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Euro elite for Wallabies

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Wallabies set for tests against Europe's elite

The Australian Rugby Union has confirmed the Wallabies' 2014 spring tour will start and end in London with tests against Ireland, Wales and France nestled in between.

Blues ring the changes

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Blues ring the changes again for Hurricanes

Rotation in the pivotal first five-eighth role continues at the Blues with Chris Noakes to face the Hurricanes.

Prop Franks out for Canes

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Prop Ben Franks ruled out for the Hurricanes

All Blacks prop Ben Franks has been ruled out of the Hurricanes' clash with the Blues at Westpac Stadium on Friday with a groin injury.

Fonotia in doubt after injury

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Fonotia in doubt; call for 'test match' mentality

Kieron Fonotia's tender hamstring is threatening to disrupt the Crusaders' new-look midfield.

Anscombe ready <br>for No 10

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Anscombe ready for pivot role

Chiefs back Gareth Anscombe is ready to fill the boots of injured star first-five Aaron Cruden.

Hammett to quit Hurricanes

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Hammett to quit Hurricanes

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett announced he won't stick around for future seasons.

Steven Luatua stepping up

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Steven Luatua stepping up

Flanker Steven Luatua has fast become the Blues 'Mr Fix-it' after a series of injuries has seen him rotated around the forward pack.

Blues' Francis <br>Saili to return

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Francis Saili to return

Blues midfielder Francis Saili has recovered from a foot injury, and is expected to return against the Brumbies.

Mental endurance key

Crusaders History won't allow the Crusaders to blame jet lag if they flop against the Chiefs on Saturday night.

Time to ditch South Africa?

As Super Rugby nears its 20th year Andrew Mehrtens wonders if it's time to ditch South Africa.

Awkward buildup for Canes

Gareth saves Chiefs bacon

Marshall learning to stand tall

Rhys Marshall Rhys Marshall has figured a few things out as the 2014 Super Rugby season progresses.

Retallick likely to get green light

Chiefs two-metre lock Brodie Retallick is confident he will be cleared to play against the Crusaders.

Mealamu keen to hook back

Sam Cane is ready for action

Toby Robson's Teamtalk

Toby Robson breaks down the latest Super Rugby games in his own inimitable style.

New Zealand leads Sevens field

Kayla Mcalister of New Zealand. New Zealand have defeated Australia 26-12 in the China Sevens final.

NZ women progress in China

New Zealand are through to the semifinals of the China Sevens after beating France 42-7 in the quarterfinal.

NZ's defence used against it

World Series back on track

Believe the Goss

She's like a young, unbearded female version of Sevens captain DJ Forbes - if you believe the hype.

Feet first into trouble

Jared Payne Last weekend Jared Payne was sent off in the fifth minute of the Heineken Cup quarterfinal between Ulster and Saracens for taking a man out in the air.

New format ends rugby dispute

The future of European club rugby was resolved on Thursday, with a new elite competition replacing the Heineken Cup.

Cooper backs combined Anzacs

Kiwi Russell to step down

Cowan leaving Gloucester

Former All Black Jimmy Cowan is on the move from Gloucester.

Only passionate need apply

Steve Hansen Passion as well as form are key elements in making the All Blacks squad for next year's World Cup.

A month to earn ABs jersey

So far this Super Rugby season I'm not sure there's one player who has put his hand up and demanded to be promoted into the All Blacks.

Strict betting rules from NZRU

ABs' back room tinkering

Cashed up clubs closing in

With even more cash in their pockets now, French clubs are stepping up efforts to sign All Blacks.

Umaga encourages kids to set goals

Tana Umaga Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga has been visiting Auckland schools, inspiring a new generation of rugby players.

Female refs rule rugby roost

Nicky Inwood and Chelsea Gurr are a good match for the male egos they meet on the rugby pitch.

Robertson linked with Biarritz

Umaga re-signs with Counties

Apanui could be solution

Richard Apanui is tipped to make a return to Southland rugby with the hope of lining up in the No 10 jersey.

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