Opinion

Eight into seven doesn't go video

Ben Lam holds a didgeridoo after NZ's win at the 2016 Sydney Sevens Final against Australia in Sydney. But should they face a sanction for fielding eight players in a pool game?

OPINION: The New Zealand 'eights team' needs to be ready to face the music for fielding that extra player.

Hinton: Super fears mediocrity

Chiefs flanker Sam Cane – the All Blacks No 7 in waiting – takes on the Highlanders defence in last season's Super Rugby qualifying final in Dunedin.

OPINION: In less than three weeks yet another remake of Super Rugby unfolds.

Gifford: Ioane the future

In the wide-open spaces of sevens, it becomes blindingly easy to judge a player's ability to beat his marker – as Akira Ioane of New Zealand shows fending off Kwagga Smith of South Africa in the Wellington Sevens final.

OPINION: Sevens showed us there's a heart and mindset to match the imposing physical frame of the rising star.

Knowler: Boss should be cautious

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said at "no stage was this talked about" when asked about Sanzaar's decision to introduce a new bonus-point system.

OPINION: Sanzaar boss Andy Marinos has wasted no time in having a dig at those who criticise his organisation.

Donaldson: Green jersey positive

Greg Pleasants-Tate and Waisake Naholo show off the Highlanders new alternative jersey for the Super Rugby 2016 season.

The Highlanders have unveiled their alternative fluorescent jerseys, but could the franchise actually be onto something?

At sixes and sevens over Games quest

Sir Gordon Tietjens has the vision, but will he have the thoroughbreds to deliver gold in Rio?

OPINION: Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens deserves better as he shoots for historic gold in Rio.

What future for Wellington 7s?

How will Wellington hold onto the Sevens tournament?

OPINION: The argument continues should Wellington remain NZ 7s Capital or not?

Gifford: Slapdash Super Rugby delivers weird end product

What is weird about new England head coach Eddie Jones, right, making Dylan Hartley, left, his captain is that Hartley does not play dirty, he plays dumb.

There’s a ramshackle feeling about the whole Sanzar management structure.

Knowler: Sanzar reveal surprise

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder discovered Sanzar was making changes to the Super Rugby bonus-point system when he opened an email.

OPINION: Sanzar's lack of consultation hard to fathom.

Lead on Super Rugby 'basketball'

All Blacks midfield star Sonny Bill Williams shows some southern hemisphere flair with an offload against Los Pumas at the Rugby World Cup.

OPINION: It's time to swallow European pride and follow southern hemisphere rugby's lead.

Rugby rule changes to keep video

Changes to rules at the breakdown could make rugby a far better sport to watch and understand.

OPINION: Changing the laws at the breakdown is a must, but six-point tries?... Not so much.

McCaw has never let down his country

If you don't object to the honours system itself, why would you object to an award for a man like Richie McCaw?

OPINION: The insatiable desire to find feet of clay on our sporting heroes has already emerged.

Lomu's sad story gets sadder video

Lomu, a devout Mormon, didn't drink or gamble. If he had a vice it was luxury vehicles. Two divorces would have been costly.

ANALYSIS: A perfect storm has washed away the money Jonah Lomu earned in his short but stellar rugby career.

Reason: SA needs our help

Bryan Habana is one of the many Springboks now playing their rugby offshore in Europe.

OPINION: NZ relies on a strong SA, so it's time to team up to stop France's assault on the international game.

Threat of move unhelpful for 7s

Huge crowds turned out for the inaugural Cape Town Sevens where South Africa won the second leg of the world series. The next event is in Wellington next January.

OPINION: Cape Town has done Westpac Stadium no favours in providing a window to its sevens youth.

Gap is closing fast in world of sevens

Former American footballers Carlin Isles, left, and Perry Baker, known as the Chuckle Brothers, shake hands as Isles subs in – tactically the US tends to start with Baker and then bring on Isles for the final five minutes.

Dilemma for Gordon Tietjens and his team is that no one could throw the results away as a fluke.

Coles to captain Canes?

Dane Coles has become an integral part of the Hurricanes squad since making his debut for the club in 2009.

All Blacks hooker wouldn't be the worst choice for the captain of last year's Super Rugby finalists.

Crusaders should look outside

Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach, pictured here with Richie McCaw, will help decide Todd Blackadder's successor.

OPINION: Tabai Matson at shortest odds to take over from Blackadder.

Reason: 'Agent of change' Jones

Eddie Jones will have his hands full as the coach of England but if he's given the mandate to make wholesale changes to the way players are contracted, he could turn his side into a test rugby powerhouse.

OPINION: Blood to drip from English rugby's red rose by next Christmas, be it coach's or the Machiavellian clubs'.

Lomu: An unstoppable force

Jeff Wilson and Jonah Lomu get to grips with the Springboks in 1999.

OPINION: Goldie remembers being a wispy fullback alongside the then "blockbusting No 8".

'I am a devil and an angel'

Eddie Jones has taken the heading coaching reins at the world's most powerful rugby union, England.

OPINION: Eddie Jones will demand a high workrate as he seeks to turn England around.

Stephen Jones: Lomu a master of power and timing

Jonah Lomu leapt to global prominence at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa.

From teen Sevens star to global powerhouse, Lomu's breakthrough was matter of shock and awe.

Hinton: Understanding Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu takes on George Gregan and the Wallabies in the game from heaven in Sydney in 2000.

Rugby's most recognizable and fearsome figure was also its most openhearted and generous.

Jonah's soft hands, big heart

Harlequins, in white, and Cardiff Blues players participate in a minute's applause for former All Blacks and Cardiff player Jonah Lomu before their European Rugby Challenge Cup match at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday. Harlequins won 32-20.

OPINION: Jonah was the first – and arguably only – global rugby superstar.

Jones means danger for ABs

Eddie Jones knows what it takes to fill trophy cabinets as he showed during his early stint with the Wallabies, winning the Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup at the All Blacks' expense.

OPINION: Clever Eddie's imminent appointment as England coach spells danger for the All Blacks.

Childhood scars drove Lomu

Jonah Lomu of the All Blacks evades Jason Little of Australia during a Tri-Nations clash in Sydney.

OPINION: Be thankful for knowing an extraordinary man, writes ex-England international Brian Moore.

Jonah more than rugby giant

Radio personality Grant Kereama donated a kidney to Jonah Lomu in 2004.

Jonah Lomu will be remembered as a man of great courage and character, writes Phil Gifford.

Aussies: ABs aura gone now

Richie McCaw and Quade Cooper, the one player who was able to get under his skin.

OPINION: Without McCaw, Australian hopes are raised of their first Bledisloe success in a decade.

Hinton: No slip under new skip

Over to you, mate. Richie McCaw is now ready to hand the All Blacks captaincy over to his long-time colleague Kieran Read.

OPINION: No need for panic or consternation, Kieran Read will be the next All Blacks captain.

Reason: Lomu bigger than sport video

All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu.

OPINION: Lomu wasn’t about sport. He was bigger than that. He pushed human boundaries.

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