Radical revamp if Lions win series

Winston Peters observes the All Blacks' captain's run in Paris last November. Could he be coaching the All Blacks if ...

OPINION: Winston Peters as next All Blacks coach and Kiwi rivers to run red if the Lions beat the All Blacks, teases Mark Reason.

Chiefs to rest Kerr-Barlow

Jonathan Taumateine will take on the responsibility of starting halfback for the Chiefs against the Sunwolves on Saturday.

Chiefs' depth at halfback to be severely tested with a concussed Tawera Kerr-Barlow to be rested and Finlay Christie suspended.

Gatland's early excuse

Lions coach Warren Gatland is facing planning and coaching challenges on the looming tour of New Zealand.

Seems it's only just dawned on the Lions coach he has three days to get his team ready for their NZ tour opener.

English critic worries for Lions

All Blacks captain Kieran Read ran some great lines for the Crusaders to help destroy the Stormers.

Free-wheeling Canes and Crusaders show how tough it's going to be for Lions.

Test spot SBW's to lose

Sonny Bill Williams has shown flashes of his best for the Blues so far in Super Rugby.

OPINION: If he proves his form over the next month, Sonny Bill Williams should get the No 12 jersey against the Lions.

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Eager Ngatai plays 80 minutes

Charlie Ngatai got more minutes under his belt for University against Hamilton Old Boys.

Charlie Ngatai deals with big hits from Zac Guildford and co to complete a full match in Waikato club rugby.

The unluckiest Chiefs player

Chiefs player Sam McNicol turned to brain training in order to try and help his long-running concussion symptoms.

After a long-running battle with concussion, Chiefs player Sam McNicol found an alternative treatment.

Cheetah hunting for Crusaders

Scott Robertson, right, arrives to provide assistance to All Blacks team-mate Simon Maling during the test against the ...

Scott Robertson was on the spot when a Springboks supporter attacked the ref in Durban in 2002.

Australian rugby 'struggling to develop players': Gibson

Daryl Gibson, pictured at a Waratahs' training session, says player and coach development is a major problem for ...

'Major problems in Australian rugby', says Waratahs' Kiwi coach.

Gibson has Waratahs' board's 'full support'

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson and Assistant coach Cam Blades of the Waratahs look pensive as they approach a game against ...

Waratahs bosses back Daryl Gibson, who "still has faith in myself''.

Six match ban for Sharks centre video

Referee Marius van der Westhuizen red cards Andre Esterhuizen for a dangerous tackle in the Super Rugby match against ...

Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen handed a stiff six-week ban after being sent off for a dangerous tackle against the Rebels.

Claims of violence at rugby match

A player was allegedly kicked in the head following a Stokes Valley v Johnsonville match on Saturday. (FILE)

It's alleged multiple king hit punches were thrown and a player was kicked in the head during a rugby game in Wellington.

Valley take down defending champions

Athletic Marist first-five Antini Brown kicks down field against Excelsior.

Valley stunned defending champions Maheno in round four of North Otago senior rugby's Citizens Shield on Saturday.

Christie's stamp 'reckless' video

Finlay Christie has been banned for three weeks.

Chiefs face halfback crisis after Finlay Christie cops three-week ban that 'merited' six after grazing opponent's head.

Rugby club's Anzac tribute

College Rifles rugby club's 2017 commemorative Anzac jersey, worn by the premier men's team on the 100th anniversary of ...

Auckland rugby club continues a touching tradition that pays homage to players who died in World War I.

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Warburton 'great choice' for Lions captaincy

Lions captain Sam Warburton is an intelligent young man who will say the right things in New Zealand, writes Mark Reason.

OPINION: Sam Warburton is not the best player to come to these shores but he is one of the finer men, writes Mark Reason.

A divisive idea to fix Super Rugby

OPINION: Cutting teams is a knee-jerk reaction. Expansion (yes, expansion) could save the damaged competition.

Brave Lions to triumph

Barrett the bulldozer

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Six match ban for Sharks centre

Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen handed a stiff six-week ban after being sent off for a dangerous tackle against the Rebels.

all blacks

McCaw's haka lead reluctance video

Richie McCaw looked at Weepu with eyes that said 'nah, nah, nah' when asked to lead the haka.

