Rugby

Springboks' ice bucket challenge for All Blacks

Joost van der Westhuizen

The All Blacks have 24 hours to respond to a Springboks legend's ice bucket challenge.

All Blacks focus on raising game '10-12 notches'

Steve Hansen

Frustrated with last week's draw, the All Blacks are primed to deliver the required Bledisloe response at Eden Park.

Refreshed Liam Messam itching for ABs action

Liam Messam

Liam Messam can now sees the benefits of a month-long break that has him bubbling away like a shaken Coke can.

So’oialo finally follows family line in Wellington

James So'oialo

James So'oialo will make his NPC debut against Northland on Saturday, but to describe the No 10 as green would be a misnomer.

Julian Savea always focussed to beat Wallabies

Julian Savea

All Blacks try-scoring machine Julian Savea hates losing to Australia. Hates it, and it goes back to his schoolboy rugby days.

Mitchell Graham - Taranaki prop with a smile

Mitchell Graham

Rookie Taranaki prop Mitchell Graham is not your typical frontrower.

Taranaki NPC bid needs to target weaknesses

Seta Tamanivalu

There are several areas Taranaki need to address if they are going to break a lengthy NPC away losing streak to Hawke's Bay.

Rugby nomad Patrick Osborne back for Cantabs

Patrick Osborne

With his wife and young son in Dunedin, Canterbury wing Patrick Osborne is getting used to silences during his evening meals.

Ex-Highlander Robinson hooks Crusaders deal

Ged Robinson

Former Highlanders hooker's decision to sign a two-year deal requires some scrutiny.

Mid Canterbury tipped again in Heartland comp

Murray Williams

The Heartland Championship kicks off tomorrow with Meads Cup champions Mid Canterbury hot favourites to retain their crown.

Waikato’s flying NPC start faces stern challenge

Damian McKenzie

His team has got off to a great start, but Waikato coach Johnny Walters knows they have to be better if they are to beat Canterbury.

Cory Jane aiming to mark his milestone in style

Cory Jane

ABs wing hoping his 50th test is a lot more memorable than his 49th which, frankly, he would prefer to forget about.

Tries galore in Aussie comp's opening match

Samu Kerevi

Ten tries and no penalty kicks - the opening match of the new National Rugby Championship on Thursday night was just what ARU officials had hoped for.

Match-fixing in South Africa rugby investigated

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The South African Rugby Union says it has appointed an independent lawyer to look into allegations of match-fixing in lower-level club games.

Lima Sopoaga leads Stags to win over Harbour

Southland Stags

Southland's big off-season play to lure Highlanders first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga has proved to be a masterstroke.

Israel Folau says Wallabies are quietly confident

Israel Folau

They've have heard how no Wallabies team has won at Eden Park since 1986, but Israel Folau says it's no issue.

Messam takes no pleasure in 'brothers' bad luck

Liam Messam

Liam Messam has his chance to remind the coaches what he brings to the ABs, but he still feels for close mate Jerome Kaino.

Juan Martin Hernandez back in Argentina team

Juan Martin Hernandez

Fit-again Juan Martin Hernandez has been named at second-five for Argentina for Sunday's clash with the Springboks.

Steve Hansen - Performance on us, not the ref

Steve Hansen

Referee's "mea culpa" no consolation for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. | 'Negative' tactics

Referee says 'negative' All Blacks frustrate officials

Richie McCaw

Ex-test rugby referee says match officials could be tiring of the All Blacks' "negative tactics".

Wallabies will be 'headline' or 'footnote' in history

Nick Farr-Jones

The Wallabies say nothing is particularly forbidding about Eden Park. Yet they haven't won there in 28 years.

Juan Smith named to start for the Springboks

Juan Smith

Flanker Juan Smith will return to test rugby with South Africa 18 months after being forced to retire.

French whistler holds key - to scrum and match

Romain Poite

Forget Kurtley Beale, the Wallabies know this will be an old-fashioned trans-Tasman test that's won up front.

Shayne Anderson making most of Waikato move

Shayne Anderson

AARON GOILE - Waikato Times

Shayne Anderson was as surprised as anybody that he was playing in Waikato's first game of the NPC season.

