Tietjens SOS to All Blacks


All Blacks wanted to bolster Sevens for Olympics

Rio de Janeiro seems a long way from a chilly summer night in Glasgow, but rugby sevens guru Gordon Tietjens has already sent out his wish list of stars for the next Olympics.

Palu ready for Read


Palu ready for No 8 battle with Read

Wycliff Palu only needed a glimpse of the Crusaders' clinical dissection of the Sharks to be reminded of Kieran Read's class before they face each other.

Tahs not beating own drum


Mehrtens: Waratahs are not beating own drum

The Waratahs have stopped telling everyone how good they are; and just set about proving it on the field this year. Andrew Mehrtens says the Crusaders must be wary.

Incredible 80m shot


South African nails incredible goalkick

It's at altitude and there's a bit of a tailwind, but this is still one heck of a shot at goal.

Enormous 80+ metres rugby kick

Enormous 80+ metres rugby kick

Cheetah U/19 player Gerrie Labuschagne launches a huge kick at Shimla Park stadium, Bloemfontein.

A sevens icon

A sevens icon

Sir Gordon Tietjens is New Zealand's legendary sevens coach with training techniques to scare the fittest players.

Former All Black's funeral

Former All Black's funeral

Former All Black, Kevin Skinner is farewelled by friends and family having passed away aged 86

Kevin Skinner punches Bekker


Kevin Skinner punches Jaap Bekker

Don Clarke talks about Kevin Skinner's infamous fight with Jaap Bekker in the third test of the historic 1956 Springbok tour of New Zealand.

Crusaders' shot at redemption

Richie McCaw Memory of that shock home defeat to the Sharks will help Todd Blackadder motivate his men.

Could be the Tahs' year

Those underachieving pretty boys of Australian rugby are finally delivering on their promise, writes Taine Randell.

Gifford: Crusaders bet is safe

Crusaders will upset Tahs

Franks seeking first title

Owen Franks It isn't just Jacques Potgieter that reminded Owen Franks of South Africa whenever he watched the Waratahs.

Castoffs goaded to win title

Steve Hansen provides motivation for Crusaders who didn't make ABs to win Super Rugby title this weekend.

Chiefs sign Skelton's brother

Substance behind the flash

Tahs not beating own drum

The Waratahs have stopped telling everyone how good they are; and just set about proving it on the field.

Sevens booze ban?

Wellington Sevens The antics of drunken revellers mean tighter booze controls for next year's tournament.

Hansen pledges help for Rio

All Blacks coach says his team will do what they can to support NZ's bid for sevens Olympic gold.

Inexperience and errors costly

NZ to play for sevens gold

NZ 7s denied Super-men

The seemingly never-ending Super Rugby competition denied coach Gordon Tietjens any star power in Glasgow.

Marker for Wallabies success

Ewen McKenzie Coach says an Aussie side winning Super Rugby crown would be ''as good as it gets'' for the Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup prospects.

Chiefs' loss is Wallabies' gain

He sidestepped the Chiefs, figuratively and literally - and now Henry Speight is on the cusp of becoming a Wallaby.

Uncapped Speight called-up

Springboks look to old faces

Hayman to captain Toulon

Former All Blacks prop Carl Hayman has been named captain of champion European rugby club Toulon.

Hansen keen on re-signing Smith

Wayne Smith All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is leaving the door open for Wayne Smith to return to the coaching team.

Smith to face Turbos

Conrad Smith is likely to test out his broken thumb for Wellington against Manawatu in a pre-NPC game.

Luatua responds to wake-up call

Hansen OK as his stars realign

Luatua heeds 'wake-up call'

Steven Luatua has responded to coach Steve Hansen's "wake-up call" by winning back his place in the All Blacks.

Stags hopefuls get last chance

Stags The Stags 2014 squad is expected to be named in the next two days, with the decision-makers to take one final look at the video from games played at the weekend.

Time to stake claim for NPC

Establishing combinations will be the top priority as Taranaki take the field for their first 2014 outing.

Ferdinand on alternate strip

Cooper rewards club form

Cowan set to swim with Makos

Former All Black Jimmy Cowan is set to rekindle his New Zealand playing career with the Tasman Makos.

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