Recap: Blues v Rebels

Matt Duffie celebrates after scoring a try.

Blues score four converted tries to run away with match in the second half in Melbourne.

Decisions soon for Whitelock

Sam Whitelock, pictured at training in Christchurch on Thursday, has been appointed as the Crusaders captain ahead of ...

The 28-year-old is off contract after the Lions tour New Zealand.

Fekitoa's future uncertain

Malakai Fekitoa on the charge against the Hurricanes during last year's Super Rugby campaign.

Highlanders and All Blacks midfielder Malakai Fekitoa open to change after 2017.

Cory Jane: still calling the shots

How sweet it was for Cory Jane, scoring a try as the Hurricanes beat the Lions in last year's Super Rugby final.

Off-contract at the end of the season, the 34-year-old is weighing up his Super Rugby future.

Where is the Carter criticism?

Dan Carter admitted to making a big mistake, and fans lapped it up.

OPINION: Dan Carter could have killed someone, but we praise him for owning up. Where was the outrage?

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Hammett to replace Brown?

Assistant coach Mark Hammett is entering the first year of his three-year contract with the Highlanders.

Highlanders assistant coach Mark Hammett would consider head coach job, but insists he will be more than happy to remain as an assistant.

Brown one and done

Highlanders head coach Tony Brown leaves for Japan at the end of the season.

The Highlanders will go into a second consecutive season with a departing head coach.

Blues thump Rebels

Rieko Ioane scored a hat-trick as the Blues thumped the Rebels with a bonus point win to open the Super Rugby season.

Rieko Ioane scores a hat-trick as Blues thump the Rebels in Super Rugby's season opener.

Play-by-play: Blues v Rebels

This will be Blues star Steven Luatua's final season of Super Rugby after signing a UK club deal.

The first match of Super Rugby 2017 a play at-a-time as the Blues clash with the Rebels in Melbourne.

Waratahs bring in 'fettuccine'

Bryce Hegarty will start at five-eighth for the Waratahs to open the Super Rugby season.

The man they call "fettuccine" will look to feast from five-eighth.

Beauden Barrett on bench

Manawatu's Otere Black gets the nod at first five-eighth for the Hurricanes.

Star All Blacks Dane Coles and Beauden Barrett are held back by Hurricanes.

McCaw flight lifts patient's spirits video

Hailey Crossan, 18, gets a hug from mum Kara after her flight with Richie McCaw.

Sky's the limit for cancer patient with All Blacks great Richie McCaw in support.

Crusaders start with 8 ABs

Centre Jack Goodhue's pre-season form has been good enough to convince Crusaders coach Scott Robertson to start him ...

Seta Tamanivalu on the right wing for opening Super Rugby match in Christchurch.

Reds itching for opener

Queensland Reds captain James Slipper is ready for the Super Rugby season to begin.

The Queensland Reds are done talking the talk. It's time to walk the walk.

Six Nations or Super Rugby?

Six Nation audiences prove its popularity.

OPINION: Sports reporters Glenn McLean and Jackson Thomas debate the merits of Super Rugby and Six Nations.

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Boring truth about Hansen, Lam

Steve Hansen isn't afraid to trade verbal blows but he has become more circumspect since taking over the All Blacks.

OPINION: The north may regard Kiwis and the All Blacks as lacking in respect, but the reality is different.

Reason: Cult of silence kills

OPINION: After the death of Dan Vickerman we need to talk about the problems that are killing our young men.

Welcome to the jungle, Lions

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McCaw flight lifts patient's spirits

Sky's the limit for cancer patient with All Blacks great Richie McCaw in support.

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SBW makes 'Muslim 500'

Sonny Bill Williams is recovering from an Achilles injury from the Rio Olympics as he looks to debut for the Blues in ...

Multi-talented Kiwi sportsman in heavyweight company as he's listed among the world's most influential Muslims.

How Canberra raids NZ rugby

Nehe Milner-Skudder, who was lured to the Canterbury Bulldogs before making a successful return to rugby.