Taranaki unchanged for Hawke's Bay challenge

Toa Halafihi

For the first time in 40 first class matches Taranaki will field the same starting XV for two games in a row.

No 12 Rob Thompson replaces wounded Taylor

Tom Taylor

Canterbury coach Scott Robertson names Rob Thompson to start at No 12 against Waikato in Hamilton.

James So'oialo takes up pivotal role for Lions

James So'oialo

TOBY ROBSON - The Dominion Post

James So'oialo will wear the already problematic Wellington Lions No 10 jersey for their match against Northland.

Sam Carter's father keeping advice to himself

Sam Carter

CHRIS BARCLAY - Stuff

The Wallabies' Sam Carter wasn't overloaded with fatherly advice before he made his Bledisloe Cup debut.

Rugby must front up to a refereeing challenge

Jaco Peyper

IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily News

OPINION: Before the latest Bledisloe Cup test the stats suggested only one team could win.

Robbie Robinson almost completes the circle

Robbie Robinson

One of the more-talented backline prospect to come out of Southland will tonight make his return to the rugby field.

Stags on a winning track after season opener

Scott Eade

OPINION: Hopefully what you saw last Friday was a snippet of what we are trying to achieve when we have the ball in hand this season.

Taranaki's Hoeata plays his own game

Riki Hoeata

Riki Hoeata is starting to enjoy stepping out of his older brother's shadow.

Ryan Crotty gets first start for the All Blacks

Ryan Crotty

After seven appearances from the bench, Ryan Crotty will start against the Wallabies.

Canterbury make two changes to face Waikato

Scott Robertson

Canterbury coach Scott Robertson names his team for second NPC match away to Waikato on Friday night.

Wallaby Nathan Charles happy to earn respect

Nathan Charles

Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles was grateful his post-match chat with Keven Mealamu did not concern his health.

Top 5 tributes to rugby's hard man, Brad Thorn

Brad Thorn

"Anyone that can still be playing competitive rugby at 40 should have their DNA cloned."

Waikato unchanged for home Canterbury clash

Johnny Walters

After opening round away win over Wellington, Waikato name same 22 for Friday night's clash with Canterbury in Hamilton.

All Blacks: we don't know how lucky we are

All Blacks

All Blacks fans and critics have lost perspective on what is one of the best teams in the history of sport.

Johnstone: Time for All Blacks to break shackles

Dane Coles, All Blacks

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - Stuff

OPINION: Late heroics becoming an alarming trend for ABs, who instead should be dominating up front early.

Wallabies ready for ABs forwards' resurgence

Ewen McKenzie

Australia coach says Wallabies preparing for ABs to up the ante up front at Eden Park on Saturday night.

Corey Flynn 'impatient' to start with Toulouse

Corey Flynn

He has to fight his way past two young hookers for the No 2 jersey, but former Crusaders rake rearing to play.

A new era for women's rugby?

Black Ferns v England

They say all good things must come to an end, so is that it for the formerly dominant Black Ferns?

Brad Thorn signs at English rugby club Leicester

Brad Thorn

World Cup winning All Black still has something in the tank - even at age 39 - signing with English club Leicester.

All Blacks backs to the wall, says Aaron Cruden

Aaron Cruden

Aaron Cruden didn't mind trotting out his best rallying cry for the All Blacks yesterday.

Major second test injury dilemma for All Blacks

Steve Hansen

The All Blacks face possibly their greatest test of depth under Steve Hansen this weekend.

Will Skelton returning to Auckland as a Wallaby

Will Skelton

Will Skelton was only nine years old when he watched his cousin play for Auckland at Eden Park.

Canterbury lock Symons shoulders heavy load

Matt Symons

Matt Symons' phone must have him wondering if this is the moment he should start contemplating his favourite hospital foods.

More of the same for Wallabies at Eden Park

Ewen McKenize

Australia coach Ewen McKenize puts faith this weekend in same players that held the All Blacks to a draw.

No money and no loan players for South Canty

Chester Scott

The Heartland Championship kicks off on Saturday but the South Canterbury side is still to secure its loan players.

Victor Vito on wanted list, but his future unclear

Victor Vito

Victor Vito is a wanted man, that much is clear. What's less clear is where he'll decide to play his rugby.
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