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opinion

Sporting journey set high standards

Sports Editor Evan Pegden calls it a day at the WaikatoTImes  after 40 years.

OPINION: Waikato Times sports editor Evan Pegden engendered the greatest respect throughout his career.

Picking a world cup squad always a mystery

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

Robson: ABs need Sopoaga video

Reason: England intend to bludgeon

super rugby

Leguizamon signs for Super Rugby

Pumas back rower Juan Manuel Leguizamon has joined the growing number of Argentina players returning home to play Super Rugby.

Argentina back row Juan Manuel Leguizamon has signed up for the new Argentine Super Rugby franchise for two years.

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.

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

Feeney named Blues assistant

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

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

Cotter defends Hardie selection

Highlanders flanker John Hardie gets the chance to further prove he deserved his place in the Scotland World Cup squad when they face France in Paris.

Kiwi Scotland coach again defends selection of NZ flanker as they prepare for World Cup.

Robshaw leads England by example

Chris Robshaw is not many people's idea of a star man, least of all the England captain himself.

Springboks players celebrate after defeating Argentina in Buenos Aires in August.

Boks rely on old heads at RWC

South Africa will rely on players who have seen it all before as they bid for a third RWC.

all blacks

Home where hill is for Nonu

All Black Ma'a Nonu, right, on one of his training runs around the back streets of Seatoun. "The game is changing all the time, you have to keep evolving and keep up to date."

As World Cup looms, All Blacks star No 12 opens up on the secrets to his success.

Top 10 Rugby World Cup upsets video

We all remember "that" game in '07, but the RWC has a history of the unexpected - here are 10 of the top surprise wins.

Veteran All Black Cory Jane has been upfront about his disappointment at missing out on selection for the Rugby World Cup.

The harsh reality of rugby

Falling short of your goals can be devastating, whether you're an All Black or an accountant.

provincial

Thrush hat-trick sets up win

Wellington`s Jeremy Thrush put in a fine effort for his team down south.

14 min ago  Jeremy Thrush shines to lead Wellington to 53-3 NPC win over Southland.

Auckland rack up half century video

All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina hopes to play one more game for Auckland before the World Cup.

West Coast's flying French halfback Hugo Torres scores against South Canterbury in the Heartland Championship. Torres' try was not enough with South Canterbury winning 40-24 to retain the Coalpit Trophy in Timaru.

Wanganui thrash North Otago

6:52 PM  Wanganui sounded a warning to Heartland Championships hopefuls with an eight try drubbing of the previously unbeaten North Otago in Oamaru.

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