Rugby

Four old faces back in black

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All Blacks squad for Rugby Championship named

Loose forward Steven Luatua has been named in the All Blacks squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship.

Luatua responds to wake-up call

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Steven Luatua responds to coach's wake-up call

Blues backrower Steven Luatua has been given a reprieve by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen after being named in the Rugby Championship squad.

Hansen OK with stars out of position

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Steve Hansen OK as his stars realign

Steve Hansen has no problem with the Crusaders playing Dan Carter and Richie McCaw out of their preferred positions in the lead-up to the Rugby Championship.

Sevens beaten in Glasgow

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NZ sevens lose Games gold medal match

Commonwealth Games undefeated streak of 30 games ends in thrilling gold medal match.

A sevens icon

A sevens icon

Sir Gordon Tietjens is New Zealand's legendary sevens coach with training techniques to scare the fittest players.

Waratahs to host Super final

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Waratahs to host Super final

The Waratahs have earned a home final beating the Brumbies in the semi final. The Crusaders will travel to Sydney to contest for the Super Rugby title.

Former All Black's funeral

Former All Black's funeral

Former All Black, Kevin Skinner is farewelled by friends and family having passed away aged 86

Kevin Skinner punches Bekker

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Kevin Skinner punches Jaap Bekker

Don Clarke talks about Kevin Skinner's infamous fight with Jaap Bekker in the third test of the historic 1956 Springbok tour of New Zealand.

Crusaders' shot at redemption

Richie McCaw Memory of that shock home defeat to the Sharks will help Todd Blackadder motivate his men.

Could be the Tahs' year

Those underachieving pretty boys of Australian rugby are finally delivering on their promise, writes Taine Randell.

Gifford: Crusaders bet is safe

Crusaders will upset Tahs

Chiefs sign Skelton's brother

Cameron Skelton Waratahs star's 19-year-old brother Cameron has joined two-time Super Rugby champions.

NSW have inside knowledge

Daryl Gibson won four titles with the Crusaders' and now has an key role in preventing them ending their trophy drought.

Loss not forgotten

Carter unfazed by yips

Crusaders' shot at redemption

Memory of that shock home defeat to the Sharks will help Todd Blackadder motivate his men.

Hansen pledges help for Rio

Steve Hansen All Blacks coach says his team will do what they can to support NZ's bid for sevens Olympic gold.

NZ to play for sevens gold

Kiwis beat Australia in semifinal to move closer to their fifth Commonwealth Games sevens gold medal.

NZ into sevens semis

NZ Sevens survive scare

NZ 7s denied Super-men

The seemingly never-ending Super Rugby competition denied coach Gordon Tietjens any star power in Glasgow.

Marker for Wallabies success

Ewen McKenzie Coach says an Aussie side winning Super Rugby crown would be ''as good as it gets'' for the Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup prospects.

Chiefs' loss is Wallabies' gain

He sidestepped the Chiefs, figuratively and literally - and now Henry Speight is on the cusp of becoming a Wallaby.

Uncapped Speight called-up

Springboks look to old faces

Hayman to captain Toulon

Former All Blacks prop Carl Hayman has been named captain of champion European rugby club Toulon.

On bus, ABs know their place

Darren Shand Respect for the elders is alive and well in the All Blacks but the backseat bus tradition has evolved in recent times.

All Blacks' Game of Thrones

A new book attempts to unravel one of the great mysteries of the All Blacks - the ritual of the back seat.

Three changes likely for ABs

NZRU lock in six ABs

Slade set to miss cut

He's keeping Dan Carter out of the Crusaders No 10 jersey but Colin Slade may miss out when the latest ABs squad is named today.

Stags hopefuls get last chance

Stags The Stags 2014 squad is expected to be named in the next two days, with the decision-makers to take one final look at the video from games played at the weekend.

Time to stake claim for NPC

Establishing combinations will be the top priority as Taranaki take the field for their first 2014 outing.

Ferdinand on alternate strip

Cooper rewards club form

Cowan set to swim with Makos

Former All Black Jimmy Cowan is set to rekindle his New Zealand playing career with the Tasman Makos.

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