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Investigation into NZ sevens

The New Zealand sevens team huddles during their final Pool A match against Australia on day one at the Sydney Sevens.

NZ's sevens side sneaks an eighth player onto the field during match-levelling try.

Wheeler leads Buckman tribute video

Highlanders back Richard Buckman.

Highlanders lock Joe Wheeler has paid tribute to the injured Richard Buckman through song.

Jones' England in winning start video

England's Jack Nowell dives over despite the tackle from Tommy Seymour of Scotland to score his team's second try.

It wasn't pretty but England proved too strong for Scotland in their Six Nations opener.

France's Vakatawa, Plisson star

Virimi Vakatawa celebrates after scoring a try on debut during France's 23-21 Six Nations victory over Italy in Paris.

Virimi Vakatawa and Jules Plisson shine for new-look France, who secured a hard-fought 23-21 victory over Italy.

SBW tells Quade to get new lungs

Quade Cooper got a close-up look at sevens rugby on day one of the Sydney Sevens on Saturday.

SBW tells Quade Cooper what's most needed to surprise the doubters in his sevens gamble.

Waratahs win, Dennis concussed

Waratahs skipper David Dennis was taken off with concussion in the opening minutes after a run-in with a rampaging Nigel Ah Wong.

NSW Waratahs start 2016 with a bang, beating the Brumbies 21-17 with a late try in their preseason opener.

Crusaders steamroll Reds

Crusaders prop Sione Fifita runs the ball during the Super Rugby preseason match between the Reds and the Crusaders at Ballymore.

Crusaders score 31 unanswered second-half points in dominating performance at Ballymore.

Highlanders beaten by Racing

Malakai Fekitoa, Richard Buckman and the Highlanders went down 45-38 to Dan Carter's French club Racing 92 in Hong Kong.

Chalk up one final win for Dan Carter over the Highlanders.

Savea gives New Zealand top seed

Joe Webber sparked New Zealand's come back in the opener against Canada.

New Zealand are through to the Cup quarterfinals of the Sydney Sevens after dispatching Portugal.

Lambie injured in win over Toulon

Sharks playmaker Patrick Lambie was injured in the win over Toulon.

The Sharks unearthed two young stars but sweat over Lambie after rolling Toulon.

Kiwi company fights concussion

Concussion technology used at the Rugby World Cup from a Kiwi company will now be provided to all international teams.

Innovative Kiwi company teams up with World Rugby to mitigate the risks of concussion.

Ranger chases ABs recall

Rene Ranger starred in his return to this Blues, playing his first match in 10 months after neck surgery.

Blues midfielder has no regrets about leaving for France and now keen to chase black jersey.

DC backs 'fantastic' Eddie video

Former All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter is backing Eddie Jones to get the job done as England coach.

NZ rugby star believes England's new coach can turn the team around after a disastrous Rugby World Cup.

Stander handed Ireland debut

Kiwi Jared Payne (pictured) will start at centre for Ireland against Wales, while countryman Nathan White will start at prop.

Ireland hand CJ Stander his debut in Six Nations opener as two Kiwis also set to start.

Meeting changed Speight's career

Henry Speight scores a try for Waikato against Auckland at Eden Park in 2010.

Former Waikato winger is now eyeing the Olympics.

SBW wants to make Rio with sis

Sonny Bill Williams made his New Zealand sevens debut last weekend in Wellington.

The cross-code superstar says Olympic gold would supersede anything he's achieved to date.

Coles backs Hurricanes pack

Hurricanes captain Dane Coles reckons his forwards can repeat last year's efforts despite losing Jeremy Thrush and Ben Franks.

All Blacks hooker confident Hurricanes can continue to change perceptions about forward pack.

NZ make one change for Sydney

Sonny Bill Williams has kept his spot in the New Zealand side for Sydney.

Sam Dickson is ruled out of the Sydney Sevens, with Waikato's Dylan Collier coming in for New Zealand.

The rise of Chiefs' Taleni Seu

Taleni Seu, a former basketball player, is looking to make a big impression for the Chiefs after rising the ranks quickly.

From packing shelves to a shot at Super Rugby - the unlikely tale of the Chiefs' latest prospect.

Hinton: Super fears mediocrity

Chiefs flanker Sam Cane – the All Blacks No 7 in waiting – takes on the Highlanders defence in last season's Super Rugby qualifying final in Dunedin.

OPINION: In less than three weeks yet another remake of Super Rugby unfolds.

Gifford: Ioane the future

In the wide-open spaces of sevens, it becomes blindingly easy to judge a player's ability to beat his marker – as Akira Ioane of New Zealand shows fending off Kwagga Smith of South Africa in the Wellington Sevens final.

OPINION: Sevens showed us there's a heart and mindset to match the imposing physical frame of the rising star.

'No apology over sevens final'

Matt O'Brien has apologised to the South African team for his handling of the final in Wellington.

World Rugby say there has been no apology from Matt O'Brien to South Africa - and nor was one needed.

Project Tupou's time to shine

Ash Dixon of the Highlanders is tackled by the Crusaders' Jimmy Tupou at AMI Stadium last year.

Regular starts have been scarce for Jimmy Tupou in Super Rugby. Now he has been named captain of the Crusaders for a trial game.

Firth joins Glasgow Warriors

Jarrod Firth has signed with Glasgow until 2018.

Former Chiefs and Counties Manukau prop Jarrod Firth signs with Scottish club.

Richie takes on finance video

Richie McCaw in the Westpac advert.

First he joined Facebook, then he fought frost, joined a helicopter company and got engaged. Now Richie takes on personal finance.

From Kaharoa to Twickenham

From Rotorua to England captain: Dylan Hartley will lead England this weekend against Scotland in the Six Nations.

The new England rugby captain is a rough diamond, dug from deep in New Zealand.

Tuipulotu back in business

All Blacks and Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu made an immediate impact in his first match back from double hip surgery.

ABs lock keen to impress after being sidelined for eight months with double hip surgery.

Nightmares to new beginnings video

Thousands of fans sought refuge on the Stade de France pitch as attacks were carried out across Paris.

Painful memories of Paris attacks will be stirred at Six Nations opener, with security at Stade de France at highest level.

Japan prop joins Chiefs

Big prop Hiroshi Yamashita has played 49 tests for Japan and is keen to test himself in Super Rugby.

World Cup star Hiroshi Yamashita brought in to push his claims for a contract.

Carter set for bench in Hong Kong

Racing 92 aren't expected to risk star signing Dan Carter for the full 80 minutes in the "friendly" against the Highlanders in Hong Kong.

French giants unlikely to risk star signing for full 80 minutes in "friendly" against Highlanders.

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