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opinion

Metro move a gamble

MONEY TALKS: Dan Carter will reportedly earn about $3 million per year by Racing Metro.

OPINION: French club should be nervous after signing the injury-prone All Black, writes Richard Knowler.

Arrogant fans hinder All Blacks

OPINION: The All Blacks are treated properly when they come to Europe but it's not a two-way thing.

Pocock should be lauded

XV without Retallick, ridiculous

super rugby

Sorry outcome for Foley-foiled Crusaders side

DENIED AT THE DEATH: Crusaders No 8 Kieran Read looks dejected after the red and blacks lost the Super Rugby final to the Waratahs in Sydney.

Bernard Foley weighs only 89kg but he had little reservations about kicking the mighty Crusaders where it hurts most.

Country jaunt for Highlanders

Central Otago provided the perfect pre-season training ground for the Highlanders this week.

CONNECT FOUR: After challenging Waikids patient Kareaha Paul, 12, Bryce Heem will take on Super Rugby for the first time next year.

Super Rugby start just what Heem hoped for

Bryce Heem is trading in Dubai, Las Vegas and Tokyo for Dunedin, Canberra and Durban, and he couldn't be happier.

sevens

New Zealand sevens hit both highs and lows

TWELVE TIMES: New Zealand won yet another sevens world series title in 2014.

The New Zealand sevens team hit some near historic highs during 2014, as well as some historic lows.

Draw made for Wellington sevens

New Zealand pooled with England, Canada and Papua New Guinea for Wellington leg of World Series.

FINDING FORM: DJ Forbes is leading his New Zealand Sevens team up the world series table.

SA prove sevens not easy

Master coach Gordon Tietjens has said it for years, but perhaps people are starting to believe him.

international

Toulon boss threatens fans with legal action

FURIOUS: Toulon boss Mourad Boudjellal has threatened legal action against Leicester Tigers supporters whose testimony led to Delon Armitage's 12-week suspension.

A furious Mourad Boudjellal threatens legal action against supporters of English rugby club over star player's suspension.

Aussie duo on the move

Wallabies back Adam Ashley-Cooper and former captain James Horwill announce post-World Cup moves to Europe.

UNFAZED: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika isn't concerned about a mass exodus of players overseas after next year's Rugby World Cup.

Cheika unfazed by exodus

Wallabies coach not worried about prospect of mass exodus of stars after next year's Rugby World Cup.

all blacks

Retallick the All Blacks' driving force of 2014

SO CLOSE: Brodie Retallick tries to touch down for the All Blacks against the Wallabies at Eden Park.

Brodie Retallick was the power under the hood of the All Blacks 2014 season, a big young man with an enormous engine.

Awe and envy over Carter deal video

Awe and envy were the general sentiments in European rugby as Dan Carter signed his record deal with French club Racing Metro, though there was an acceptance that the All Blacks superstar deserves his looming riches.

BUSY TIME AHEAD: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is ready to put rugby to the side and spend some much needed time with his family before next year's Rugby World Cup.

Rugby-free holiday for the All Blacks coach

Steve Hansen will probably have a book or a fishing rod in his hand in the New Year.

provincial

Perfect farewell for Glenn Moore in Heartland

VICTORIOUS: 2014 Meads Cup champions Mid Canterbury.

Defending champions Mid Canterbury timed their Meads Cup run to perfection but it was not without some nervous moments.

Va’a appointed Lions coach

Wellington rugby drop bombshell by hiring former Samoan first five-eighth as new Lions coach.

NEW MAN: Former Samoan first five-eighth Earl Va'a has been appointed as the team's head coach for 2015.

Earl Va'a appointment at Wellington a shock

Wellington Rugby Union drop a bombshell that's sure to further confound their wary stakeholders.