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Knowler: No time to dwell on Heinz's unlucky break

OUCH: The broken leg suffered by Willi Heinz will force the Crusaders coaches to test to the depth of their squad.

OPINION: Few things are certain in Super Rugby but injuries come with an iron-clad guarantee, as the Crusaders discovered.

Gifford: Ali Williams' clowning masked rugby skills

OPINION: Not everyone will miss the comical Ali Williams, who has packed up his clown kit and retired from rugby.

Canes fans needn't be concerned

How about a Kiwi Twickers?

super rugby

Crusaders go down to Hurricanes in pre-season clash

HARD HIT: Nehe Milner-Skudder of the Hurricanes is tackled by the Crusaders' Johnny McNicholl.

Dan Carter's bright half hour wasn't enough to prevent the Crusaders losing 41-31 to the Hurricanes.

Plenty at stake for Hurricanes second-stringers

The Hurricanes' lesser lights will have coach Chris Boyd's full and undivided attention in Eketahuna today.

REASON TO BE CONTENT: Dave Rennie.

Rennie content after first hit-out

Attitude and conditioning were the main things that stood out in the Chiefs' first game of the year.

sevens

Sevens still set to rock

SHELL SUITS: Samantha Johnston on the far right, holding out her paua shell skirt, at last year’s sevens.

Gone are the halcyon days when Wellington Sevens tickets sold out within minutes.

From sixes to sevens, Collier powers into NZ squad

Former Warriors under-20s player breaks into Gordon Tietjens' NZ Sevens squad for the first time.

GONE NORTH: Warwick Lahmert opted for England.

Switch leads Lahmert to Wellington sevens

Former Taranaki sevens captain Warwick Lahmert will play for England in Wellington.

international

French No 13 Dumoulin son of convicted murderer

ROOKIE CENTRE: Alexandre Dumoulin sings the national anthem during France's match against Australia at Stade de France in Paris.

France centre Alexandre Dumoulin is the son of disgraced former international Marc Cecillon.

Hartley tackling 'red mist moments'

NZ-born England hooker with a year's worth of bans seeks professional help to stop him seeing red.

INTERNATIONAL DEBUT: Sam Burgess has earned an England A callup after impressing for Bath this season.

Burgess ignores hype around England A debut

England Saxons coach says Sam Burgess isn’t buying into the hype as the league convert gets set to make his international rugby debut tomorrow.

all blacks

Sabbatical could keep Kaino on NZ Rugby books

All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino.

All Blacks flanker keen to stay in New Zealand - provided the best deal for his family is struck.

Faumuina wants to be top of the props for ABs

All Blacks prop motivated by more than money but admits it was hard to rebuff the euros on offer from Racing Metro.

NEED FOR SPEED: Frank Halai will leave New Zealand later this year to take up a deal with English club Wasps.

Wasps add some sting out wide with Halai signing

One-test All Black Frank Halai's deal with English club Wasps has been confirmed.

provincial

Stags' Boys signs with Irish club Ulster

MILESTONE: Tim Boys and his son Benson run onto the field in Christchurch for Boys' 100th game for Southland.

Tim Boys is heading to play in Ireland but is still likely to be back to play for the Stags in this season's provincial rugby campaign.

Bay of Plenty and Tonga halfback heads to Britain

Bay of Plenty and Tonga halfback Samisoni Fisilau has been signed by English second division club Jersey.

STAYING PUT: Elliot Dixon has extended his stay with the Southland Stags for another two seasons.

Dixon extends stay with Stags

The Stags hopes have received a major boost with Elliot Dixon extending his contract with Rugby Southland.

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