Super Rugby predictions

Handre Pollard's return from injury could propel the Bulls back into Super Rugby title contention, writes Aaron Goile.

Stuff rugby writers pick their team on the rise, team on the slide, four semifinalists and 2017 champion.

To Dan Vickerman's sons

Dan Vickerman, pictured playing the All Blacks in 2006, had 'absolutely no fear'.

OPINION: Boys, this is the man your father was. By Peter FizSimons.

Forget SBW, Pulu's the man

Blues halfback Augustine Pulu could prove a valuable player this season.

Livewire No 9 could be the circuit-breaker the Blues need as they begin Super Rugby 2017, tonight.

How Canberra raids NZ rugby

Nehe Milner-Skudder, who was lured to the Canterbury Bulldogs before making a successful return to rugby.

Peter Mulholland is the ultimate Canberra Raider. Trouble is, he raids New Zealand.

Super: Who's hot at start?

The Blues have the best record of all New Zealand Super Rugby sides in season-opening matches - just.

Kiwi teams throw up some interesting numbers when it comes to their efforts in first-up matches.

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Rugby player admits rape attempt

Kolinio Yabia Tamanitoakula

Mid Canterbury rugby player Kolinio Tamanitoakula admits attempted rape after match in Gisborne.

Stevenson eyes ABs jersey

Shaun Stevenson was named MVP as the Chiefs won the Brisbane Global Tens.

Shaun Stevenson is oozing confidence and he's targeting the top ahead of a big year with the Chiefs.

Super Rugby: Tipped to win

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Wondering who to tip this weekend? Six Stuff rugby writers make their picks for the round ahead.

Razor sharpens new Crusaders era

New captain Sam Whitelock (left) and coach Scott Robertson will guide the Crusaders into a new era following the ...

It turns out the appointment of new coach Scott Robertson was just the start of a dramatic overhaul at the Crusaders.

Time to stop quoting Quade

Hopefully Aaron Cruden will remember rugby's a game and he should be happy to be well paid to play it.

More Highlanders and less of the rest should be right Super Rugby recipe.

Chiefs to let Karpik loose

Mitch Karpik will finally get his chance in Super Rugby.

Mitch Karpik gets his Super Rugby chance in Sam Cane's absence, with a 'mini Ma'a Nonu' also lined up for the Highlanders.

Highlander's mystery illness

The Highlanders don't know what's keeping Shane Christie from playing.

Club puzzled as they still don't know what's wrong with flanker Shane Christie.

Manawatu not expecting Gibbins in 2017

Callum Gibbins played 66 games for the Manawatu Turbos.

Manawatu Turbos not expected to feature Callum Gibbins in 2017 after his contract with Glasgow Warriors.

Curtis returns for NZ sevens

Ambrose Curtis played for the New Zealand Maori last year.

New Zealand sevens coach Scott Waldrom has a sure bet with Ambrose Curtis back in Las Vegas.

Toddy in a squeeze after No 9's punch

Former Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder now heads Bath in the English Premiership.

Ban of ex-Crusaders No 9 puts Blackadder's Bath to the test as injuries and Six Nations call-ups take a toll.

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Boring truth about Hansen, Lam

Steve Hansen isn't afraid to trade verbal blows but he has become more circumspect since taking over the All Blacks.

OPINION: The north may regard Kiwis and the All Blacks as lacking in respect, but the reality is different.

Reason: Cult of silence kills

OPINION: After the death of Dan Vickerman we need to talk about the problems that are killing our young men.

Welcome to the jungle, Lions

Super Rugby: Our picks

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Umaga: We must help each other

It's been a tough week for rugby. Blues coach Tana Umaga says players can't let pride stand in the way of asking for help.

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Kieran Read talks gardening video

Andy Ellis, left, has interviewed his former Crusdaders and All Blacks team-mate Kieran Read on Seven Sharp.

All Blacks skipper shows off his ride-on mower on team-mate's current affairs show.

