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War of words between Australia and Toulon owner

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika: "He's entitled to say what he likes about what he wants to do. That's fine, but I don't think those analogies are really necessary."

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has taken exception to the trash-talking of Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal.

Wallabies' Hooper hopeful of playing All Blacks

Australian openside flanker Michael Hooper is confident of beating a striking charge after allegedly punching Argentine five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez.

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper has arrived home confident of being cleared of foul play.

Boks' De Villiers poised for return against Pumas

Jean de Villiers (centre) is expected to return for the Springboks' match against Argentina on August 8 after nine months out of the game.

Jean de Villiers set to make his return for South Africa when they face Argentina in their final Rugby Championship test.

Rugby player wants racism challenged

Christchurch rugby player Sake Aca (right) with his wife Kiti (left) and one of his daughters Mere (middle).

Sake Aca doesn't want any other rugby player subjected to the racist vitriol he had to endure at a club match.

McIntyre back for red and blacks nine years later

Cameron McIntyre will play for Canterbury in 2015.

It never registered with Cameron McIntyre that 15 years had elapsed since his Canterbury debut.

Pocock savours McCaw clash

World class openside flanker David Pocock is looking forward to his battle with the All Blacks.

Australia flanker David Pocock is relishing the prospect of facing All Blacks captain Richie McCaw again.

Ayla Collins improving daily

Nora Madill with Jerry Collins' orphaned daughter, Ayla Collins, a few days after her discharge from a Canadian hospital.

Former All Black Jerry Collins' orphaned baby Ayla is thriving in Canada.

Study reinforces concussion concern

A three-year rugby study has reinforced the need to keep looking hard at long-term health issues in the sport.

Three-year NZ study looks long and hard at the health repercussions of playing rugby.

England eye AB secrets

England coach Stuart Lancaster makes a point during a visit to the All Blacks' dressing room at Twickenham.

England coach Stuart Lancaster isn't hiding his liking for the All Blacks' methods.

Lineout not legit - and more

Based on the rule book, Richie McCaw's brilliant try against South Africa shouldn't have stood.

Rugby laws analysis reveals McCaw try a no-try, here are some other rules to rub fans the wrong way.

Fox seeks mental edge in ABs

All Blacks selector Grant Fox with coach Steve Hansen at Eden Park in 2014.

All Blacks selector talks about what it takes to pick the world's best team, saying it's not all physical.

SA unhappy with McCaw try video

The lineout in question. All Blacks captain Richie McCaw snares the throw to charge over for the touchdown.

Leading referee among chorus of claims All Blacks' sensational match-winning lineout move illegal.

Toulon eye Taylor for Cooper

Tom Taylor has struggled to make his mark with the All Blacks after helping them to three wins in 2013.

French club interested in fringe All Black to replace Wallabies star who turned his back on Europe.

Laumape shapes as perfect fit for Hurricanes video

Code-hopper Ngani Laumape bursts through the Manly Sea Eagles defence for the Warriors earlier this season.

Code-hopper's physique is a little like Ma'a Nonu's, the midfield wrecking ball he is set to replace in Wellington.

Fijian rugby player racially abused

Christchurch's Fijian winger Sake Aca was the target of racial taunts during a Canterbury club rugby final.

Christchurch wing Sake Aca left the field in tears after being racially abused by a fan during the club rugby final.

Whitelock follows family tradition

Luke Whitelock will captain Canterbury in 2015, after brother George held the role from 2009 to 2013.

One-cap All Black will follow in older brother George's footsteps as captain of Canterbury's provincial rugby team.

Hinton: Smith needs to play fullback

Is it time for Highlanders star Ben Smith to be restored to his favoured position of fullback for the All Blacks?

OPINION: It's time for the All Blacks coach to play Ben Smith in his best position, writes Marc Hinton.

Chance for new players to shine

Big English lock Will Carrick-Smith gets his chance to impress against Manawatu.

The payoff for compelling club form is about to be rewarded as the Tasman Makos rugby selectors cast their eye over the province's emerging talent.

'Frightening' ABs just warming up

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw led from the front in the Ellis Park test in an effort that has received rich international praise.

International media hail All Blacks for efforts in Jo-burg, marvelling at how far they could yet improve.

Cheika: ABs best by a long way

The All Blacks are the best team in the world "by a long way", Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says.

Wallabies coach quick to grab underdog tag ahead of Rugby Championship decider in Sydney.

Nonu to have shoulder scan

Ma'a Nonu is the biggest injury concern for the All Blacks as they prepare for the Rugby Championship decider against the Wallabies in Sydney on August 8.

A stock take on the All Blacks as they prepare for the Wallabies who are "humming along quite nicely".

Read conjures up matchwinner video

All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read, right, congratulates skipper Richie McCaw after the match-winning try against the Springboks in Johannesburg.

Lineout move not ready for a name like infamous 2011 RWC "Teabag" - but ABs No 8 to take credit.

Hooper faces striking charge video

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper has been cited for an alleged strike in the Rugby Championship test against Argentina.

Star Wallabies flanker in danger of missing All Blacks test after citing for high-speed argy-bargy.

Samoa loses $1m hosting ABs

Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegao says the country's rugby union has lost $1.5m in hosting the All Blacks.

Samoa PM laments cost of hosting the All Blacks, "food, allowances, transport… it's all money".

'Footballers are still humans'

X-rated: Quade Cooper's mysterious tweet.

Quade Cooper says personal criticism hurt as he apologises for expletive-laden outburst.

Laumape signs for Turbos

Ngani Laumape bursts through the Manly-defence for the Warriors.

Warrior Ngani Laumape crosses rugby codes to sign with the Manawatu Turbos.

AB hopefuls ask big questions

Malakai Fekitoa played a strong hand in the All Blacks' win over the Springboks.

Plenty for the All Blacks coaching staff to ponder after good win in Johannesburg.

Quartet of first fives possible?

All Blacks first five eighth Lima Sopoaga looked at ease at test level in Johannesburg.

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga just made things a whole lot more interesting ahead of the World Cup.

Sopoaga shakes up Boks

All Blacks debutant Lima Sopoaga takes on Springbok forwards Eben Etzebeth, left, and fellow lock Lood de Jager.

Lima Sopoaga wanted to go out and get tanked-up on milkshakes after starring on his ABs debut.

Match-winner McCaw pulls rank video

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw holds aloft the Freedom Cup won with victory over South Africa at Ellis Park.

All Blacks captain called the move - putting himself in the hot seat - to nab the deciding touchdown.

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