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Ref Review: Joubert No 16 video

Referee Craig Joubert did little to earn fans across the Tasman in the Super Rugby semifinal in Sydney, but in review it appears his calls were mostly right.

Waratahs fans up-in-arms over referee calls in semifinal, but did the Highlanders really have a 16th man?

Ban fans for kids sports safety

OPINION: If we're going to end verbal abuse and violence at children's sport, there's a simple solution.

High octane heroics hit hard video

Conrad Smith makes Lassie look disloyal

super rugby

Rugby scalper sabotage bids

Rugby fans keen to get their hands on a ticket to the Hurricanes vs Highlanders rugby game have gone online to try their luck.

6 min ago  Angry fans are striking back at scalpers with absurdly priced bids, including one of $56m.

Super scalping stoush

The Government says it can't do anything about Super Rugby final scalpers, but Labour says it can and should.

Beauden Barrett will be one of the keys for the Hurricanes against the Highlanders

1st5R: Barrett vs Sopoaga

3:21 PM  With Super Rugby spoils on the line, first-fives Beauden Barrett and Lima Sopoaga are set to go head to head.

sevens

Football-mad Brazil taking to rugby

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.

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

Cooper eyes sevens in Rio

Rio Olympics beckon for Quade Cooper after the Wallaby's contract saga took yet another twist.

The Wellington Cup and Wellington Sevens are teaming up to create a festival fortnight in the capital.  New Zealand sevens player Lote Raikabula  and Wellington Cup winning jockey Matt Cameron lead Patch the pony to the sevens trophy, watched by past costume winners. From left, Bernadette, Jack (9) and Finn (7) Sharkey-Burns, and Matthew Reading (Iron Man).

Ponying up to save the Sevens video

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

international

Ioane brothers among new Maori AB caps

Blues flyer Rieko Ioane is one of 10 new caps in the Maori All Blacks squad named in Wellington on Tuesday.

2:32 PM  Chiefs midfield back named captain for games against Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians next month.

Treviranus to captain Samoa against ABs

Flanker Ofisa Treviranus named Samoa captain against NZ and for the Rugby World Cup.

Springbok Fourie Du Preez is in doubt for the Rugby World Cup after tearing medial ligaments in his knee.

Du Preez injury adds to Springbok woes

Halfback faces six weeks on sidelines with knee injury in the latest blow to Springboks ahead of RWC.

all blacks

Berryman tribute ahead of funeral

Members of the Wanneroo Districts Rugby Club placed a chair and pair of gumboots in the position where former All Black Norm Berryman used to spectate.

A pair of gumboots and a foldaway chair were placed behind the dead ball line at Tompkins Park in Perth.

Williams and Kaino to unleash on Samoa

A new-look midfield could be just one talking point of an intriguing NZ team to take on Samoa.

Referee Aaron Paterson gets out of the way as All Blacks halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow makes a break for Hautapu in a Waikato premier club match against Morrinsville Sports at Campbell Park, Morrinsville, on Saturday.

Kerr-Barlow's returns after hard slog

All Blacks halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow made his return via Waikato club rugby after eight months of hard work to rehab a horrific leg injury.

provincial

Auckland club rugby facing a teenage exodus

Manukau's Tuatalatau Kaivelta is out of steam after his game but Auckland club rugby numbers are on the decline.

Club rugby in Auckland is facing a major crisis with teenagers turning their back on the game and local institutions struggling to survive.

Hit of the century contender video

Otago Rugby call it the tackle of the century, here's a case of David meets Goliath on the rugby field.

Tana Umaga (right) celebrates with Steelers Hika Elliot and Sean Reidy and fans after the province's first Ranfurly Shield victory against Hawke's Bay in 2013.

Umaga has unfinished business with Counties

Tana Umaga has unfinished business with Counties Manukau before he joins the Blues while the union is in no rush to find his replacement.

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