ABs let off leash for Lions

All Blacks captain Kieran Read and his counterparts will turn out for the Crusaders against the touring Lions.

Lions face a torrid start to NZ tour with top All Blacks to be released as the Crusaders and Blues soften them up.

Read in for the long haul

All Blacks skipper Kieran Read is in a good place after off-season wrist surgery has afforded him an extended lead-in to ...

The All Blacks captain has reaffirmed his commitment and desire to continue to lead the No 1 rugby side on the planet.

Smith a happy Highlander

Highlanders and All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith has plenty to ponder ahead of an important 2017 season.

Southern franchise expect their embattled halfback to revive his fortunes in Super Rugby.

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Toddy in a squeeze after No 9's punch

Former Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder now heads Bath in the English Premiership.

Ban of ex-Crusaders No 9 puts Blackadder's Bath to the test as injuries and Six Nations call-ups take a toll.

Healey: Solomona for Lions

Auckland-born wing Denny Solomona, who plays for the Sale Sharks, could be a bolter for the British and Irish Lions tour.

Sale's Auckland-born wing Denny Solomona tipped for a place on British and Irish Lions' tour.

Kirwan: Let's talk about suicide

Kirwan has been a mental illness advocate since his retirement from the game.

Sir John Kirwan believes we need to start talking more openly to help those with mental illness

Car sponsor dumps Carter video

Dan Carter faces testing times as the reality of his drink-driving charge hits home.

All Blacks great confirms loss of lucrative deal in fallout to Paris drink-driving charge.

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Manawatu not expecting Gibbins in 2017

Callum Gibbins played 66 games for the Manawatu Turbos.

Manawatu Turbos not expected to feature Callum Gibbins in 2017 after his contract with Glasgow Warriors.

Ex-NPC player jailed for rape

A Southland Stags team photo of Craig Wells.

Dark off-field life of a drug-addicted rugby player revealed as he's tried for the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Taufua returning to Tasman

Jordan Taufua, shown here in typical attacking mode for the Crusaders, is returning to Tasman.

Explosive loose forward Jordan Taufua is returning to the Tasman Makos.

Punters change their tune video

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 29:  A general view of Westpac Stadium in the Cup Final match between Fiji and South ...

Capital's stadium looks to keep turnstiles spinning as crowds put rock over rugby.

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Curtis returns for NZ sevens

Ambrose Curtis played for the New Zealand Maori last year.

New Zealand sevens coach Scott Waldrom has a sure bet with Ambrose Curtis back in Las Vegas.

Wanganui fined for ineligible player

Wanganui used an under-aged player in their women's sevens team at the Central Region Sevens last year.

Wanganui fined for player under-aged player in their women's sevens team.

How did Wgtn screw up the sevens?

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Internet MANA press secretary Pam Corkery listens as founder Kim Dotcom speaks to ...

OPINION: The brilliant Sydney event makes you wonder how Wellington stuffed up a "gimme" so badly, writes Pam Corkery.

Sevens appeal for females

New Zealand sevens representative Alena Saili is back home in Invercargill after competing in he first international ...

Rugby now not just a man's domain as the sport provides an appealing pathway for female athletes.

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Stevenson eyes ABs jersey

Shaun Stevenson was named MVP as the Chiefs won the Brisbane Global Tens.

Shaun Stevenson is oozing confidence and he's targeting the top ahead of a big year with the Chiefs.

Super Rugby: Tipped to win

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Wondering who to tip this weekend? Six Stuff rugby writers make their picks for the round ahead.

Razor sharpens new Crusaders era

New captain Sam Whitelock (left) and coach Scott Robertson will guide the Crusaders into a new era following the ...

It turns out the appointment of new coach Scott Robertson was just the start of a dramatic overhaul at the Crusaders.

Time to stop quoting Quade

Hopefully Aaron Cruden will remember rugby's a game and he should be happy to be well paid to play it.

More Highlanders and less of the rest should be right Super Rugby recipe.

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