Defensive focus sets tone for Canes

TICKETS PLEASE: Hurricanes wing Julian Savea, otherwise known as The Bus, leaps past a defender on his way to a try during his side’s 42-13 win over the Western Force in Perth.

Hurricanes coach works out secret to unlocking teams potential, resulting in perfect start to Super season.

Ireland dig deep, beat England

Ireland's Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw celebrate scoring a try against England.

Ireland take a major step towards retaining their Six Nations title with a pulsating win in Dublin.

SBW not getting carried away

SETTING UP: Sonny Bill Williams’ passing skills and anticipation  were as impressive as his power game at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night.

ABs second-five produces some fine touches in Chiefs big win over Crusaders, but says it's still early days.

Glass door, Scots left shattered

Smashed glass.

9 min ago  Door on coaching box at Murrayfield smashed in after Scotland's frustrating loss to Italy in the Six Nations.

Weepu finally tastes success

BONUS: Former All Blacks halfback Piri Weepu has inked a short-term deal with Wasps in England before he joins French club Oyonnax next season.

8:31 AM  Former AB, on a short-term deal with Wasps, rediscovers his mojo in win against Gloucester.

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opinion

Fans vent as Crusaders capitulate against Chiefs

DESPONDENT: Crusaders first five-eighth Colin Slade following his team's hammering at the hands of the Chiefs in Hamilton.

OPINION: Backlash following defeat to Chiefs brutal. Some of the abuse vitriolic, some measured. Little missed its target.

Stars keep slipping through Blues' fingers

OPINION: The Blues are in danger of looking like the Dick Rowes of New Zealand rugby.

Opinion: Cane you believe the hype?

Robson: Not-so-Super start for Kiwi franchises

super rugby

Injured Pocock an altitude room test dummy

TO THE LIMIT: Injured Brumbies loose forward David Pocock works out in a state of the art altitude room in Canberra.

10:02 AM  David Pocock and injured Brumbies have been flogged in a "unique" altitude room as test dummies for a Super Rugby secret weapon.

Fruean's injury adds to the Crusaders' pain

Fractured right forearm for blockbusting back as Crusaders start season with two losses in three matches.

DESPONDENT: Crusaders first five-eighth Colin Slade following his team's hammering at the hands of the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Fans vent as Crusaders capitulate against Chiefs

OPINION: Backlash following defeat to Chiefs brutal. Some of the abuse vitriolic, some measured. Little missed its target.

sevens

Samoan PM unleashes on sevens stars

STINGING WORDS: Samoan PM Tuilaepa Sa’ilele has come out swinging at his country's 'lazy' sevens players.

Tuilaepa Sa’ilele comes out swinging at 'lazy' sevens players whose performances are an 'eyesore'.

Vancouver secures rugby sevens series leg

World Rugby expands sevens season with a 10th tournament added to the calendar next year.

TIM MIKKELSON: ‘‘It was definitely an easy decision with the Olympics around the corner.’’

Mikkelson extends contract with NZ sevens team

NZ Sevens player and former world player of the year re-signs contract through to the Rio Olympic Games.

international

Glass door left shattered, like Scotland's players

Smashed glass.

10 min ago  Door on coaching box at Murrayfield smashed in after Scotland's frustrating loss to Italy in the Six Nations.

Ireland beat England to go top in Six Nations

Ireland take a major step towards retaining their Six Nations title with a pulsating win in Dublin.

BONUS: Former All Blacks halfback Piri Weepu has inked a short-term deal with Wasps in England before he joins French club Oyonnax next season.

Piri Weepu finally tastes success in England

8:31 AM  Former All Blacks halfback, on a short-term deal with Wasps, rediscovers his mojo in win against Gloucester.

all blacks

Serious injury concern for All Black lock Brodie Retallick

INJURY WORRY: All Black lock Brodie Retallick in action for the Chiefs.

All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick suffers suspected AC shoulder joint injury in Chiefs win over Crusaders.

France 'loaded' for infamous 1986 All Blacks test video

France players high on drugs in test infamous for Shelford scrotum ripping, Lance Armstrong investigator claims.

SPEAKING OUT: Former All Black coach Graham Henry will enjoy being a spectator at this year's Rugby World Cup in England.

Henry: Carter pivotal to ABs World Cup chances

Fragile playmaker Dan Carter remains pivotal to the All Blacks chances of winning back-to-back Rugby World Cup, says champion coach Graham Henry.

provincial

Naholo to play NPC before France move

MOVING ON: Waisake Naholo will be screaming to the French after signing a deal to play with Clermont.

Wing to play for Taranaki in national provincial championship before he takes up contract with Clermont.

Tasman put Trafalgar Park in the mix to host Lions

Tasman boss says there are compelling reasons for Nelson to host a match during the 2017 Lions tour.

Nathan Tudreu with the ball during the home final for the Manawatu Turbos against Hawkes Bay Magpies.

Record profit, record low turnout

When the Manawatu Rugby Union announced a record profit of $425,840 at its bizarre annual meeting last night, there were precious few attending to celebrate it.

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