Rugby

'The pacemaker you can't catch'

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Schalk Burger ready for All Blacks challenge

Veteran South African loose forward Schalk Burger says the All Blacks are "the pacemaker you can't catch", but he's desperate to beat them again.

Racial taunts investigated

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Racial taunts allegations under investigation

Khaki-clad men alleged to have yelled abuse every time a non-white Springbok made a mistake in Wallabies test.

Deans still yearns for ABs job

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Robbie Deans still yearns for All Blacks job

Robbie Deans still wants to coach the All Blacks and would have no problem working under Steve Tew.

ABs flank old 'warrior' foe

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All Blacks pause to flank old 'warrior' foe

Suffering from a crippling illness, pride and happiness well in Joost van der Westhuizen's eyes as he meets All Blacks.

Barrett lasered

Barrett lasered

A laser was used during the All Blacks versus Argentina as Beauden Barrett lined up a conversion in the first-half.

Fans, get to Yarrow Stadium

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Fans, get to Yarrow Stadium

Taranaki captain James Marshall is calling for the Taranaki public to get to Yarrow Stadium for their Friday night clash against Auckland.

Otago player caught naked

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Rugby player naked in changing sheds

Cameras were broadcasting live when this rugby player decided to shed all of his clothing in the changing rooms.

Tongan Thor

Tongan Thor

The Auckland schoolboy rugby player dubbed "Tongan Thor" looks set to head to Australia later this year.

Boks to muscle up and bash

Willie le Roux The Springboks are not going to claim their first win over the All Blacks for three years by playing expansively.

ITM Cup needs revamp

It's time for a re-think so the national provincial championship is less confusing and gives every team a shot.

Great days in heartland

No time for crass nationalism

Tamanivalu a fast learner

Seta Tamanivalu Seta Tamanivalu is in global demand as the big centre lights up the NPC with Taranaki.

Umaga: Why ignore this prop?

Jarrod Firth has dominated in the NPC, but there's not much Super Rugby interest in the Steelers prop.

White steps down from Sharks

Folau backs Hunt for success

Highlanders boost forward stocks

The Highlanders have signed seven new players to boost their forward stocks for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Bunce tipped to make his mark

Jordan Bunce Rugby is in the Bunce family blood, but Jordan Bunce thought he'd carved out his own niche in sevens rugby.

Blyde and Broughton called up

Taranaki reps Michaela Blyde and Gayle Broughton are in the 12-strong NZ squad for this week's Oceania tournament in Australia.

Grant to make Sevens debut

Tietjens selects new blood

Grant getting used to contact of sevens

Netballer Keshia Grant's rise to the national sevens team has left her with decisions to make about her future.

Lee-Lo to play for Samoa

Rey Lee-Lo Counties Manukau and Hurricanes centre Rey Lee-Lo has decided to play international rugby for Samoa.

Wallabies out to restore pride

Bernard Foley says victory over the Pumas is non-negotiable as the Wallabies strive to restore some pride.

England stocks take sizeable hit

Corbisiero ruled out of tests

Sheridan retires from rugby

Former England prop Andrew Sheridan has announced his retirement due to a persistent neck problem, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.

Boks ready for ABs challenge

Adrian Strauss South Africa believe their improved fitness levels will make them a more dangerous side in the closing stages against the All Blacks.

ABs must focus to beat Boks

Trophies may be locked away but the All Blacks aren't relaxing as they look to what they say is the biggest test of the year.

Give back-up pair a try

Hang up the gloves Sonny

Time to scar frustrated Boks

Inflicting further mental scars on South Africa is a core motivation for the All Blacks this week.

Magpies hope Lions don't pounce

Log o' Wood Chris Boyd has made only minor tweaks to his Lions side ahead of their Ranfurly Shield clash with Hawke's Bay.

Pressure on for Heartland coaches

The top four sides in the Heartland Championship will contest the Meads Cup while fifth to eighth fight out the Lochore Cup.

McKenzie out to make amends

Lions duo out of Shield clash

Southland steel themselves

There's a spring in the step in Stagland, but also a realisation of the hard work ahead to make the NPC semifinals.

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