Rugby

'New look' <br>ABs backline

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'New look' All Black backline for Pumas clash

Major adjustments are not a familiar theme with the All Blacks but that's exactly what the backline confronts in Argentina this week.

Whitelock set <br>for ABs return

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Sam Whitelock set to return for the All Blacks

Provided he makes it through training unscathed, Sam Whitelock seems set to return for the All Blacks this week.

Folau ready for running game

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Folau ready for running game against the Boks

Australia fullback Israel Folau expects a more open game than in their previous encounter when the Wallabies take on South Africa.

Broadhurst is staying grounded

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James Broadhurst vows to keep feet on ground

Taranaki lock James Broadhurst will bring up 50 games for the province against Auckland on Friday night. Rugby writer Glenn McLean talks with him about the milestone.

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.

All Blacks ready for Cup clash

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All Blacks ready for clash

All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw says the team is moving on from last week's draw and have their eyes set on securing the Bledisloe Cup.

Top 5: Wallabies <br>vs All Blacks

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Top 5: Wallabies vs All Blacks

The trans-Tasman rivalry is heating up, and we bring you five of the greatest Bledisloe Test Match victories won over in Sydney.

Opportunity knocks for Barrett

Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett There's a lot for young All Black to get his head around as he moves to No 10, writes Andrew Mehrtens.

Hansen ruthless over Cruden

All Blacks coach shows he's not afraid to make tough calls despite having records and titles on the line.

Stags defence needs work

Sorting cliches from reality

Tough start, juicy finish

Chris Boyd Hurricanes might lay claim to eight and a half home matches next season by the time they have mulled over their draw.

A date to circle

Invercargill or Queenstown look likely options to host mouthwatering Highlanders-Chiefs showdown on May 30 next year.

Crusaders set for Nelson match

Just five games for Hamilton

Crusaders to return to Timaru

The Crusaders are coming back to Timaru for their first pre-season game of the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Olympics sevens rules tighten

Olympic rings Country-hopping rugby players need to play four sevens world series legs to qualify for Rio 2016, IRB says.

Tietjens rebuilding again

Olympic qualification could be tougher for NZ Sevens team, thanks to strength of current crop.

Sevens fails to sell out

NZ sevens learn fate

Smith's Olympic dream dashed

The goal posts have changed for Wallabies great George Smith in his bid to represent Tonga in Rio.

Genia: Boks will be fired up

Will Genia Halfback highlights enormity of Wallabies' task at Newlands, warning home side will be at physical and mental peak.

Burger back for Boks

Bone crunching Springboks flanker Willem Alberts out of Rugby Championship injured, opening spot for veteran backrower.

Chance for Taylor to shine

Hansen shows who's boss

England's Youngs ruled out

England hooker Tom Youngs has been ruled out of the Autumn internationals because of a shoulder injury, Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said.

Coy but keen on start at No 10

Beauden Barrett Aaron Cruden's late night antics create "great opportunity" for Beauden Barrett - and he knows it.

Discipline lapse seized on

World media don't hold back on Aaron Cruden's drinking antics, taking chance to put boot into All Blacks.

Senior ABs 'pretty disappointed'

Cruden could pay heavy price

AB 'pays the price'

Aaron Cruden keeps quiet after big night out causes him to miss tour and disappoint his coach in the process. | Hansen ruthless

Small crowds a major concern

Small crowd Falling attendances in the NPC are a worry for New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew.

Cruden unlikely for Turbos

All Blacks star may have been kicked off the Argentina trip, but he's unlikely to re-join the Turbos, coach says.

Vito's return only good news

Even Boyd is wondering

West shines for Magpies

Ihaia West the star as Hawke's Bay beat Bay of Plenty 36-17 to retain the Ranfurly Shield.

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