Rugby

Boks to muscle up and bash

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Springboks to muscle up and bash All Blacks

The Springboks are not going to claim their first win over the All Blacks for three years by playing expansively and will probably revert to a more traditional game plan.

Deans still yearns for ABs job

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Robbie Deans still yearns for All Blacks job

Robbie Deans still wants to coach the All Blacks and would have no problem working under Steve Tew.

Time to scar frustrated Boks

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All Blacks aiming to scar frustrated Springboks

Inflicting further mental scars on the Springboks is a core motivation for the All Blacks this week as they gear up for perhaps their toughest test of the year in Johannesburg.

Tamanivalu a fast learner

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Tamanivalu on the radar of Super Rugby teams

Seta Tamanivalu is in global demand with the powerful Taranaki centre's agent fieldeding calls from four of New Zealand's Super Rugby franchises and teams in Australia and South Africa.

Barrett lasered

Barrett lasered

A laser was used during the All Blacks versus Argentina as Beauden Barrett lined up a conversion in the first-half.

Fans, get to Yarrow Stadium

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Fans, get to Yarrow Stadium

Taranaki captain James Marshall is calling for the Taranaki public to get to Yarrow Stadium for their Friday night clash against Auckland.

Otago player caught naked

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Rugby player naked in changing sheds

Cameras were broadcasting live when this rugby player decided to shed all of his clothing in the changing rooms.

Tongan Thor

Tongan Thor

The Auckland schoolboy rugby player dubbed "Tongan Thor" looks set to head to Australia later this year.

ITM Cup needs revamp

Israel Dagg It's time for a re-think so the national provincial championship is less confusing and gives every team a shot.

Great days in heartland

Contrary to popular opinion, provincial rugby is alive and kicking. I know this because I live in the Hawke's Bay, aka Ranfurly Shield country.

No time for crass nationalism

Hansen delivers on hard calls

White steps down from Sharks

Jake White Top coach eyes next year's Rugby World Cup as he frees himself up to pursue an international opportunity.

Folau backs Hunt for success

Israel Folau has predicted fellow code-hopper Karmichael Hunt will be a hit at the Reds in 2015.

Crusaders to return to Timaru

Tough start, juicy finish

Umaga: Why ignore this prop?

Jarrod Firth has dominated in the NPC, but there's not much Super Rugby interest in the Steelers prop.

Bunce tipped to make his mark

Jordan Bunce Rugby is in the Bunce family blood, but Jordan Bunce thought he'd carved out his own niche in sevens rugby.

Blyde and Broughton called up

Taranaki reps Michaela Blyde and Gayle Broughton are in the 12-strong NZ squad for this week's Oceania tournament in Australia.

Grant to make Sevens debut

Tietjens selects new blood

Grant getting used to contact of sevens

Netballer Keshia Grant's rise to the national sevens team has left her with decisions to make about her future.

Corbisiero ruled out of tests

Alex Corbisiero England prop Alex Corbisiero has been ruled out of action until the end of the year due to a shoulder ligament injury.

Japan look to White

Japan boss Eddie Jones is open to employing World Cup-winning coach Jake White on a consultancy basis.

Boks ready for ABs challenge

Boks positive, but wary of ABs

Sheridan retires from rugby

Former England prop Andrew Sheridan has announced his retirement due to a persistent neck problem, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.

ABs must focus to beat Boks

Richie McCaw Trophies may be locked away but the All Blacks aren't relaxing as they look to what they say is the biggest test of the year.

Give back-up pair a try

Is it time for Steve Hansen to partner Ryan Crotty and Malakai Fekitoa in midfield, asks Andrew Mehrtens.

Hang up the gloves Sonny

Coles rejoining All Blacks

Rookie rake makes his mark

Nathan Harris will gift his first All Blacks rugby jersey to his parents after finally making his test debut in La Plata.

Magpies hope Lions don't pounce

Log o' Wood Chris Boyd has made only minor tweaks to his Lions side ahead of their Ranfurly Shield clash with Hawke's Bay.

Pressure on for Heartland coaches

The top four sides in the Heartland Championship will contest the Meads Cup while fifth to eighth fight out the Lochore Cup.

McKenzie out to make amends

Lions duo out of Shield clash

Southland steel themselves

There's a spring in the step in Stagland, but also a realisation of the hard work ahead to make the NPC semifinals.

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