ARU needs 'some cojones'

Phil Kearns believes the Australian Rugby Union needs to call SANZAAR's bluff.

12 min ago  Former Wallaby captain Phil Kearns challenges ARU to demand all five Aussie Super teams are retained.

Smith still the best ABs No 9

Aaron Smith prepares to kick from the back of the scrum against the Brumbies.

OPINION: Aaron Smith is coming back to form and New Zealand should celebrate, writes Paul Cully.

Adopt a Lions fan

Some Kiwi rugby fans will be billeting British and Irish Lions supporters during this year's tour.

NZ rugby fans are opening their homes to British and Irish Lions supporters - without taking payment.

Crusaders' happy conundrum

Crusaders No 8 Whetu Douglas clocked-up 312 minutes in his first four appearances for the Crusaders. He was spelled from ...

There is a No 8 at the Crusaders that is going all right. No, it is not All Blacks skipper Kieran Read.

Sopoaga junior's rapid rise

Tupou Sopoaga, pictured playing for the Panthers in 2015, is set to debut for the Highlanders on Friday night.

2:50 PM  Former league player Tupou Sopoaga - brother of Lima Sopoaga - is named on the Highlanders' bench.

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Kiwis open doors to Lions fans

Kiwis offering up their homes have been described as a "credit to mankind" by British and Irish Lions fans.

Generous Kiwis offer free beds, banter and beer to Lions fans struggling to find accommodation.

Cullen receives legend of sport award

Christian Cullen unloads the ball under pressure from Stormers Centre Robbie Fleck in 2001 at the Westpac Stadiu.

Christian Cullen is the first to receive the Kapiti award.

Locked in: Chiefs duo re-sign

Dominic Bird, who has re-signed with the Chiefs, celebrates a try against the Rebels.

Dominic Bird turns down interest from elsewhere as he and Michael Allardice commit to the Chiefs.

May the Force be with us

Former All Blacks first five-eighth Andrew Mehrtens doesn't believe the Western Force should be cut from Super Rugby.

Cutting the Force from Super Rugby would be a big mistake, All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens says.

Crusaders on scrum warpath

Michael Ruru of the Force looks on as the scrum packs during the round five Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and ...

Oh dear, that was terrible. About 20 minutes of scrum re-sets and collapses. The Crusaders have had enough.

Former All Blacks coach dies

Eric Watson coaching the 1980 All Blacks.

Eric Watson wasn't one for excuses, not even after a team food poisoning incident prior to a loss to Oz

Highlanders hooker re-signs

Liam Coltman, pictured being tackled against in round one against the Chiefs, will play for the Highlanders until at ...

Liam Coltman will be part of the Highlanders until at least the end of 2019

Jones wants Force, Rebels cut

Eddie Jones says the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels should get the axe, not the Brumbies.

'Leave the Brumbies alone', says Eddie Jones, who calls for Super Rugby to return to original sides.

ABs captain to play club footy

Kieran Read, who has been working as the water boy during the Crusaders' matches this season, is negotiating a new ...

Kieran Read will make a rare appearance for University as he ramps up his return from wrist surgery.

Teenage players escape punishment after melee

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South Canterbury Rugby chief executive finds no fault after under-18 game called off.

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Aussie rugby hits new low

The Brumbies and their fellow Australian conference teams have lost all seven matches to Kiwi opponents so far in Super ...

OPINION: New stats show ballroom dancing is as popular as rugby in Australia. That should worry Kiwis, writes Marc Hinton.

Celebrate when rugby players make money

OPINION: Here's a news flash for hidebound snobs who are offended by the fact money is now a part of rugby.

Step up on concussion, PM

Barrett no bolter just yet

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Aaron Smith's 'massive mistake'

All Blacks star believes he has turned a corner since his 'very disappointing' end to 2016.

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Aaron Smith's 'massive mistake' video

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All Blacks star believes he has turned a corner since his 'very disappointing' end to 2016.

