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Gifford: Hurricanes look Super after another win

NOT STOPPING: Beauden Barrett on the attack against the Highlanders on Friday night.

OPINION: After five straight wins, the once brittle franchise has clearly found the formula for success.

Opinion: Super Rugby's three burning questions

OPINION: Hurricanes or Highlanders? And are Dan Carter's World Cup prospects being compromised?

Deans drops in as Grizz's gang reunite

Opinion: Super Rugby's three burning questions

super rugby

Blues coach Kirwan refuses to wave the white flag

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan remains hopeful that his team can still turn this thing around this season.

Sir John Kirwan acknowledges his struggling side has to win in Hamilton to have any chance of salvaging this Super Rugby season.

Bulls hold on for win over Crusaders

An intercept try by Grant Hattingh sealed the Bulls’ 31-19 win over the Crusaders in Pretoria on Sunday morning.

Sharks fullback SP Marais scored one try and set up another in his side's 15-9 win over Western Force.

Marais magic seals scrappy win for Sharks over Force

Fullback SP Marais scored one try and set up another as South Africa's Sharks secured an untidy 15-9 victory over the Western Force at King's Park.

sevens

NZ sevens side held to draw by Portugal

Scott Curry and his NZ team-mates came very close to a shock loss at the hands of Portugal at the Hong Kong Sevens.

Lack-lustre Kiwis pushed all the way in 24-24 draw with plucky Portuguese at Hong Kong Sevens.

NZ Sevens sisters forging sporting dynasty

Beaten just twice in world series history, team win fifth straight tournament in taking out US event.

WISE ONE: DJ Forbes, centre, will provide key experience for New Zealand in Hong Kong.

Old heads to guide rookies in Hong Kong

The atmosphere, city and stadium all combine to make for an experience like no other on the Sevens circuit.

international

England's Six Nations finish 'unacceptable'

Tom Youngs of England looks dejected at the end of the RBS Six Nations match between England and France.

England's fourth successive Six Nations runners-up finish is unacceptable RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie said.

Fitzpatrick to commentate at Rugby World Cup

All Blacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick has gained a place on the official Rugby World Cup broadcasting team.

STRONG BELIEFS: David Pocock's outspokeness could cost him a chance of captaining the Wallabies again, according to former test fullback, now TV commentator Greg Martin.

Pocock won't captain Wallabies again - Martin

David Pocock's principled stand against homophobia will cost him any chance of captaining Australia again.

all blacks

Big Dominic Bird's wings clipped with omission

WINGS CLIPPED: Dominic Bird, who was left out of the Crusaders' tour party to South Africa, takes a lineout throw during a pre-season match against the Hurricanes.

Dominic Bird's path back into the All Blacks has suddenly got slippery.

ABs stars ruining French rugby with flooded market

French rugby greats have lamented the decline in their game, blaming the influx of the overseas stars on their club competition

STAR POWER: A Men's Health Life website is claiming All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams takes "legal steroids" to maintain his athletic prowess, something his manager has swiftly poured cold water on.

Sonny Bill Williams targeted in "legal steroid" scam

A scam website claims All Blacks star takes "legal steroids" to maintain his athletic prowess. 

provincial

New blood on WRU board

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Two new men have been ushered on to the Wellington Rugby Union's board of directors.

Tough test first up

South Canterbury's new rugby coaches to face acid test first up in Heartland Championships.

There weren’t too many of these celebrations on the field for the Mooloos last season, and it was similar story off the park.

WRU stung by Chiefs' playoffs no-show

Lack of home playoff games contributes substantially to Waikato Rugby Union's net loss for 2014 financial year.

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