FitzSimons: Fire Daryl, call Al

Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson is under pressure.

OPINION: Alan Jones badly wants Daryl Gibson gone. Maybe he should coach the Waratahs then.

Injured Smith in moon boot

Highlanders captain Ben Smith is expected to miss his team's next two games with an ankle injury.

Highlanders captain Ben Smith not on the plane to South Africa after ankle injury in Stormers win.

Brown backs Sopoaga for ABs

Lima Sopoaga has played six tests for the All Blacks since 2015.

Highlanders coach would pick his first choice first-five for the All Blacks despite him not playing in two months.

Evans departs Stoop in style

Nick Evans has become a Harlequins legend since leaving New Zealand.

Kiwi No 10 gets fairytale finish in final home game for Harlequins, leading them to a Premiership win.

Gatland sweats on hurt Murray

Ireland halfback Conor Murray needs to prove his fitness before the Lions head to New Zealand.

Lions coach reportedly issues ultimatum to Ireland star who hasn't played since March.

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Recap: Reds v Waratahs

Queensland Reds first five-eighth Quade Cooper.

Bernard Foley kicks Waratahs to victory in a spiteful Super Rugby derby.

Live: Force v Lions

Lions star forward Warren Whiteley.

The cream of this year's South African crop take on the Force in Perth.

McKenzie magic rescues Chiefs video

Damian McKenzie and James Lowe celebrate after McKenzie's second half try which Lowe set up.

Atop the NZ conference, but patchy Chiefs can't nab a bonus point against Super Rugby's worst-ranked team.

Henry: SBW a midfield marvel

Sir Graham Henry says Sonny Bill Williams is a difference-maker for the All Blacks.

Former All Blacks coach backs Sonny Bill Williams to seal a spot in the midfield to face the Lions.

Recap: Chiefs v Sunwolves

Damian McKenzie scored a try for the Chiefs against the Sunwolves.

Chiefs finally shake Sunwolves but can't sneak bonus point after cards fly late in Hamilton.

Play-by-play: Chiefs v Sunwolves

Chiefs No 8 Michael Leitch is off to Japan in 2018 to play for the Sunwolves.

The Chiefs' clash with the Sunwolves a play-at-a-time in Hamilton.

Collapsed rugby player doing OK

All Black and Blues rugby player Rieko Ioane in action.

Steven Ioane, a relative of All Blacks and Blues star Rieko Ioane, fell ill during a World Masters Game match.

Highlanders blitz Stormers video

Highlanders winger Patrick Osborne dives over for one of his two tries against the Stormers on Friday night.

Patrick Osborne celebrated his 50th match for the Highlanders by bagging a double in big win.

Recap: Highlanders v Stormers

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 28:  Ben Smith (R)  of the Highlanders tries to break the tackle of Cheslin Kolbe of the ...

Classy Highlanders far too good for the Stormers in Dunedin.

Ngatai's return continues

Charlie Ngatai has named at 10 for University in Waikato premier club rugby.

Chiefs midfielder set for third match in a week after returning from concussion issues that threatened his career.

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Sam Cane is mixing his time between 7 and 8 for the Chiefs but will be in a showdown with Ardie Savea for the openside ...

Marc Hinton uncorks the chief talking points ahead of the weekend's footy action.

Knowing when to quit is tough video

OPINION: One minute you have it all, the next all you have is a splitting headache.

Kaino injury: Spanner in the works

History shows Jordie a must

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McKenzie magic rescues Chiefs

Atop the NZ conference, but patchy Chiefs can't nab a bonus point against Super Rugby's worst-ranked team.

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Henry: SBW a midfield marvel

Sir Graham Henry says Sonny Bill Williams is a difference-maker for the All Blacks.

Former All Blacks coach backs Sonny Bill Williams to seal a spot in the midfield to face the Lions.

Tug of war for Aussie prop

Tyrel Lomax (with the ball) is the son of former Kiwis prop John Lomax.

Rising Rebels prop Tyrel Lomax has been contacted by the All Blacks to switch to NZ.

Sevens decision still pending video

No decision yet on whether Wellington's Westpac Stadium will be given another try at hosting the annual Sevens tournament.

Could a meeting in Tokyo next month say sayonara to Wellington's hosting rights?

Kaino to go under the knife video

Rugged Blues loose forward Jerome Kaino has collected an untimely knee injury.

Blues star likely to out for six weeks owing to surgery, putting his ABs place in doubt for the Lions tour.

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Lions tours' length to be cut

The British and Irish Lions, led by Sam Warburton and Warren Gatland, will no longer make 10-match tours after their ...

Pressure brought to bear by English clubs to cut Lions tours by two matches.

White: Pick Boks from overseas

Springboks coach Jake White and wonder wing Bryan Habana, 2007 World Cup winners, continued their winning ways in the ...

An offshore South African XV would beat the current Springboks, World Cup winning coach says.

Kiwi wing will 'go extra mile'

Auckland-born Denny Solomona is set for his England rugby debut after playing rugby league for Samoa.

Born in NZ and capped for Samoa, but Denny Solomona will run through brick walls for Eddie Jones' England.

Rugby's State of Origin stymied

Big hits are a feature of rugby league's State of Origin - something union hoped to replicate in Australia with an ...

Mooted annual 'State of Union' match between the Reds and Waratahs put on ice owing to Super Rugby cuts.

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Stags halfback glad to be back

Southland halfback Liam Howley has made a return after a lengthy injury layoff.

"I was taught a big lesson and I'm going to come out the other side better for it.''

From financial survival to growth

Rugby Southland general manager Andrew Moreton.

Rugby Southland announces big 2016 financial surplus and finally has cash reserves in the bank.

Mexted: Provinces better for Lions

Former All Blacks No 8 Murray Mexted wants the Lions to play the provinces.

British and Irish Lions should be playing the provinces, not Super Rugby teams, ex-AB says.

Valley take down defending champions

Athletic Marist first-five Antini Brown kicks down field against Excelsior.

Valley stunned defending champions Maheno in round four of North Otago senior rugby's Citizens Shield on Saturday.

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NZ women win Japan sevens video

Michaela Blyde scored the winning try in the final of the Japan sevens.

Last-ditch Michaela Blyde try seals win after Canada fumble kickoff with seconds remaining.

NZ unbeaten at Japan sevens

New Zealand sevens star Portia Woodman steams away for a try.

Portia Woodman scores three tries and Sarah Goss excels in every department as Kiwi women march into quarter-finals.

$7 tribute for Fiji's rugby heroes

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Two million commemorative $7 notes released in honour of Fiji's Olympic heroes.

'We let ourselves down': 7s coach

Andrew Knewstubb of New Zealand reacts after losing the quartfinal to Canada.

Sevens coach laments a lack of consistency after another fifth placed finish.

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Recap: Reds v Waratahs

Queensland Reds first five-eighth Quade Cooper.

Bernard Foley kicks Waratahs to victory in a spiteful Super Rugby derby.

Live: Force v Lions

Lions star forward Warren Whiteley.

The cream of this year's South African crop take on the Force in Perth.

McKenzie magic rescues Chiefs video

Damian McKenzie and James Lowe celebrate after McKenzie's second half try which Lowe set up.

Atop the NZ conference, but patchy Chiefs can't nab a bonus point against Super Rugby's worst-ranked team.

Recap: Chiefs v Sunwolves

Damian McKenzie scored a try for the Chiefs against the Sunwolves.

Chiefs finally shake Sunwolves but can't sneak bonus point after cards fly late in Hamilton.

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