Rugby

Scrum rock a big loss for ABs

 

All Blacks scrum rock Tony Woodcock a big loss

Tony Woodcock could be forgiven for feeling undervalued. Only in his absence is his importance to the All Blacks genuinely appreciated.

Blackadder miffed by venue switch

 

Blackadder can't believe Waratahs agreed to shift

The Crusaders coach cannot believe the Waratahs have ditched their fortress to chase the almighty dollar.

Ryan Crotty calm and ready

 

Ryan Crotty calm and ready for Sydney cauldron

He barely blinked on the bumpy flight over the Southern Alps and Ryan Crotty isn't worried about what lies ahead in Sydney, either.

Can Tahs end another crusade?

 

Lets back our Waratahs to end another crusade

Let's see the Crusader's quiet intensity, and raise them raucous joy.

Enormous 80+ metres rugby kick

Enormous 80+ metres rugby kick

Cheetah U/19 player Gerrie Labuschagne launches a huge kick at Shimla Park stadium, Bloemfontein.

A sevens icon

A sevens icon

Sir Gordon Tietjens is New Zealand's legendary sevens coach with training techniques to scare the fittest players.

Former All Black's funeral

Former All Black's funeral

Former All Black, Kevin Skinner is farewelled by friends and family having passed away aged 86

Kevin Skinner punches Bekker

 

Kevin Skinner punches Jaap Bekker

Don Clarke talks about Kevin Skinner's infamous fight with Jaap Bekker in the third test of the historic 1956 Springbok tour of New Zealand.

Crusaders' shot at redemption

Richie McCaw Memory of that shock home defeat to the Sharks will help Todd Blackadder motivate his men.

Could be the Tahs' year

Those underachieving pretty boys of Australian rugby are finally delivering on their promise, writes Taine Randell.

Gifford: Crusaders bet is safe

Crusaders will upset Tahs

Nadolo could haunt Waratahs

Nemani Nadolo Nemani Nadolo's Australian accent is one sign the Waratahs' decision to let him go could haunt them.

Pain finally easing

''What are you going to do now that you're retired?'' he was asked. ''I'm not retired,'' Waratahs forward Stephen Hoiles said.

Kamikaze cool down key

Slade primed for big night

Tahs not beating own drum

The Waratahs have stopped telling everyone how good they are; and just set about proving it on the field.

All Blacks keen to play sevens

Conrad Smith All Blacks centre Conrad Smith has indicated most players are crystal clear on the issue of playing in the Olympics.

Opinions divided over sevens

NZ rugby divided on how many top players should be made available for the Olympics.

Tietjens sends SOS to All Blacks

Sevens booze ban?

NZ 7s denied Super-men

The seemingly never-ending Super Rugby competition denied coach Gordon Tietjens any star power in Glasgow.

Ex-coach puts boot into SA

Nick Mallet A week after Carlos Spencer has a crack at South Africa rugby style, ex-Springboks coach follows suit.

Hayman to captain Toulon

Former All Blacks prop Carl Hayman has been named captain of champion European rugby club Toulon.

Marker for Wallabies success

Chiefs' loss is Wallabies' gain

Betham called in for Aussies

NSW Waratahs and former Tasman winger Peter Betham will join the Wallabies' Rugby Championship squad.

Do ABs have a Super quota?

matt todd strap John David wonders what's behind the omission of some key Crusaders in the All Blacks team.

Luatua heeds 'wake-up call'

Steven Luatua has responded to coach Steve Hansen's "wake-up call" by winning back his place in the All Blacks.

Hansen keen on re-signing Smith

Castoffs goaded to win title

Smith back on the park

ABs centre confirms his return for Wellington on Friday and hinted a contract extension with NZ Rugby is imminent.

Barrett knocked out

Kane barrett Taranaki captain Kane Barrett looks set to miss the start of the national provincial championship.

Smith to face Turbos

Conrad Smith is likely to test out his broken thumb for Wellington against Manawatu in a pre-NPC game.

Stags hopefuls get last chance

Time to stake claim for NPC

Cowan set to swim with Makos

Former All Black Jimmy Cowan is set to rekindle his New Zealand playing career with the Tasman Makos.

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