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Robson: ABs need Sopoaga video

Lima Sopoaga starred for the All Blacks in his debut test against the Springboks at Ellis Park but still missed the cut for the 31-man World Cup squad.

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga's non-selection in the All Blacks World Cup squad is hard to fathom.

Reason: England intend to bludgeon

OPINION: But at least the 2003 champs are likely to be competitive, which is more than we can say for sure about France.

Gifford: Dramatic ABs selection

Robson: Dagg, Jane out

super rugby

Sponsorship key to Canes growth

Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee.

As a number of Hurricanes prepare for World Cup duty, the Wellington franchise is on the hunt for a sponsor.

Crusaders search for new GM

Crusaders going global in their search for a new off-field supremo to oversee Super Rugby franchise squad.

Wellington loose forward Vaea Fifita in action during last season's national provincial championship.

Hurricanes sign Lions loosie Fifita

Sacrifice and hard work have paid off for Wellington loose forward Vaea Fifita.

sevens

Top ref Joubert eyes Rio 2016

Craig Joubert has earned his reputation through decisive officiating and good communication skills.

Craig Joubert switches focus from 15s to sevens with a dream of officiating at next year's Olympics.

Tietjens starts long Olympic trial

SBW aside, it wasn't quite the star studded announcement NZ sevens coach Gordon Tietjens envisaged 18 months ago.

Bay of Plenty will continue to play host to the national tournament until 2018.

BOP keep sevens nationals until 2018

The national sevens tournament will remain in the Bay of Plenty until at least 2018, although the location could change during that time.

international

Joe Stanley's nephew openly gay

Sam Stanley, right, has become the first English rugby union professional to come out as gay.

Former AB Joe Stanley's nephew becomes first English rugby union professional to come out as gay.

Scotland score six in Italy rout

Scotland ran in six tries to overwhelm Italy 48-7 in a one-sided World Cup warm-up game at Murrayfield.

Ireland's Paul O'Connell (left) and Wales' Alun Wyn Jones contest a lineout during their Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Dublin.

Wales edge Ireland in warm-up

Wales hung on to beat Ireland 16-10 in an intense Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Dublin.

all blacks

Messam's four-year wait ends

All Black loose forward Liam Messam has climbed his four-year Everest with World Cup selection.

Liam Messam cradled his newborn son in one arm when he got the call to the World Cup.

Versatility gave Slade, Barrett edge video

Dan Carter's emphatic Eden Park statement dealt the final blow to Lima Sopoaga's World Cup hopes.

Sam Whitelock, pictured in action against the Wallabies, is one of three locks listed in the All Blacks' 31-man squad

All Blacks to roll dice with three locks video

Jeremy Thrush the unlucky one as national selectors gamble on just three locks for World Cup.

provincial

Harbour grab dramatic win over Stags

North Harbour players celebrate their win  over Southland in Invercargill.

Daniel Halangahu penalty helps North Harbour steal a dramatic 26-25 NPC win over Southland.

Bush falter on new artificial turf

Wairarapa Bush hosted a first-class rugby match on an artificial turf for the first time on Saturday night in Masterton, losing 18-16 to North Otago.

Waikato flanker Whetu Douglas makes a break against Bay of Plenty at Tauranga Domain.

Waikato show what their backline can do

Visitors put their exciting backline to good use in Tauranga to take out 43-10 NPC win.

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