When asked to lead the haka Richie looked at Piri Weepu with eyes that said "nah, nah, nah".

Ex-ABs have say on Lions

Keven Mealamu believes the All Blacks will win the upcoming series against the British and Irish Lions 2-1.

Three former All Blacks give their views on the upcoming Lions tour.

Barrett as good as it gets video

Beauden Barrett left his imprint all over the Hurricanes' 56-21 victory over the Brumbies in Napier.

With the Lions looming, Hurricanes No 10 reminds everyone who the best player on the planet really is.

ABs to bolster Maori for Lions

Damian McKenzie played for NZ Maori last year and could feature for them again against the Lions.

NZ Maori set to be bolstered by a handful of All Blacks for their match against the Lions.

international

Fritz Lee a beast in semi win

Fritz Lee had a powerful game in Clermont Auvergne's European Champions Cup semifinal victory over Leinster.

Former Chiefs backrower's storming display puts Clermont in European final as Leinster captain Isa Nacewa sinbinned.

No booze ban for Gatland's Lions

Lions coach Warren Gatland believes his players can have fun on and off the field in New Zealand.

Coach says his squad will be allowed to hit the bars in NZ after games, but there will be a curfew.

Blackadder's Bath loses semi

Todd Blackadder has narrowly failed to make a European rugby final in his first season as Bath's director of rugby.

Last-minute dropped goal costs Todd Blackadder chance to win a European trophy in first season.

Lions stars spur Saracens

Owen Farrell kicked 14 points in Saracens' win over Munster in the European Champions Cup semifinal.

Saracens are on track to retain their European Champions Cup title after a semifinal win in Ireland.

provincial

Valley take down defending champions

Athletic Marist first-five Antini Brown kicks down field against Excelsior.

Valley stunned defending champions Maheno in round four of North Otago senior rugby's Citizens Shield on Saturday.

Southbridge crack century in Combined Country rugby

Southbridge hero Shannon Donald in action during his side's 114-0 win over Rolleston.

Southbridge run in 18 tries to beat Rolleston 114-0 in the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup.

Black likely to leave Canes

Otere Black, in action for NZ Maori, could move from the Hurricanes to the Blues next year.

After three years at the Hurricanes, Otere Black could be headed to the Blues next season.

Waikato sad to lose Douglas

Whetu Douglas is leaving for Treviso after cracking Super Rugby with the Crusaders.

The Crusaders and Waikato did all they could but No 8 Douglas was committed to his Italian job.

sevens

NZ women win Japan sevens video

Michaela Blyde scored the winning try in the final of the Japan sevens.

Last-ditch Michaela Blyde try seals win after Canada fumble kickoff with seconds remaining.

NZ unbeaten at Japan sevens

New Zealand sevens star Portia Woodman steams away for a try.

Portia Woodman scores three tries and Sarah Goss excels in every department as Kiwi women march into quarter-finals.

$7 tribute for Fiji's rugby heroes

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Two million commemorative $7 notes released in honour of Fiji's Olympic heroes.

'We let ourselves down': 7s coach

Andrew Knewstubb of New Zealand reacts after losing the quartfinal to Canada.

Sevens coach laments a lack of consistency after another fifth placed finish.

super rugby

Eager Ngatai plays 80 minutes

Charlie Ngatai got more minutes under his belt for University against Hamilton Old Boys.

Charlie Ngatai deals with big hits from Zac Guildford and co to complete a full match in Waikato club rugby.

The unluckiest Chiefs player

Chiefs player Sam McNicol turned to brain training in order to try and help his long-running concussion symptoms.

After a long-running battle with concussion, Chiefs player Sam McNicol found an alternative treatment.

Cheetah hunting for Crusaders

Scott Robertson, right, arrives to provide assistance to All Blacks team-mate Simon Maling during the test against the ...

Scott Robertson was on the spot when a Springboks supporter attacked the ref in Durban in 2002.

Australian rugby 'struggling to develop players': Gibson

Daryl Gibson, pictured at a Waratahs' training session, says player and coach development is a major problem for ...

'Major problems in Australian rugby', says Waratahs' Kiwi coach.

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