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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

super rugby

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.

sevens

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.

international

Boks plan 'homefield advantage'

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

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

Hardie makes Scotland squad

Former Southland and Highlanders standout John Hardie will play in his first RWC - for Scotland.

Brad Barritt hasn't played for England since their 26-17 victory over Australia at Twickenham in November 2014.

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.

all blacks

Challenge laid down to ABs

All Blacks midfielder Malakai Fekitoa (with ball) goes through some warm up stretches during training session at the Hutt Recreation Ground in Wellington.

Three days isn't long, but it was enough for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to make his point.

Hansen shows cross-code empathy

All Blacks coach shows cross-code empathy for embattled Warriors coach Andrew McFadden.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15:  Colin Slade of the All Blacks looks on during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Stress: The ABs' toughest opponent

Feeling challenged at the World Cup could bring out the best, but stress will do the opposite.

provincial

Ngatai leads Taranaki to win

Charlie Ngatai was one of few players to standout on Wednesday night.

Charlie Ngatai has rescued the NPC champions from a fourth straight defeat against Counties.

Bedwell-Curtis takes over Turbos reins

Manawatu captain Callum Gibbins out injured for rugby clash with Canterbury.

Taranaki banter billboards are popping up around the country.

Banter billboards rally the provinces

The battle lines have been drawn for Taranaki's upcoming rugby clash with Manawatu. 

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