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Picking a world cup squad always a mystery

Winger Waisake Naholo at an All Blacks training session in Wellington earlier this week.

OPINION: So much for knowing anything about selection of a World Cup squad. 

Robson: ABs need Sopoaga video

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga's non-selection in the All Blacks World Cup squad is hard to fathom.

Reason: England intend to bludgeon

Gifford: Dramatic ABs selection

super rugby

Feeney named Blues assistant

Auckland coach Paul Feeney will be an assistant to Tana Umaga with the Blues for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Tana Umaga adds Auckland provincial mentor Paul Feeney to complete his coaching setup for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Hurricanes sign Lions loosie Fifita

Sacrifice and hard work have paid off for Wellington loose forward Vaea Fifita.

Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee wants to secure a sponsor for the franchise before Christmas

Sponsorship key to Canes growth

As a number of Hurricanes prepare for World Cup duty, the Wellington franchise is on the hunt for a sponsor.

sevens

Top ref Joubert eyes Rio 2016

Craig Joubert has earned his reputation through decisive officiating and good communication skills.

Craig Joubert switches focus from 15s to sevens with a dream of officiating at next year's Olympics.

Tietjens starts long Olympic trial

SBW aside, it wasn't quite the star studded announcement NZ sevens coach Gordon Tietjens envisaged 18 months ago.

Bay of Plenty will continue to play host to the national tournament until 2018.

BOP keep sevens nationals until 2018

The national sevens tournament will remain in the Bay of Plenty until at least 2018, although the location could change during that time.

international

Barritt, Joseph team up for England

Brad Barritt hasn't played for England since their 26-17 victory over Australia at Twickenham in November 2014.

Hosts' probable World Cup midfield partnership will start together for the first time in final warm-up against Ireland.

Kiwis make Ireland RWC squad

New Zealanders Nathan White and Jared Payne may get the chance to face the All Blacks at the World Cup. 

Flanker John Hardie has turned his one international cap into a spot in Scotland's Rugby World Cup squad.

Hardie makes Scotland squad

Former Southland and Highlanders standout John Hardie will play in his first RWC - for Scotland.

all blacks

Challenge laid down to ABs

All Blacks midfielder Malakai Fekitoa (with ball) goes through some warm up stretches during training session at the Hutt Recreation Ground in Wellington.

10 min ago  Three days isn't long, but it was enough for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to make his point.

Hansen shows cross-code empathy

All Blacks coach shows cross-code empathy for embattled Warriors coach Andrew McFadden.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15:  Colin Slade of the All Blacks looks on during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Stress: The ABs' toughest opponent

6:17 PM  Feeling challenged at the World Cup could bring out the best, but stress will do the opposite.

provincial

Rookie No 10 realising his Steelers dream

Rookie Counties Manukau first five eighth credits the advice he received as a schoolboy - "Train hard so your idols become your rivals" - for him achieving his dreams of playing for the Steelers.

Counties Manukau first five eighth Nathan de Thierry is in his element now he is playing alongside the men he has looked up to for years.

South African lock enjoys being a Mako

It hasn't taken long for Marco Kotze to be reminded about the physical nature of New Zealand rugby.

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Rugby Manawatu Turbos vs Waikato. Waikato player is Loni Uhila

Turbos kids tickets pricey

Children's trip to the rugby looks expensive.

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