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Carter at No 10 the only answer

Crusaders first five-eighth Dan Carter hurtles downfield after Hurricanes replacement back Matt Proctor was knocked out in Nelson on Friday night.

OPINION: The shifting sands of the Crusaders’ season could spill over into the coaches’ selection meeting.

Burning questions: What's wrong with the Crusaders?

OPINION: Can the Crusaders be fixed? Is Will Skelton the next Quade Cooper? And we talk All Blacks bolters.

Robson: Overseas clubs will wait for ABs greats

Gifford: Burning questions rugby needs to answer

super rugby

Barrett back, Nonu rested for Hurricanes

Hurricanes first five Beauden Barrett will start against the Highlanders in Napier on Friday, five weeks after his knee was injured in a tackle against the Crusaders in Wellington.

Hurricanes star first-five returns, but big ball-carrying AB to miss Highlanders match in Napier.

Crusaders return to Nelson 'impossible'

It took four years for a Super Rugby match to return to Nelson and the wait for the next one could be just as long.

Big asset: Highlanders scrum coach Clarke Dermody.

Dermody a key player for Highlanders

Jamie Joseph says Clarke Dermody the big figure in turning the Highlanders' scrum around.

sevens

January date for Wellington Sevens?

Wellington Sevens organisers believe they have the right ingredients to rejuvenate the tournament and ensure a new contract beyond 2016.

A date change - plus All Blacks - could be key ingredients to saving the sevens.

NZ win womens sevens title

Sevens sisters have cruised to their third world series title with victory in the Amsterdam plate final.

Chiefs and All Blacks loose forward Liam Messam is set to play an off season in Japan.

Messam to play in Japan before tilt at Olympics

All Black Liam Messam has signed an off-season contract to play in Japan after the Rugby World Cup.

international

Chris Masoe links with Dan Carter at Paris club

Former All Blacks flanker Chris Masoe is on the move in the competitive French club scene.

7:19 AM  Rugged New Zealand flanker leaves European champions Toulon to join Crusaders and All Blacks pivot at Racing Metro.

Lions to bypass Invercargill and Nelson

Invercargill and Nelson won’t host matches against the touring British and Irish Lions in 2017.

Big New Zealand wing Tevita Li on the rampage against Scotland in his side's opening game of the under-20 world rugby championship in Italy.

NZ U20s blitz Scotland with nine tries

Statement victory as dominant Kiwis start world championship in Italy in emphatic fashion.

all blacks

Contenders line up to replace Tuipulotu

Hurricanes lock James Broadhurst could be a bolter for the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad.

OPINION: With Patrick Tuipulotu out of the RWC, Liam Napier takes a look at the implications and his possible replacements.

All Black Tuipulotu out of World Cup

Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu will miss the World Cup after opting to undergo surgery on his hips.

Chiefs and All Blacks loose forward Liam Messam is set to play an off season in Japan.

Messam to play in Japan before tilt at Olympics

All Black Liam Messam has signed an off-season contract to play in Japan after the Rugby World Cup.

provincial

Options aplenty for Steelers' No 10 jersey

Patumahoe first five-eight Riley Hohepa. Counties Manukau Premier Club Rugby game between Patumahoe and Ardmore Marist, played at Patumahoe, on Saturday June 07 2014. Patumahoe won the game 23- 3 after being 3 all at halftime  Photo by Richard Spranger

OPINION: At a quick glance, Counties Manukau's first five eighth stocks appear to have been stripped bare but on closer inspection, there is no shortage of youngsters lining up to fill the province's void in the No 10 jersey.

'Silent sidelines' an option for rugby

After a run of sideline abuse of refs and players, Otago rugby is considering a noise ban on everyone.

Jonny Bentley scored 158 points in leading Hutt Old Boys Marist to the Jubilee Cup title in 2007.

Lions sign first five-eighth Bentley for ITM Cup

Former Hutt Old Boys Marist first five-eighth Jonny Bentley will finally get a shot at the Wellington Lions.

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