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Taranaki attack NPC final with A-grade team

Taranaki will be at full strength for tomorrow's National Provincial Championship premiership final against the Tasman Makos.

Pack power pushes Manawatu

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Pack power sets up Manawatu backs for push

In an ideal world, tonight's Championship rugby final would be pitting two of the finer fullbacks in the land this season against one another.

Singapore bid conceding loss

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Singapore Super Rugby bid conceding defeat

Singapore has effectively conceded it has lost out to Japan to become the 18th Super Rugby side.

Folau awarded John Eales Medal

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Israel Folau fourth back to win the Eales Medal

Game-breaking fullback Israel Folau's value to rugby union has been underlined on Thursday, winning John Eales Medal.

Rugby's first <br>'own try'

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Rugby's first 'own try'

A defensive scramble and too much yellow clothing results in joy, then mass confusion as rugby's first 'own try' is awarded.

Kurtley Beale in mid-air argument

Kurtley Beale in mid-air argument

Wallabies back Kurtley Beale has had a verbal argument with team official Di Patston on a flight to San Paulo culminating in the business manager returning early to Australia.

Barrett lasered <br>in La Plata

Beauden Barrett lasered

A laser was used during the All Blacks versus Argentina as Beauden Barrett lined up a conversion in the first-half.

Fans, get to Yarrow Stadium

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Fans, get to Yarrow Stadium

Taranaki captain James Marshall is calling for the Taranaki public to get to Yarrow Stadium for their Friday night clash against Auckland.

SBW needs to stick with rugby

Sonny Bill Williams Supremely gifted star in danger of being a jack of all trades and master of none. Mains: SBW 'mercenary'

Taranaki's point to prove

There is no better place to host the NPC final than in a true rugby blooded province of Taranaki, says Ian Snook.

Reason: These ABs are special

Right call is tough on Slade

Fruean linked with Crusaders

Robbie Fruean With Robbie Fruean squeezed out of the Chiefs side, rumours of a return to Addington are gaining traction.

Highlanders boost Tasman stocks

Tasman will have a hefty influence in Dunedin next year after two more Makos and a Taranaki flyer signed up.

ABs to miss early Super Rugby

Rennie seeks another halfback

Japanese bid hits snag

Sanzar's partners understood to have second thoughts about Tokyo-based team entering the competition.

New sevens comp for NZ women

Kayla McAlister The new national Women's Sevens Series will begin in Taupo next month, bringing together the top 60 players in NZ.

Sevens steroid 'concoction' find

Fast-improving Kenya rugby sevens team found to have been taking steroids before and after training.

NZR gets tough on eligibility

Tietjens not panicking yet

Rookies added to NZ Sevens

Gordon Tietjens has named two rookies in his New Zealand squad for the Gold Coast Sevens this weekend.

Cheika has say on Beale

Michael Cheika Wallabies coach doing everything he can to keep playmaker in Aussie rugby, but wants to let hearing play out.

Soldier powers up England

Meet Lance Corporal Samesa Rokoduguni. He's a strong, fast-running wing with the All Blacks in his sights.

High praise for Jared Payne

Cheika up for massive challenge

Cotter aims to lift Scotland

Scotland's New Zealand coach Vern Cotter wasn't dodging the realities of tangling with the All Blacks as he named a new squad, including Kiwi Sean Maitland, for next month's internationals.

ABs depth key, says Deans

Robbie Deans Former Wallabies coach expects ABs investment in a second tier of test-ready players to pay dividends.

Canadian teen's ABs dream

Rugby-mad teenager who has survived cancer to see her biggest All Blacks dream come true.

Ngatai to lead NZ Maori

'Celebrity' hurts Wallabies

SBW labelled a 'mercenary'

Laurie Mains speaks on Sonny Bill Williams and whether Julian Savea is better than Jonah Lomu.

Lions sign young guns

Malo Tuitama Wellington Rugby has taken the unusual step of signing up schoolboys TJ Va'a and Malo Tuitama to professional contracts.

Duo tie for player of year

James Broadhurst and Seta Tamanivalu have shared the Taranaki player of the year honours for 2014.

Makos eye fairytale ending

Expect better in 2014

From big dream to nightmare

There was no confusion about what Wellington thought they'd do this year - win the NPC final.

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