Kiwi Gatland insists all is sweet

SWEET AS: Wales coach Warren Gatland has denied he is feeling the heat as his team seeks an elusive win over a southern hemisphere side.

8:24 AM  Wales coach Warren Gatland has denied he is under extra pressure ahead of Sunday's clash with the Boks.

Wallabies to honour Hughes

MICHAEL HOOPER: The Wallabies skipper and his team will wear black armbands in honour of fallen cricketer and countryman Phillip Hughes when they play England at Twickenham this weekend.

Australian rugby players to wear black armbands against England this weekend.

Elliot still eyeing World Cup

NOT GIVING UP: Hika Elliot wants to play at next year's Rugby World Cup.

Hika Elliot is grateful for a second chance with the Chiefs after his neck injury and wants to make the most of it.

Afeaki's career could be over

COSTLY KNOCK: Ben Afeaki after his damaging head clash for the Chiefs in Christchurch back in February.

Chiefs prop looking at the very real prospect of never playing rugby again and could quit six weeks into new season.

Burgess in line for Bath debut

READY TO ROLL: Former Rabbitohs forward Sam Burgess is expected to make his rugby union debut for Bath this weekend.

Code-crossing star Sam Burgess set to debut for Bath against Harlequins this weekend.

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opinion

Back to Blacks champs no given

UNDERDOGS?: Steve Hansen doesn't think the All Blacks should be considered world cup favourites.

OPINION: Steve Hansen, in typical deadpan manner, was being dead earnest when he said the All Blacks shouldn't be considered favourites for next year's Rugby World Cup.

All Blacks in good shape for 2015

OPINION: Steve Hansen will have all the answers by the time September rolls around, says Ian Snook.

ABs keep tricks in bag

Lessons learned on the job

super rugby

Fiji courts Crusaders, but Nelson won't give up

HEADING HOME?: Could Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo be heading home to Fiji for a Super Rugby showdown with the Hurricanes?

The Tasman Rugby Union is still hoping to attract the Crusaders to Nelson despite speculation the Super Rugby franchise wants to stage a game in Fiji next season.

Marshall aces 'yo-yo' test as Canes resume training

Chris Boyd wouldn't have been the least bit surprised by the identity of the last man standing.

BIG DRAWCARD: Crusaders stars Kieran Read and Richie McCaw could attract a full-house at Fiji's 20,000 capacity national stadium.

Smith: Keep the Crusaders at home

OPINION: The Crusaders should think very hard before snubbing Nelson to take a Super Rugby game to Fiji.

sevens

Rookie duo named in NZ Sevens team for Dubai

BOLTER: Wellington's Murphy Taramai is one of two rookies named in Gordon Tietjens' NZ squad for the Dubai Sevens.

Two debutants to play for NZ at Dubai Sevens next week, with Murphy Taramai and Sam Vaka named in Gordon Tietjens’ squad.

Six rookies for Sevens squad

Tietjens names six rookies in Sevens squad for the 2014-15 season.

PLENTY OF OPTIONS: New Zealand women’s sevens coach Sean Horan.

NZ sevens team named

Several big guns may be njured, but the arsenal at NZ women's sevens coach Sean Horan’s disposal is bigger than ever.

international

Gatland insists all is sweet with Wales

SWEET AS: Wales coach Warren Gatland has denied he is feeling the heat as his team seeks an elusive win over a southern hemisphere side.

8:24 AM  Wales coach Warren Gatland has denied he is under extra pressure ahead of Sunday's clash with the Boks.

Sam Burgess in line for early Bath debut

Code-crossing star Sam Burgess set to debut for Bath against Harlequins this weekend.

MICHAEL HOOPER: The Wallabies skipper and his team will wear black armbands in honour of fallen cricketer and countryman Phillip Hughes when they play England at Twickenham this weekend.

Wallabies to honour Phillip Hughes at Twickenham

Australian rugby players to wear black armbands against England this weekend and "thinking of Phillip and his family"

all blacks

Elliot still eyeing World Cup

NOT GIVING UP: Hika Elliot wants to play at next year's Rugby World Cup.

Hika Elliot is grateful for a second chance with the Chiefs after his neck injury and wants to make the most of it.

Retallick up for more awards

World player of the year Brodie Retallick up for NZ player 2014 alongside fellow All Blacks.

UNDERDOGS?: Steve Hansen doesn't think the All Blacks should be considered world cup favourites.

Back to Blacks champs no given

OPINION: Steve Hansen, in typical deadpan manner, was being dead earnest when he said the All Blacks shouldn't be considered favourites for next year's Rugby World Cup.

provincial

Bulls up in poll as Taranaki mull name change

A LOAD OF BULLS: James Marshall could be captaining the Taranaki Bulls next season.

Tradition appears to be winning over change when it comes to a new name for Taranaki's NPC side.

Scotland chase flanker Hardie

Southland flanker John Hardie is being chased by Scotland but a move does not look likely at this stage.

IN THE RUNNING: Taranaki centre Seta Tamanivalu is a finalist for the NPC players of the year.

Tamanivalu up for player of the year award

The black ties will be out for a number of Taranaki players after the New Zealand rugby awards finalists were named this week.