Tom Youngs out injured for three months

Tom Youngs

Hooker Tom Youngs out for three months with a shoulder injury, testing England's forwards depth.

Top talent shows NZ's depth at first-five

Beauden Barrett

Has New Zealand ever been blessed with so many talented first-fives at one time, asks James Lawler.

'New look' All Black backline for Pumas clash

Malakai Fekitoa

Aaron Cruden's ill-advised night out drinking and a lack of depth at second-five have forced two changes to the inside backs.

Sam Whitelock set to return for the All Blacks

Sam Whitelock

Provided he makes it through training unscathed, Sam Whitelock seems set to return for the All Blacks this week.

Southland Stags desperate to get back on track

Lima Sopoaga

The Stags begin the process of resurrecting their season today after big losses to Tasman and Manawatu.

James Broadhurst vows to keep feet on ground

James Broadhurst

Taranaki lock James Broadhurst will bring up 50 games for the province against Auckland on Friday night.

Crusaders to return to Timaru in pre-season

Highlanders pre-season match

Israel Dagg

The Crusaders are coming back to Timaru for their first pre-season game of the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Canterbury hone-in on hapless North Harbour

Luke Whitelock

Multiple changes mean Canterbury's team is near unrecognisable from the one that met Counties.

England's Youngs ruled out of November tests

Tom Youngs

England hooker Tom Youngs has been ruled out of the Autumn internationals because of a shoulder injury, Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said.

Folau ready for running game against the Boks

Israel Folau

Israel Folau expects a more open game than in previous encounter when the Wallabies take on South Africa.

Springboks grow extra leg at Newlands: Genia

Will Genia

Halfback highlights enormity of Wallabies' task at Newlands, warning home side will be at physical and mental peak.

Beauden Barrett appreciates 'great opportunity'

Beauden Barrett

Aaron Cruden's late night antics create "great opportunity" for Beauden Barrett - and he knows it.

Alberts injured, Schalk Burger back for Boks

Schalk Burger

Bone crunching Springboks flanker Willem Alberts out of Rugby Championship injured, opening spot for veteran backrower.

World media seize on Cruden's discipline lapse

Aaron Cruden

World media don't hold back on Aaron Cruden's drinking antics, taking chance to put boot into All Blacks.

Senior All Blacks 'pretty disappointed' in Cruden

Conrad Smith and Keven Mealamu

Two senior members of the All Blacks leadership group reflect on Aaron Cruden's drinking escapade.

Boozy Cruden gives Taylor his chance

Tom Taylor

Canterbury have been forced to shed playmaker Tom Taylor ahead of tomorrow's match against North Harbour.

Napier: Cruden's antics open door for Barrett

Aaron Cruden

OPINION: Opening the door to a man of Beauden Barrett's talent is just plain stupidity, writes Liam Napier.

Napier: Hansen's hard line should be applauded

Steve Hansen

OPINION: All Blacks coach seized the moment to send a distinctly blunt message to his squad, writes Liam Napier.

Mehrtens: Opportunity knocks for No 10 Barrett

Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett


OPINION: There's a lot for young All Black to get his head around as he moves to No 10, writes Andrew Mehrtens.

NZRU boss Tew concerned by declining turnouts

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Falling attendances in the NPC are a worry for New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew.

Aaron Cruden's 'shame' over night out

Aaron Cruden

All Blacks first five-eighth has expressed his ''embarrassment'' and ''shame'' after missing the All Blacks flight to Argentina.

Tom Taylor's exit opens door for Richie Mo'unga

Richie Mo'unga

Tom Taylor's departure to the All Blacks has opened the door for Richie Mo'unga to start at No 10 for Canterbury.

Tom Taylor called in to All Blacks squad

Tom Taylor

Canterbury first five gets another shot with the ABs after Aaron Cruden was left out of the team after alcohol incident.

Cruden left at home after night out drinking

Aaron Cruden

Aaron Cruden keeps quiet after big night out causes him to miss tour and disappoint his coach in the process. | Hansen ruthless

Aaron Cruden unlikely to turn out for Turbos

Aaron Cruden

All Blacks star may have been kicked off the Argentina trip, but he's unlikely to re-join the Turbos, coach says.

