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So long Toulon for Hayman?

BLACKEST OF NIGHTS: Carl Hayman walks off the pitch after the All Blacks' quarter final exit to France in the 2007 World Cup in Cardiff.

Veteran prop Carl Hayman considers ditching the big bucks and coming home to coach.

Hayman hits out at dope testers

BIG UNIT: Carl Hayman has been plying his trade with Toulon in France since he left New Zealand.

Former All Black says he is sick and tired of being seemingly targeted by French doping investigators.

How about a Kiwi Twickers?

FINE VIEW: Eden Park in Auckland is comfortably the biggest stadium in New Zealand just now.

OPINION: NZ desperately needs a national sports stadium - and its location can only be in Auckland.

Smith won't coach against NZ

BACK IN BLACK: Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith is set for a return to the All Blacks in 2015.

ABs assistant Wayne Smith rejects big-money offers to stick to teams he's passionate about.

Keeping tabs on ABs tens

Aaron Cruden.

Introducing 1st5R, a formula which rates a first five-eighth's performance, including the four ABs contenders.

Openly gay All Black 'the final frontier' video

MCAWESOME: All Blacks captain Richie McCaw may have led his team to victory in Europe, but some in the British media don't fancy him for a spot in their world XV.

Robbie Manson believes the final frontier in sport will be broached only when an All Black comes out of the closet.

Wilson gets contract extension

REWARDED: Former Southland rugby player James Wilson has extended his contract with the Northampton Saints.

Former Southland utility back continues to impress in England, earning another contract extension from Northampton Saints.

Cheika poised to recruit scrum guru

BIG PLANS: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is reportedly close to signing an expert scrum coach in the hope of solving Australia's set-piece woes ahead of the World Cup.

The Wallabies are set to appoint a scrum guru to help solve their set-piece woes.

Untimely injury threatens NZ debut

Ben Anderson, 16, could miss next month’s New Zealand under-21 series against Australia after breaking his jaw during a rep touch game on the weekend.

A broken jaw after a boot to the face may have ruined Nelson teen's dream of playing for New Zealand next month.

England hooker Hartley banned for three weeks

England hooker Dylan Hartley has been suspended for three weeks for an off-the-ball elbowing incident.

England hooker suspended for three weeks for off-the-ball elbowing incident in Premiership match.

Jimmy Gopperth poised to sign lucrative Wasps deal

Ospreys player Joe Bearman breaks the tackle of Leinster first five-eighth New Zealander Jimmy Gopperth.

Former Hurricanes and Blues first-five set to sign an English rugby club deal as replacement for an ageing star.

Burgess scores first rugby try

Sam Burgess wearing Bath colours.

League convert dots down for the Bath Academy team to score his first five-pointer since heading to union.

O'Driscoll backs Carter for ABs

THUMBS UP: Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll is backing Dan Carter to start at No 10 for the All Blacks as they attempt to defend their title at next year's World Cup in England.

Irish great believes Dan Carter is key to the All Blacks defending the World Cup in England next year.

Smith named Black Ferns coach

NEW ROLE: Former Chiefs player Greg Smith will take over as head coach of the Black Ferns next month.

Former Fiji, Chiefs and Waikato hooker appointed head coach of Black Ferns until next Women's RWC in 2017.

Teens charged over rugby shirts

Blake Pelham, 17, leaving Blenheim District Court.

Two teens have appeared in court over the burglary of rugby jerseys from ex-All Black Leon MacDonald's home.

Cummins coming home - report video

Former Western Force and Wallabies wing Nick Cummins.

Iconic ex-Wallabies wing nicknamed Honey Badger reportedly lining up Western Force spot in a bid to play the RWC.

Bardoul ready to prove worth

MOVING UP: Johan Bardoul in action for Bay of Plenty against Auckland in the NPC.

Johan Bardoul is feeling confident he can prove himself at Super Rugby level with the Chiefs.

Accusations overshadow appointment

DOWN AND OUT: Wellington captain Brad Shields was all anguish after the Lions were relegated to provincial rugby's second tier for 2015.

The Wellington Rugby Football Union has staunchly defended the process by which Earl Va'a was appointed Lions coach.

Russell looking beyond NZ rugby

SNUBBED: Peter Russell seemed the obvious choice to take over at Wellington but was not given the coaching job.

Overlooked for the Wellington Lions job, Peter Russell reluctantly accepts his coaching future probably lies offshore.

All Blacks can go up a gear

MASTERMIND: Wayne Smith brought his defensive coaching skills to the Chiefs and will now take them back to the All Blacks.

New All Blacks defensive coach Wayne Smith thinks the team can find the improvement needed to stay ahead of the pack.

Ex-All Black sickened by theft of jerseys video

GUTTED: Former All Black Leon MacDonald and acting Senior Sergeat Julian Lewis talk about the theft yesterday of up to 15 international rugby jerseys from MacDonald’s home in Blenheim.

Leon MacDonald says he's 'gutted' after 15 rugby jerseys were stolen from his Blenheim home.

Weepu's Welsh woes continue

READ IT AND WEEPU: Piri Weepu was moved to first-five but couldn't prevent London Welsh from falling to a 78-11 defeat against Saracens in the English Premiership.

Former All Blacks halfback couldn’t inspire London Welsh from first-five in 78-11 loss to Saracens.

SBW: Code-hopping 'cool' for kids video

Sonny Bill Williams trains with the All Blacks ahead of their final test of the year, against Wales in Cardiff.

Boxing and changing codes positive realities of modern professional sport, oval ball superstar says.

Smith takes on defence

BACK IN BLACK: Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith is returning to the All Blacks to become their specialist defence coach.

NZ Rugby confirm Chiefs assistant's return to ABs, taking on the role of specialist defence coach.

Hartley sees red for elbow

England hooker Dylan Hartley may miss the Six Nations after being awarded a red card for an elbow.

England hooker could miss the Six Nations through suspension after being sent off for an off-the-ball incident.

Toulon sign 'great looks' Nonu

Ma'a Nonu at All Blacks training in Wellington.

All Blacks midfielder brings qualities French side "loves", club boss says when confirming two-year deal.

The Prof's coming back

BACK IN BLACK: Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith is set for a return to the All Blacks in 2015.

Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith set to rejoin All Blacks for their World Cup defence next year.

Perfect farewell for Glenn Moore in Heartland

VICTORIOUS: 2014 Meads Cup champions Mid Canterbury.

Defending champions Mid Canterbury timed their Meads Cup run to perfection but it was not without some nervous moments.

Sorry outcome for Foley-foiled Crusaders side

DENIED AT THE DEATH: Crusaders No 8 Kieran Read looks dejected after the red and blacks lost the Super Rugby final to the Waratahs in Sydney.

Bernard Foley weighs only 89kg but he had little reservations about kicking the mighty Crusaders where it hurts most.

Earl Va'a appointment at Wellington a shock

NEW MAN: Former Samoan first five-eighth Earl Va'a has been appointed as the team's head coach for 2015.

Wellington Rugby Union drop a bombshell that's sure to further confound their wary stakeholders.

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