Opinion

Williams undermines ABs legacy

Ali Williams: not just a silly boy.

OPINION: When an All Black lands in hot water, it's no laughing matter, writes Kevin Norquay.

Swing low, sweet chariot bro: England's taste for Kiwi exposes NZ poaching myth

Teimana Harrison and Dylan Hartley are part of growing number of southern hemisphere players representing Six Nations sides.

OPINION: Northern hemisphere's whinge about Pacific Island pillaging is outdated hypocrisy, writes Paul Cully.

Give Smith the time he needs

Ben Smith receives medical treatment during the Highlanders v Chiefs game on Friday.

OPINION: There should be no rush to get the Highlanders fullback into action, writes Phil Gifford.

Tackling rugby's dark side

The tragic death of Wallaby rugby player Dan Vickerman poses hard questions about what happens to rugby players after ...

OPINION: Not all the players have a plan to cope when the superstar lifestyle ends.

Where is Carter criticism?

Dan Carter admitted to making a big mistake, and fans lapped it up.

OPINION: Dan Carter could have killed someone, but we praise him for owning up. Why is there no Aaron Smith-like outrage?

Boring truth about Hansen, Lam

Steve Hansen isn't afraid to trade verbal blows but he has become more circumspect since taking over the All Blacks.

OPINION: The north may regard Kiwis and the All Blacks as lacking in respect, but the reality is different.

Super Rugby predictions

Handre Pollard's return from injury could propel the Bulls back into Super Rugby title contention, writes Aaron Goile.

Stuff rugby writers pick their team on the rise, team on the slide, four semifinalists and 2017 champion.

Reason: Cult of silence kills

Dan Vickerman, pictured in 2011, died on Saturday night.

OPINION: After the death of Dan Vickerman we need to talk about the problems that are killing our young men.

Welcome to the jungle, Lions

Lions coach Warren Gatland has expressed a desire for some tough lead-in games - and he'll certainly get his wish now.

OPINION: News that the ABs will be available for Blues, Crusaders makes the tourists' life even harder.

Super Rugby: Our picks

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd and captain Dane Coles celebrate last year's drought-breaking win.

Stuff rugby writers look at the chances of the New Zealand teams for Super Rugby in 2017.

Rennie's Chiefs legacy cemented

Damian McKenzie runs the ball back against the Highlanders in Dunedin last year.

OPINION: Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has left a 'Christmas present' for his successor.

NZR's expanding war chest

Ben Smith (left) and Israel Dagg have both re-signed new deals with NZ Rugby. Smith agreed terms to 2020, while Dagg ...

OPINION: Of the players staying until 2019, Dagg has arguably taken the biggest risk.

How did Wgtn screw up the sevens?

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Internet MANA press secretary Pam Corkery listens as founder Kim Dotcom speaks to ...

OPINION: The brilliant Sydney event makes you wonder how Wellington stuffed up a "gimme" so badly, writes Pam Corkery.

Say sorry NZ, we're waiting video

The All Blacks' Sydney hotel bug saga has left Wallabies fans frustrated and fuming over unproven insinuations that ...

OPINION: You buggers owe us an apology over the bugging, says Peter FitzSimons.

Aussies have right to be angry

Steve Hansen speaks to the press in Sydney during the build-up to last year's Bledisloe test.

OPINION: Admit it, Australians have a right to feel aggrieved about the All Blacks' Sydney hotel bugging.

NZ Rugby stonewalling by the book

Patrick Tuipulotu joins Scott Barrett, fitness trainer Nic Gill and Vaea Fifita in a fitness session in Chicago during ...

OPINION: We're seen a few rugby PR blunders but this is a little more complicated.

6N nationalism can't be imitated

One of the simple rules of the Six Nations is that everyone hates the English.

OPINION: What do the Six Nations Rugby Championship and Donald Trump have in common?

Sevens lacking star power

An appearance from All Blacks winger Julian Savea would draw more fans to the Wellington sevens.

OPINION: A lack of stars could spell the end of the sevens as an attraction, writes Phil Gifford.

Smith must stay to seal legacy

Ben Smith is a fine All Black, but he still has work to do to become one of the truly great ones.

OPINION: Retention of Ben Smith is a story that has far-reaching implications, writes Marc Hinton.

New rugby tackle laws misread

England flanker James Haskell is concussed while tackling  Freddie Burns in the Wasps v Leicester game earlier this ...

OPINION: Forget the number of cards, the only metric that counts is the number of concussions.

Editorial: Too soon to give up on sevens

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester takes part in a running race to drum up attention about the sevens.

OPINION: Forget what the tournament used to be - it's still a good event.

Hello Chiefs, we need to talk

Long-time Chiefs fan Kevin Norquay's love of the team is being sorely tested by the franchise's off-field issues over ...

OPINION: I've loved you since Super Rugby started in 1996, but what have you done now?

Chiefs losing a star in Cruden

Aaron Cruden has signed a three-year deal with French club Montpellier.

OPINION: Before Aaron Cruden arrived, the Chiefs had made the playoffs twice in 16 years. Since then, they haven't missed them.

Grass isn't always greener, Cruden

Aaron Cruden will have one final season at the Chiefs before heading to France.

OPINION: Average crowd size in Top 14 in decline and Montpellier were a shambles last weekend.

No panic as Cruden exits

All Blacks first five-eighth Aaron Cruden is off to France at the end of the year.

OPINION: Step up Sopoaga and McKenzie - the All Blacks have exciting depth at No 10.

NZ Rugby deserves praise for player retention miracles

Aaron Cruden is weighing up some lucrative offers from European club sides.

OPINION: Savvy administrators don't get enough credit, writes Phil Gifford.

ABs' omission 'beggars belief'

Kieran Read and the All Blacks won 13 out of 14 tests and set a record for most consecutive top tier test wins, yet ...

OPINION: The ABs, Beauden Barrett and Eliza McCartney should be Halberg Award finalists.

Piutau, the one who got away

Charles Piutau with Malakai Fekitoa in 2015.

OPINION: NZ may never see the best of the brilliant fullback who went to Europe too soon.

RFU will pay ABs to play

England's Ben Youngs celebrates scoring their third try against Australia.

OPINION: Appetite to see the ABs at Twickenham will force an RFU concession, writes Paul Cully.

What WRFU really regrets video

The Wellington Rugby Football Union are prepared to contract Losi Filipo, right, again one day.

OPINION: If only they'd had a handbook, Wellington might not have contracted Losi Filipo.

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