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Romantics should holler for Highlanders

A bloodied Alex Ainley typifies the spirit and verve in the Highlanders' unheralded forward pack on their march to the Super Rugby final.

OPINION: Southern folk choking on their cheese rolls have just two words to say about a Canes runaway: Alex Ainley.

Reason: We should back Canes

OPINION: The Highlanders may be everyone's second team, but NZ rugby needs them to lose.

Ref Review: Joubert No 16 video

Ban fans for kids sports safety

super rugby

Super-fan ready to win

Hurricanes super-fan Craig Werder has total faith in his dream team.

7:27 AM  Is this the Canes' biggest fan? He has $25k of paraphernalia.

My family or my team? Dilemma for Canes fan

Hurricanes fan whose son plays for Highlanders faces ultimate conflict of loyalties.

Ma'a Nonu, left, and Conrad Smith play their last games for the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Smith keeps a lid on emotions

Hurricanes captain plays down farewell factor as six players with combined 468-caps to play last game in final.

sevens

Canada Sevens set for mid-March in world series

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

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

Ponying up to save the Sevens video

Wellington Sevens will move to a Saturday-Sunday, team up with the Wellington Cup.

Members of Brazil's sevens teams play a match during the opening of a new rugby pitch which is installed on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Football-mad Brazil taking to rugby

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

international

O'Connor, Hunt left out of Wallabies squad

Queenslands Reds star James O'Connor is a shock omission from Miochael Cheika's 40-man Wallabies squad.

Big names were cut from coach Michael Cheika's 40-man extended Wallabies squad named in Brisbane. 

Folau confirms Japan move in off-season

Waratahs winger confirms he'll head to Japan at the end of this year to play for club side NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes.

Black Ferns fullback Selica Winiata scored a superb try in the dying stages of her side's 26-7 win over England.

Black Ferns thump England video

NZ women's rugby side enjoy morale-boosting 26-7 win over reigning world champion England.

all blacks

All Blacks ready to defy challenges

Richie McCaw and Steve Hansen watch training in Auckland ahead of the historic Samoa test.

8:01 AM  Steve Hansen is confident of overcoming the All Blacks' worst-case scenario in Samoa next week.

ABs add trio to training group

Tom Taylor, Charlie Ngatai and Seta Tamanivalu added to training group ahead of historic Samoa test.

Chiefs midfielder Seta Tamanivalu did enough for Taranaki in the NPC to impress All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

Hansen: Called-up ABs will play against Samoa

Steve Hansen has revealed that some of the reinforcements in the All Blacks squad will get to play against Samoa.

provincial

Ranfurly Shield clash in Napier

Horowhenua-Kapiti rugby union chief executive Corey Kennett, left, and rugby development officer Ryan Shelford are hoping the union's top side can win the Ranfurly Shield off Hawke's Bay later this month.

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

Foundation player Malneek is a true Mako man

Robbie Malneek probably bleeds shark blood. He is Mako through-and-through.

Jack Goodhue focused on ITM Cup for Cantabs

Fresh from lifting the Under-20 Rugby World Cup trophy in Italy, Jack Goodhue is now fully focused on becoming a regular feature in Canterbury's ITM cup starting line up.

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