Hurricanes stalled for now

Blindside flanker Brad Shields eventually left Eketahuna in a moonboot after getting injured against the Blues.

Hurricanes look awful and have plenty to do before the Super Rugby season starts.

Convert's successful return

Ngani Laumape played his first game of rugby since 2011 in the Hurricanes' preseason loss to the Blues in Eketahuna after converting back to the code from league.

The Hurricanes got hammered but league-convert was just pleased to get through the game unscathed.

France come to life in win

France's Maxime Medard (No 15) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the only try of their 10-9 victory over Ireland.

Maxime Medard's second-half try inspires France to their first victory over Ireland in five years.

Wales find second-half spark

Wing George North sprints over the line to score Wales' third and match-clinching try in a four-point win over Scotland.

Wales extend Scotland's losing Six Nations run to nine matches with two second-half tries.

Hansen a worthy winner

Mike Hesson's Black Caps side made the World Cup final before falling to Australia.

OPINION: Steve Hansen pulled all the right strings in 2015 and will be named Coach of the Year.

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opinion

Gifford: Nobody ready to be pros

George Leaupepe, scoring Western Samoa's match-winning try over Argentina at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, was found guilty this week of cultivating cannabis, which he says was for personal use to relieve pain from old playing injuries. Leaupepe says he's been struggling to make a decent living and feels rugby left him on the scrapheap.

OPINION: 'Lost boy' George Leaupepe is one of the playing pioneers who signed the first cash contracts.

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OPINION: The New Zealand 'eights team' needs to be ready to face the music for fielding that extra player.

Hinton: Super fears mediocrity

Gifford: Ioane the future

all blacks

Hansen a worthy winner

Mike Hesson's Black Caps side made the World Cup final before falling to Australia.

OPINION: Steve Hansen pulled all the right strings in 2015 and will be named Coach of the Year.

McCaw now licensed to fly

Life after rugby continues apace for the high-flying All Blacks legend.

Malakai Fekitoa and Caroline McNaught at the 2014 Rugby Awards.

Fekitoa splits from girlfriend

All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa has split with his partner Caroline McNaught, according to reports.

international

Gatland's Wales edges Cotter's Scots

Wales' George North (centre) celebrates his try in a 27-23 win over Scotland in Cardiff.

Warren Gatland's Wales beat Vern Cotter's Scotland as two Kiwi coaches clashed in Sunday's Six Nations rugby round.

France come to life in win

Maxime Medard's second-half try inspires France to their first victory over Ireland in five years.

Wing George North sprints over the line to score Wales' third and match-clinching try in a four-point win over Scotland.

Wales find second-half spark

Wales extend Scotland's losing Six Nations run to nine matches with two second-half tries.

provincial

Rugby host humbled by visit video

Peter Tetai.

Peter Tetai unable to conduct role for first time in 35 years.

Rates to fund rugby team

Wellington ratepayers asked to cough up $250,000 for provincial side's sponsorship deal.

Jarrod Firth has signed with Glasgow until 2018.

Firth joins Glasgow Warriors

Former Chiefs and Counties Manukau prop Jarrod Firth signs with Scottish club.

sevens

World Rugby clears NZ sevens

World Rugby have cleared New Zealand of wrongdoing after they had eight players on the field when they scored a post-siren try to snatch a draw with Australia at the Sydney Sevens.

Kiwis escape disciplinary action for having eight players on field during draw with Australia in Sydney.

Eight into seven doesn't go video

OPINION: The New Zealand 'eights team' needs to be ready to face the music for fielding that extra player.

All Black Sevens playmaker Augustine Pulu suffered an arm injury during the semifinal win over Fiji at the Sydney leg of the World Series on Sunday.

Pulu hamstrung by broken arm

NZ Sevens dynamo Augustine Pulu faces extended lay-off after breaking his arm in Sydney Sevens.

super rugby

Hurricanes stalled for now

Blindside flanker Brad Shields eventually left Eketahuna in a moonboot after getting injured against the Blues.

Hurricanes look awful and have plenty to do before the Super Rugby season starts.

Chiefs search for improvement

They managed a win in their first pre-season hitout, but the Chiefs have plenty to work on.

Ngani Laumape played his first game of rugby since 2011 in the Hurricanes' preseason loss to the Blues in Eketahuna after converting back to the code from league.

Convert's successful 'Canes return

The Hurricanes may have got hammered but league-convert Ngani Laumape was just pleased to get through the game unscathed.

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