Rugby

No Sonny for Steelers this year

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Counties count Sonny Bill out of NPC campaign

Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga has ruled out any chance of Sonny Bill Williams playing for the Steelers this year.

Tasman Makos bite woeful Lions

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Tasman easily keep Wellington's winless run alive

Tasman comfortably prevail 42-20 in capital as things go from bad to worse for a still winless Wellington outfit.

On-song Otago thrash Mooloos

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On-song Otago overwhelm lack-lustre Waikato

First-five Hayden Parker contributes 23 points as home side prevail 38-7, their biggest ever win over Waikato.

Toughest test begins now

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The toughest test begins now for All Blacks

Ultimately, the All Blacks will want to arrive in Cardiff for the final test of the season in a better physical and mental state than Dublin last year.

Hawke's Bay <br>retain Shield

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Hawke's Bay retain Ranfurly Shield

Hawke's Bay fend off another challenge for the Ranfurly Shield beating Bay of Plenty 36-17 in Napier.

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.

All Blacks ready for Cup clash

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All Blacks ready for clash

All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw says the team is moving on from last week's draw and have their eyes set on securing the Bledisloe Cup.

Sorting cliches from reality

barrett There are too many old guys in the All Blacks? Sure. All those geriatrics like Dagg, Fekitoa, Savea, Crotty and Barrett.

RWC is 'mission possible'

A year out from the World Cup, these remarkably resilient All Blacks are tracking almost perfectly for their tilt at history.

Can ABs go another step?

Refs too quick on yellow

A date to circle

Highlanders Invercargill or Queenstown look likely options to host mouthwatering Highlanders-Chiefs showdown on May 30 next year.

Crusaders set for Nelson match

Christchurch-based franchise may return to top of the south for Super Rugby match against Hurricanes next year.

Just five games for Hamilton

Crusaders get kick-off role

Tough start, juicy finish

Hurricanes might lay claim to eight and a half home matches next season by the time they have mulled over their draw.

Olympics sevens rules tighten

Olympic rings Country-hopping rugby players need to play four sevens world series legs to qualify for Rio 2016, IRB says.

Tietjens rebuilding again

Olympic qualification could be tougher for NZ Sevens team, thanks to strength of current crop.

Sevens fails to sell out

NZ sevens learn fate

Smith's Olympic dream dashed

The goal posts have changed for Wallabies great George Smith in his bid to represent Tonga in Rio.

Wilkinson imposter deployed

Jonny Wilkinson imposter England rugby great lookalike kicks a shocker in IRB warning over how it can be hard to spot a fake World Cup ticket.

Clubs win big in RWC deal

English clubs able to play during World Cup and being compensated for event's clash with their premiership.

Wallabies eye silverware

Aussies to crash Lions party

Burger back for Springboks

South Africa have called up legendary flanker Schalk Burger to their Rugby Championship squad.

Rewriting history is Hansen's goal

Steve Hansen The All Blacks' ambitions remain sky-high as they look to keep alive an unbeaten run going back to November 2012.

All Blacks delayed, untroubled

The All Blacks were shrugging off the disruption of a cancelled flight out of Auckland today ahead of their Puma test.

All Blacks own worst enemy

Crotty's beard goes

Ted: All Blacks to buck trend

Former coach believes All Blacks have ingredients to carry out historic defence of Rugby World Cup at next year's tournament.

Manawatu take the spoils

Nathan Tudreu Turbos regain the lead in the Championship division of the NPC with a 41-20 win over Southland.

Easy win for Auckland

Auckland's NPC dominance continued tonight as they crushed North Harbour 32-7 at Eden Park.

Buller lead the way

H-K confound the critics

West shines for Magpies

Ihaia West the star as Hawke's Bay beat Bay of Plenty 36-17 to retain the Ranfurly Shield.

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