Small frame, but a huge heart

WARHORSE: The ever-smiling Keven Mealamu has endured his share of setbacks in a record-breaking career.

5:00 AM  Blues and ABs hooker reflects on how far he's come as he prepares for record-breaking 163rd Super Rugby game.

Chiefs lock has big call to make

TOWERING PRESENCE: Matt Symons leads the Chiefs’ lineout in Brodie Retallick’s absence.

5:00 AM  Impressive second-rower weighing up whether to make himself available for ABs or country of his birth, England.

Knights hit-out for Read

READ’S RETURN: All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read will play for the Crusaders Knights development team today.

5:00 AM  ABs No 8 should be in line for instant Super Rugby return if he emerges unscathed from development clash in Wellington.

Desperate to turn execute

LOOKING FOR ACCURACY: Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph.

5:00 AM  Execution has been a key word for the Highlanders this week as they prepare to take on the red-hot Chiefs.

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opinion

Review: Ref's mistake blows full time on Blues

TOUGH LUCK: Sarel Pretorius from the Cheetahs celebrates his try during his side's win over the Blues in Bloemfontein on Saturday morning.

OPINION: Referee Rohan Hoffman cops criticism after penalising the Blues late in their loss to the Cheetahs on Saturday morning.

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.

Stars keep slipping through Blues' fingers

Opinion: Cane you believe the hype?

super rugby

Crusaders Knights hit-out for Kieran Read

READ’S RETURN: All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read will play for the Crusaders Knights development team today.

5:00 AM  ABs No 8 should be in line for instant Super Rugby return if he emerges unscathed from development clash in Wellington.

Chiefs lock Matt Symons has big call to make

5:00 AM  Impressive second-rower weighing up whether to make himself available for ABs or country of his birth, England.

LOOKING FOR ACCURACY: Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph.

Highlanders desperate to turn chances into tries

5:00 AM  Execution has been a key word for the Highlanders as they prepare to take on the red-hot Chiefs.

sevens

Season sweep still on for NZ sevens women

ALL SMILES: Honey Hireme is happy to be back in the New Zealand women’s sevens team.

5:00 AM  The NZ women's sevens team is on the cusp of something special - a clean sweep of the World Series events.

Samoan PM unleashes on sevens stars

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

HBW: Honey Hireme is nicknamed Honey Bill Williams for her game-breaking skills.

Hireme, Tapsell back for NZ women's sevens

Women's rugby sevens World Cup winners return to the side building up to next year's Rio Olympics.

international

Kevin Locke's planned move to Scotland rugby off

NOT MOVING: Former Warriors and Kiwis fullback Kevin Locke will be staying at Salford, with talks to join Scotland rugby now off.

Former Warriors and Kiwis speedster Kevin Locke's proposed move to Scottish rugby is off.

Italy's Castrogiovanni dropped for rest of Six Nations

Prop Martin Castrogiovanni, ruled out because of a dog bite, has been dropped for the Six Nations matches against France and Wales.

STRONG PUNISHMENT: France lock Pascal Pape (No 4) is shown a yellow card by referee Wayne Barnes during their loss to Ireland in Dublin. Pape's 10-match ban for kneeing Jamie Heaslip was upheld.

French lock Pape loses appeal against 10-week ban

France lock Pascale Pape has failed in his appeal against a 10-week suspension for kneeing Ireland's Jamie Heaslip.

all blacks

Ko, Dagg play cricket-golf video

Lydia Ko

Women's golf world No 1 pads up to smash a sweetly-timed drive off All Blacks star's golf ball bowling.

Serious injury concern for All Black lock Brodie Retallick

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

AU REVOIR: Crusaders back Tom Taylor has signed a three-year deal with Bayonne.

Taylor signs with French Top 14 club

Three-test All Blacks back joins the end of year exodus, signing a three-year deal with Bayonne.

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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