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Tasman captain in sevens heaven

Trael Joass is one of three Tasman players selected in the All Blacks Sevens squad for the Wellington tournament.

Less than three years ago Trael Joass was having heart surgery. Now he's a member of the All Blacks Sevens squad.

NZ sevens name four new caps

Tasman's Trael Joass has forced his way into the New Zealand men's sevens team.

New blood brought in as Kiwis look to make it four in a row at Wellington's world series tournament.

'Five years ago I was rugby mad' video

The Hale family have an artificial pitch in their back yard in Wellington. From left: Brothers Charlie Hale, 8, Daniel, ...

Parents' attitudes change as the fun factor kicks in for kids who are taking to football.

Football strikes on rugby's turf video

On the ball

Rugby put NZ on the world sport map, but image problems are driving the kids away.

Rugger or footie - what's best?

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.

Five reasons each way as football encroaches on rugby's NZ sporting supremacy.

Football by the numbers

Striker Chris Wood provides the firepower up front for the All Whites.

The popularity of football has steadily grown to the point where it is now NZ's most popular team sport.

Rugby by the numbers

All Blacks great Richie McCaw  led from the front as captain.

Rugby is New Zealand's national game - but its sphere of influence is shrinking.

Migration 'impacting sport'

Auckland's demographics are changing the mix of sports at schools in New Zealand's largest city.

School rugby numbers in Auckland have stagnated amid a dramatic population increase.

Great moments - football v rugby video

All Black Jonah Lomu scores his first try in the Rugby World Cup 1995 semi final match against England in South Africa.

Head-to-head: Great moments in New Zealand sport celebrated.

NZ lacking in defibrillators

Heart attack survivor Geoff Brogan at the Western Springs Football Club where he suffered a heart attack and was saved ...

Some codes are better than others when it comes to installing defibrillators in sports clubs.

Banks trains with Highlanders

Mum's the word on the playing future of Marty Banks.

Talented utility surfaces in Dunedin as injury cover following a no-show at his Italian club.

Botham's grandson at Welly 7s

Sir Ian Botham is delighted to see his grandson James making his way in international sport.

James Botham to make senior debut for Wales at NZ's world series sevens event.

Aaron Smith's partner in gaffe

Teagan Voykovich, right, and a friend were the faces of the NRL Auckland Nines singles zone.

Auckland Nines uses a picture of All Blacks star's partner as the face of their 'singles zone'.

Banks' Italian no-show

Marty Banks was expected to be leaving New Zealand to play rugby in Italy, but he has yet to turn up to Benetton Treviso.

Marty Banks' rugby career appears to be up in the air with the former Highlanders first five-eighth not turning up to his Italian club.

Winiata 'axed for attacking'

New Zealand Rugby women's player of the year Selica Winiata was a strange omission from the women's sevens contract list ...

Who thought trying to score tries was a crime?

Fresh look for women's sevens

Renee Wickliffe is one of two members of the provincial champion Counties Manukau team who has been given a New Zealand ...

Eight new players have scored New Zealand women's sevens contracts for the 2017 season.

Three-week suspension for Triggs

Hayden Triggs, here playing for North Harbour in 2015, has been cited for eye gouging while playing for his Irish club ...

Hayden Triggs suspended for three weeks for eye gouge.

England back residency change

Fijian Nathan Hughes left  Auckland in 2013 to seek fortune and fame in England and is now part of Eddie Jones' test squad.

Surprise stance from northern powerhouse with move to five-year qualification period helping Pacific player drain.

Bit of Cruden in French boss

Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad claims to have a special affinity with Aaron Cruden.

"I like the man, his story, where he came from," billionaire rugby club boss says of his new recruit.

Hello Chiefs, we need to talk

Long-time Chiefs fan Kevin Norquay's love of the team is being sorely tested by the franchise's off-field issues over ...

OPINION: I've loved you since Super Rugby started in 1996, but what have you done now?

Jones: Beating racism, and ABs

There's usually a serious side to the underlying humour of England coach Eddie Jones.

England's outspoken coach on the nasty side to his Aussie upbringing and how his team will pip NZ in 2019.

Gold medal coach joins Wales

Ben Ryan's attention to detail with Fiji set him apart in the sevens game.

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan gets a job closer to home with a consultancy role in Wales.

New kilted Kiwi for Scotland

New Scotland training squad player Simon Berghan, playing for Sydenham in Christchurch club rugby in 2012.

Former Crusaders development player Simon Berghan gets the nod for the Six Nations.

Three, two, onesie, go!

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, in black, was pipped for gold in the Onesie 100 warm-up event along the city's ...

Bedroom attire will take to the sevens field in sprint race for charity.

Chiefs losing a star in Cruden

Aaron Cruden has signed a three-year deal with French club Montpellier.

OPINION: Before Aaron Cruden arrived, the Chiefs had made the playoffs twice in 16 years. Since then, they haven't missed them.

Sevens upbeat on ticket sales

Wellington Sevens organisers have tried to rejuvenate the annual two-day tournament by shunning its booze-fuelled party ...

Tournament boss bullish, despite predictions half the tickets will remain unsold.

Bedwell-Curtis itching to go

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis in action against Canterbury during last year's Mitre 10 Cup.

He fractured his hip playing for Manawatu in October, but now flanker Heiden Bedwell-Curtis is almost ready to go for the Crusaders.

Cruden wants to play Lions first video

Aaron Cruden has detailed his next career move.

Aaron Cruden says he will work hard to play against the Lions before he leaves for France.

Cruden's roller-coaster career

Aaron Cruden needs to play all three tests against the British and Irish Lions to crack 50 tests.

Aaron Cruden's career includes the highs of a RWC win and Super Rugby titles.

Grass isn't always greener, Cruden

Aaron Cruden will have one final season at the Chiefs before heading to France.

OPINION: Average crowd size in Top 14 in decline and Montpellier were a shambles last weekend.

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