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Gifford: Ali Williams' clowning masked rugby skills

CLASS CLOWN: Former All Blacks lock Ali Williams was always good for a laugh and great for a win.

OPINION: Not everyone will miss the comical Ali Williams, who has packed up his clown kit and retired from rugby.

Canes fans needn't be concerned

OPINION: News that Jeremy Thrush has signed for English club Gloucester should not alarm Hurricanes fans.

How about a Kiwi Twickers?

Metro move a gamble

super rugby

Veteran All Black Ellis could return to Crusaders

THE AGONY: Crusaders halfback Willi Heinz lies prone on the turf after breaking a leg against the Highlanders.

Losing Willi Heinz with a broken leg has left the Crusaders preparing for Super Rugby without an experienced halfback.

Will Heinz's injury opens door for Billy Guyton

A season-ending leg injury to Willi Heinz propels South Canterbury oldboy Billy Guyton into the Super Rugby spotlight.

TRY TIME: Southland's Scott Eade scores a try while playing for the Highlanders in their pre-season game against the Crusaders in Timaru on Saturday.

Highlanders prove too sharp for Crusaders

The Highlanders notched up a win but more importantly got through their pre-season match with the Crusaders relatively unscathed.

sevens

Liam Messam promoting indigenous sevens tournament

GOOD GESTURE: All Black Liam Messam is giving his name to a new indigenous sevens tournament to be played in Cambridge next month.

All Blacks loose forward gives name to new sevens tournament that will have indigenous selection basis.

Bainimarama asserts Fijians' rugby rights

Fiji PM brushes off World Rugby criticism of how sevens TV coverage was seized and broadcast free.

PACE AND POWER: Waikato wing Honey Hireme is back in the NZ women's sevens squad for 2015.

Honey 'Bill' back in NZ women's sevens squad

Waikato wing returns to contracted sevens squad this year after break in 2014, adding her trademark power and pace.

international

Jones retires from test rugby

Wales prop Adam Jones is hanging up his international boots after earning 96 test caps.

British and Irish Lions prop retires from international rugby after being left out of Wales' Six Nations squad.

Larkham to join Wallabies coaching staff

Michael Cheika usually gets his man and Stephen Larkham is no exception with the Test centurion and Brumbies coach about to add Wallabies attack coach to his resume.

FORMER CHIEF: Mils Muliaina will lead his new team Connacht tonight.

Mils Muliaina to captain new team Connacht

Mils Muliaina will captain his new club Connacht in their final push for a European Challenge Cup quarter-final .

all blacks

Faumuina wants to be top of the props for ABs

STAYING PUT: All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina admits it was hard to turn down offers from European clubs but says he has unfinished business at test level.

All Blacks prop motivated by more than money but admits it was hard to rebuff the euros on offer from Racing Metro.

Victory in ring key for SBW's sporting master plan

Potential defeat to journeyman American on January 31 will force a re-think of future plans for All Blacks midfielder.

NOT GOING JUST YET: All Blacks frontrower Charlie Faumuina has committed to another two years at the Blues.

Prop Charlie Faumuina re-signs with NZ rugby

ABs prop Charlie Faumuina has turned down a lucrative French contract and signed for two more years.

provincial

Stags' Boys signs with Irish club Ulster

MILESTONE: Tim Boys and his son Benson run onto the field in Christchurch for Boys' 100th game for Southland.

Tim Boys is heading to play in Ireland but is still likely to be back to play for the Stags in this season's provincial rugby campaign.

Bay of Plenty and Tonga halfback heads to Britain

Bay of Plenty and Tonga halfback Samisoni Fisilau has been signed by English second division club Jersey.

STAYING PUT: Elliot Dixon has extended his stay with the Southland Stags for another two seasons.

Dixon extends stay with Stags

The Stags hopes have received a major boost with Elliot Dixon extending his contract with Rugby Southland.

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