Rugby

Chiefs seal <br>playoff spot

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Chiefs battle in rain, seal Super playoffs spot

Chiefs will appear in the Super Rugby playoffs for the third year in a row and they are there because of a defence based on team spirit.

Highlanders focus on performance

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Highlanders focused on win, not permutations

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph says key for his team tonight is to "control what we can control, which is our performance.''

Strong backing for Singapore

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Strong backing for Singapore Super Rugby bid

Super Rugby's expansion dots are joining up. Eric Series is the chairman of Samoa Water and Sealegs. He is also a rugby man.

Todd to stick with Crusaders

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Matt Todd shuns France to stick with Crusaders

Richie McCaw casts a long shadow, yet Matt Todd seems impervious to the threat it poses to his livelihood as he extends his time with the Crusaders.

Chiefs qualify <br>for playoffs

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Chiefs qualify for playoffs

Wind and rain lashed Eden Park as the Chiefs kept their Super rugby season alive by beating the Blues 11-8.

Eyes on Super Rugby return

Eyes on Super Rugby return

All Blacks management will be nervous as Super Rugby resumes over the next two weeks, with four physically demanding local derbies on the horizon.

ABs aim for <br>clean sweep

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All Blacks aim for clean sweep

Heading into the third test with England, All Black skipper Richie McCaw says the team is motivated to make it a test series clean sweep.

All Blacks <br>up the ante

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All Blacks upping the ante

The All Black's are hoping to hit top gear this Saturday in Hamilton in the final test against England.

Meet rugby's clown prince

Andrew Mehrtens In this exclusive extract from his memoir, Phil Gifford talks of his affection for Andrew Mehrtens.

The year of the Waratahs

If you had $100 on the Waratahs to win their first-ever title, you would be feeling happy with yourself.

More of the same Nonu guff

Super clash of the fullbacks

Bulls smash the Rebels

Francois Hougaard Two tries from lock Paul Willemse helped South Africa's Bulls to a 40-7 victory over bottom side Melbourne Rebels.

Brumbies clinch playoffs spot

Matt Toomua hat-trick catapults the Brumbies into Super Rugby playoffs at expense of the Western Force.

Osborne move mutually beneficial

Frantic final scramble

Todd to stick with Crusaders

Richie McCaw casts a long shadow, yet Matt Todd seems impervious to the threat it poses to his livelihood.

Tietjens opts for veterans

Tomasi Cama Sevens veterans Lote Raikabula and Tomasi Cama have been named as travelling reserves for the New Zealand team ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Omissions shows strength

With all the smiles on display at the NZ Sevens team naming, it was easy to forget about the shattered outcasts.

Gunning for Glasgow

Dickson delighted at selection

Gill selected for Aussies

Wallaby Liam Gill has been selected to spearhead Australia's 12-man rugby sevens squad in Glasgow.

Balshaw retires from rugby

Iain Balshaw England World Cup-winning back Iain Balshaw has retired after failing to recover from a knee injury.

Dream come true for Samoa

New Zealand rugby great Bryan Williams has lauded the long overdue decision to take the All Blacks to Samoa.

Honey Badger off to Japan

Du Preez out for the year

Blues inspire Wallabies

If the NSW can do it, the Wallabies believe they too can bust a hoodoo and win back the Bledisloe Cup.

Zac's hefty challenge

Zac Guildford Zac Guildford admits he must lose weight as he resumes his troubled rugby career in France.

Weepu set to leave NZ rugby

Former All Blacks halfback to leave Blues and join English club London Welsh.

Smith to stay in New Zealand

Smith to return home after scare

All Blacks to play NPC teams

The All Blacks will play North Harbour and Northland in the buildup to their opening Bledisloe Cup clash.

Few surprises for Taranaki

Surprises were few and far between when Taranaki's national provincial championship squad was named.

Shield staying on with Counties

Counties Manukau have retained the Ranfurly Shield with a 46-10 victory over Mid Canterbury in Pukekohe

Mid Canterbury seek respect

Future is bright for Page

Kerr back for Steelers

Return from injury of Blues first-five a notable feature of Ranfurly Shield holders Counties Manukau's squad named yesterday.

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