It was 1995. The Rugby World Cup final. And yet it was much more. It was nation-defining for South Africa.
PETER LAMPP - © Fairfax NZ NewsJason O'Halloran will be head coach of the Manawatu Turbos for at least the next two years.
It's unanimous. All Black No 8 Kieran Read is the best rugby player on the planet.
English clubs are set for at least one season without any European rugby after confirming they won't play in the Heineken Cup.
Sevens organisers look to "transform" Wellington's biggest party to make it more serious.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsSome "unfinished business" for former back of the year James Marshall has seen him re-sign with Taranaki for next season.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsKieran Read, Steve Hansen and the All Blacks sweep the New Zealand Rugby Awards in Auckland.
Wales will take on all three of rugby's southern hemisphere giants as well as Fiji in next year's autumn internationals.
IAN SNOOK - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Mike Collins was a top prop, is a top bloke, and is now in the top job.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsUnlike many All Blacks stars, Kieran Read didn't hone his skills at a "fashionable" rugby school.
Ex Counties Manukau flanker Daniel Adongo could get his first chance to play in the NFL after the Indianapolis Colts promoted him to their full roster.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ NewsA few days coaching under-privileged children in Brazil has ensured Kieran Read keeps his feet on the ground.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsAll Blacks sweep the IRB's 2013 rugby awards with Kieran Read named player of the year.
LAINE CLARK - AAPJames Horwill is still the best man to captain the Reds, says Queensland coach Richard Graham who baulks at suggestions the lock's game benefited from being stripped of the Wallabies leadership.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsDespite undergoing two heart operations, Robbie Fruean is very much considered an asset by the Chiefs.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsMidweek matches are trendy again, but those hoping extended tours are back will be disappointed.
JOSH REICH - ReutersEngland winger Christian Wade was ruled out of the Six Nations after suffering a serious foot injury.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsHow does a team that has won back-to-back Super Rugby titles improve to stay ahead of the pack?
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsNapier the winner and Christchurch the loser after venues confirmed for the All Blacks' 2014 home tests.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsBen Tameifuna uses Fight for Life to step up his training efforts for the Chiefs in a bid to be an All Black.
GEORGINA ROBINSON - Sydney Morning HeraldWallabies' winning northern tour gives Quade Cooper confidence to say they'll be best come World Cup 2015.
Steve Hansen guided the Barbarians to an easy 43-19 win over Fiji at Twickenham yesterday.
A Quade Cooper-inspired Australia ended a difficult year with an entertaining 30-26 win over Wales.
New Zealand's run at the Dubai Sevens title came to a screeching halt in the semifinals against Fiji.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsPacific Island rugby has been on the back foot for too long. Liam Napier talks to a group trying to level the playing field.
MARK REASON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Mark Reason argues the flattery surrounding New Zealand's unbeaten season is overkill and misguided.
TAINE RANDELL - © Fairfax NZ NewsKieran Read was a colossus in a great All Blacks year, writes for All Black captain Taine Randell.
PHIL GIFFORD - © Fairfax NZ NewsRyan Crotty's try didn't only win the test with Ireland. It's the best All Black try of all time.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsReturning home with a swag of trophies, a suitcase full of knowledge and three Irish-born daughters, Isa Nacewa wants to deflect some of the spotlight from the Blues' problematic first five-eighth role.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsRomantically, the attraction is undeniable. It's a scenario many rugby enthusiasts would love to see.
The New Zealand women's sevens team threw away a commanding lead to lose the Dubai final to Australia today.
The New Zealand sevens team will play Argentina in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Sevens tonight after sweeping through pool play.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Chiefs will take their All Blacks to France for pre-season clash with Toulon but some may not play.
PETER RUTHERFORD - ReutersJust a month after suffering a stroke, Japan rugby coach Eddie Jones is already back at work and plotting the 'Brave Blossoms' path to the world top 10.
Hosts New Zealand have drawn a tough pool at next year's under-20 rugby world championship.
The British and Irish Lions series-decider against Australia was blighted by a dreadful build-up.
Kayla McAlister starred as the New Zealand women's Sevens team made a strong start in Dubai.
Springboks lock Eben Etzebeth will be out for at least four months after he undergoes surgery next week for a foot injury.
JULIEN PRETOT - ReutersAn Anglo-French plan for a breakaway European rugby club competition looked in tatters.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ NewsNZ Sevens captain DJ Forbes believes he has the fitness and drive to push for the Rio Olympics.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsA soft Crusaders balance sheet won't have a major impact on the financial projections of Christchurch's temporary stadium.
JIM MORTON - AAPThe Wallabies have vowed to keep their boots on Welsh throats to maintain their psychological edge over the Six Nations champions heading into the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsFormer New Zealand rep Warwick Lahmert will lead Taranaki's defence of their national sevens crown after a 17-strong squad was announced.
JOSEPH ROMANOS - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: An Irish prop got a heap of publicity by slamming the haka recently. But he has a point.
WAYNE MARTIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Does it really matter whether this year's All Blacks team deserves consideration as the best ever?
All Blacks fans wanting to see the team defend their World Cup title in 2015 face a big bill.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ NewsKieran Read and Ben Smith will vie with Leigh Halfpenny for world best awards.
JIM MORTON - AAPLote Tuqiri's code-crossing advice to Israel Folau to trust his attacking instincts is paying off in spades.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsIf the season started this week the Hurricanes would struggle to field a team, but Mark Hammett knows the absentee list is a positive sign.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Quite appropriate that the All Blacks' dramatic 24-22 win over Ireland should be Andrew Hore's international rugby swansong.
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