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opinion

Metro move a gamble

MONEY TALKS: Dan Carter will reportedly earn about $3 million per year by Racing Metro.

OPINION: French club should be nervous after signing the injury-prone All Black, writes Richard Knowler.

Arrogant fans hinder All Blacks

OPINION: The All Blacks are treated properly when they come to Europe but it's not a two-way thing.

Pocock should be lauded

XV without Retallick, ridiculous

super rugby

Bardoul ready to prove worth

MOVING UP: Johan Bardoul in action for Bay of Plenty against Auckland in the NPC.

Johan Bardoul is feeling confident he can prove himself at Super Rugby level with the Chiefs.

Super Rugby start just what Heem hoped for

Bryce Heem is trading in Dubai, Las Vegas and Tokyo for Dunedin, Canberra and Durban, and he couldn't be happier.

DENIED AT THE DEATH: Crusaders No 8 Kieran Read looks dejected after the red and blacks lost the Super Rugby final to the Waratahs in Sydney.

Sorry outcome for Foley-foiled Crusaders side

Bernard Foley weighs only 89kg but he had little reservations about kicking the mighty Crusaders where it hurts most.

sevens

New Zealand sevens hit both highs and lows

TWELVE TIMES: New Zealand won yet another sevens world series title in 2014.

The New Zealand sevens team hit some near historic highs during 2014, as well as some historic lows.

Draw made for Wellington sevens

New Zealand pooled with England, Canada and Papua New Guinea for Wellington leg of World Series.

FINDING FORM: DJ Forbes is leading his New Zealand Sevens team up the world series table.

SA prove sevens not easy

Master coach Gordon Tietjens has said it for years, but perhaps people are starting to believe him.

international

Cheika poised to recruit scrum guru

BIG PLANS: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is reportedly close to signing an expert scrum coach in the hope of solving Australia's set-piece woes ahead of the World Cup.

The Wallabies are set to appoint a scrum guru to help solve their set-piece woes.

Jimmy Gopperth poised to sign lucrative Wasps deal

Former Hurricanes and Blues first-five set to sign an English rugby club deal as replacement for an ageing star.

England hooker Dylan Hartley has been suspended for three weeks for an off-the-ball elbowing incident.

England hooker Hartley banned for three weeks

England hooker suspended for three weeks for off-the-ball elbowing incident in Premiership match.

all blacks

O'Driscoll backs Carter for ABs

THUMBS UP: Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll is backing Dan Carter to start at No 10 for the All Blacks as they attempt to defend their title at next year's World Cup in England.

Irish great believes Dan Carter is key to the All Blacks defending the World Cup in England next year.

All Blacks can go up a gear

New All Blacks defensive coach Wayne Smith thinks the team can find the improvement needed to stay ahead of the pack.

Blake Pelham, 17, leaving Blenheim District Court.

Teens charged over rugby shirts

Two teens have appeared in court over the burglary of rugby jerseys from ex-All Black Leon MacDonald's home.

provincial

Accusations overshadow appointment

DOWN AND OUT: Wellington captain Brad Shields was all anguish after the Lions were relegated to provincial rugby's second tier for 2015.

The Wellington Rugby Football Union has staunchly defended the process by which Earl Va'a was appointed Lions coach.

Perfect farewell for Glenn Moore in Heartland

Defending champions Mid Canterbury timed their Meads Cup run to perfection but it was not without some nervous moments.

SNUBBED: Peter Russell seemed the obvious choice to take over at Wellington but was not given the coaching job.

Russell looking beyond NZ rugby

Overlooked for the Wellington Lions job, Peter Russell reluctantly accepts his coaching future probably lies offshore.