No mind games from Cheika


Jovial Michael Cheika not playing mind games

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has no time for a mental battle with Todd Blackadder and doubts the Crusaders will be stressed by not winning Super Rugby since 2008.

Even the best still get nervous


Richie McCaw still gets nervous for big matches

Despite having 113 test caps to his name, ABs skipper says the anxiety of preparing for a big match will never go away.

Waratahs name unchanged line-up


Waratahs unchanged for Super Rugby final

NSW have named an unchanged starting line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders in Sydney.

Motivated to finish on a high


Departing NSW star wants to finish on high

Young Auckland-born NSW Waratahs' wing Alofa Alofa is aiming to finish his short Super Rugby stint in style.

Enormous 80+ metres rugby kick

Enormous 80+ metres rugby kick

Cheetah U/19 player Gerrie Labuschagne launches a huge kick at Shimla Park stadium, Bloemfontein.

A sevens icon

A sevens icon

Sir Gordon Tietjens is New Zealand's legendary sevens coach with training techniques to scare the fittest players.

Former All Black's funeral

Former All Black's funeral

Former All Black, Kevin Skinner is farewelled by friends and family having passed away aged 86

Kevin Skinner punches Bekker


Kevin Skinner punches Jaap Bekker

Don Clarke talks about Kevin Skinner's infamous fight with Jaap Bekker in the third test of the historic 1956 Springbok tour of New Zealand.

Crusaders' shot at redemption

Richie McCaw Memory of that shock home defeat to the Sharks will help Todd Blackadder motivate his men.

Could be the Tahs' year

Those underachieving pretty boys of Australian rugby are finally delivering on their promise, writes Taine Randell.

Gifford: Crusaders bet is safe

Crusaders will upset Tahs

Cheetahs star nails 80m kick

Kick It's at altitude and there's a bit of a tailwind, but this is still one heck of a shot at goal.

Franks seeking first title

It isn't just Jacques Potgieter that reminded Owen Franks of South Africa whenever he watched the Waratahs.

Castoffs goaded to win title

Palu ready for Read

Tahs not beating own drum

The Waratahs have stopped telling everyone how good they are; and just set about proving it on the field.

Tietjens sends SOS to All Blacks

New Zealand Sevens Rugby sevens guru Gordon Tietjens has already sent out his wish list of AB stars for the next Olympics.

Sevens booze ban?

The antics of drunken revellers mean tighter booze controls for next year's tournament.

All Blacks needed for Olympics

Hansen pledges help for Rio

NZ 7s denied Super-men

The seemingly never-ending Super Rugby competition denied coach Gordon Tietjens any star power in Glasgow.

Marker for Wallabies success

Ewen McKenzie Coach says an Aussie side winning Super Rugby crown would be ''as good as it gets'' for the Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup prospects.

Chiefs' loss is Wallabies' gain

He sidestepped the Chiefs, figuratively and literally - and now Henry Speight is on the cusp of becoming a Wallaby.

Uncapped Speight called-up

Springboks look to old faces

Hayman to captain Toulon

Former All Blacks prop Carl Hayman has been named captain of champion European rugby club Toulon.

Hansen keen on re-signing Smith

Wayne Smith All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is leaving the door open for Wayne Smith to return to the coaching team.

Smith to face Turbos

Conrad Smith is likely to test out his broken thumb for Wellington against Manawatu in a pre-NPC game.

Luatua responds to wake-up call

Hansen OK as his stars realign

Luatua heeds 'wake-up call'

Steven Luatua has responded to coach Steve Hansen's "wake-up call" by winning back his place in the All Blacks.

Smith to face Turbos

Conrad Smith Conrad Smith is likely to test out his broken thumb for Wellington against Manawatu in a pre-NPC game.

Stags hopefuls get last chance

The Stags 2014 squad is expected to be named in the next two days, with the decision-makers to take one final look at the video from games played at the weekend.

Time to stake claim for NPC

Ferdinand on alternate strip

Cowan set to swim with Makos

Former All Black Jimmy Cowan is set to rekindle his New Zealand playing career with the Tasman Makos.

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