Hurricanes left battered and blue

TJ Perenara after sustaining an injury against the Blues.

A few injury concerns in Hurricanes camp after going down to the Blues.

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.

Legacy to benefit Lomu's sons

The late Jonah Lomu.

Jonah Lomu has left his lawyer in charge of his finances, according to a report.

Force too good for Dragons

Wing Luke Morahan scored twice as the Western Force defeated the Asia Pacific Dragons 34-26 to conclude their preseason.

5:47 AM  Western Force down Asia Pacific Dragons 34-26 in Perth, ending their preseason campaign on a high.

Defending Super Rugby

Super Rugby bosses have gone on the front foot to defend the controversial expansion this year.

Sanzaar boss and NZ executive front foot widespread criticism - but is it too late?

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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.

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.

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.

Legacy to benefit Lomu's sons

Jonah Lomu has left his lawyer in charge of his finances, according to a report.

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw secures his commercial fixed wing pilot's licence

McCaw now licensed to fly

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

international

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.

6:32 AM  Maxime Medard's second-half try inspires France to their first victory over Ireland in five years.

Ali: How the spirits robbed me

Injury-prone All Black reveals the lengths he went to stay on the field, including palm-healing.

Halfback Ben Youngs has been promoted to the No 9 jersey for England's Six Nations match against Italy.

Trio return to start for England video

Ben Youngs, Mako Vunipola and Courtney Lawes will return to England's starting team to play Italy.

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

Force too good for Dragons

Wing Luke Morahan scored twice as the Western Force defeated the Asia Pacific Dragons 34-26 to conclude their preseason.

5:47 AM  Western Force down Asia Pacific Dragons 34-26 in Perth, ending their preseason campaign on a high.

Brumbies easily outclass Reds

Thanks to a jersey clash of epic proportions, the Reds andBrumbies at least looked the same.

George Moala is tackled by Ngani Laumape.

Hurricanes left battered and blue

A few injury concerns in Hurricanes camp after going down to the Blues.

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