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opinion

Gifford: Burning questions rugby needs to answer

Chiefs playmaker Damian McKenzie looks to open up the game against the Bulls in Rotorua on Friday night.

OPINION: Phil Gifford identifies the issues with rugby that are keeping him awake at night.

Officials could derail ABs' World Cup campaign

OPINION: ABs' fate in England could be in the hands of rugby officials and that's a scary thought.

Reason: Community cut off

Robson: Rennie right to point out blatant error video

super rugby

Nanai-Williams says concussions are scary

Tim Nanai-Williams has experienced some of the problems concussion can bring about.

Tim Nanai-Williams says the high number of concussions this season has been a wake-up call.

Waratahs to appeal suspensions

Franchise boss plans appeals after two and four week bans given to players involved in foul play in Crusaders clash.

Mike FitzGerald, right, will be back to help the Chiefs take on the Highlanders in Invercargill this weekend.

Lock back but Chiefs' injury problems continue

The Chiefs will have at least one of their specialist locks back from injury to take on the Highlanders.

sevens

NZ win womens sevens title

New Zealand women's sevens star Charlotte Scanlan.

Sevens sisters have cruised to their third world series title with victory in the Amsterdam plate final.

Sevens sisters look to finish season on a high

There can be no more appropriate place for NZ to end their World Rugby Women's Sevens Series campaign on a high than in Amsterdam.

Honey Hireme had a strong opening day in Amsterdam.

New Zealand into Amsterdam Sevens quarters

Motivation is clearly lacking for the New Zealand Women's Sevens team in Amsterdam, with the world series title already safely packed in their carry-on baggage.

international

Jones keen for Thorn's hand video

Colourful Welsh prop Adam Jones is entering into the banter that comes with playing for the Barbarians.

Rugged Welsh rugby prop desperate to have ex-ABs star "shove his hand between my legs in the scrum".

Deans linked to Leinster

Former Wallabies and Crusaders coach listed at short odds to fill vacancy at Irish club.

Robbie Deans has hinted that a return to international rugby would tempt him most as he distances himself from links to Irish club Leinster.

Deans denies Leinster links

Sought-after Kiwi rugby coach loyal to Japan club, noting an international offer "would excite me more".

all blacks

Concussion adds further to Kieran Read's pain

Kieran Read also sat out several matches last season while recovering from concussion.

Crusaders and All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read is likely to miss the Hurricanes match in Nelson because of concussion suffered in loss to Waratahs.

Dan Carter ponders career for American audience

All Black test centurion Dan Carter has emulated a host of American sports stars in utilising a platform for athletes to reflect on their professional careers, in their own words.

Star winger Julian Savea celebrates scoring for the All Blacks.

All Blacks Savea, Retallick to stay in New Zealand

Two of the world's best players are set to pledge their commitment to the black jersey for the next four years.

provincial

Tuala comes up aces for Northampton

Counties Manukau utility back Ahsee Tuala will not be returning to the Steelers in 2015 after signing a contract extension with Northampton.

Counties Manukau utility back Ahsee Tuala has signed an extension to his deal at Northampton ruling out any chance of him playing for the Steelers this year.

O'Halloran to take his talents to Scotland

Manawatu rugby coach will be leaving to coach in Scotland at the end of the season.

Sean Botherway is looking to make an impression in his first season as Waikato coach.

Botherway names first Waikato 2015 NPC squad

Host of new players get chance to press claims to wear the red, yellow and black this season.

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