Skeen looking to press his claims

Waikato's Jacob Skeen is one of the more unfamiliar names in the Maori All Blacks squad, and is hoping to make an impression.

After just one season in the ITM Cup, Jacob Skeen now has an opportunity to play at international level.

Haka vs Siva Tau - the challenge video

Samoa perform the Siva Tau ahead of their 2011 Rugby World Cup pool match against Wales in Hamilton.

It "stiffens the sinew and summons the blood", so just how will the All Blacks and Samoa pre-test rituals play out?

De Villiers ruled fit to play video

Springboks centre Jean de Villiers has been ruled fit to play in a World XV exhibition game.

Springboks centre who feared he may not walk unaided again deemed match-fit for World XV game.

Umaga advice leads to debut video

Auckland-born Tim Nanai-Williams will make his test debut for Samoa against the All Blacks on Wednesday.

Auckland-born Chiefs utility Tim Nanai-Williams talked to former ABs skipper before switching to Samoa.

Apia Park facelift for ABs video

Samoa has invested $30 million in Apia Park to get it ready in time for Wednesday's test against the All Blacks.

Fast rugby picked for the Samoa test pitch brought up to scratch with $30m and a little help from China.

Moore named Australia captain for RWC

Stephen Moore, left, is announced as Wallabies captain by coach Michael Cheika on the Sunshine Coast.

Brumbies hooker will lead Australia to this year's showpiece tournament, replacing flanker Michael Hooper.

One local named to face ABs video

Faialaga Afamasaga runs the ball for Wellington club team Wests in a Hardham Cup clash in 2013.

Samoa team takes on an international flavour with most of the XV for the Apia test flown in from Europe.

Black Ferns win Super Series

Black Ferns winger Honey Hireme scored a hat trick of tries in her team's 47-14 demolition of the USA.

NZ women's rugby team have secured the Super Series trophy after thrashing the USA Eagles 47-14.

Samoa PM fights for players

Samoa Rugby Union chairman, His Excellency Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, will fight wealthy clubs to ensure Samoa players are made available for international rugby.

As the ABs focus on a rugby wrestle in Apia, Samoa fights with foreign clubs to release their players.

Baby Ayla well enough to return home

Neemia Tialata tweeted this photo of baby Ayla.

Jerry Collins baby daughter is now well enough to leave French hospital and return to her mother's native Canada

Ferns close to Super Series title

Black Ferns captain Selica Winiata is one of an experienced group of players leading the team into a new era.

Black Ferns just one win away from title as rejuvenated team looks to new era.

Maori face big challenge in Fiji

Maori All Blacks coach Colin Cooper, centre, has a short preparation time with his side before they face Fiji.

NZ Maori coach Colin Cooper faces plenty of challenges to get his side ready to face Fiji.

Can Wallabies win the 2015 RWC?

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika watches his players warm up prior to the Super Rugby Semi Final match between the Waratahs and the Highlanders at Allianz Stadium.

Michael Cheika has finally showed his hand with the Wallabies.

South African union axes referees' chief Watson

Andre Watson has had his contract as South African rugby referees boss terminated.

The contract of South Africa's head of referees Andre Watson has been terminated with immediate effect, SARU said.

Four nations in the running to host 2023 RWC

France, Ireland, Italy and South Africa will battle to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

France, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa confirmed their interest in staging the 2023 Rugby World Cup by the deadline

O'Connor, Hunt left out of Wallabies squad

Queenslands Reds star James O'Connor is a shock omission from Miochael Cheika's 40-man Wallabies squad.

Big names were cut from coach Michael Cheika's 40-man extended Wallabies squad named in Brisbane. 

Black Ferns thump England video

Black Ferns fullback Selica Winiata scored a superb try in the dying stages of her side's 26-7 win over England.

NZ women's rugby side enjoy morale-boosting 26-7 win over reigning world champion England.

Folau confirms Japan move in off-season

Waratahs wing Israel Folau will play for Japanese club side NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes during the off-season.

Waratahs winger confirms he'll head to Japan at the end of this year to play for club side NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes.

Folau signs three-year Australian rugby deal

Waratahs wing Israel Folau looks dejected after his team lost their Super Rugby semifinal against the Highlanders.

Former State of Origin sensation has chosen to stick with the 15-man game, signing a new deal with the ARU.

Fiji hire Super Rugby coach

Rugby coach Frans Ludeke has taken a job with Fiji after leaving the Bulls last month.

Former Bulls coach picks up forwards coaching role with island nation in build-up to Rugby World Cup.

Gibson: 'You can't pick 30'

Newly-minted Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has dismissed fears about the Wallabies based on Australian performances in Super Rugby.

Ex-All Black and incoming Waratahs coach dismisses RWC doubts over Wallabies based on Super Rugby form.

Ioane brothers among new Maori AB caps

Blues flyer Rieko Ioane is one of 10 new caps in the Maori All Blacks squad named in Wellington on Tuesday.

Chiefs midfield back named captain for games against Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians next month.

Du Preez injury adds to Springbok woes

Springbok Fourie Du Preez is in doubt for the Rugby World Cup after tearing medial ligaments in his knee.

Halfback faces six weeks on sidelines with knee injury in the latest blow to Springboks ahead of RWC.

Treviranus to captain Samoa against ABs

Samoa's Ofisa Treviranus in action against Wales in Cardiff in 2012.

Flanker Ofisa Treviranus named Samoa captain against NZ and for the Rugby World Cup.

All-Kiwi final exposes Wallabies

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika's tenure at the Waratahs came to an end on Saturday when the Highlanders pummelled his charges in the Super Rugby semifinal in Sydney.

Australia coach gets an extra RWC prep week, but might need closer to a year after Super Rugby semifinal routs.

Springboks recall old hands

South African centre Jaque Fourie, left, is one of a group of old hands who have been recalled to the Springboks.

South Africa have recalled Jaque Fourie and Heinrich Brussow, as well as eight new caps for RWC run in.

Black Ferns down Canada

Honey Hireme scored two tries in the New Zealand women's rugby team's 40-22 win against Canada in Calgary on Sunday (NZ time).

Honey Hireme scores double in seven tries to four win in opening match of the Women's Super Series.

Folau signs three-year deal - report

Israel Folau didn't look impressed at the final whistle of the Waratahs' semifinal loss to the Highlanders in Sydney.

Code hopping Waratahs and Wallabies star has reportedly re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union.

Black Ferns look to rebuild

Black Ferns captain Selica Winiata said her team is going through a rebuilding phase.

The Black Ferns women's rugby team have set their sights on knocking over world champions England as look to rebuild, and regain the Rugby World Cup in 2017.

Pocock 'must fire to upset Canes'

The Brumbies will be looking to David Pocock to contain the flying Hurricanes backline in Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final in Wellington.

If the Brumbies want any chance of beating the Hurricanes, world-class No 7 will need to be at his best.

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