Wallabies face tough ask in Cape Town

James Slipper

Wallabies head for South Africa ahead of Sunday's clash with the Boks knowing history is not on their side.

All Blacks, past and present, on the booze

Aaron Cruden

Aaron Cruden's exclusion from the All Blacks has once again brought up concerns around the drinking culture of our boys in black.

Johnstone: Hansen ruthless in Cruden discipline

Steve Hansen

OPINION: All Blacks coach shows he's not afraid to make tough calls despite having records and titles on the line.

Woes worsen for Piri Weepu's London Welsh

Piri Weepu

Piri Weepu's England rugby stint not getting any better as side collapses to concede 30 points in 15 minutes.

Kiwi-born prop Atonio selected in French team

Uini Atonio

NZ rugby product Uini Atonio has gained a place in France's rugby squad for the November internationals.

Waikato’s semifinal chances squandered

Johnny Walters

Any thoughts of playoffs appearance can probably be kissed goodbye after suffering yet another record-breaking defeat.

Thames Valley, King Country fighting for spots

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Thames Valley suffer first loss of Heartland Championship season, going down to North Otago 19-15 in Paeroa.

Magpies cruise in Ranfurly defence mode

Richard Buckman

Hawke's Bay bury memories of last year's Shield reign but Craig Philpott is warning his players against getting too comfortable.

Even Boyd wonders if Lions have a win in them

Mark Reddish

Chris Boyd's all but conceded defeat. The Wellington coach felt yesterday was the team's day.

The difference a year makes for Taranaki

Colin Cooper

As good as Taranaki's NPC campaign has been, it's important to stay grounded as competition heads towards its last month.

Taranaki's Kurt Baker set to miss Auckland clash

Kurt Baker

Kurt Baker to have shoulder injury further assessed but unlikely to be fit to face Auckland on Friday night.

Vito's return the only good news for Lions

victor vito

Treeby (concussion), Reddish (ankle) and Brunsdon (shoulder) likely out of do-or-die clash with Counties Manukau on Saturday.

Savory: Stags defence needs some major work

Jason Emery

OPINION: Team inch closer to worst defensive showing in 10 seasons and also prospect of missing 2014 NPC playoffs.

McCaw gives young hooker Harris thumbs up

Nathan Harris

Hooker gets endorsement of ABs skipper Richie McCaw ahead of biggest moment in his young rugby career.

Buller, South Canterbury lead charge

Tenari Saumani

Former ABs can't prevent South Canty keeping pace with Buller, who continue to break records in the Heartland Championship.

Hearing aid works the oracle for Mitchell

Morgan Mitchell

Stags replacement prop Morgan Mitchell heard a call playing against Manawatu in Palmerston North on Saturday.

Tasman easily keep Wellington's winless run alive

James Lowe

Tasman comfortably prevail 42-20 in capital as things go from bad to worse for a still winless Wellington outfit.

On-song Otago overwhelm lack-lustre Waikato

Otago rugby

First-five Hayden Parker contributes 23 points as home side prevail 38-7, their biggest ever win over Waikato.

Steve Hansen intent on rewriting rugby history

Steve Hansen

MARC HINTON - Sunday Star Times

The All Blacks' ambitions remain sky-high as they look to keep alive an unbeaten run going back to November 2012.

Wilson: Rugby World Cup is a 'mission possible'

Aaron Smith

JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: A year out from the World Cup, these remarkably resilient All Blacks are tracking almost perfectly for their tilt at history.

Gifford: Sorting out the cliches from the reality


PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: There are too many old guys in the All Blacks? Sure. All those geriatrics like Dagg, Fekitoa, Savea, Crotty and Barrett.

Randell: Can the All Blacks go up another step?

Richie McCaw


OPINION: The All Blacks' run since their breakthrough success on home soil has been nothing short of extraordinary, writes Taine Randell.

Counties count Sonny Bill out of NPC campaign

Sonny Bill Williams

Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga has ruled out Sonny Bill Williams playing for the Steelers this year.

The toughest test begins now for All Blacks

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Seven away tests in nine weeks; over 58,000 kilometres to travel. Now the hard yards begin for Steve Hansen's All Blacks.

Manawatu take spoils against Southland Stags

Nathan Tudreu

Turbos regain the lead in the Championship division of the NPC with a 41-20 win over Southland.
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