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Opinion: Cane you believe the hype?

ON A ROLL: Ma'a Nonu and the Hurricanes are two from two to start their Super Rugby campaign. Are they legitimate title contenders this year?

OPINION: Stuff.co.nz's leading rugby writers tackle the three burning rugby questions of the week.

Robson: Not-so-Super start for Kiwi franchises

OPINION: If you're a Canes fan it's a case of who cares, but for everyone else it's been a predictably sketchy opening two weeks.

Review: Referees left seeing red in Super Rugby

Opinion: Does DC still have it and is JK's job in doubt?

super rugby

Victory snatched from Blues

Blues captain Jerome Kaino on a run against the Cheetahs at the Free State Stadium.

Blues fuming after contentious late penalty costs them a chance at their first win of the Super Rugby season.

Highlanders get one over the Reds in Dunedin

The Highlanders have claimed their first win over the Queensland Reds since 2009 with a 20-13 victory.

Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles runs the ball against the Western Force in Perth.

Hurricanes overpower Force

Men from the capital run rampant in Perth to secure an emphatic Super Rugby bonus point win.

sevens

Samoan PM unleashes on sevens stars

STINGING WORDS: Samoan PM Tuilaepa Sa’ilele has come out swinging at his country's 'lazy' sevens players.

Tuilaepa Sa’ilele comes out swinging at 'lazy' sevens players whose performances are an 'eyesore'.

Vancouver secures rugby sevens series leg

World Rugby expands sevens season with a 10th tournament added to the calendar next year.

TIM MIKKELSON: ‘‘It was definitely an easy decision with the Olympics around the corner.’’

Mikkelson extends contract with NZ sevens team

NZ Sevens player and former world player of the year re-signs contract through to the Rio Olympic Games.

international

England primed for Dublin 'decider' with Ireland

WELCOME PARTY: England coach Stuart Lancaster says his side are expecting a hot reception in Dublin.

11:45 AM  Unbeaten rivals clash in Dublin, with the winners set to be installed as red hot title favourites.

Lock Michael FitzGerald lost to Manawatu Turbos

Manawatu and Chiefs lock Michael FitzGerald has signed with a club in the United Kingdom.

STARTING ROLE: Peter Horne will start in the No 10 jersey for Scotland against Italy at Murrayfield.

Scotland flyhalf Horne replaces banned Russell

Peter Horne will start at first-five in place of the banned Finn Russell in one of four changes for Scotland.

all blacks

Henry: Carter pivotal to ABs World Cup chances

SPEAKING OUT: Former All Black coach Graham Henry will enjoy being a spectator at this year's Rugby World Cup in England.

Fragile playmaker Dan Carter remains pivotal to the All Blacks chances of winning back-to-back Rugby World Cup, says champion coach Graham Henry.

Former AB Weepu inks French rugby deal

Former All Blacks halfback Piri Weepu to part ways with London Welsh after miserable season.

ROUGH STUFF: All Black Wayne Shelford leaves the field injured during the infamous 1986 'Battle of Nantes' test against France.

France 'loaded' for infamous 1986 All Blacks test video

France players high on drugs in test infamous for Shelford scrotum ripping, Lance Armstrong investigator claims.

provincial

Record profit, record low turnout

Nathan Tudreu with the ball during the home final for the Manawatu Turbos against Hawkes Bay Magpies.

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.

Canterbury resigned to not hosting the Lions

Canterbury boss realistic stadium is too small and hopes tourists would play Crusaders or Canterbury instead.

HAND UP: Tasman boss Tony Lewis says there are compelling reasons for Nelson to host a match during the 2017 Lions tour.

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.

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