Clubs win big in RWC deal

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English clubs able to play during World Cup and being compensated for event's clash with their premiership.

Harry joins World Cup effort

Prince Harry

Prince Harry takes on honorary president role for England's Rugby World Cup organising committee.

Giteau spurns big money

Matt Giteau

Former Wallabies five-eighth Matt Giteau has turned down a record offer from a rival French top-division club to re-sign with Toulon.

'Tongan Thor' heads offshore

Taniela Tupou

Taniela Tupou, the schoolboy rugby player who wowed the web with his skills on the field, looks destined for Australia.

Forgettable start for Weepu

Piri Weepu plays for London Welsh

Piri Weepu's freshly promoted London Welsh side blanked 52-0 by Exeter on the opening weekend of English club rugby.

Streaker was 'aiming for Richie'

Rose Kupa

A streaker's "bucket list" naked run during an All Blacks test has sparked security concerns.

Genia does it tough

Will Genia

Henry Speight and Will Genia's Wallabies call-up hopes took a considerable hit in the third round of the National Rugby Championship.

Thorn vows to make a mark

Brad Thorn

Veteran New Zealand lock says he won't just make up the numbers at English Premiership giants Leicester.

NZ Falcons claim Bingham Bowl

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The New Zealand Falcons have clinched the third-tier Bingham Bowl final at the gay rugby World Cup in Sydney.

Being straight no barrier

Bevan Morgan

Bevan Morgan still plays a significant role in New Zealand's only gay rugby team.

Game on for Falcons


They may be out there - and NZ's only gay rugby team looks forward to the day when an All Black identifies as homosexual.

Saru investigates match-fixing

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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.

Tries galore in NRC opener

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.

Ref a step closer to Olympics

Richard Kelly

Richard Kelly's progress through the ranks of the world's top sevens referees continues after he was named as one of only four officials to attend all IRB world series tournaments.

Black Ferns impressive in France

Huriana Manuel

The Black Ferns have got their World Cup campaign off to a flying start with a 79-5 win over Kazakhstan.

Pine Tree pleased with IRB's call

Sir Colin Meads

Sir Colin Meads, widely regarded as NZ's greatest ever player, will finally get recognition from international rugby's governing body.

Women's series grows by two

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Sevens world series extends to six tournaments with Canada and England signing up as hosts.

NZ invincibility aura 'not there'

Casey Robertson and Sarah Hunter

England say all their team has beaten the Black Ferns before, and they'll do it again at the world cup starting tonight.

Black Ferns at ease as faves

Selica Winiata

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

AB great Kevin Skinner dies

Kevin Skinner

Legendary All Blacks prop Kevin Skinner has died in Auckland, aged 86.

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