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Knowler: No time to dwell on Heinz's unlucky break

OUCH: The broken leg suffered by Willi Heinz will force the Crusaders coaches to test to the depth of their squad.

OPINION: Few things are certain in Super Rugby but injuries come with an iron-clad guarantee, as the Crusaders discovered.

Gifford: Ali Williams' clowning masked rugby skills

OPINION: Not everyone will miss the comical Ali Williams, who has packed up his clown kit and retired from rugby.

Canes fans needn't be concerned

How about a Kiwi Twickers?

super rugby

Rugby prospects save Li from conviction

Blues wing Tevita Li has been discharged without conviction for a drink driving offence.

Caught drink driving, Blues player with All Blacks potential has learnt his lesson, judge says.

Duo's early return gives pre-season boost

Prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen and flanker Ardie Savea features of Hurricanes starting side to play Crusaders in pre-season match.

HAMISH RIACH: "It is true the players were consulted as part of that process but that was only one stage of it."

Riach denies player pressure in Fiji cancellation

Crusaders board didn't bow to player pressure in decision to ditch plans for Super Rugby match in Fiji, chief executive says.

sevens

Banned player makes it back

Women's rugby sevens player Lavinia Gould has re-earned national honours after serving a two year ban for doping.

12:57 PM  NZ sevens star shows "her true character", re-earning national honours after serving two year doping ban.

Hectic off-season for All Blacks' Liam Messam

While taking his Christmas break, All Blacks loosie has been busy organising inaugural Messam Indigenous Sevens tournament.

Former Taranaki rugby player Warwick Lahmert.

Kiwi takes unexpected first step towards Olympics dream

Ex-NZ player's naming in England Wellington sevens squad first step towards a ticket to Rio 2016.

international

Hartley tackling 'red mist moments'

England hooker Dylan Hartley.

12:45 PM  NZ-born England hooker with a year's worth of bans seeks professional help to stop him seeing red.

Scotland can unite as band of brothers - coach

A Kiwi in their midst, but a tight-knit squad united around sibling locks a strength of Scotland.

Toulon player Steffon Armitage.

Armitage arrested over attack

European rugby 2014 player of the year questioned by police about assault committed at a boozy party.

all blacks

Sabbatical could keep Kaino on NZ Rugby books

All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino.

All Blacks flanker keen to stay in New Zealand - provided the best deal for his family is struck.

Faumuina wants to be top of the props for ABs

All Blacks prop motivated by more than money but admits it was hard to rebuff the euros on offer from Racing Metro.

NEED FOR SPEED: Frank Halai will leave New Zealand later this year to take up a deal with English club Wasps.

Wasps add some sting out wide with Halai signing

One-test All Black Frank Halai's deal with English club Wasps has been confirmed.

provincial

Stags' Boys signs with Irish club Ulster

MILESTONE: Tim Boys and his son Benson run onto the field in Christchurch for Boys' 100th game for Southland.

Tim Boys is heading to play in Ireland but is still likely to be back to play for the Stags in this season's provincial rugby campaign.

Bay of Plenty and Tonga halfback heads to Britain

Bay of Plenty and Tonga halfback Samisoni Fisilau has been signed by English second division club Jersey.

STAYING PUT: Elliot Dixon has extended his stay with the Southland Stags for another two seasons.

Dixon extends stay with Stags

The Stags hopes have received a major boost with Elliot Dixon extending his contract with Rugby Southland.

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