacks nine years later

Cameron McIntyre will play for Canterbury in 2015.

It never registered with Cameron McIntyre that 15 years had elapsed since his Canterbury debut.

Chance for new players to shine

The payoff for compelling club form is about to be rewarded as the Tasman Makos rugby selectors cast their eye over the province's emerging talent.

Luke Whitelock will captain Canterbury in 2015, after brother George held the role from 2009 to 2013.

Whitelock follows family tradition

One-cap All Black will follow in older brother George's footsteps as captain of Canterbury's provincial rugby team.

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