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Gifford: Burning questions rugby needs to answer

Chiefs playmaker Damian McKenzie looks to open up the game against the Bulls in Rotorua on Friday night.

OPINION: Phil Gifford identifies the issues with rugby that are keeping him awake at night.

Officials could derail ABs' World Cup campaign

OPINION: ABs' fate in England could be in the hands of rugby officials and that's a scary thought.

Reason: Community cut off

Robson: Rennie right to point out blatant error video

super rugby

Todd Blackadder vows to keep on fighting

Crusaders flanker Richie McCaw anxiously watches the final minutes of Saturday night's match in Sydney after being yellow carded for an incorrect ruck entry. The Waratahs won 32-22.

Crusaders coach won’t surrender his job or allow his team to hoist the white flag following their latest defeat to the Waratahs.

Veteran Chiefs lock revels in his rescue job

Ross Filipo rolls back clock in impressive style to help out, but will probably be back watching this week’s game with beer and pizza on the couch.

Hurricanes first five-eighth Otere Black takes the ball to the line during a Super Rugby match against the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.

Playoffs secure, Hurricanes hunt home semifinal

Otere Black gives coach Chris Boyd food for thought as he ponders at least one more week without All Blacks first five-eighth Beauden Barrett.

sevens

NZ win womens sevens title

New Zealand women's sevens star Charlotte Scanlan.

Sevens sisters have cruised to their third world series title with victory in the Amsterdam plate final.

Sevens sisters look to finish season on a high

There can be no more appropriate place for NZ to end their World Rugby Women's Sevens Series campaign on a high than in Amsterdam.

Honey Hireme had a strong opening day in Amsterdam.

New Zealand into Amsterdam Sevens quarters

Motivation is clearly lacking for the New Zealand Women's Sevens team in Amsterdam, with the world series title already safely packed in their carry-on baggage.

international

Bath, Saracens into English Premiership final

Bath players Sam Burgess and Paul James combine to tackle Leicester Tigers' Ben Youngs during their English Premiership semifinal.

Clinical Bath blast Leicester to reach English Premiership decider for first time since 2004, while Saracens edge holders Northampton in other semifinal.

Deans: Ruby World Cup is wide open

Ex-Crusaders and Wallabies coach talks up Kiwi Joe Schmidt's Irish outfit as capable of snatching ABs' title.

Manawatu captain Callum Gibbins and coach Jason O'Halloran after winning the  Championship final last year.

Jason O'Halloran has always been rugby analyst

Even when Jason O'Halloran was playing rugby he enjoyed analysing the game.

all blacks

All Blacks Savea, Retallick to stay in New Zealand

Star winger Julian Savea celebrates scoring for the All Blacks.

Two of the world's best players are set to pledge their commitment to the black jersey for the next four years.

Officials could derail ABs' World Cup campaign

OPINION: ABs' fate in England could be in the hands of rugby officials and that's a scary thought.

All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter has opened up about his career on an American sports website.

Dan Carter ponders career for American audience

All Black test centurion Dan Carter has emulated a host of American sports stars in utilising a platform for athletes to reflect on their professional careers, in their own words.

provincial

Botherway names first Waikato 2015 NPC squad

Sean Botherway is looking to make an impression in his first season as Waikato coach.

Host of new players get chance to press claims to wear the red, yellow and black this season.

Players, provincial unions set for added funding

New Zealand's players are set for a pay rise and provincial unions will also feel the love from the new broadcast deal.

Jason O'Halloran of Manawatu will be moving to Scotland at the end of the season.

O'Halloran to take his talents to Scotland

Manawatu rugby coach will be leaving to coach in Scotland at the end of the season.

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