Rugby

Waratahs take care of bitter rival Brumbies

Jacques Potgieter

NSW Waratahs to host first Super Rugby final after dispatching ACT Brumbies 26-8.

Easy first-up win for All Black Sevens

DJ Forbes

The New Zealand Sevens team have beaten Canada 39-0 to open their Comm Games account.

Old dogs Carter, MaCaw still vital to cause

Richie McCaw

Turns out rumours of the decline of Richie McCaw and Daniel Carter have been greatly exaggerated.

Crusaders reach 11th Super Rugby final

Kieran Read

Easy win for Crusaders as they crush the Sharks 38-6 in Christchurch.

Stars of sevens circuit converge on Glasgow

DJ Forbes

The Commonwealth Games sevens tournament starts tonight NZ time. Here's five star players to watch.

ACT Brumbies set to stick with expansive game

Jesse Mogg

The Brumbies won't play a conservative game against the Waratahs tomorrow, says their director of rugby.

Stormin' Norman Berryman slays the Sharks

Norman Berryman

Two back-to-back wins over the Sharks in 1998 were among the most seminal moments in Crusaders history.

New book reveals All Blacks' winning culture

All Blacks flag

A former All Black triallist has uncovered one of the great mysteries of the boys in black.

Time for Taranaki side to stake claim for NPC

Mark Atkins

Establishing combinations will be the top priority as Taranaki take the field for their first 2014 outing.

Final fling nears for Crusaders No 2 Corey Flynn

Corey Flynn

Crusaders hooker prepares to notch up the rare milestone of 150 Super Rugby matches for the franchise.

NZRU lock in six pivotal All Blacks until 2016

Beauden Barrett

Aaron Smith and Beauden Barrett are among latest group of ABs to extend their contracts beyond World Cup.

You've got to have a go, says No 9 Andy Ellis

Andy Ellis

Having the courage to shrug off the shackles and attack may be crucial for the Crusaders tonight.

Brothers have big steak in the Sharks' success

Bismarck du Plessis

If you're after an insight into why the du Plessis brothers are formidable, visit the family farm.

Ground yet to sell-out for Crusaders semifinal

Crusaders fans

Several thousand tickets for tonight's Super Rugby semifinal in Christchurch remain unsold.

Strong crowd farewells ex AB Kevin Skinner

Kevin Skinner

A 100-strong crowd gathered in West Auckland today for the funeral of rugby great Kevin Skinner.

Carlos Spencer hits out at South Africa style

Carlos Spencer

Former Auckland and All Blacks star turned coach of the Kings attacks conservative style of his rivals.

Karmichael Hunt coming back to Super Rugby

Karmichael Hunt

Multi-talented code-hopping Australian believed to have signed deal with the Queensland Reds.

Sharks' Pat Lambie starts at No 10 in semifinal

Pat Lambie

Playmaker who oversaw regular season victory over the Crusaders returns to start in Super Rugby semifinal.

Gareth Anscombe completes move to Cardiff

Gareth Anscombe

Chiefs utility Gareth Anscombe has completed his move to the Cardiff Blues with an eye to representing Wales.

Ferdinand features on Taranaki alternate strip

Mitchell Crosswell

Another year, another new Taranaki rugby strip.

Taranaki coach Colin Cooper rewards club form

Marty McKenzie

Consistent club form has generally been rewarded after Colin Cooper named his side for Taranaki's first pre-season hit-out.

Corey Flynn gets nod at No 2 for Sharks clash

Corey Flynn

Crusaders coach denies veteran hooker Corey Flynn will start against the Sharks for sentimental reasons.

NZ Black Ferns wearing the favourites tag well

Selica Winiata

Four successive Women's Rugby World Cup crowns place a target firmly on the New Zealand team's back.

Sharks have confidence in attack on Crusaders

Jake White

Far from home, but Sharks coach Jake White thinks conditions could play into his side's hands.

Support pouring in for banned player Miller

April Miller

Hundreds show support for woman banned from playing men's club rugby in Southland.

