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opinion

How about a Kiwi Twickers?

FINE VIEW: Eden Park in Auckland is comfortably the biggest stadium in New Zealand just now.

OPINION: NZ desperately needs a national sports stadium - and its location can only be in Auckland.

Metro move a gamble

OPINION: French club should be nervous after signing the injury-prone All Black, writes Richard Knowler.

Arrogant fans hinder All Blacks

Pocock should be lauded

super rugby

Bardoul ready to prove worth

MOVING UP: Johan Bardoul in action for Bay of Plenty against Auckland in the NPC.

Johan Bardoul is feeling confident he can prove himself at Super Rugby level with the Chiefs.

Super Rugby start just what Heem hoped for

Bryce Heem is trading in Dubai, Las Vegas and Tokyo for Dunedin, Canberra and Durban, and he couldn't be happier.

DENIED AT THE DEATH: Crusaders No 8 Kieran Read looks dejected after the red and blacks lost the Super Rugby final to the Waratahs in Sydney.

Sorry outcome for Foley-foiled Crusaders side

Bernard Foley weighs only 89kg but he had little reservations about kicking the mighty Crusaders where it hurts most.

sevens

New Zealand sevens hit both highs and lows

TWELVE TIMES: New Zealand won yet another sevens world series title in 2014.

The New Zealand sevens team hit some near historic highs during 2014, as well as some historic lows.

Draw made for Wellington sevens

New Zealand pooled with England, Canada and Papua New Guinea for Wellington leg of World Series.

FINDING FORM: DJ Forbes is leading his New Zealand Sevens team up the world series table.

SA prove sevens not easy

Master coach Gordon Tietjens has said it for years, but perhaps people are starting to believe him.

international

Wilson gets contract extension

REWARDED: Former Southland rugby player James Wilson has extended his contract with the Northampton Saints.

Former Southland utility back continues to impress in England, earning another contract extension from Northampton Saints.

England hooker Hartley banned for three weeks

England hooker suspended for three weeks for off-the-ball elbowing incident in Premiership match.

BIG PLANS: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is reportedly close to signing an expert scrum coach in the hope of solving Australia's set-piece woes ahead of the World Cup.

Cheika poised to recruit scrum guru

The Wallabies are set to appoint a scrum guru to help solve their set-piece woes.

all blacks

So long Toulon for Hayman?

BLACKEST OF NIGHTS: Carl Hayman walks off the pitch after the All Blacks' quarter final exit to France in the 2007 World Cup in Cardiff.

Veteran prop Carl Hayman considers ditching the big bucks and coming home to coach.

Smith won't coach against NZ

ABs assistant Wayne Smith rejects big-money offers to stick to teams he's passionate about.

BIG UNIT: Carl Hayman has been plying his trade with Toulon in France since he left New Zealand.

Hayman hits out at dope testers

Former All Black says he is sick and tired of being seemingly targeted by French doping investigators.

provincial

Accusations overshadow appointment

DOWN AND OUT: Wellington captain Brad Shields was all anguish after the Lions were relegated to provincial rugby's second tier for 2015.

The Wellington Rugby Football Union has staunchly defended the process by which Earl Va'a was appointed Lions coach.

Perfect farewell for Glenn Moore in Heartland

Defending champions Mid Canterbury timed their Meads Cup run to perfection but it was not without some nervous moments.

SNUBBED: Peter Russell seemed the obvious choice to take over at Wellington but was not given the coaching job.

Russell looking beyond NZ rugby

Overlooked for the Wellington Lions job, Peter Russell reluctantly accepts his coaching future probably lies offshore.