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We should be rooting for Canes

Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith kicks more than any other halfback in the Super Rugby competition.

5:00 AM  OPINION: The Hurricanes are the team playing edge-of-your-seat footy and deserve to be champions.

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Waratahs fans up-in-arms over referee calls in semifinal, but did the Highlanders really have a 16th man?

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super rugby

Fans brave cold for tickets

Highlanders fan David Cassie, left, was braving the cold as well as the taunts of Hurricanes fan Nathan Uriarau as they both queued for tickets outside Te Papa on Tuesday night.

Lines form at Te Papa, 15 hours before second-chance rugby tickets go on sale.

Canes jersey drought

5:00 AM  Wellington shops run out of jerseys, after failing to predict the team's success.

Rugby fans keen to get their hands on a ticket to the Hurricanes vs Highlanders rugby game have gone online to try their luck.

Rugby scalper sabotage bids

Angry fans are striking back at scalpers with absurdly priced bids, including one of $56m.

sevens

Canada Sevens set for mid-March in world series

The Fiji team celebrate after winning round eight of the HSBC Sevens World series in Glasgow.

Inaugural Canadian round of the Sevens World Series will take place in Vancouver on March 12-13.

Ponying up to save the Sevens video

Wellington Sevens will move to a Saturday-Sunday, team up with the Wellington Cup.

Members of Brazil's sevens teams play a match during the opening of a new rugby pitch which is installed on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Football-mad Brazil taking to rugby

Interest in oval ball code rising in football-mad nation since sevens earned place in Rio Olympic Games.

international

Ioane brothers among new Maori AB caps

Blues flyer Rieko Ioane is one of 10 new caps in the Maori All Blacks squad named in Wellington on Tuesday.

Chiefs midfield back named captain for games against Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians next month.

Treviranus to captain Samoa against ABs

Flanker Ofisa Treviranus named Samoa captain against NZ and for the Rugby World Cup.

Springbok Fourie Du Preez is in doubt for the Rugby World Cup after tearing medial ligaments in his knee.

Du Preez injury adds to Springbok woes

Halfback faces six weeks on sidelines with knee injury in the latest blow to Springboks ahead of RWC.

all blacks

Berryman tribute from other Norm

Norm Berryman's trademark infectious smile lights up a Crusaders training session in 2000.

Norm Berryman and Norm Maxwell shared more than the same first name and Northland heritage.

Kerr-Barlow's returns after hard slog

All Blacks halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow made his return via Waikato club rugby after eight months of hard work to rehab a horrific leg injury.

Members of the Wanneroo Districts Rugby Club placed a chair and pair of gumboots in the position where former All Black Norm Berryman used to spectate.

Berryman tribute ahead of funeral

A pair of gumboots and a foldaway chair were placed behind the dead ball line at Tompkins Park in Perth.

provincial

Jack Goodhue focused on ITM Cup for Cantabs

Jack Goodhue has had a busy year, winning the Under 20 World Cup, playing for the All Black sevens and representing Canterbury in the ITM cup

5:00 AM  Fresh from lifting the Under-20 Rugby World Cup trophy in Italy, Jack Goodhue is now fully focused on becoming a regular feature in Canterbury's ITM cup starting line up.

Umaga has unfinished business with Counties

Tana Umaga has unfinished business with Counties Manukau before he joins the Blues while the union is in no rush to find his replacement.

Manukau's Tuatalatau Kaivelta is out of steam after his game but Auckland club rugby numbers are on the decline.

Auckland club rugby facing a teenage exodus

Club rugby in Auckland is facing a major crisis with teenagers turning their back on the game and local institutions struggling to survive.

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