Opinion

Kiwi contenders to rescue Springboks

Local knowledge: Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree has an extensive knowledge of rugby in South Africa as a ...

If SA Rugby issued as SOS to NZ rugby coaches, which Kiwi could salvage the Springboks?

Wallabies hard done by

England's Marland Yarde scores a controversial try for England in their test win over the Wallabies at Twickenham.

OPINION: The Wallabies looked like they were dreaming of surf and sand in the second half, writes Paul Cully.

England can break ABs' record

Could Eddie Jones be masterminding a world record for most consecutive top test wins?

OPINION: Only Ireland can stop England snapping the All Blacks' record winning streak.

Level playing field only at RWC

Beauden Barrett and Aaron Smith celebrate a try against an exhausted Welsh side in the third test in June.

OPINION: The Lions had better win the first test next year or they are facing a 3-0 whitewash.

Do us a favour, Australia

Can Michael Cheika and his Wallabies end a pretty ordinary 2016 season on a high note at Twickenham?

OPINION: Time for All Blacks fans to get behind Michael Cheika's men, and cheer them to victory over England.

Chicago loss lingers

All Blacks captain Kieran Read, pictured leading the haka against France in Paris, is keen to re-sign with New Zealand ...

Wins over Ireland (in Dublin), Italy and France were claimed by the All Blacks. But everyone remembers their loss to the Irish in Chicago.

Tour confirms All Blacks' flaws video

Being All Blacks coach is not all fun and games for Steve Hansen. The end of year tour should give him plenty to think ...

OPINION: There's enough to think about from the November tour to keep Steve Hansen on edge this summer.

All Blacks back to the pack video

As the year dragged on, it seems like the All Blacks started to run out of steam.

Could it be that Steve Hansen's men are not the indomitable force we had them pegged for, asks Marc Hinton.

Barrett finishes with a flourish

All Black Beauden Barrett races away for his game-changing try against the French.

OPINION: The north has proved it can foot it with the All Blacks. But not with Beauden Barrett.

ABs need to set example

Malakai Fekitoa smashes Irish fullback Rob Kearney in Dublin last weekend.

OPINION: Blind defence of the All Blacks sends a terrible message, writes Mark Reason.

Retaining Smith top priority

All Blacks fullback Ben Smith is a man in demand as he comes off contract for New Zealand rugby.

OPINION: NZ's embattled rugby boss must do what he does best and keep one of our best All Blacks right where he is, writes Marc Hinton.

ABs smeared by jealous rivals

Sam Cane has a history of being cited for shoulder charges.

OPINION: You're not paranoid if they are out to get you, writes Phil Gifford.

Aaron Smith or TJ Perenara?

Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara are battling to be the starting halfback for the All Blacks.

Should Aaron Smith or TJ Perenara get the nod as the first-choice No 9 for the All Blacks?

Irish, rugby's new whingers

The All Blacks and their fans and media were gracious in a historic defeat in Chicago but that wasn't reciprocated by ...

OPINION: Hey Ireland, if you've beaten the best and want to be the best, start acting like the best.

Cane's OK, Read's not bad either video

All Blacks flanker Sam Cane was in a mixed mood after the victory over Ireland in Dublin was tinged with worry after his ...

OPINION: The Irish are wrong about Sam Cane and NZ is wrong about Kieran Read.

Stop excusing All Blacks brutality video

Malakai Fekitoa puts in a high shot on Ireland's Rob Kearney in the All Blacks' Dublin test.

OPINION: NZ must decry high shots and stop bleating about northern conspiracies.

Cleary: Stop belly-aching about the ABs

The aggression of the All Blacks was a mark of respect to Ireland.

OPINION: The All Blacks have every right to take a no-holds-barred approach, writes Mick Cleary.

Perenara ahead of Smith?

Aaron Smith has underwhelmed since his unfortunate turn in the spotlight.

OPINION: Who will the All Blacks selectors ask to start against France in Paris next Sunday?

Trouble in rugby paradise

England wing Semesa Rokoduguni will earn a lot more than his former Fiji compatriots for playing at Twickenham this weekend.

It's time for the game of rugby to regard the Pacific Islands as more than just a talent pipeline, writes Marc Hinton.

Barrett better than Cruden when ABs pack does its job

Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden warm up during a training session in Rome last week.

OPINION: The criticism of the Hurricanes No 10 after the loss to Ireland in Chicago lacked context, writes Phil Gifford

Rugby's credibility on the line

The treatment of Pacific Island nations, with Leone Nakarawa pictured playing for Fiji at the Olympics, threatens to ...

OPINION: The outrageous treatment of the Pacific Islands is threatening to ruin credibility of the game, writes James Corrigan.

NZ Sevens' hospital pass

Tomasi Cama is preparing the New Zealand Sevens team for the Dubai Sevens in two weeks.

 OPINION: With only two weeks to form a team for the World Series, don't expect the world of the New Zealand sevens team.

Kaino's heir Ioane – or is he?

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 04:  Akira Ioane of the Maori All Blacks heads to the tryline during the Intenational Rugby Match ...

OPINION: Akira Ioane has the world at his feet and everything to learn - but can he take that step to earn a black jersey?

Reason: Why to drop Barrett

Beauden Barrett is more effective coming off the bench.

OPINION: Aaron Cruden sets up a game in a way that Barrett does not.

The bear has been poked ...

Kieran Read and his men must produce an emphatic response in Ireland to quell an uprising that threatens to get out of ...

Embarrassed All Black forwards must produce a response in much-anticipated Dublin rematch, writes Marc Hinton.

Schmidt is the one that got away

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 08: Assistant Coach Joe Schmidt of the Blues gives instructions during the Blues ...

OPINION: Joe Schmidt has the nous to be a major thorn in the All Blacks' side, writes Phil Gifford.

Attack v ABs the best defence

Ireland have showed the northern hemisphere sides how to play with their win

OPINION: Positive thinking helped Ireland beat the All Blacks, and England need to follow their example.

Rugby rejects Trump mentality

Auckland lawyer Kathryn Beck will head New Zealand Rugby's respect and responsibility review.

OPINION: NZR hands the reins of power to a woman, now it needs to let her play with freedom.

Schmidt tests All Blacks plan

Joe Schmidt congratulates his players following their 40-29 win over the All Blacks last weekend.

OPINION: Ireland coach asking questions of a NZ system that's worked for the All Blacks - until maybe now.

Boks in turmoil, England waits

NZ rugby player Brad Shields scrambles for the ball playing for the Barbarians against South Africa at Wembley.

OPINION: Tough test at Twickenham ahead for South Africa after scrappy save in Barbarians game.

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