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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

Prop Reggie Goodes makes super start to season

BACK TO HIS BEST: Reggie Goodes of the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes has rebounded from concussion problems to star for the franchise.

Ngatai sees win over Highlanders as key to season

The Chiefs will need another big performance from their backs against the Highlanders.

KEY MAN: Highlanders lock Tom Franklin is hoping to build on an excellent rookie season in 2014.

Highlanders keen to convert lineouts into points

The Highlanders are the best leapers in the competition, with a success rate just over 94 per cent.

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

Ex-ABs coach gives Ireland shot at World Cup

WISE WORDS: John Mitchell has been impressed with Ireland's progress under Joe Schmidt.

7:33 AM  Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell believes Ireland have realistic expectations of winning this year’s World Cup.

Top 14 league hurting France, says technical director

France are going through another tough Six Nations campaign because the Top 14 league takes too much space.

STEVE HANSEN: "If we want to encourage people to watch the game, then scoring tries is what does that ... if we don't address it, then we are going to get very boring rugby matches."

Rugby becoming 'boring', says All Blacks coach

ABs coach Steve Hansen has given an alarming state of the game report as rugby prepares for the World Cup.

all blacks

Ko, Dagg play cricket-golf 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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