Rugby

Boks positive, but wary of ABs

 

Springboks talking positive, but wary of ABs

South Africa hail improving ball-in-hand work but know kicking game must be ''spot on'' to beat world's No 1 side this weekend.

Robshaw targets ABs scalp

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England's Chris Robshaw eyes All Blacks scalp

England captain Chris Robshaw is demanding his team turn Twickenham into a fortress ahead of the World Cup, starting with beating the All Blacks on November 8.

Nonu linked to French club

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Ma'a Nonu linked to French rugby club Toulon

All Blacks star midfielder close to finalising a two-year deal with Toulon, respected French newspaper reports.

Cruden to play for Turbos

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Aaron Cruden to play for Manawatu Turbos

First five left out of the All Blacks after a drinking episode due to turn out in a top-of-the-table NPC clash.

Barrett lasered

Barrett lasered

A laser was used during the All Blacks versus Argentina as Beauden Barrett lined up a conversion in the first-half.

Fans, get to Yarrow Stadium

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Fans, get to Yarrow Stadium

Taranaki captain James Marshall is calling for the Taranaki public to get to Yarrow Stadium for their Friday night clash against Auckland.

Otago player caught naked

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Rugby player naked in changing sheds

Cameras were broadcasting live when this rugby player decided to shed all of his clothing in the changing rooms.

Tongan Thor

Tongan Thor

The Auckland schoolboy rugby player dubbed "Tongan Thor" looks set to head to Australia later this year.

ITM Cup needs revamp

Israel Dagg It's time for a re-think so the national provincial championship is less confusing and gives every team a shot.

Great days in heartland

Contrary to popular opinion, provincial rugby is alive and kicking. I know this because I live in the Hawke's Bay, aka Ranfurly Shield country.

No time for crass nationalism

Hansen delivers on hard calls

White steps down from Sharks

Jake White Top coach eyes next year's Rugby World Cup as he frees himself up to pursue an international opportunity.

Folau backs Hunt for success

Israel Folau has predicted fellow code-hopper Karmichael Hunt will be a hit at the Reds in 2015.

Crusaders to return to Timaru

Tough start, juicy finish

Umaga: Why ignore this prop?

Jarrod Firth has dominated in the NPC, but there's not much Super Rugby interest in the Steelers prop.

Blyde and Broughton called up

Michaela Blyde Taranaki reps Michaela Blyde and Gayle Broughton are in the 12-strong NZ squad for this week's Oceania tournament in Australia.

Grant to make Sevens debut

Former pro netballer Keshia Grant will debut for the NZ Women's Sevens team next weekend.

Tietjens selects new blood

Samoa lacking star names

Bunce tipped to make his mark

Rugby is in the Bunce family blood, but Jordan Bunce thought he'd carved out his own niche in sevens rugby.

Boks injury a boost for ABs

Duane Vermeulen Bruising No 8 not scared of a back play scuffle with Brodie Retallick a 50:50 chance at best to play the All Blacks.

Boks believe All Blacks beatable

Impressive fitness in Wallabies test sets SA in good stead to claim first win over NZ in three years, Boks captain says.

Kiwi shines in English rugby

Late tries lift Springboks

Sheridan retires from rugby

Former England prop Andrew Sheridan has announced his retirement due to a persistent neck problem, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.

ABs must focus to beat Boks

Richie McCaw Trophies may be locked away but the All Blacks aren't relaxing as they look to what they say is the biggest test of the year.

Give back-up pair a try

Is it time for Steve Hansen to partner Ryan Crotty and Malakai Fekitoa in midfield, asks Andrew Mehrtens.

Hang up the gloves Sonny

Coles rejoining All Blacks

Rookie rake makes his mark

Nathan Harris will gift his first All Blacks rugby jersey to his parents after finally making his test debut in La Plata.

Umaga: Why ignore this prop?

Jarrod Firth Jarrod Firth has dominated in the NPC, but there's not much Super Rugby interest in the Steelers prop.

SBW confirms rugby return

Sonny Bill puts an end to speculation on his return to rugby saying he'll be with Counties next Wednesday.

Robertson counts injuries

Shield tilt gives Lions hope

Lions duo out of Shield clash

Wellington will be without Mark Reddish and Shaun Treeby for their Ranfurly Shield challenge on Wednesday.

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