Peter Mulholland is the ultimate Canberra Raider. Trouble is, he raids New Zealand.

Kieran Read talks gardening video

Andy Ellis, left, has interviewed his former Crusdaders and All Blacks team-mate Kieran Read on Seven Sharp.

All Blacks skipper shows off his ride-on mower on team-mate's current affairs show.

Welcome to the jungle, Lions

Lions coach Warren Gatland has expressed a desire for some tough lead-in games - and he'll certainly get his wish now.

OPINION: News that the ABs will be available for Blues, Crusaders makes the tourists' life even harder.

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To Dan Vickerman's sons

Dan Vickerman, pictured playing the All Blacks in 2006, had 'absolutely no fear'.

OPINION: Boys, this is the man your father was. By Peter FizSimons.

Toddy in a squeeze after No 9's punch

Former Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder now heads Bath in the English Premiership.

Ban of ex-Crusaders No 9 puts Blackadder's Bath to the test as injuries and Six Nations call-ups take a toll.

Healey: Solomona for Lions

Auckland-born wing Denny Solomona, who plays for the Sale Sharks, could be a bolter for the British and Irish Lions tour.

Sale's Auckland-born wing Denny Solomona tipped for a place on British and Irish Lions' tour.

Kirwan: Let's talk about suicide

Kirwan has been a mental illness advocate since his retirement from the game.

Sir John Kirwan believes we need to start talking more openly to help those with mental illness

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Manawatu not expecting Gibbins in 2017

Callum Gibbins played 66 games for the Manawatu Turbos.

Manawatu Turbos not expected to feature Callum Gibbins in 2017 after his contract with Glasgow Warriors.

Ex-NPC player jailed for rape

A Southland Stags team photo of Craig Wells.

Dark off-field life of a drug-addicted rugby player revealed as he's tried for the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Taufua returning to Tasman

Jordan Taufua, shown here in typical attacking mode for the Crusaders, is returning to Tasman.

Explosive loose forward Jordan Taufua is returning to the Tasman Makos.

Punters change their tune video

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 29:  A general view of Westpac Stadium in the Cup Final match between Fiji and South ...

Capital's stadium looks to keep turnstiles spinning as crowds put rock over rugby.

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Curtis returns for NZ sevens

Ambrose Curtis played for the New Zealand Maori last year.

New Zealand sevens coach Scott Waldrom has a sure bet with Ambrose Curtis back in Las Vegas.

Wanganui fined for ineligible player

Wanganui used an under-aged player in their women's sevens team at the Central Region Sevens last year.

Wanganui fined for player under-aged player in their women's sevens team.

How did Wgtn screw up the sevens?

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Internet MANA press secretary Pam Corkery listens as founder Kim Dotcom speaks to ...

OPINION: The brilliant Sydney event makes you wonder how Wellington stuffed up a "gimme" so badly, writes Pam Corkery.

Sevens appeal for females

New Zealand sevens representative Alena Saili is back home in Invercargill after competing in he first international ...

Rugby now not just a man's domain as the sport provides an appealing pathway for female athletes.

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Hammett to replace Brown?

Assistant coach Mark Hammett is entering the first year of his three-year contract with the Highlanders.

Highlanders assistant coach Mark Hammett would consider head coach job, but insists he will be more than happy to remain as an assistant.

Brown one and done

Highlanders head coach Tony Brown leaves for Japan at the end of the season.

The Highlanders will go into a second consecutive season with a departing head coach.

Blues thump Rebels

Rieko Ioane scored a hat-trick as the Blues thumped the Rebels with a bonus point win to open the Super Rugby season.

Rieko Ioane scores a hat-trick as Blues thump the Rebels in Super Rugby's season opener.

Play-by-play: Blues v Rebels

This will be Blues star Steven Luatua's final season of Super Rugby after signing a UK club deal.

The first match of Super Rugby 2017 a play at-a-time as the Blues clash with the Rebels in Melbourne.

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