Southland's Robbie Robinson heads for Harbour

Robbie Robinson

Talented fullback stresses his decision to leave Southland for North Harbour was not about chasing the cash.

Broken foot nothing on fractured rib - McCaw

Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw says a broken foot in the World Cup was a doddle compared to playing with a fractured rib.

Southland woman banned from men's rugby side

April Miller

Rugby Southland has booted 18-year-old April Miller from the presidents grade competition.

Brumbies name unchanged side for semifinal

Ben Mowen

The Brumbies have named an unchanged side for Saturday's Super Rugby semifinal against the Waratahs.

Key quartet re-sign with Blues for next season

Luke Braid

Captain Luke Braid headlines a quartet of Blues players who have recommitted to the franchise.

Crusaders' Richie McCaw to start in semifinal

Richie McCaw

Anyone giving away needless penalties during their Super Rugby semifinal risks a death stare from Kieran Read.

Super crown ideal for Bledisloe bid - McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie

Coach says an Aussie side winning Super Rugby crown would be ''as good as it gets'' for the Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup prospects.

Give Nadolo a cross-kick and see what happens

 Nemani Nadolo

Former ABs fullback Greg Cooper can't believe Nemani Nadolo is yet to unwrap one of his deadliest tricks.

Henry Speight: Chiefs' loss is Wallabies' gain

Henry Speight

He sidestepped the Chiefs, figuratively and literally - and now Henry Speight is on the cusp of becoming a Wallaby.

Snook: Supporting cast key to team's success

Crusaders fans

IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily News

OPINION: Four down. One remaining. For the Chiefs, Hurricanes, Blues and Highlanders the 2015 season is imminent.

Boyd: Discipline won't be an issue for Sharks

Chris Boyd

Former Sharks assistant coach Chris Boyd doesn't expect to see the South African side resorting to cynical behaviour.

Uncapped Henry Speight to debut for Wallabies

Henry Speight

Former Waikato wing poised for test debut after being included in Wallabies' 32-man squad.

'As a Kiwi, rugby is in your DNA'

Conrad Smith

Aussies will never share our passion for rugby. For Kiwis, our love of the sport is genetic.

Boks continue Dad's Army selection approach

Juan Smith

South Africa coach continues his Dad's Army approach to selection, recalling a veteran flanker for training camp.

Knowler: Sharks far from toothless on the road

Bismark du Plessis

RICHARD KNOWLER - The Press

OPINION: Plenty of mongrel in team led by 111kg slab of organic SA beef aiming to sink hopes of NZ glory.

Rupeni Caucaunibuca signs with French club

Rupeni Caucaunibuca

Fijian wing who starred for Northland and the Blues and was once dubbed "the best there never was" headed to Europe.

Four men detained over French machete attack

Aurelien Rougerie

Police question men aged in their early 20s over machete attack that hospitalised three French rugby stars.

Super Rugby needs fans, so listen to us

super rugby fan

Super Rugby has no future if the fans are not involved in the game, Cameron Chalmers writes.

Samoa to chase ex All Blacks for national team

Mils Muliaina

Samoa could have a small number of former All Blacks take the field against New Zealand in Apia.

Crusaders must counter moving maul - Crockett

Wyatt Crockett

Wyatt Crockett sounds like a physics teacher as tries to de-mystify the task of demolishing the Sharks' mauls.

Will Skelton could be a key for NSW Waratahs

Will Skelton

Michael Cheika thinks Will Skelton could be a match winner from the bench for the Waratahs this weekend.

Waratahs ban Brumbies mascot from semifinal

Brumby Jack

The Waratahs refuse field entry to the Brumbies' mascot ahead of their Super Rugby semifinal.

Machete attack victims to be sidelined for weeks

Aurelien Rougerie

French test rugby trio suffering from severe cuts in street attack need at least a month to recover.

Super Rugby travel worth five points - doctor

Ryan Kankowski

Sharks start semifinal against Crusaders on backfoot thanks to trip from South Africa, doctor says.

Crusaders have the team to bite into the Sharks

Israel Dagg

Jamie Joseph warns Sharks to prepare to be attacked by "a complete Crusaders team" this weekend.
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