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opinion

Knowler: No time to dwell on Heinz's unlucky break

OUCH: The broken leg suffered by Willi Heinz will force the Crusaders coaches to test to the depth of their squad.

OPINION: Few things are certain in Super Rugby but injuries come with an iron-clad guarantee, as the Crusaders discovered.

Gifford: Ali Williams' clowning masked rugby skills

OPINION: Not everyone will miss the comical Ali Williams, who has packed up his clown kit and retired from rugby.

Canes fans needn't be concerned

How about a Kiwi Twickers?

super rugby

Cooper injury opens door for Paia'aua at Reds

RISING STAR: Duncan Paia'aua has returned to rugby after a spell with the Brisbane Broncos.

Wellington-born Duncan Paia'aua could benefit from Quade Cooper's latest injury as the Reds offer him an opportunity to press for a Super Rugby debut.

Kiwi eye doctor gets Super Rugby referee call-up

Referee squad changes made in bid for clean Super Rugby start after 2014 early-season whistle horrors.

All Blacks star Dan Carter shares a laugh at training with Crusaders team-mate Colin Slade.

Carter determined to play pre-season

All Blacks star putting in the hard yards pre-season, telling Crusaders coaches he wants to play Super Rugby warm-ups.

sevens

Liam Messam promoting indigenous sevens tournament

GOOD GESTURE: All Black Liam Messam is giving his name to a new indigenous sevens tournament to be played in Cambridge next month.

All Blacks loose forward gives name to new sevens tournament that will have indigenous selection basis.

Bainimarama asserts Fijians' rugby rights

Fiji PM brushes off World Rugby criticism of how sevens TV coverage was seized and broadcast free.

PACE AND POWER: Waikato wing Honey Hireme is back in the NZ women's sevens squad for 2015.

Honey 'Bill' back in NZ women's sevens squad

Waikato wing returns to contracted sevens squad this year after break in 2014, adding her trademark power and pace.

international

Shoulder injury keeps Maitland out for Scotland

SIDELINED: Sean Maitland clutches his injured right shoulder after Glasgow's European Rugby Champions Cup loss to Bath.

3 min ago  Scotland fullback-winger Sean Maitland and No 8 David Denton will miss the start of Scotland's Six Nations campaign.

England call up Croft and Day as injury cover

England call up flanker Tom Croft and lock Christian Day into their Six Nations training squad as injury cover.

BACK ON THE SIDELINES: Robbie Deans will coach the Barbarians against Ireland on May 28 and against an England XV on May 31.

Deans to coach Barbarians vs Ireland, England

18 min ago  Robbie Deans will take charge of the Barbarians for their two matches against Ireland and an England XV in May.

all blacks

Sabbatical could keep Kaino on NZ Rugby books

All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino.

All Blacks flanker keen to stay in New Zealand - provided the best deal for his family is struck.

Faumuina wants to be top of the props for ABs

All Blacks prop motivated by more than money but admits it was hard to rebuff the euros on offer from Racing Metro.

NEED FOR SPEED: Frank Halai will leave New Zealand later this year to take up a deal with English club Wasps.

Wasps add some sting out wide with Halai signing

One-test All Black Frank Halai's deal with English club Wasps has been confirmed.

provincial

Stags' Boys signs with Irish club Ulster

MILESTONE: Tim Boys and his son Benson run onto the field in Christchurch for Boys' 100th game for Southland.

Tim Boys is heading to play in Ireland but is still likely to be back to play for the Stags in this season's provincial rugby campaign.

Bay of Plenty and Tonga halfback heads to Britain

Bay of Plenty and Tonga halfback Samisoni Fisilau has been signed by English second division club Jersey.

STAYING PUT: Elliot Dixon has extended his stay with the Southland Stags for another two seasons.

Dixon extends stay with Stags

The Stags hopes have received a major boost with Elliot Dixon extending his contract with Rugby Southland.

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