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Robson: ABs need Sopoaga video

Lima Sopoaga starred for the All Blacks in his debut test against the Springboks at Ellis Park but still missed the cut for the 31-man World Cup squad.

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga's non-selection in the All Blacks World Cup squad is hard to fathom.

Reason: England intend to bludgeon

OPINION: But at least the 2003 champs are likely to be competitive, which is more than we can say for sure about France.

Gifford: Dramatic ABs selection

Robson: Dagg, Jane out

super rugby

Feeney named Blues assistant

Auckland coach Paul Feeney will be an assistant to Tana Umaga with the Blues for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Tana Umaga adds Auckland provincial mentor Paul Feeney to complete his coaching setup for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Hurricanes sign Lions loosie Fifita

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

Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee wants to secure a sponsor for the franchise before Christmas

Sponsorship key to Canes growth

As a number of Hurricanes prepare for World Cup duty, the Wellington franchise is on the hunt for a sponsor.

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

Barritt, Joseph team up for England

Brad Barritt hasn't played for England since their 26-17 victory over Australia at Twickenham in November 2014.

7:45 AM  Hosts' probable World Cup midfield partnership will start together for the first time in final warm-up against Ireland.

Kiwis make Ireland RWC squad

New Zealanders Nathan White and Jared Payne may get the chance to face the All Blacks at the World Cup. 

Flanker John Hardie has turned his one international cap into a spot in Scotland's Rugby World Cup squad.

Hardie makes Scotland squad

Former Southland and Highlanders standout John Hardie will play in his first RWC - for Scotland.

all blacks

Reason: Grey day for NZ sport video

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key, right, is never one to miss a photo opportunity and is pictured here with All Blacks Ben Smith, left, and Luke Romano at the World Cup squad naming at Parliament on Sunday.

7:14 AM  OPINION: John Key is never one to miss a photo opportunity, writes Mark Reason.

Faumuina rebuilds neck for Cup

All Blacks prop feeling more and more at home on rugby pitch after injury layoff.

Charles Piutau is regarded as one of the unluckiest All Blacks to miss out on World Cup selection.

Axed All Blacks given hope

Twelve All Blacks will meet management on Thursday to discuss why they missed the World Cup cut.

provincial

Turbos kids tickets pricey

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Rugby Manawatu Turbos vs Waikato. Waikato player is Loni Uhila

8:22 AM  Children's trip to the rugby looks expensive.

Cost of supporting local rugby

Where are the cheapest - and most expensive - rugby tickets? The results are surprising.

Tasman Makos lock Marco Kotze in action during their pre-season rugby match against Otago at Trafalgar Park.

South African lock enjoys being a Mako

7:48 AM  It hasn't taken long for Marco Kotze to be reminded about the physical nature of New Zealand rugby.

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