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Gifford: Four tips on how to win Rugby World Cup

CUP RUNNETH OVER: Captain Richie McCaw (left) and coach Graham Henry hold the William Webb Ellis trophy aloft during the All Blacks' victory parade in Christchurch in 2011.

OPINION: Between now and the start of the RWC there will be some high levels of anxiety over the All Blacks' chances.

Reds fall to Rebels in Karmichael Hunt's debut

ROCKY DEBUT: Reds' Karmichael Hunt waits to kick to touch during Queensland's Super Rugby trial loss the Melbourne Rebels in Cairns.

Karmichael Hunt couldn't stop the Queensland Reds going down to the Melbourne Rebels 28-13 in their Super Rugby trial.

NSW Waratahs score 10 tries in trial matches

TRY-SCORING FORM: Taqele Naiyaravoro scored twice and set up two others in the Waratahs' three trial matches.

Giant wing Taqele Naiyaravoro has staked his claim for the vacant spot in the NSW Waratahs' Super Rugby side.

Highlanders fight back for pre-season win in Wagga

TRY-SCORER: Tevita Kuridani showed glimpses of brilliance in a pre-season match against the Highlanders at Wagga.

Pic by Laura Hardwick

The Highlanders recovered from a three-try deficit to beat the Brumbies 24-19 in Wagga.

Crusaders go down to Hurricanes in pre-season clash

HARD HIT: Nehe Milner-Skudder of the Hurricanes is tackled by the Crusaders' Johnny McNicholl.

Dan Carter's bright half hour wasn't enough to prevent the Crusaders losing 41-31 to the Hurricanes.

Sevens still set to rock

SHELL SUITS: Samantha Johnston on the far right, holding out her paua shell skirt, at last year’s sevens.

Gone are the halcyon days when Wellington Sevens tickets sold out within minutes.

French No 13 Dumoulin son of convicted murderer

ROOKIE CENTRE: Alexandre Dumoulin sings the national anthem during France's match against Australia at Stade de France in Paris.

France centre Alexandre Dumoulin is the son of disgraced former international Marc Cecillon.

Switch leads Lahmert to Wellington sevens

GONE NORTH: Warwick Lahmert opted for England.

Former Taranaki sevens captain Warwick Lahmert will play for England in Wellington.

Rennie content after first hit-out

REASON TO BE CONTENT: Dave Rennie.

Attitude and conditioning were the main things that stood out in the Chiefs' first game of the year.

Plenty at stake for Hurricanes second-stringers

MAN TO IMPRESS: Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd.

The Hurricanes' lesser lights will have coach Chris Boyd's full and undivided attention in Eketahuna today.

Joseph expects new players to shine in Super Rugby

CREATING ALL BLACKS: Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph.

Here's a big question - can the Highlanders produce an All Black bolter in 2015?

With the accolades comes the pressure for Retallick

FULL STEAM AHEAD: Brodie Retallick is ready to roll for the Chiefs again.

Brodie Retallick is the IRB Player of the Year and has to try and keep up those standards.

Burgess ignores hype around England A debut

INTERNATIONAL DEBUT: Sam Burgess has earned an England A callup after impressing for Bath this season.

England Saxons coach says Sam Burgess isn’t buying into the hype as the league convert gets set to make his international rugby debut tomorrow.

Toulon's Steffon Armitage charged over fight

TROUBLED: Toulon's Steffon Armitage  remained in custody overnight after a fight in a restaurant.

Former England rugby flanker Steffon Armitage is facing charges of violence over a fight in a restaurant in southern France last month.

Ex-All Black halfback Brendon Leonard joins Ospreys

ON THE MOVE: Former Chiefs and All Black halfback Brendon Leonard has joined Ospreys.

Former Chiefs and All Blacks halfback is taking his game from Italy to Wales, signing with the Ospreys.

Knowler: No showdown as Crusaders scrap game

RIGHT CALL: Trafalgar Park in Nelson will host a Crusaders Super Rugby match that was due to be played in Fiji.

OPINION: Messy showdown between team and administrators avoided as Super Rugby game moved to Nelson.

Fruean and Fonotia could be formidable midfield

Imposing figures should give Crusaders some momentum towards targets over the gain line in Eketahuna tomorrow.

Chiefs give Blues a pre-season hammering

THIRSTY WORK: Ben Tameifuna and the rest of the Chiefs take on some much-needed fluids during the drinks break.

A Chiefs side without a swag of big names made a promising start to their pre-season campaign with a comfortable win over the Blues.

Ross Geldenhuys ready to boss Highlanders scrum

BIG UNIT: Tasman's South African prop Ross Geldenhuys has signed with the Highlanders for the next two years.

It sounds sacrilegious but growing up in South Africa, Ross Geldenhuys' hero was All Black Kees Meeuws.

Taranaki players make Chiefs development side

REWARD: Riki Hoeata is one of six Taranaki players included in the Chiefs development squad.

Benefits of winning the national provincial championship shown as six players chosen for Chiefs development programme.

From sixes to sevens, Collier powers into NZ squad

NEW DIRECTION: Dylan Collier has gone from a league prospect to national sevens player in a matter of years.

Former Warriors under-20s player breaks into Gordon Tietjens' NZ Sevens squad for the first time.

Banned player makes it back

Women's rugby sevens player Lavinia Gould has re-earned national honours after serving a two year ban for doping.

NZ sevens star shows "her true character", re-earning national honours after serving two year doping ban.

Hartley tackling 'red mist moments'

England hooker Dylan Hartley.

NZ-born England hooker with a year's worth of bans seeks professional help to stop him seeing red.

Armitage arrested over attack

Toulon player Steffon Armitage.

European rugby 2014 player of the year questioned by police about assault committed at a boozy party.

Rugby prospects save Li from conviction

Blues wing Tevita Li has been discharged without conviction for a drink driving offence.

Caught drink driving, Blues player with All Blacks potential has learnt his lesson, judge says.

Scotland can unite as band of brothers - coach

Scotland locking brothers Jonny and Richie Gray.

A Kiwi in their midst, but a tight-knit squad united around sibling locks a strength of Scotland.

Kiwi takes unexpected first step towards Olympics dream

Former Taranaki rugby player Warwick Lahmert.

Ex-NZ player's naming in England Wellington sevens squad first step towards a ticket to Rio 2016.

NZ-born prop to play for France

NZ-born prop Uini Atonio.

Unofficially the biggest man to pull on a French rugby jersey makes cut for a Six Nations debut.

Hectic off-season for All Blacks' Liam Messam

BOXING FIT: Liam Messam’s off-season has been hectic with boxing training and a sevens tournament to organise.

While taking his Christmas break, All Blacks loosie has been busy organising inaugural Messam Indigenous Sevens tournament.

Wales focus on themselves, not England injuries

WARREN GATLAND: "I think they have so much strength in depth, so we have to make sure we are not distracted by that sort of chat."

Wales coach Warren Gatland is not paying too much attention to England's injury crisis.

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