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opinion

England are the big threat

Former All Blacks coach Alex Wyllie said Wallabies coach Michael Cheika knew what he was doing with weird selections at Eden Park last week.

OPINION: England, Ireland, SA, Australia, and of course, the damned French threaten NZ at the RWC.

Sevens squad needs pace

OPINION: With two more star additions NZ could go from capable to within a whisker of an Olympic certainty.

Previous world cups show they do get it wrong

'Ref was unintentionally biased' video

super rugby

Hurricanes sign Lions loosie Fifita

Wellington loose forward Vaea Fifita in action during last season's national provincial championship.

Sacrifice and hard work have paid off for Wellington loose forward Vaea Fifita.

Super Rugby crisis in Japan

Expansion plans under threat as national coach Eddie Jones set to depart amid struggles to get players for a competitive team.

Crusaders boss Hamish Riach is looking for a new general manager to oversee professional rugby in the franchise.

Crusaders search for new GM

Crusaders going global in their search for a new off-field supremo to oversee Super Rugby franchise squad.

sevens

Top ref Joubert eyes Rio 2016

Craig Joubert has earned his reputation through decisive officiating and good communication skills.

Craig Joubert switches focus from 15s to sevens with a dream of officiating at next year's Olympics.

Tietjens starts long Olympic trial

SBW aside, it wasn't quite the star studded announcement NZ sevens coach Gordon Tietjens envisaged 18 months ago.

Bay of Plenty will continue to play host to the national tournament until 2018.

BOP keep sevens nationals until 2018

The national sevens tournament will remain in the Bay of Plenty until at least 2018, although the location could change during that time.

international

Wallabies lock in duo post RWC

David Pocock and Kurtley Beale have both committed their future to the Wallabies beyond the World Cup.

Flanker David Pocock and utility back Kurtley Beale re-sign national contracts in a coup for Australian Rugby Union.

Kiwi prop White makes late RWC bid

Former Waikato and Chiefs tighthead handed Ireland starting debut against Wales on eve of RWC squad announcement.

England Rugby's Twitter account mocked up Russell Crowe in an England jersey bearing Sam Burgess' name.

Crowe applauds Burgess selection

Hollywood star says it's a 'competitive decision' and warns All Blacks as England take Gladiator approach for Rugby World Cup.

all blacks

Top 10 RWC series: Tries video

Jonah Lomu on his way to scoring the first of his four tries in the 1995 Rugby World Cup semifinal against England.

3:17 PM  World Cups are often decided by penalties but there's been many memorable tries, too. We select our top 10.

Two halfbacks is enough - Bachop

Graeme Bachop is convinced the All Blacks selectors should be brave and take two halfbacks to England.

Nehe Milner-Skudder's pace, side-step and off-loading abilities make him something special, says Jonah Lomu.

Lomu tips Milner-Skudder to shine

Rookie All Blacks wing is 'lightning in a jar' according to the man who made his legend at the 1995 tournament.

provincial

Cullen nervous about debut

Christian Cullen in action for the Hurricanes back in 1996 in the inaugural Super Rugby match in Palmerston North.

4:37 PM  If you think the players will be nervous when taking the field in the national provincial championship on Saturday night, spare a thought for the commentator.

Code-hopping prop impresses

Not many teenagers walk away from the Melbourne Storm, but young prop Joe Apikotoa sees his future in rugby.

Beauden Barrett says he is as passionate as ever to play for Taranaki.

McKenzie injury means a swap for Barrett

Hometown hero Beauden Barrett admits the opportunity to turn out for Taranaki is a welcome distraction from the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad announcement on Sunday.

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