Rugby

Lacklustre Cantabs limp to win

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Lacklustre Canterbury limp to win over Counties

There were no smug looks from the seven-time champions as they beat Counties Manukau 28-20 in the national provincial championship tonight.

Smith's Olympic dream dashed

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George Smith's Olympic dream dashed

The goal posts have suddenly changed for Wallabies great George Smith in his bid to represent Tonga at the Rio Olympic Rugby Sevens.

All Blacks own worst enemy

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All Blacks worst World Cup rival 'themselves'

World Cup is NZ's to lose - and crack under the pressure they will, British rugby writers declare.

Wallabies eye silverware

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Wallabies have 'one hand' on silverware

Ewen McKenzie says the Wallabies have ''one hand'' on the Mandela Challenge Plate as they gear up for a Cape Town clash against the Springboks.

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.

Top 5: Wallabies <br>vs All Blacks

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Top 5: Wallabies vs All Blacks

The trans-Tasman rivalry is heating up, and we bring you five of the greatest Bledisloe Test Match victories won over in Sydney.

McKenzie a class act

Marty McKenzie Marty McKenzie's selection at first-five eighth might herald a newcomer of the highest quality for Taranaki.

Matfield still one of the best

You can calibrate his height, but it's surely impossible to measure just how big a man the Springboks legendary lock is.

Springboks a real threat

McCaw to the fore again

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.

Tietjens rebuilding again

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

Sevens fails to sell out

The Sevens Wellington ticket launch avoided last year's disaster, but the event is far from selling out.

NZ sevens learn fate

Sevens boss says he chose to resign

Olympics sevens rules tighten

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

Aussies to crash Lions party

Paul O'Connell ARU to entice British and Irish Lions back to Australia for one-off test in 2017 before NZ games.

VC design 'touched a raw nerve'

Victoria Cross Trust cries foul over England rugby's money-making from a jersey they're set to debut against the All Blacks.

NZRU, Sky silent on streaming

Carter won't rush return

Burger back for Springboks

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

'Carter should be picked'

Graham Henry Sir Graham Henry says Dan Carter making the ABs' top XV "that depends on form".

Fekitoa likely to get nod

Young No 13 set to start for ABs at second-five after Ma'a Nonu and Ryan Crotty ruled out of next week's test against Pumas.

Halai intent on AB spot

Cash-rich clubs eye Kiwi talent

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.

Lions onto fifth first-five

Willie Ripia Willie Ripia gets the call-up to start making him Wellington's fifth No 10 in just six games.

Waikato make three changes

Hame Faiva, Jacob Skeen and Jordan Payne make the starting XV to take on Otago in the NPC.

Bird ready to launch

Naki not entirely happy

Tuipulotu returns for Auckland

All Blacks lock back in blue and white to start against North Harbour in the NPC.

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