Opinion

Will Wallabies recall Fardy?

Tough hombre: Scott Fardy will be needed against the physical Springboks.

OPINION: The Wallabies need their toughest hombres against South Africa and Scott Fardy has always been one of them.

Hinton: Crotty the new glue guy

Ryan Crotty has made every post a winner as he has started six of the seven tests of 2016 in the No 12 jersey.

OPINION: ABs coach Steve Hansen might just have found himself the second-coming of Conrad Smith.

The Lions have sold their soul

Hamilton old boy Warren Gatland is announced as the head coach of the British and Irish Lions in Edinburgh earlier this ...

OPINION: The Lions should not be a finishing school for coaches who want the All Blacks job.

Gifford: ABs boast 30 McCaws

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw had a "big diesel engine". "He could just go all day at a reasonable pace. He ...

OPINION: How many Richie McCaws can one team have? A whole squad, if they're fit like the ABs.

Zavos: Need for Macqueen

Rod Macqueen talks with his captain John Eales and vice captain George Gregan before the Wallabies series-levelling win ...

OPINION: The Wallabies need 1999 World Cup-winning coach Rod Macqueen to bridge gap on All Blacks.

Sanzaar finger jammed in door

Sanzaar's failure with the Sunwolves has been abject, says Paul Cully.

OPINION: Sanzaar's global expansion zeal makes Super Rugby less loveable, writes Paul Cully.

All Blacks no risk takers

Jerome Kaino's inclusion in the All Blacks' squad for the South African leg of their tour shows that getting to 18 ...

OPINION: James Broadhurst's brutal introduction to test rugby is a reminder not to get too clever.

Sanzaar serves up same slop video

Lock Sam Whitelock looks to offload during the Crusaders' match against the Brumbies in Canberra this year. The two ...

OPINION: The Crusaders, like the other 17 teams, have to just lump it. There's no leaving it in 2017.

Reason: Playing the Dane

Dane Coles, pictured getting a pass away in Faf de Klerk's tackle, is a throwback to a time when hookers were little men ...

OPINION: All Blacks No 2 is rugby's answer to a league hooker like Cameron Smith.

Squeaky bum or awesome ABs?

All Blacks captain Kieran Read holds up the Freedom Cup following the Rugby Championship victory over South Africa.

The All Blacks' dominance is incredible, but wouldn't it be better if the matches were close?

Long wait for Turbos over

The Manawatu Turbos were cock-a-hoop about upsetting defending champions Canterbury at the Arena on Saturday.

GOOD SPORTS: The Turbos' win over Canterbury is one of the biggest results of the season.

ABs 'mix of talent, humility'

Julian Savea scores his career-first try against  South Africa in Christchurch on Saturday night.

OPINION: These All Blacks respect the past but are writing their own legacy, writes Phil Gifford.

Wallabies won't accept mediocrity

Bernard Foley is congratulated by Quade Cooper and Samu Kerevi after scoring a try against South Africa.

OPINION: I believe we can beat the All Blacks, writes Matt Burke.

Breakdown brutality comes at an appalling cost

Former Waikato and Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna is now playing his trade in France, where there is an appetite for Island ...

OPINION: Some directors of rugby are obsessed with how hard players can hit and couldn't give a hoot about their welfare, writes Mark Reason.

Jones sets sights on ABs video

Eddie Jones coaches a good game, and certainly talks one too as he continues to chip away at the All Blacks' dominance ...

OPINION: Don't let Eddie Jones wind you up with his provocative words, but be wary of the intent behind them, writes Marc Hinton.

All Blacks' global superiority overinflated

Eddie Jones, the England head coach, celebrates  after their victory during the International Test match between the ...

OPINION: England the second best in the world and would challenge the ABs, writes Paul Cully.

Boks will be embarrassed video

Elton Jantjies has been a shadow of the player he was for the Lions.

OPINION: South African team would have trouble closing down a tackle bag, writes Mark Reason.

Brittle Boks primed for the kill

Kieran Read and his All Blacks have been in awesome form so far in 2016. Will it continue in Christchurch on Saturday?

It's time for the All Blacks to embrace their 'nasty' side and put these struggling South Africans to the sword, writes Marc Hinton.

How the ABs saved Savea

Ardie Savea, Julian Savea and TJ Perenara during the All Blacks' visit to Nelson Airport last Sunday.

OPINION: Steve Hansen stood by his man and should be proud of the way he handled his talented winger.

Time for next-gen Wallabies?

Will Genia clears the ball against the All Blacks.

OPINION: It's not so much about who's in the team but how the team intends to play.

Barrett out of this world

Beauden Barrett scores a try against the Pumas.

OPINION: Forget drug testing. The way Beauden Barrett is playing calls for a paranormal investigation.

What it's like reffing the All Blacks

Johnathan Kaplan reckons he should be offer New Zealand citizenship after visiting so many time to referee matches.

OPINION: The New Zealanders like to push the envelope but they never overstep the mark.

Rugby racism: 'Rude, incorrect'

Southbridge rugby player  Peni Manumanuniliwa was racially abused by an opposition player during a game in June.

OPINION: Although we can't weed idiots out of society altogether, we can manage how stupidity is handled.

'Rugby fumbles the public relations'

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, NZ Rugby chief executive Steve Tew and Chiefs chief executive Andrew Flexman front up with the ...

Opinion: This is the 21st century but some parts of the rugby community haven't woken up to that.

Our daughters deserve much better

NZ Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew, flanked by Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, left, and Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman, ...

OPINION: This column is dedicated to my daughters ... and to your daughters.

Rugby's inquiry no reassurance

New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew says the inquiry into events at a Chiefs celebration has been "incredibly transparent".

OPINION: Putting an in-house lawyer in charge of an investigation was a foolish choice.

Chiefs saga: women an 'afterthought' video

NZ Rugby reveals the findings of its inquiry into the Chiefs stripper scandal.

OPINION: Chiefs' saga has more to say about rugby's attitudes towards women than anything else.

Auckland a miserable trap for Lions

Warren Gatland before Wales' tour match against the Chief in June.

OPINION: Get out of Auckland, Lions fans, get out and don't look back.

Reason: ABs blindest to laws

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen with New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew.

OPINION: Those who have bleated about All Black Owen Franks being innocent do not know the law.

ABs' long shadow foils Titch video

Sir Gordon Tietjens' 22 year career as New Zealand sevens coach is finally over, without the Olympic medal he so deserved.

OPINION: Master 7s coach who made winning an art form just couldn't sustain it to the bitter end.

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