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Review: Ref's mistake blows full time on Blues

TOUGH LUCK: Sarel Pretorius from the Cheetahs celebrates his try during his side's win over the Blues in Bloemfontein on Saturday morning.

OPINION: Referee Rohan Hoffman cops criticism after penalising the Blues late in their loss to the Cheetahs on Saturday morning.

Fans vent as Crusaders capitulate against Chiefs

OPINION: Backlash following defeat to Chiefs brutal. Some of the abuse vitriolic, some measured. Little missed its target.

Stars keep slipping through Blues' fingers

Opinion: Cane you believe the hype?

super rugby

Kirwan remains optimistic despite Blues' poor start to season

LONG WAY TO GO: Blues coach Sir John Kirwan says his team just need little things to go right for them.

Sir John Kirwan has remained steadfastly positive despite the Blues’ trials and tribulations so far this season.

Ranger to leave French rugby and join the Blues

Former All Black granted early release from Montpellier and expected to be back in Auckland by the middle of the year.

TOP OF THE LIST: Benn Robinson will overtake Phil Waugh as the Waratahs' most-capped player when he takes the field for his 137th match, against the Queensland Reds.

Prop Benn Robinson set for Waratahs milestone

Benn Robinson can barely believe he will become the NSW Waratahs' most-capped player in Saturday night's Super Rugby derby against Queensland.

sevens

Samoan PM unleashes on sevens stars

STINGING WORDS: Samoan PM Tuilaepa Sa’ilele has come out swinging at his country's 'lazy' sevens players.

Tuilaepa Sa’ilele comes out swinging at 'lazy' sevens players whose performances are an 'eyesore'.

Vancouver secures rugby sevens series leg

World Rugby expands sevens season with a 10th tournament added to the calendar next year.

TIM MIKKELSON: ‘‘It was definitely an easy decision with the Olympics around the corner.’’

Mikkelson extends contract with NZ sevens team

NZ Sevens player and former world player of the year re-signs contract through to the Rio Olympic Games.

international

Ireland try to keep a lid on sky-high expectations

MANAGING EXPECTATIONS: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt gives instructions to his side during warm-ups ahead of their Six Nations victory over England.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt drew on the boisterous home crowd for inspiration in a pre-match team talk against England.

Tsunami-ravaged city to host Japan 2019 RWC matches

Small town of 30,000 people to host matches at a Rugby World Cup boasting a $1.7b stadium in Tokyo.

all blacks

Taylor signs with French Top 14 club

AU REVOIR: Crusaders back Tom Taylor has signed a three-year deal with Bayonne.

Three-test All Blacks back joins the end of year exodus, signing a three-year deal with Bayonne.

Henry: Carter pivotal to ABs World Cup chances

Fragile playmaker Dan Carter remains pivotal to the All Blacks chances of winning back-to-back Rugby World Cup, says champion coach Graham Henry.

INJURY WORRY: All Black lock Brodie Retallick in action for the Chiefs.

Serious injury concern for All Black lock Brodie Retallick

All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick suffers suspected AC shoulder joint injury in Chiefs win over Crusaders.

provincial

Naholo to play NPC before France move

MOVING ON: Waisake Naholo will be screaming to the French after signing a deal to play with Clermont.

Wing to play for Taranaki in national provincial championship before he takes up contract with Clermont.

Tasman put Trafalgar Park in the mix to host Lions

Tasman boss says there are compelling reasons for Nelson to host a match during the 2017 Lions tour.

Nathan Tudreu with the ball during the home final for the Manawatu Turbos against Hawkes Bay Magpies.

Record profit, record low turnout

When the Manawatu Rugby Union announced a record profit of $425,840 at its bizarre annual meeting last night, there were precious few attending to celebrate it.

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