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

timaru rugby ball touch

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.

NZRU seeks cure for game's ills

Julian Savea

LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

New Zealand Rugby has created an integrity unit to police the game. Liam Napier explains why.

Deans could return

Robbie Deans

Retired NZRU chairman Mike Eagle says former Crusaders and Wallabies coach could still have a coaching future in NZ.

Rugby's empowering, rugged grace


Forget tough, muddied men. Harvard students see rugby as game of female strength and beauty.

Clubs reject anti-gay claims

Jay Claydon

Rugby club denies gay ex-player's reported claim he was banished because of his sexuality.

Teenage girl gets stuck in

April Miller

Pukerau Rugby Club's April Miller is breaking down barriers as the only woman playing club rugby in Southland.

You're gay, they don't want you

Jay Claydon

Homophobic abuse of Christchurch rugby player follows him from New Zealand to Sydney.

Memories of Loosehead Len

Phil Gifford

Sunday Star Times

When Phil Gifford first dreamed up Loosehead Len he had no idea quite the impact the bigoted old prop would have.

Meet rugby's clown prince

Andrew Mehrtens

The Press

In this exclusive extract from his memoir, Phil Gifford talks of his affection for Andrew Mehrtens.

Other bleed not ruled out

Jordan Kemp

Jordan Kemp may have received proper concussion treatment earlier this year and died from an unrelated brain bleed.

Teen dies after game

rugby strap

A 17-year-old who collapsed during a senior rugby match in Whangarei yesterday has died.

$500 fine for streaker


He won $500 for his All Blacks streak which ended in a rib-breaking tackle, but lost it all.

Lomu's forgotten AFL career

Jonah Lomu

US announcer describes All Black legend Jonah Lomu as "one of the greatest Australian Rules Football players of all time" at UFC event in Auckland.

Living in a world of haze

Ben Afeaki

Nausea, dizziness, fogginess. Trouble concentrating, driving, even managing everyday living. Welcome to Ben Afeaki's world.

Heavy ban for rugby fan

rugby ball generic

Supporter who ran on to the field and knocked a player out has been banned from the game.

Burleigh off to Scottish club

Phil Burleigh

Highlanders midfield back Phil Burleigh will join Edinburgh on a two-year deal, the club has announced.

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