Opinion

Warburton 'great choice' for Lions captaincy

Lions captain Sam Warburton is an intelligent young man who will say the right things in New Zealand, writes Mark Reason.

OPINION: Sam Warburton is not the best player to come to these shores but he is one of the finer men, writes Mark Reason.

A divisive idea to fix Super Rugby

Fancy being in the second division? Teams like the Blues would have to come good in the second half of the season to ...

OPINION: Cutting teams is a knee-jerk reaction. Expansion (yes, expansion) could save the damaged competition.

Brave Lions to triumph

All eyes will be on Beauden Barrett's kicking during the Lions' series.

 OPINION: Lions to win this test series or All Blacks? Let the debate begin.

Barrett the bulldozer

Beauden Barrett leaves most other players in his dust.

OPINION: First five on track to be one of our best, and English language at its worst.

I felt for Deans, I feel for Gats

Warren Gatland is hugely respected in the northern hemisphere but his tactical approach is far from universally loved.

OPINION: The 2013 Lions series knifed Robbie Deans. Warren Gatland needs shoulders wider than a river to handle it in 2017.

Game for all weather

Central player Reyne Volavola tries to break through the Harlequins defense during their game at a soaked Lansdowne Park ...

COLUMN: The games must go on, rain or shine, writes Tasman Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe.

My Lions all Beast, not Beauty

England's Dylan Hartley and Jamie George  both make Mark Reason's Lions squad as hard men of character.

OPINION: Men of destruction, hard yards and character comprise Mark Reason's Lions squad.

Can sport and religion mix?

Sonny Bill Williams has become the public face of Islam in New Zealand.

OPINION: Religion is usually a private matter in New Zealand – unless you're Muslim.

Why I think the Melbourne Rebels should go

Force wing Chance Peni is tackled by Blues pair James Parsons and Jerome Kaino.

OPINION: I am starting to lean towards the Force remaining in Super Rugby, writes Matt Burke.

Chiefs show NZ the way

Aaron Cruden leads the Chiefs during their game against the Stormers last weekend.

OPINION: Dave Rennie's men can show New Zealand how a rainbow nation could look, writes Mark Reason.

Question SBW's logic

Sonny Bill Williams wearing a new training jersey with no sponsorship on his collar attends an Auckland Blues Super ...

OPINION: Sonny Bill Williams is far from the first rugby player to take a stand on religious or ethical grounds.

Sonny Bill Williams and jerseygate

Sonny Bill Williams when he played for the Chiefs and BNZ was the main jersey sponsor. He says he is slowly learning ...

OPINION: SBW's a star and good guy but rugby bosses have indulged his every whim.

Super Rugby: Tipped to win

After losing to the Sunwolves last weekend, can the Bulls get their campaign back on track, back home against the Jaguares?

Six Stuff rugby writers make their picks for round nine of Super Rugby.

Super Rugby's hot topics

Sonny Bill Williams is all smiles now he has the training jersey he wants at the Blues.

Did they get it right with SBW, and can the Canes rain on his first start parade? Marc Hinton answers the burning questions.

ABs should say no to logo

Is Sonny Bill Williams prepared to extend his ban on bank sponsors' logos to the international insurance company's logo ...

OPINION: If SBW can lodge a 'conscientious objection' over BNZ, then every All Black should say no to AIG.

Lions' task getting steeper

All Blacks captain Tana Umaga attacks with Richie McCaw and Tony Woodcock at Westpac Stadium in 2005.

OPINION: History and the quality of NZ Super Rugby sides puts Lions' task into perspective, writes Paul Cully.

Answer these questions, SBW

Sonny Bill Williams went relatively brand-free at Blues training on Tuesday.

Sonny Bill Williams has always danced to his own tune, with his latest stance an extension of that, writes Marc Hinton.

SBW, the Offloading One returns video

Sonny Bill Williams made his much-anticipated return to rugby on Saturday night.

OPINION: SBW couldn't get his team up to win, but what a beautiful sight it was to have him back.

Changing rugby's concussion culture

Steve Tew says World Rugby has launched about 40 initiatives since 2012 to reduce concussion rates.

The game is changing for the better due to a zero tolerance culture towards concussion, writes NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew.

Gifford: Gatland a low-key innovator

Warren Gatland doesn't give much away but the facade hides a fertile rugby brain.

OPINION: Lions coach's streak of mischief presents a significant danger to the All Blacks.

NZ invincibility under threat

In-form players Jerome Kaino and Ardie Savea are likely to have big roles again for the All Blacks.

We're 14-0 against our overseas opponents, but this weekend's a stiff test of that.

Super Rugby: Tipped to win

How will the Hurricanes perform this week? Here at Stuff, everyone's predicting a win.

Six Stuff rugby writers have made their picks for round 7 of the Super Rugby. Who will prove to be most sage?

Aussie rugby in trouble

A Hurricane's fan reminds the Queensland crowd who is winning.

Aussie announcer just rude as Hurricanes ignored.

How to improve rugby

Getting rid of the No 8 would free up more space and result in fewer collapsed scrums.

OPINION: Making rugby a 13-man game would revitalise the sport, writes Peter FitzSimons.

Who would bet against SBW?

The question around Williams of course is: will he be right by the time the Lions arrive?

OPINION: He's been out for eight months but looks fitter than players 10 years his junior, writes Paul Cully. 

Advantage Canes in Kiwi dogfight

Ardie Savea and the Hurricanes have made a mostly impressive start to the defence of their Super Rugby crown.

OPINION: All roads to the Super Rugby title once again go through NZ's capital, writes Marc Hinton.

Gifford: Razor's band of brothers

Scott Robertson looks on before the start of the Crusaders' game against the Force last weekend.

OPINION: The Crusaders coach learned from some great coaches but he's still his own man.

Super Rugby's future on a knife-edge

A meeting in South Africa this week is expected to decide the future of Super Rugby.

A meeting in South Africa next week is expected to decide the future of Super Rugby, and whether three teams will be axed.

Super Rugby's hot topics

Halfback Aaron Smith has finally ended his media silence ahead of his 100th match for the Highlanders.

OPINION: From Aaron Smith's mea culpa to Otere Black's mooted move, Marc Hinton investigates.

Super Rugby: Tipped to win

Can the Highlanders help Aaron Smith celebrate his 100th Super Rugby match with a win against the Rebels?

Six Stuff rugby writers make their picks for the Super Rugby round ahead.

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