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opinion

Romantics should holler for Highlanders

A bloodied Alex Ainley typifies the spirit and verve in the Highlanders' unheralded forward pack on their march to the Super Rugby final.

OPINION: Southern folk choking on their cheese rolls have just two words to say about a Canes runaway: Alex Ainley.

Reason: We should back Canes

OPINION: The Highlanders may be everyone's second team, but NZ rugby needs them to lose.

Ref Review: Joubert No 16 video

Ban fans for kids sports safety

super rugby

Saveas savour the moment

Masina and Lina Savea will be watching proudly from the stands as their sons run out for the Hurricanes' first home Super Rugby final on Saturday.

5:00 AM  Masina and Lina Savea's pride in their rugby boys is evident throughout their home.

Last salute for Captain Hurricane

New Captain Hurricane wanted as long-time mascot Nathan Lewer retires after 21 years.

Highlanders fans Marie and David Fahey, of Invercargill, with the original video tape from when David recorded crowd footage from the 1999 Super Rugby final between Highlanders and Crusaders at Carisbrook.

Highlanders fan's popular video video

Invercargill-based Highlanders fan's video an internet hit.

sevens

Canada Sevens set for mid-March in world series

The Fiji team celebrate after winning round eight of the HSBC Sevens World series in Glasgow.

Inaugural Canadian round of the Sevens World Series will take place in Vancouver on March 12-13.

Ponying up to save the Sevens video

Wellington Sevens will move to a Saturday-Sunday, team up with the Wellington Cup.

Members of Brazil's sevens teams play a match during the opening of a new rugby pitch which is installed on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Football-mad Brazil taking to rugby

Interest in oval ball code rising in football-mad nation since sevens earned place in Rio Olympic Games.

international

Folau signs three-year Australian rugby deal

Waratahs wing Israel Folau looks dejected after his team lost their Super Rugby semifinal against the Highlanders.

Former State of Origin sensation has chosen to stick with the 15-man game, signing a new deal with the ARU.

Gibson: 'You can't pick 30'

Ex-All Black and incoming Waratahs coach dismisses RWC doubts over Wallabies based on Super Rugby form.

Rugby coach Frans Ludeke has taken a job with Fiji after leaving the Bulls last month.

Fiji hire Super Rugby coach

Former Bulls coach picks up forwards coaching role with island nation in build-up to Rugby World Cup.

all blacks

Berryman laid to rest in Perth

Norm Berryman in one of his finest performances for the Crusaders - a two-try effort against the Sharks in their Super 12 semifinal in 1998.

Hundreds flock to mourn rugby cult figure Norm Berryman in Perth, Western Australia.

McCaw thoughts on a new jersey video

Backs' new jersey might be "three times too small for them", but All Blacks' new jersey one to be proud of, captain says.

Former Samoan captain Mahonri Schwalger believes ticket prices to the All Blacks test are too expensive for locals.

Samoans defend ticket prices

19 min ago  All Blacks' test against Samoa to be played in-front of 8000 after Apia Park capacity reduced.

provincial

Ranfurly Shield clash in Napier

Horowhenua-Kapiti rugby union chief executive Corey Kennett, left, and rugby development officer Ryan Shelford are hoping the union's top side can win the Ranfurly Shield off Hawke's Bay later this month.

Horowhenua-Kapiti rugby players are hoping to win the shield off Hawke's Bay this month.

Foundation player Malneek is a true Mako man

Robbie Malneek probably bleeds shark blood. He is Mako through-and-through.

Jack Goodhue focused on ITM Cup for Cantabs

Fresh from lifting the Under-20 Rugby World Cup trophy in Italy, Jack Goodhue is now fully focused on becoming a regular feature in Canterbury's ITM cup starting line up.

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