'ABs have nothing to fear'

The Six Nations matches were often an arm-wrestle as Wales loose forward Sam Burton discovered against England.

Quality of Six Nations rugby not enough to worry the All Blacks over composition of the Lions, UK report says.

Injured ABs take to catwalk video

All Blacks Lima Sopoaga during a practice run as a catwalk model at the Dunedin Railway Station Friday.

Injured All Black players Lima Sopoaga and Waisake Naholo showcase skills of a different type.

Jones wanted ABs test

RFU boss Ian Ritchie and England coach Eddie Jones.

England boss says Eddie Jones was behind failed bid to play All Blacks this year.

international

New deals for Kiwi duo

Jack Lam has resigned with Bristol.

English Premiership Rugby club Bristol have locked up a couple of Kiwis.

Reason: Homage to the scrummage

Codie Taylor told the referee "we're here to scrum".

OPINION: If you don't love the scrummage, then you don't love rugby.

Barrett in Baby Blacks squad

Jordie Barrett will play for the Baby Blacks.

Jordie Barrett will line up for the Baby Blacks in the Oceania tournament next month.

Blackadder's embarrassing loss

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder is refusing to panic despite a 53-10 drubbing by Saracens.

Toddy "not panicking" after suffering one of the worst hidings of his coaching career.

provincial

Seven bonus-point wins in Country rugby

Combined Country Cup rugby action between Methven and Oxford.

Bonus point wins were the order of the day in round one of the Combined Country Cup rugby competition.

Neck strength link in concussions

Otago's Liam Coltman wearing a concussion chip beneath his ear.

Dunedin study finds a link between uneven neck strength and the severity of impacts to the head.

Lions tour screenings uncertain

Melanie and Sarah Sharpe were among hoards of anxious fans who watched the All Blacks beat Australia in the 2015 Rugby ...

No city has locked in fan zone broadcast rights, including Wellington.

Concussed: Gregory's battle

Glen Gregory is coaching Feilding Old Boys-Oroua in Manawatu Club Rugby this year.

After a horrific run of concussions, just standing on the sidelines of a rugby field is an achievement for former Tasman flanker Glen Gregory.

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Schoolgirl eyes black jersey

Motueka High School student Risaleaana Pouri-Lane, 16, has been playing for the Black Ferns development rugby sevens ...

Is a Motueka schoolgirl New Zealand's next sevens star?

Schoolboy to sevens star

Vilimoni Koroi catches a pass against England at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas earlier this month.

New Zealand Rugby plots a course to manage its teenage star, who hopes to continue his rapid rise.

Sevens scheduling rules Dunedin out

Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium is out of contention to host next year's Sevens due to scheduling issues.

With the students out of town, Dunedin won't be chasing sevens hosting rights.

Sevens' books back in the red

New Zealand Rugby said it has tried to entice fans back to the Wellington Sevens, but admitted the event was "not where ...

New Zealand Rugby's balance sheets takes a beating as fan interest in tournament dwindles.

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Locked in: Chiefs duo re-sign

Dominic Bird, who has re-signed with the Chiefs, celebrates a try against the Rebels.

Dominic Bird turns down interest from elsewhere as he and Michael Allardice commit to the Chiefs.

May the Force be with us

Former All Blacks first five-eighth Andrew Mehrtens doesn't believe the Western Force should be cut from Super Rugby.

Cutting the Force from Super Rugby would be a big mistake, All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens says.

Crusaders on scrum warpath

Michael Ruru of the Force looks on as the scrum packs during the round five Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and ...

Oh dear, that was terrible. About 20 minutes of scrum re-sets and collapses. The Crusaders have had enough.

Highlanders hooker re-signs

Liam Coltman, pictured being tackled against in round one against the Chiefs, will play for the Highlanders until at ...

Liam Coltman will be part of the Highlanders until at least the end of 2019

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