Opinion

Ref Review: Joubert No 16 video

Referee Craig Joubert did little to earn fans across the Tasman in the Super Rugby semifinal in Sydney, but in review it appears his calls were mostly right.

Waratahs fans up-in-arms over referee calls in semifinal, but did the Highlanders really have a 16th man?

Ban fans for kids sports safety

A defeated LeBron James shakes hands with Stephen Curry in the NBA basketball decider, setting a standard of sportsmanship sideline fans would do well to follow.

OPINION: If we're going to end verbal abuse and violence at children's sport, there's a simple solution.

High octane heroics hit hard video

Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo dives in for a try in the corner against the Waratahs in the Super Rugby semifinal in Sydney.

OPINION: Highlanders warned they'd bring pace to the paddock - and bring it they did in a convincing semifinal victory.

Conrad Smith makes Lassie look disloyal

Ma'a Nonu, making a break against the Brumbies, is back with the Hurricanes and playing as well as ever.

One of the many beauties of the 2015 Hurricanes is they have brilliant back stories to burn.

Barrett, Lealiifano key to semi

Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett's instinctive ability to know when to exploit the defence could be decisive during Saturday's Super Rugby semifinal against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.

OPINION: Look no further than the two blokes in the No 10 jerseys when the Hurricanes clash with the Brumbies.

Waratahs will target Sopoaga

The Waratahs will target Highlanders pivot Lima Sopoaga in Saturday's Super Rugby semifinal in Sydney.

OPINION: No 10 could be defensive weak-link for Highlanders in Super Rugby semifinal, writes Paul Cully.

Hansen faces tough World Cup cull

Lima Sopoaga demanded selection in the All Blacks squad and history suggests there's no harm in educating four playmakers.

OPINION: The All Blacks' season just took on the feel of the reality television series Survivor.

Gifford: Smiths' Highlanders are pure gold video

Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith salutes the home fans after the win over the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

OPINION: The southerners are the little team that could...that's why we love them, writes Phil Gifford.

Blues need proven winners, not Super gambles video

Departing Blues coach John Kirwan (left) and franchise chief executive Michael Redman during the press conference to announce Kirwan's resignation.

OPINION: In the PC world we live in such sentiments upset some, but the winning is everything motto is one NZ's Super Rugby teams would do well to adopt.

Reason: Blackadder no better than Kirwan

The long-term re-signing of All Blacks coach Steve Hansen plays into a longevity model that 'is clearly flawed'.

Loyalty is admirable, but it is taking too long to move on blokes who aren't cutting it, writes Mark Reason.

Blues biggest battle - fans

Blues fans may love Keven Mealamu, but they've given up on the team.

OPINION: When my son said to me let's not get a Blues season ticket next year I realised how bad things were.

Crusaders can't hide from rotten season

Dan Carter and Richie McCaw signed-off their careers with the Crusaders following the 37-24 win over the Brumbies in Canberra.

OPINION: There needs to be an investigation at the Crusaders and it needs to be honest and uncompromising.

Canes success defined by defence

Hurricane Rey Lee-Lo puts a big hit on Chief Sonny Bill Williams in New Plymouth on Saturday.

OPINION: Rey Lee-Lo's thunderous hit on Sonny Bill Williams summed up the Canes' classy defence.

Reason: Carter the man at No 10

Dan Carter, middle, is back in the thick of the action at No 10 and still the man for the All Blacks in World Cup year.

OPINION: Dan Carter is back, playing where he should have been all along, at No 10.

Referee review: What to do with TMO's

The Rebels celebrate their narrow and somehwat controversial victory over the Bulls in Melbourne.

OPINION: When a ref makes a 'T' symbol, followed by a box shape, the immediate reaction of fan should be a correct decision is soon to follow.

Has resting the All Blacks been worth it?

The Highlanders have rested their All Blacks, including Aaron Smith, for their match against the Hurricanes on Friday.

OPINION: Has the two-week rule for our top players been worth it? And does Super Rugby form give us any insight into southern hemisphere supremacy?

Carter at No 10 the only answer

Crusaders first five-eighth Dan Carter hurtles downfield after Hurricanes replacement back Matt Proctor was knocked out in Nelson on Friday night.

OPINION: The shifting sands of the Crusaders’ season could spill over into the coaches’ selection meeting.

Burning questions: What's wrong with the Crusaders?

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder ponders a disappointing and frustrating Super Rugby campaign.

OPINION: Can the Crusaders be fixed? Is Will Skelton the next Quade Cooper? And we talk All Blacks bolters.

Robson: Overseas clubs will wait for ABs greats

NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew, centre, shares a laugh with All Blacks Brodie Retallick, left and Julian Savea.

OPINION: Agent Warren Alcock key to long-term Savea, Retallick deals to remain in New Zealand.

Gifford: Burning questions rugby needs to answer

Chiefs playmaker Damian McKenzie looks to open up the game against the Bulls in Rotorua on Friday night.

OPINION: Phil Gifford identifies the issues with rugby that are keeping him awake at night.

Officials could derail ABs' World Cup campaign

The All Blacks will be hoping their fate isn't in the hands of referees at this year's Rugby World Cup.

OPINION: ABs' fate in England could be in the hands of rugby officials and that's a scary thought.

Reason: Community cut off

The Ground We Won is an emotionally inspiring New Zealand documentary about rural manhood and rugby.

OPINION: Professional rugby has cut the umbilical cord; how scenes of yesteryear remind us of what we've lost.

Robson: Rennie right to point out blatant error video

Referee Glen Jackson and his TMO Vinny Munro are under the spotlight after a series of controversial rulings during the Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and Chiefs at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

OPINION: Chiefs fans might not want to hear it, but TMO's atrocious late call did not directly cost them victory against the Hurricanes.

Nonu inspires Canes in victory over Chiefs

Hurricanes second-five Ma'a Nonu continued his standout form with two tries in the big win over the Chiefs.

OPINION: Ma'a Nonu has his game face on, and that's a good thing for the Hurricanes, writes Marc Hinton.

Smith: Gardening leave could beckon for Matson

Crusaders assistant coach Tabai Matson, right, during a training drill with Richie McCaw.

OPINION: Crusaders assistant coach Tabai Matson has to make the biggest decision of his career.

Gifford: Extraordinary decision to reappoint Kirwan

George Moala scores for the Blues in their 42-22 defeat to the Rebels in Melbourne.

OPINION: So what might have persuaded a hard-headed Blues bunch to back Sir John Kirwan?

Burning questions: What is the legacy of McCaw, Carter?

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw and master first-five Dan Carter have set new standards for others to follow.

OPINION: What is McCaw and Carter's legacy? Will Highlanders reach the playoffs and can Luatua earn a spot in All Blacks squad?

Napier: John Kirwan's time up at Blues

It's time for the Blues and Sir John Kirwan to part ways after another disappointing campaign.

OPINION: Coach's audacious attempt to save his job is a desperate move when the writing's already on the wall.

Umaga or Smith for Blues coach?

Is Tana Umaga the man to save the Blues franchise from its own ineptitude? Three Stuff.co.nz rugby writers say yes.

OPINION: In a week of coaching woe and halfback headaches, just who should NZ rugby turn to, Stuff scribes ask.

Reason: RWC worry for Perenara

TJ Perenara needs to work on his pass if he's to nail down a Rugby World Cup spot for the All Blacks.

OPINION: A study of the pass reveals Super efforts by young Chiefs and Crusaders No 9s must have ABs reserve halfback on edge.

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