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First XV: Players NZ snared

Sonny Bill Williams and Tana Umaga miss out in the midfield in this Samoan All Blacks first XV.

OPINION: No room for Umaga or SBW, revealing the embarrassment of NZ rugby's Samoan talent riches.

Canes tense up under weight of history

OPINION: The Hurricanes fluffed their lines on the big stage, leaving a familiar feeling in the capital.

Highlanders, 'team of destiny' gallery video

Highlanders Super Rugby's comeback kings gallery video

super rugby

Hurricanes coach proud of season

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd believes his team are set up well for another tilt at the Super Rugby title next season.

Chris Boyd blames basic handling errors for his side's heartbreaking Super Rugby final loss to the Highlanders.

Hurricanes snare Ahki from Blues

North Harbour midfielder pens two-year deal with franchise to leave coach Chris Boyd's roster for next season all but full.

Beauden Barrett and Lima Sopoaga went head-to-head in the Super Rugby final in Wellington on Saturday night.

1st5R: Rating Super playmakers - Season finale video

Lima Sopoaga's calm, assured display in the Highlanders No 10 jersey saw him edge Hurricanes rival Beauden Barrett.

sevens

Day passes back to attract sevens fans

New Zealand's Rieko Ioane scores a try in the cup semifinal against South Africa in front of plenty of empty seats.

Prices have been cut, and day passes brought back in a bid to lure sevens fans back to Wellington in January.

Football-mad Brazil taking to rugby

Interest in oval ball code rising in football-mad nation since sevens earned place in Rio Olympic Games.

The Fiji team celebrate after winning round eight of the HSBC Sevens World series in Glasgow.

Canada Sevens set for mid-March in world series

Inaugural Canadian round of the Sevens World Series will take place in Vancouver on March 12-13.

international

Skeen looking to press his claims

Waikato lock Jacob Skeen is hoping to make an impression in the Maori All Blacks squad over the next few weeks.

After just one season in the ITM Cup, Jacob Skeen now has an opportunity to play at international level.

De Villiers ruled fit to play video

Springboks centre who feared he may not walk unaided again deemed match-fit for World XV game.

Samoa perform the Siva Tau ahead of their 2011 Rugby World Cup pool match against Wales in Hamilton.

Haka vs Siva Tau - the challenge video

It "stiffens the sinew and summons the blood", so just how will the All Blacks and Samoa pre-test rituals play out?

all blacks

McCaw says ABs have a job to do

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw speaks to fans following a parade through the main streets of Apia on Tuesday.

All Blacks skipper wants troops to match Samoans when it comes to passion in Wednesday's test.

All Blacks in traditional dress gallery video

Samoa rugby fans flock to All Blacks parade, but it's the PM who steals the show with not-so-subtle jibes.

Sonny Bill Williams and Tana Umaga miss out in the midfield in this Samoan All Blacks first XV.

First XV: Players NZ snared

OPINION: No room for Umaga or SBW, revealing the embarrassment of NZ rugby's Samoan talent riches.

provincial

New challenge for world champs

New Zealand Under-20 players Atu Moli, Steven Misa, Tau Koloamatangi, Harrison Levien and Mitch Jacobson get together at Waikato Stadium where they hope to be turning out for Waikato this year in the ITM Cup.

With a world title in the bag, there's a new challenge on the horizon.

Ranfurly Shield clash in Napier

Horowhenua-Kapiti rugby players are hoping to win the shield off Hawke's Bay this month.

New Waikato Rugby Union general manager Blair Foote is getting to grips with his new role.

Foote thrives in Mooloo mould

New Waikato Rugby Union general manager embracing the challenges of a role in the sport he loves.

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