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Private investors take control of Highlanders

Co-captains of the Highlanders Ben Smith, left, and Nasi Manu hold the Super Rugby trophy after the franchise won their first title by beating the Hurricanes in Wellington on July 4

A group of four private investors have bought into the future of the Super Rugby champion Highlanders

Tongan Bear shows softer side

Loni "the Tongan Bear" Uhila wants to make an impact with his first Super Rugby team, the Hurricanes.

Loni Uhila plays rugby so his kids can have a better life than he did growing up.

Brumbies could lose another star

Joe Tomane appears to be the latest Brumbies player to be heading overseas.

Winger Joe Tomane has been linked with a shift to French Top 14 club.

Campbell to host Lomu service

The public will have a chance to farewell Jonah Lomu at a memorial service at Eden Park on Monday.

Details released of the Eden Park public service to be run by broadcaster John Campbell.

SBW's NZ 7s 'look and learn'

Sonny Bill Williams' offloading skills will be a huge asset in sevens.

ABs star going to world series opener with NZ team to school himself as he starts his Olympics dream.

Welsh doping 'off the scale'

The famous Welsh rugby colours have been stained by an underbelly of sports-enhancing drugs according to a new investigation.

Grave warning as performance-enhancing drugs problem reportedly escalates in domestic game.

Medicos no fans of SBW cupping

Sonny Bill Williams undergoes hijama cupping therapy.

Sonny Bill Williams may swear by hijama cupping treatment but it offers little medical benefit, medicos say.

Carter and McCaw hot in UK

Good mates and great players Richie McCaw and Dan Carter continue to be recognised for their rugby deeds.

All Blacks stars join superstars of world sport Messi, Bolt, Mayweather and more as likely finalists for coveted BBC award.

White to coach Auckland rugby

Nick White's extensive assistant coaching career sees him earn the head coaching role with Auckland rugby.

Forwards coach and former prop steps up to head coaching role for the next NPC campaign.

Highlanders eye private investment

Highlanders co-captains Ben Smith and Nasi Manu hold the 2015 Super Rugby trophy aloft after beating the Hurricanes in Wellington. The champion franchise is expected to announce a private investor on Friday.

The Highlanders may be on the brink of becoming the last NZ rugby franchise to embrace private ownership.

Thorn keen to play again

Brad Thorn gets the ball away for the Highlanders in their Super rugby match against the Hurricanes in Dunedin in March 2014, when he was a tender 39 years of age.

He's 40, but Brad Thorn won't rule out playing for the Reds.

Keane fires parting shots

Former Tasman head coach Kieran Keane will work at the Chiefs next year after seven years with the Makos.

Crusaders and Canterbury boss Hamish Riach refuses to become embroiled in a public spat with the outgoing Tasman coach.

Seven days of sevens festival

Wellington Sevens ticket sales slumped in 2015 and police cracked down hard on bad behaviour, so in an attempt to lure back true rugby fans sevens organisers slashed ticket prices and changed the date and days of the 2016 event.

Wellington hosting a 'seven days of sevens' festival on the waterfront and civic square.

Pulu realising dream with sevens call video

All Black halfback Augustine Pulu has made the New Zealand sevens squad for the Dubai and Cape Town legs.

All Black halfback is making a swift transition into the game of sevens as he pushes his case for the Rio Olympics squad.

Big squad breeds competition

New captain Scott Curry has been nursing an injury for the past few weeks but takes his place in the squad.

Teddy Stanaway and Regan Ware are new faces in the New Zealand men's sevens squad.

Injury blow for Southland sevens

Mike Molloy has been ruled out of the Southland sevens team to play in Timaru on Saturday because of injury.

The Southland sevens team have been dealt a big blow with Mike Molloy ruled out of the Southern Regional tournament in Timaru on Saturday.

All Blacks one-test wonders XV video

Frank Halai, David Hill and Paul Steinmetz.

Stuff sports writers Aaron Goile and Ben Strang select their team of one-test All Blacks.

From English rose to hospice chief

Janice Byford-Jones captains the junior England women's rugby side in a match again Scotland in 1997.

 How a bucket of Hawke's Bay mussels won over an England women's rugby player.

Southern Kings to be rescued

Prop Lizo Gqoboka is one player who has left the Kings for another team ahead of next year's Super Rugby season.

The cash-strapped franchise should be ready for Super Rugby campaign.

McCaw AIG global ambassador

All Blacks captain set to join global insurance giants in ambassador role.

All Blacks great to be announced in new role through to 2018 on Thursday.

Cupping therapy for SBW

Sonny Bill Williams undergoes hijama cupping therapy.

Sonny Bill Williams has taken to the bizarre ritual of hijama cupping as a way of detoxing.

'Tongan Thor' makes Reds video

Taniela Tupou rips into training with the Reds in Brisbane.

Auckland teen prop sensation Taniela Tupou takes his 135kg frame into Super Rugby ranks.

Coetzee tipped to coach Boks

Allister Coetzee has been a Springboks assistant coach and now there are increasing reports he will get the top job.

Ex-Stormers boss new favourite as Heyneke Meyer reportedly loses support of SA rugby hierarchy.

Mitch meets Stormers bosses

The next chapter in John Mitchell's nomadic rugby coaching career looks to be set in Cape Town with the Stormers.

Ex-All Blacks coach set for Super Rugby return with reports he's been "rubber-stamped" in three-year deal.

First SBW, now it's sis Niall video

Niall Williams, sister of All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams, will debut for the New Zealand women's sevens team in Dubai.

Mother of two sister to All Blacks star in the code-hopping game after making the NZ sevens team.

Burrell: Lancaster let me down

England centre Luther Burrell was left out of his country's Rugby World Cup squad in favour of Sam Burgess.

Dropped centre says the former England coach let him down by dropping him from their Rugby World Cup squad.

Carter reveals ABs' motivation

Dan Carter is confident the All Blacks will continue to set the standard despite the loss of experienced players.

Star first-five says ABs were driven by a desire to become the most dominant rugby team in history.

New Sanzar boss open to expansion

Sanzar CEO Andy Marinos says a core number of Japan's World Cup squad have been contracted to its Super Rugby team and is confident they will appoint a coach in the next two weeks.

Andy Marinos says nowhere is off limits for future growth of Super Rugby.

Sevens Sisters battle injury for Dubai

Sarah Goss and Portia Woodman will be key for an injury depleted New Zealand women's sevens team in Dubai.

Injuries have struck NZ women's team named to play the opening round of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.

Laumape hopes to emulate Nonu

Former Warrior Ngani Laumape plans to bring a powerful presence to the Hurricanes' midfield next season.

Ngani Laumape hopes to bring a similar physical presence to the Hurricanes' midfield as Ma'a Nonu.

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