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Gifford: Four tips on how to win Rugby World Cup

CUP RUNNETH OVER: Captain Richie McCaw (left) and coach Graham Henry hold the William Webb Ellis trophy aloft during the All Blacks' victory parade in Christchurch in 2011.

OPINION: Between now and the start of the RWC there will be some high levels of anxiety over the All Blacks' chances.

Knowler: No time to dwell on Heinz's unlucky break

OPINION: Few things are certain in Super Rugby but injuries come with an iron-clad guarantee, as the Crusaders discovered.

Gifford: Ali Williams' clowning masked rugby skills

Canes fans needn't be concerned

super rugby

Blackadder refuses to be rattled by pre-season losses

FAVOURITE SON: Dan Carter is mobbed by fans after playing for the Crusaders against Hurricanes.

Another pre-season stumble for the Crusaders has been accompanied by an injury to skipper Matt Todd.

Good pre-season start bodes well for Hurricanes

Blade Thomson's mohawk wasn't the only reason he, and the Hurricanes, stood out at Eketahuna.

STILL OUT: All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw in action on the November tour.

Richie McCaw off-limits for Crusaders clash with Reds

Richie McCaw won't be available for the Crusaders' final pre-season game against the Reds on Friday night.

sevens

Sharing the field with Dan Carter 'cool'

Kris Watt , 16, is a ball boy for at Sevens. It's his last year doing it.

6:39 AM  Not many young rugby fans can boast they've shared the field with Dan Carter, but Wellington teenager Kris Watt is proud to have had the honour.

Switch leads Lahmert to Wellington sevens

Former Taranaki sevens captain Warwick Lahmert will play for England in Wellington.

SHELL SUITS: Samantha Johnston on the far right, holding out her paua shell skirt, at last year’s sevens.

Sevens still set to rock

Gone are the halcyon days when Wellington Sevens tickets sold out within minutes.

international

French No 13 Dumoulin son of convicted murderer

ROOKIE CENTRE: Alexandre Dumoulin sings the national anthem during France's match against Australia at Stade de France in Paris.

France centre Alexandre Dumoulin is the son of disgraced former international Marc Cecillon.

Hartley tackling 'red mist moments'

NZ-born England hooker with a year's worth of bans seeks professional help to stop him seeing red.

INTERNATIONAL DEBUT: Sam Burgess has earned an England A callup after impressing for Bath this season.

Burgess ignores hype around England A debut

England Saxons coach says Sam Burgess isn’t buying into the hype as the league convert gets set to make his international rugby debut tomorrow.

all blacks

Sabbatical could keep Kaino on NZ Rugby books

All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino.

All Blacks flanker keen to stay in New Zealand - provided the best deal for his family is struck.

Faumuina wants to be top of the props for ABs

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

NEED FOR SPEED: Frank Halai will leave New Zealand later this year to take up a deal with English club Wasps.

Wasps add some sting out wide with Halai signing

One-test All Black Frank Halai's deal with English club Wasps has been confirmed.

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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