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Picking a world cup squad always a mystery

Winger Waisake Naholo at an All Blacks training session in Wellington earlier this week.

OPINION: So much for knowing anything about selection of a World Cup squad. 

Robson: ABs need Sopoaga video

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga's non-selection in the All Blacks World Cup squad is hard to fathom.

Reason: England intend to bludgeon

Gifford: Dramatic ABs selection

super rugby

Leguizamon signs for Super Rugby

Pumas back rower Juan Manuel Leguizamon has joined the growing number of Argentina players returning home to play Super Rugby.

Argentina back row Juan Manuel Leguizamon has signed up for the new Argentine Super Rugby franchise for two years.

Sponsorship key to Canes growth

As a number of Hurricanes prepare for World Cup duty, the Wellington franchise is on the hunt for a sponsor.

Auckland coach Paul Feeney will be an assistant to Tana Umaga with the Blues for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Feeney named Blues assistant

Tana Umaga adds Auckland provincial mentor Paul Feeney to complete his coaching setup for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

sevens

Top ref Joubert eyes Rio 2016

Craig Joubert has earned his reputation through decisive officiating and good communication skills.

Craig Joubert switches focus from 15s to sevens with a dream of officiating at next year's Olympics.

Tietjens starts long Olympic trial

SBW aside, it wasn't quite the star studded announcement NZ sevens coach Gordon Tietjens envisaged 18 months ago.

Bay of Plenty will continue to play host to the national tournament until 2018.

BOP keep sevens nationals until 2018

The national sevens tournament will remain in the Bay of Plenty until at least 2018, although the location could change during that time.

international

Payne in centres for Ireland

Jared Payne returns to Ireland's starting lineup to renew his centre partnership with Robbie Henshaw.

19 min ago  Kiwi Jared Payne will start at centre while Nathan White will come off the bench for Ireland against England.

Dusautoir back for France

Captain Thierry Dusautoir back for France in final World Cup warm-up clash with Scotland.

Sean Maitland clutches his right shoulder as he leaves the field after a Champions Cup match for Glasgow against Bath in January.

Maitland to start on Scots wing

2:41 AM  Scotland have recalled fullback Sean Maitland after injury for final RWC warm-up against France.

all blacks

Hansen embraces unlucky dozen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has shown great empathy and understanding in dealing with the 12 players who missed out on his 31-man World Cup squad.

Twelve disappointed men have unwittingly became symbols of one of the All Blacks strengths.

Dagg is down, but not out video

Unwanted All Black hasn't given up on international career and plans to fight his way back into the side next season.

All Blacks Ma'a Nonu, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Victor Vito with children from Greytown Early Years childcare centre this morning.

All Blacks thrill fans video

A whole town was in the palm of three All Blacks' large mitts this morning - then it painted them.

provincial

Canterbury outclass hapless Turbos

Manawatu's Heiden Bedwell-Curtis attempts to tackle Canterbury flanker Matt Todd.

Canterbury had too much polish and power for Manawatu, romping to a 57-7 NPC win.

Guildford cops four-week ban

Hawke's Bay winger Zac Guildford has been suspended for four weeks for a lifting tackle.

Stephen Donald will return to the Waikato NPC side via the bench this weekend.

Beaver back for Waikato

World Cup hero returns to NZ rugby via bench for Saturday clash with rivals Auckland.

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