Rugby

Mid Canterbury retain Meads Cup

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Mid Canterbury beat Buller to retain Meads Cup

Mid Canterbury's finals experience proved too much as Buller's fairytale run in the Heartland Championship fell at the final hurdle in Westport today.

James marshals Naki troops

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James marshals the Taranaki troops for battle

Excited Taranaki stick to their winning formula ahead of the grand final NPC premiership showdown with the Tasman Makos.

Auckland make Waikato pay

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Auckland win seventh NPC title in a row

Auckland continued their domination of the women's NPC with a reasonably comfortable 28-14 win over Waikato at Yarrow Stadium this afternoon.

Turbos are ready for the big boys

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Turbos ready for big boys after NPC triumph

Jason O'Halloran's Manawatu Turbos feel more than ready to join the big boys in the Premiership next year.

Turbos fans react to win

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Turbos fans react to win

Manawatu fans celebrate after their team beat Hawke's Bay in the NPC championship final.

Manawatu earn NPC promotion

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Manawatu earn promotion

Manawatu came from behind at half time to win the ITM Cup Championship, beating Hawke's Bay 32-24.

Rugby's first <br>'own try'

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Rugby's first 'own try'

A defensive scramble and too much yellow clothing results in joy, then mass confusion as rugby's first 'own try' is awarded.

Kurtley Beale in mid-air argument

Kurtley Beale in mid-air argument

Wallabies back Kurtley Beale has had a verbal argument with team official Di Patston on a flight to San Paulo culminating in the business manager returning early to Australia.

SBW needs to stick with rugby

Sonny Bill Williams Supremely gifted star in danger of being a jack of all trades and master of none. Mains: SBW 'mercenary'

Taranaki's point to prove

There is no better place to host the NPC final than in a true rugby blooded province of Taranaki, says Ian Snook.

Reason: These ABs are special

Right call is tough on Slade

Singapore bid conceding

National Stadium, Singapore Singapore has effectively conceded it has lost out to Japan to become the 18th Super Rugby side.

Japanese bid hits snag

Sanzar's partners understood to have second thoughts about Tokyo-based team entering the competition.

Fruean linked with Crusaders

Highlanders boost Tasman stocks

Japan gets nod for Super team

Sanzar has confirmed Japan as its "preferred location" for an 18th Super Rugby team from 2016.

New sevens comp for NZ women

Kayla McAlister The new national Women's Sevens Series will begin in Taupo next month, bringing together the top 60 players in NZ.

Sevens steroid 'concoction' find

Fast-improving Kenya rugby sevens team found to have been taking steroids before and after training.

NZR gets tough on eligibility

Tietjens not panicking yet

Rookies added to NZ Sevens

Gordon Tietjens has named two rookies in his New Zealand squad for the Gold Coast Sevens this weekend.

Wallabies seek coaching adviser

Eddie Jones The Australian Rugby Union is looking to appoint a technical director to the Wallabies ahead of next year's World Cup.

Folau awarded John Eales Medal

Game-breaking fullback Israel Folau's value to rugby union has been underlined on Thursday, winning John Eales Medal.

Cheika has say on Beale

Soldier powers up England

Beale avoids suspension

Wallaby back Kurtley Beale has been fined $45,000 by the Australian Rugby Union.

NZRU pleased with Sky deal

Richie McCaw Steve Tew indicates desired lift in revenue gained from new provisional five-year broadcast agreement with Sky Television.

SBW labelled a 'mercenary'

Laurie Mains speaks on Sonny Bill Williams and whether Julian Savea is better than Jonah Lomu.

ABs depth key, says Deans

Canadian teen's ABs dream

Carter must retake his crown

The form and fitness of Dan Carter will be a focal point during the end of year tour of the US and Europe.

Turbos win NPC final

Nathan Tudreu Turbos are premiership bound after coming from behind to beat Hawke's Bay 32-24 tonight.

Buller out to make history

Buller are hoping their fairytale season can continue for one more game in the Meads Cup final today.

Buller in sight of history

We're all in this together

Buller bullish about chances

The Buller rugby team are proving as resilient as the residents of a region which has taken its fair share of hits.

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