The good the bad and the rugby

Beauden Barrett and the All Blacks found the pumped-up Irish easily their toughest opponents in 2016.

Sublime rugby, controversies aplenty, and some off-field shenanigans. It was an eventful year for the All Blacks.

Revenge for NZ sevens sisters

Sarah Goss lifts the Dubai Sevens trophy after New Zealand defeated Australia 17-5 in the final.

NZ women's sevens team avenge Rio Olympics gold medal match defeat.

New era for men's sevens

D J Forbes uses his fend in the win against Samoa at his record 80th sevens tournament.

Two wins and a loss to England for new NZ men's sevens coaching regime in Dubai.

Daughter pushes SBW to train

SBW's daughter Imaan showed some impressive strength to push her 108kg father.

Sonny Bill Williams has been doing some pre-season training, and so has his daughter.

Bromance not barbs video

Australia coach Michael Cheika says he'll welcome a catch up with Eddie Jones.

Eddie Jones and Michael Cheika may just be ready to end their feud over a beer.

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Level playing field only at RWC

Beauden Barrett and Aaron Smith celebrate a try against an exhausted Welsh side in the third test in June.

OPINION: The Lions had better win the first test next year or they are facing a 3-0 whitewash.

Kiwis crash out in Dubai

New Zealand captain Scott Curry in action in Dubai.

NZ men's sevens team suffer embarrassing defeat to South Africa in quarters.

Do us a favour, Australia

Can Michael Cheika and his Wallabies end a pretty ordinary 2016 season on a high note at Twickenham?

OPINION: Time for All Blacks fans to get behind Michael Cheika's men, and cheer them to victory over England.

Aussies 7s women to the rescue

Australian women's sevens player Brooke Anderson receives emergency treatment from teammates Alicia Quirk and Chloe ...

Aussie sevens stars save the day by performing emergency treatment on injured teammate during a match.

An arresting Super introduction video

There's a darker side to starting out in Super Rugby.

A Super Rugby induction day is not for the faint-hearted.

Win for Wallabies would be one to remember

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is pumped up ahead of his side's test against England.

Peter FitzSimons reckons should the Wallabies beat England, the rest of 2016 will fade from the memory.

Godfrey new Canty Rugby boss

Hamish Riach, pictured, will be full-time chief executive of the Crusaders with Nathan Godfrey handling Canterbury Rugby ...

Phoenix's Nathan Godfrey named Canterbury Rugby CEO.

Mealamu meets kindy teacher video

All Black Keven Mealamu was a "cuddly" kid, according to his kindy teacher.

These days, Keven Mealamu is a little too big to sit on his kindy teacher's knee.

Boyd looks to captivate

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd speaking at November's sports leader's summit at the national tennis centre, in London.

Soliders, circus' and Spurs inspire Hurricanes coach.

Shipping up to Boston

Robbie Malneek of Tasman fends Tomasi Alosio of Wellington during the 2015 NPC season.

Robbie Malneek played more than 100 games for the Tasman Makos. But now the experienced fullback is carving out a career in the United States.

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Level playing field only at RWC

Beauden Barrett and Aaron Smith celebrate a try against an exhausted Welsh side in the third test in June.

OPINION: The Lions had better win the first test next year or they are facing a 3-0 whitewash.

Do us a favour, Australia

OPINION: Time for All Blacks fans to get behind Michael Cheika's men, and cheer them to victory over England.

Chicago loss lingers

Tour confirms All Blacks' flaws video

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Bromance not barbs

Eddie Jones and Michael Cheika may just be ready to end their feud over a beer.

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Mealamu meets kindy teacher video

All Black Keven Mealamu was a "cuddly" kid, according to his kindy teacher.

These days, Keven Mealamu is a little too big to sit on his kindy teacher's knee.

English football to copy ABs

New England manager Gareth Southgate is hoping to turn the national football side around.

New England manager looks to the All Blacks for inspiration to turn his team's woes around.

'Can these Lions beat the ABs?'

England hooker Dylan Hartley could lead the Lions in his native New Zealand in 2017.

OPINION: Do the Lions now have the depth to beat the All Blacks in NZ for the first time since 1971?

'Honest feedback' for adidas video

An adidas technician gathers foot data of an All Black to help in producing a custom rugby boot.

All Blacks wowed by "crazy" apparel technology as they visit sponsor's HQ in Germany.

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Win for Wallabies would be one to remember

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is pumped up ahead of his side's test against England.

Peter FitzSimons reckons should the Wallabies beat England, the rest of 2016 will fade from the memory.

Jones unfazed by Cheika's claims

The sparring has continued between rival coaches Eddie Jones, pictured, and Michael Cheika.

Sparring continues between rival coaches ahead of big rugby clash.

McNicholl emergency surgery

Johnny McNicholl has had emergency surgery in Wales.

Former Crusaders wing rushed to hospital just days after making his debut for Welsh club Scarlets.

Kidney injury sidelines Payne

Irish centre Jared Payne will miss at least three months of football.

Six Nations in doubt for NZ-born Ireland centre after suffering a kidney injury in win against Australia.

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Shipping up to Boston

Robbie Malneek of Tasman fends Tomasi Alosio of Wellington during the 2015 NPC season.

Robbie Malneek played more than 100 games for the Tasman Makos. But now the experienced fullback is carving out a career in the United States.

McNicholl emergency surgery

Johnny McNicholl has had emergency surgery in Wales.

Former Crusaders wing rushed to hospital just days after making his debut for Welsh club Scarlets.

Shield challenges confirmed

Canterbury captain Luke Whitelock accepts the Ranfurly Shield from Waikato counterpart Whetu Douglas after Canterbury ...

Wanganui and Mid Canterbury to challenge for the Ranfurly Shield.

Guildford to play in Waikato

Zac Guildford turned out for Wairarapa Bush in this year's Heartland Championship.

Troubled former All Black is hoping to revive his career in Waikato through sevens and club rugby.

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Kiwis crash out in Dubai

New Zealand captain Scott Curry in action in Dubai.

NZ men's sevens team suffer embarrassing defeat to South Africa in quarters.

Aussies 7s women to the rescue

Australian women's sevens player Brooke Anderson receives emergency treatment from teammates Alicia Quirk and Chloe ...

Aussie sevens stars save the day by performing emergency treatment on injured teammate during a match.

Women's sevens start strong

Sarah Goss put the finishing touch on a solid Dubai Sevens start for the New Zealand women's sevens team.

NZ women's sevens team complete perfect first day at Dubai Sevens tournament.

Women's seven remain dominant

Michaela Blyde scored a hat-trick in New Zealand's 31-point win over France in Dubai.

The New Zealand women's sevens team remain undefeated in Dubai.

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An arresting Super introduction video

There's a darker side to starting out in Super Rugby.

A Super Rugby induction day is not for the faint-hearted.

Boyd looks to captivate

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd speaking at November's sports leader's summit at the national tennis centre, in London.

Soliders, circus' and Spurs inspire Hurricanes coach.

Hurricanes assembling

There is plenty of motivation to ensure all the All Blacks came back from annual leave in good nick.

Hurricanes coach not expecting All Blacks to get flogged at January's national camp.

'We are sick of people mucking up' video

"Don't think you're incredible because you're good at rugby," NZ Rugby manager says.

Fame and fortune can go to your head - so don't let it happen, NZ Rugby warns up-and-comers.

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