Opinion

Sopoaga's last chance to impress

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 13: Lima Sopoaga of the Highlanders on the attack during the round twelve Super Rugby match ...

OPINION: ABs selectors watching closely in final weekend before naming squad.

Hinton: Pause, hold, disengage

The Chiefs have charged back to the top of the Kiwi conference in Super Rugby, but are about to have their momentum halted.

OPINION: Super Rugby's ill-timed recess highlights the problems facing the international game's rulers.

Sevens medal hopes take a hit

A disappointed New Zealand team receive the plate at the London sevens tournament.

OPINION: The NZ Sevens side were heartless and demoralising in London - and now their Rio medal chances are up in the air.

The new Andy Ellis video

Kieran Read, left, and Andy Ellis celebrate Jordan Taufua's try for the Crusaders in the 29-10 triumph over the Waratahs.

OPINION: At 32, he's playing better now than at any time in his 150 games for the Crusaders and two World Cups.

Burning questions: Is Dagg an AB?

Israel Dagg has been playing some standout rugby for the Crusaders.

In our regular segment, Stuff.co.nz's rugby scribes tackle the burning questions of the week.

'Don't let Hayne play at Rio' video

Should Jarryd Hayne be allowed to play for Fiji at the Rio Olympic Games?

OPINION: If it please the court, our next case is Peter FitzSimons' Odds & Sods v Jarryd Hayne.

Lock in Dixon for ABs

Elliot Dixon appears a lock in for one of the All Blacks loose forward roles in June.

OPINION: Highlanders flanker proves he's ready for test rugby in this week's Super Rugby Team Talk.

Super Rugby super-sizing a reality video

Waisake Naholo celebrates his second try in Friday's derby with the Crusaders.

OPINION: New Zealand rugby derbies are great products, but the fact is they won't pay the bills.

Southern rivals could meet again video

Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo scores his second try against Kieran Read's Crusasders.

OPINION: Return clash would be a classic – what a pity they don't meet again in round-robin play.

Burning questions: Canes too harsh? video

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has suspended five players from this week's game against the Reds.

In our regular segment, Stuff.co.nz's rugby scribes tackle the big issues of the week.

Whitelock a protected species?

Waisake Naholo made a stunning comeback for the Highlanders, scoring two tries against the Chiefs to confirm his class.

OPINION: ABs lock carefully managed, William Wallace could turn up in Dunedin, and Canes compound matters.

Napier, Knowler: ABs selections

Ben Smith keeps out Damian McKenzie in Liam Napier's starting All Blacks team.

OPINION: Who should be All Blacks first five? Stuff rugby writers Liam Napier and Richard Knowler are at odds.

Hinton: Advantage Crotty at No 12

Ryan Crotty has been playing well for the Crusaders in Super Rugby.

OPINION: Charlie Ngatai might be the form man, but that doesn't mean he'll be the All Blacks second five in June.

Dixon should have been carded video

Highlanders flanker Elliot Dixon is upended by Chiefs midfielder Charlie Ngatai during the Super Rugby match at Waikato ...

OPINION: Highlanders flanker Elliot Dixon's actions were just as reckless as Charlie Ngatai's.

Gifford: Defending champs are back video

Daniel Lienert-Brown scores the first try for the Highlanders.

OPINION: Unexpected kicking tactic comes up trumps for the southern men.

Hinton: Naholo back with a flourish video

Waisake Naholo was impressive in his first Super Rugby game back from injury.

OPINION: If anyone deserved a triumphant return to Super Rugby, the Highlanders' flying Fijian surely did.

Burning Questions: Kiwi MVP?

Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie has set the first half of the Super Rugby season alight.

In our regular segment, Stuff.co.nz's rugby scribes tackle the burning questions of the week.

Is Taranaki happy with the Chiefs?

Matt Proctor was a standout in the Hurricanes impressive win over the Lions.

OPINION: Average turnout in New Plymouth, try of the round and Crusaders continue tradition.

Aussie slide 'no laughing matter' video

The Aussie game is bleeding money trying to retain its top talent from the well-heeled northern invaders,

OPINION: As evidenced by Super Rugby, the state of the game across the ditch presents a pretty grim picture.

Great start

Marlborough Boys' College midfielder Nigel Satherley is denied a try in the corner against Christchurch Boys' High.

Over the years Marlborough Boys' College has struggled for quality outside backs, but this season they will be hoping their new crop step up and solidify that area.

Gifford: Blues show grit video

Blues fullback Lolagi Visinia reaches out to score a try against the Rebels at Eden Park.

OPINION: Along with dancing feet and sleight of hand, this Blues team has a solid foundation.

Burning questions: Rennie hard done by?

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is angry over accusations of dodgy tactics late in the game against the Chiefs.

Stuff.co.nz's leading rugby scribes tackle the hot topics of the week.

Rollo: Makos fans should decide the logo's fate

Tasman Makos players Alex Nankivell, left, and Quinten Strange with the new logo.

OPINION: The Tasman Rugby Union should have consulted with the fans before changing the logo.

SA rugby becoming second-rate

Halfback Nic Groom in try-scoring form for the Stormers, who were the leading South African Super Rugby side before this ...

OPINION: NZ needs Super Rugby teams in the republic to be strong.

Draw in Invercargill, anyone? video

Hats off to Crusaders centre Kieron Fonotia.

OPINION: The Crusaders can't return from their bye soon enough.

Bring back daytime rugby video

Damian McKenzie's magic helped the Chiefs escape with a one point win in Wellington.

OPINION: Highlanders may have hit the wall - and why can't we have daytime rugby in NZ?

Brilliant Barrett a flawed genius video

Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett left 13 points out on the paddock on an off night at the Cake Tin on Saturday.

OPINION: Canes star should be kicking himself − but would he miss?

Reason: Good on you Ardie

Former New Zealand Sevens player Ardie Savea.

OPINION: The Olympics is a pool of golden sewage, ditching it for Super Rugby is the right call.

Ref Review: Control? video

Chiefs centre Seta Tamanivalu is awarded a try against the Hurricanes...but did he lose the ball?

OPINION: Where did we get the idea that "control" was needed when scoring a try?

Super Rugby doesn't deserve NZ video

Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles epitomised the talent on show in the clash in Wellington.

OPINION: The thrilling game in Wellington was an example to overseas conferences.

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