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Defending champion Saracens storm into North Canterbury playoffs

Saracens V Ashley July 23 at Southbrook

The Bus honored, Glenmark's big turnaround and Saracens storm into playoffs in a big weekend of North Canterbury rugby.

O'Brien braces for Rio

IRB Sevens rugby referee manager Paddy O'Brien, of Invercargill, heading to Rio for the Olympics.

Former test referee excited at attending the Olympics as the sevens referees manager.

Super Rugby's travel hoodoo

Lima Sopoaga and the Highlanders will traverse New Zealand, Australia and South Africa all in three weeks should they ...

Getting your passport stamped within days of a Super Rugby final isn't a great omen.

Highlanders remodel for semis

Jamie Joseph has rejigged his squad for the next phase of the Highlanders' Super Rugby title defence against the Lions ...

Jamie Joseph makes key personnel changes to invigorate Super Rugby champions for semifinal test.

Super Rugby semifinals XV

Hurricanes'  TJ Perenara has been in the form of his life the past few weeks.

Stuff's rugby experts pick a form XV for the Super Rugby semifinals. What do you think?

Stiles named Reds coach

Nick Stiles will coach the Queensland Reds next season.

Todd Blackadder misses out on job to interim co-coach and former Wallabies prop.

Rennie gem ready to go

The Chiefs play exciting, winning rugby with a hard edge because Dave Rennie and his players have great mutual respect.

OPINION: Chiefs coach ready for test rugby, and now he has the motive when the next job comes up.

Star prop out as Banks returns


Highlanders' front row find of the year ruled out injured, but playmaker Marty Banks is back for the semis.

Rakaia chase fourth straight Watters Cup crown

Rakaia's Nete Caucau takes the ball into contact  overpowered Celtic in Saturday's Watters Cup rugby semi-final.

 Rakaia advanced to a fourth straight Mid Canterbury final while Southbridge got the better of Waihora in Ellesmere's top-of-the-table clash.

Hosking lets loose on the Olympics

Mike Hosking talked up the All Blacks on Seven Sharp last night.

It's a pity the IOC doesn't have the All Blacks' values, Mike Hosking says.

Riccitelli ready to rumble

The prospect of replacing Dane Coles doesn't daunt Hurricanes back-up hooker Ricky Riccitelli.

Hurricanes out to show they're about more than Dane Coles.

Mate's death inspires win

Aviu Senitu's picture has hung at Eskview Rugby Club since his death in December 2015.

Rugby club almost folded, then a player died. Now his team-mates have won their division in his memory.

NZRU look at life after Hansen video

The partnership between New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew, left, and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will endure ...

ABs coach signs through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but what then?

Ioane signs with Crusaders?

Digby Ioane is set to don the red and black Crusaders jersey next season.

Ex-Wallabies wing Digby Ioane rumoured to have signed on to replace Nemani Nadolo in 2017.

All Blacks need a rival video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen faces a challenging time over the next three years.

OPINION: England and Eddie Jones could be the best thing to happen to Steve Hansen.

Hansen shoots for RWC hat-trick video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has announced he is sticking with the team through to the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

All Blacks coach extends contract through until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

More Hansen, more success video

Steve Hansen has taken on a further two years in charge of the All Blacks for all the right reasons

OPINION: NZ Rugby makes the smart, and only move, in extending the All Blacks coach's contract to 2019.

Ref should use instincts

RJ van Rensburg's strong running was hard for the Crusaders to contain.

OPINION: The Highlanders, Hurricanes, Lions and Chiefs have demonstrated they are the strongest and most consistent outfits.

Burger backs out of the Boks

Schalk Burger on the burst for the Stormers in their quarterfinal loss to the Chiefs in Cape Town.

SA flanker makes himself unavailable for the Rugby Championship to focus on English club Saracens instead.

Stormers criticise Super format

Stormers' Nic Schalk Burger says the new Super Rugby conference system is "far too complicated".

After being thrashed by the Chiefs, Stormers' coach and captain blame Super Rugby's new conference system, and a lack of exposure to Kiwi teams.

Cheika says players must toughen up video

Mentally tough: Michael Cheika.

A microscope is once again on the health of rugby in Australia after the Brumbies were bundled out of the Super Rugby finals.

I'd sign Jarryd Hayne in a heartbeat: Connolly

Jarryd Hayne's stint with the Fiji sevens team was short-lived.

Should the Waratahs take a punt on Jarryd Hayne? A former Wallabies coach thinks so.

Spartans loss provides gauge

Stags coach Hoani Macdonald.

No 8 Mika Mafi impresses in hit out against the Sassenachs in Dunedin.

Hurricanes proving miserly

Centre Seta Tamanivalu was one of the tryscorers when the Chiefs beat the Hurricanes earlier this season.

Defence will be a key in Saturday's clash between the Hurricanes and Chiefs.

Upper-crust art: Beaver on toast

A TradeMe auction for an image of a piece of toast with Stephen Donald's likeness on it has been viewed over 1200 times.

Stephen Donald, the All Black who helped NZ win the 2011 World Cup, has been immortalised on toast.

Canes stars and subs combine video

Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara capped off a dominant performances against the Sharks with a try.

Hurricanes getting the personnel and tactical mix right.

Hurricanes victory song video

Hurricanes enjoy celebrating after their win over the Sharks.

'Okay, here we go! Black and yellow’s how we roll!' the Canes chanted after their 41-0 demolition of the Sharks.

Right teams in Super semis

Highlanders first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga has guided the side to another Super Rugby semifinal.

The right New Zealand sides in Super Rugby semifinals.

'Gutting': Blackadder on loss video

Lock Luke Romano, with Sam Whitelock on the right, eyes a gap in the Lions defence during the Super Rugby quarterfinal ...

Losing to the Lions in the Super Rugby quarterfinal wasn't how Todd Blackadder wanted it to end.

End of era for Blackadder video

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder will soon relocate to English club Bath where he expected to work as the director of rugby.

Mistakes cost the Crusaders dearly in the loss to the Lions in their Super Rugby quarterfinal match.

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