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Review: Ref's mistake blows full time on Blues

TOUGH LUCK: Sarel Pretorius from the Cheetahs celebrates his try during his side's win over the Blues in Bloemfontein on Saturday morning.

OPINION: Referee Rohan Hoffman cops criticism after penalising the Blues late in their loss to the Cheetahs on Saturday morning.

Fans vent as Crusaders capitulate against Chiefs

OPINION: Backlash following defeat to Chiefs brutal. Some of the abuse vitriolic, some measured. Little missed its target.

Stars keep slipping through Blues' fingers

Opinion: Cane you believe the hype?

super rugby

Kirwan needs win over Lions on all sorts of levels

UNDER-FIRE: Blues coach Sir John Kirwan and his team desperately need a win against the Lions at Albany Stadium tonight.

5:00 AM  Winless after three matches, under-fire Blues coach faces contest with Lions that's must-win on all sorts of levels.

Highlanders win gripping contest with Chiefs

Highlanders win thrilling Super Rugby match with Chiefs 20-17 in Hamilton.

SORRY BADGER: Matt Toomua of the Brumbies scores a try as Nick Cummins watches.

Brumbies down Force to spoil return of the Honey Badger

The Brumbies spoiled a return to Super Rugby for Wallabies winger Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins.

sevens

Season sweep still on for NZ sevens women video

ALL SMILES: Honey Hireme is happy to be back in the New Zealand women’s sevens team.

The NZ women's sevens team is on the cusp of something special - a clean sweep of the World Series events.

Samoan PM unleashes on sevens stars

Tuilaepa Sa’ilele comes out swinging at 'lazy' sevens players whose performances are an 'eyesore'.

HBW: Honey Hireme is nicknamed Honey Bill Williams for her game-breaking skills.

Hireme, Tapsell back for NZ women's sevens

Women's rugby sevens World Cup winners return to the side building up to next year's Rio Olympics.

international

Opinion: Super Rugby's three burning questions

UPBEAT: Blues coach John Kirwan says his team just need little things to go right for them.

OPINION: Fairfax Media’s leading rugby scribes tackle the three burning questions of the week.

Italy formalises bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

Italy will bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, joining Ireland and South Africa in the running.

OUTSPOKEN: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen caused a stir with his suggestion that rugby is becoming boring.

Welsh coach backs Hansen's 'boring' rugby fear

All Blacks coach has growing support for his fears that rugby risks becoming boring if the domination of defence in the game isn't addressed.

all blacks

Ko, Dagg compete in cricket-golf challenge video

Lydia Ko

Women's golf world No 1 pads up to smash a sweetly-timed drive off All Blacks star's golf ball bowling.

Serious injury concern for All Black lock Brodie Retallick

All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick suffers suspected AC shoulder joint injury in Chiefs win over Crusaders.

AU REVOIR: Crusaders back Tom Taylor has signed a three-year deal with Bayonne.

Taylor signs with French Top 14 club

Three-test All Blacks back joins the end of year exodus, signing a three-year deal with Bayonne.

provincial

Naholo to play NPC before France move

MOVING ON: Waisake Naholo will be screaming to the French after signing a deal to play with Clermont.

Wing to play for Taranaki in national provincial championship before he takes up contract with Clermont.

Tasman put Trafalgar Park in the mix to host Lions

Tasman boss says there are compelling reasons for Nelson to host a match during the 2017 Lions tour.

Nathan Tudreu with the ball during the home final for the Manawatu Turbos against Hawkes Bay Magpies.

Record profit, record low turnout

When the Manawatu Rugby Union announced a record profit of $425,840 at its bizarre annual meeting last night, there were precious few attending to celebrate it.

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