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opinion

Metro move a gamble

MONEY TALKS: Dan Carter will reportedly earn about $3 million per year by Racing Metro.

OPINION: French club should be nervous after signing the injury-prone All Black, writes Richard Knowler.

Arrogant fans hinder All Blacks

OPINION: The All Blacks are treated properly when they come to Europe but it's not a two-way thing.

Pocock should be lauded

XV without Retallick, ridiculous

super rugby

Bardoul ready to prove worth

MOVING UP: Johan Bardoul in action for Bay of Plenty against Auckland in the NPC.

Johan Bardoul is feeling confident he can prove himself at Super Rugby level with the Chiefs.

Super Rugby start just what Heem hoped for

Bryce Heem is trading in Dubai, Las Vegas and Tokyo for Dunedin, Canberra and Durban, and he couldn't be happier.

DENIED AT THE DEATH: Crusaders No 8 Kieran Read looks dejected after the red and blacks lost the Super Rugby final to the Waratahs in Sydney.

Sorry outcome for Foley-foiled Crusaders side

Bernard Foley weighs only 89kg but he had little reservations about kicking the mighty Crusaders where it hurts most.

sevens

New Zealand sevens hit both highs and lows

TWELVE TIMES: New Zealand won yet another sevens world series title in 2014.

The New Zealand sevens team hit some near historic highs during 2014, as well as some historic lows.

Draw made for Wellington sevens

New Zealand pooled with England, Canada and Papua New Guinea for Wellington leg of World Series.

FINDING FORM: DJ Forbes is leading his New Zealand Sevens team up the world series table.

SA prove sevens not easy

Master coach Gordon Tietjens has said it for years, but perhaps people are starting to believe him.

international

Hartley sees red for elbow

England hooker Dylan Hartley may miss the Six Nations after being awarded a red card for an elbow.

England hooker could miss the Six Nations through suspension after being sent off for an off-the-ball incident.

Cheika unfazed by exodus

Wallabies coach not worried about prospect of mass exodus of stars after next year's Rugby World Cup.

FURIOUS: Toulon boss Mourad Boudjellal has threatened legal action against Leicester Tigers supporters whose testimony led to Delon Armitage's 12-week suspension.

Toulon boss threatens fans with legal action

A furious Mourad Boudjellal threatens legal action against supporters of English rugby club over star player's suspension.

all blacks

All Blacks can go up a gear

MASTERMIND: Wayne Smith brought his defensive coaching skills to the Chiefs and will now take them back to the All Blacks.

New All Blacks defensive coach Wayne Smith thinks the team can find the improvement needed to stay ahead of the pack.

Smith takes on defence

NZ Rugby confirm Chiefs assistant's return to ABs, taking on the role of specialist defence coach.

Sonny Bill Williams trains with the All Blacks ahead of their final test of the year, against Wales in Cardiff.

SBW: Code-hopping 'cool' for kids video

Boxing and changing codes positive realities of modern professional sport, oval ball superstar says.

provincial

Accusations overshadow appointment

DOWN AND OUT: Wellington captain Brad Shields was all anguish after the Lions were relegated to provincial rugby's second tier for 2015.

The Wellington Rugby Football Union has staunchly defended the process by which Earl Va'a was appointed Lions coach.

Perfect farewell for Glenn Moore in Heartland

Defending champions Mid Canterbury timed their Meads Cup run to perfection but it was not without some nervous moments.

SNUBBED: Peter Russell seemed the obvious choice to take over at Wellington but was not given the coaching job.

Russell looking beyond NZ rugby

Overlooked for the Wellington Lions job, Peter Russell reluctantly accepts his coaching future probably lies offshore.