Rugby

Cruden steps out of the shadows

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Aaron Cruden steps out of Dan Carter's shadow

After years spent as the understudy to All Blacks icon Dan Carter, first-five Aaron Cruden is now undoubtedly his own man.

Magpies swoop on Shield

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Magpies swoop in and claim Ranfurly Shield

Hawke's Bay have won back the Ranfurly Shield they lost last year after a thrilling 27-21 win over Counties Manukau in Pukekohe.

Pumas should pack a punch

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ABs' aura gone? Yeah, right

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Gifford: Has All Blacks aura gone? Yeah, right

Any suggestion the All Blacks had lost their "aura" was well and truly put to bed during their demolition of the Wallabies in Auckland

Counties vs Hawke's Bay

Counties vs Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay have taken back the Ranfurly Shield from holders Counties Manukau in spectacular fashion with a late second-half try.

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.

Crusaders star 'racially abused'

Crusaders star 'racially abused'

Winger Nemani Nadolo's superb season with the Crusaders has been soured by claims he was racially abused.

McCaw shows he's still got it

Richie McCaw After Richie McCaw's display at Eden Park against the Wallabies, surely his critics will have learned to zip it.

Nonu is still the first-choice No 12

While Sonny Bill Williams is a talented athlete, Ma'a Nonu remains New Zealand's best option at second-five.

NPC serves its purpose

Only catering can stop ABs

Welsh fixture looms

Andrew Flexman The Chiefs are sitting tight and are hopeful of hosting Wales in a midweek fixture during their tour of New Zealand in 2016.

O'Connor returning home

Queensland Reds announce signings of ex-Wallaby James O'Connor and code-hopper Karmichael Hunt.

Moore's change of pace

Hunt confirms AFL exit

Recruitment issues for Blues

John Kirwan will take a more hands-on role next season amid concerns about the Blues' struggles to recruit quality coaches.

Speed, size and adaptability

Julian Savea You've got to be rugby's version of a Swiss army knife to make Gordon Tietjens' head turn.

Women's series grows by two

Sevens world series extends to six tournaments with Canada and England signing up as hosts.

All Blacks keen to play sevens

Opinions divided over sevens

Messam in the mix for sevens

Veteran loose forward adds his name to the list of All Blacks keen to contend for the first Olympic gold in rugby sevens.

'A bureaucratic time warp'

Jonathan Kaplan Former top rugby referee Jonathan Kaplan says innovations like a captain's challenge are needed.

'Gatland's Law' to plug drain

Wales rugby coach brokers deal aimed at stopping player exodus to lucrative French club scene.

Young flanker ruled out

IRB rebranding in global quest

Welsh reach agreement

The Welsh Rugby Union has agreed a six-year deal with its four regions, ending a dispute that threatened to tear the national game apart.

If SBW is the best, pick him

Sonny Bill Williams Who said life was fair? If you want to win and Sonny Bill Williams is the best man for the job, give him the job.

Fear of losing drives ABs

The All Blacks are so paranoid about losing a game they don't try new players as much as they should and need to.

Mr Invincible just keeps going

ABs fear of losing

England star: Why ABs are best

England flanker Tom Wood believes his side lacks mental toughness in comparison to the ruthless All Blacks.

Auckland seek to hook Makos

Shane Christie After an emphatic start to the season, Tasman will face a stern challenge against Auckland at Eden Park on Sunday.

Life's a beach for Manu

Canterbury No 8 Nasi Manu is back playing in the NPC after a coach-imposed holiday that has him feeling fresh.

Century looms for evergree Smylie

Mooloo men win in the wet

Magpies take Shield

Hawke's Bay are the new holders of the Ranfurly Shield after a thrilling 27-21 win over Counties Manukau.

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How long do you think Hawke's Bay will hold the Shield for this time?

Two weeks. Otago will take it easily.

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