Rugby

Blow for Blues as Nonu ruled out

 

Nonu ruled out of Blues team to face Canes

Ma'a Nonu has been ruled out of tonight's match against the Hurricanes in Wellington through injury.

Lock Tuipulotu loom large

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Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu looming large

In any combat arena, size helps. So, too, does athleticism. Luckily Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu has both in spades and he's keen on making a major impact.

Blackadder stokes flames

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Todd Blackadder stokes the flames before clash

Todd Blackadder has vowed his Crusaders players won't be the ones illegally pulling jerseys against the Chiefs on Saturday night.

Heinz keeps Ellis at bay

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Crusaders change three for Chiefs showdown

The Crusaders have made three changes and retained Willi Heinz at halfback for their Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Anscombe ready <br>for No 10

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Anscombe ready for pivot role

Chiefs back Gareth Anscombe is ready to fill the boots of injured star first-five Aaron Cruden.

Hammett to quit Hurricanes

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Hammett to quit Hurricanes

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett announced he won't stick around for future seasons.

Steven Luatua stepping up

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Steven Luatua stepping up

Flanker Steven Luatua has fast become the Blues 'Mr Fix-it' after a series of injuries has seen him rotated around the forward pack.

Blues' Francis <br>Saili to return

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Francis Saili to return

Blues midfielder Francis Saili has recovered from a foot injury, and is expected to return against the Brumbies.

Are the Sharks the real dog

Which Super Rugby franchise has found itself one of the bottom two teams in the competition an alarming 11 times?

Toby Robson's Teamtalk

Toby Robson breaks down the latest Super Rugby games in his own inimitable style.

Mental endurance key

Time to ditch South Africa?

Rebels out to make amends

Melbourne Rebels Among Melbourne Rebels' Super Rugby losses, their heavy defeat at the hands of the Western Force is the one that really jars.

No anthems for Anzac game

SANZAR refuse Brumbies permission to play anthems before clash with Chiefs on Anzac Day.

Chiefs make six changes

Blues looking for 10 out of 10

Heinz keeps Ellis at bay for shirt

The Crusaders have made three changes and retained Willi Heinz at No 9 to face the Chiefs on Saturday.

New Zealand leads Sevens field

Kayla Mcalister of New Zealand. New Zealand have defeated Australia 26-12 in the China Sevens final.

NZ women progress in China

New Zealand are through to the semifinals of the China Sevens after beating France 42-7 in the quarterfinal.

NZ's defence used against it

World Series back on track

Believe the Goss

She's like a young, unbearded female version of Sevens captain DJ Forbes - if you believe the hype.

Euro elite for Wallabies

Quade Cooper The Wallabies will play Ireland, England, Wales and France on their November tour this year.

Feet first into trouble

Last weekend Jared Payne was sent off in the fifth minute of the Heineken Cup quarterfinal between Ulster and Saracens for taking a man out in the air.

New format ends rugby dispute

Cooper backs combined Anzacs

Cowan leaving Gloucester

Former All Black Jimmy Cowan is on the move from Gloucester.

RWC driving force for Carter

Dan Carter All Blacks first-five Dan Carter has unfinished business at the Rugby World Cup.

Black jersey still fires Vito

Victor Vito knows he's running out of auditions, but the Canes No 8 insists he hasn't closed the door on All Blacks selection.

Only passionate need apply

A month to earn ABs jersey

Cashed up clubs closing in

With even more cash in their pockets now, French clubs are stepping up efforts to sign All Blacks.

Umaga encourages kids to set goals

Tana Umaga Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga has been visiting Auckland schools, inspiring a new generation of rugby players.

Female refs rule rugby roost

Nicky Inwood and Chelsea Gurr are a good match for the male egos they meet on the rugby pitch.

Robertson linked with Biarritz

Umaga re-signs with Counties

Apanui could be solution

Richard Apanui is tipped to make a return to Southland rugby with the hope of lining up in the No 10 jersey.

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