Opinion

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.

George, it's time to quit

Wales' George North is tackled by South Africa's Nizaam Carr last month.

OPINION: Please, George, it is time to stop, writes Mark Reason.

Underwhelming Lions coaches

Lions coach Warren Gatland missed out on securing several high profile names for the tour of New Zealand next year.

OPINION: The British and Irish Lions will arrive in New Zealand next year with a coaching line-up that looks limited.

Give Hansen what he needs

Steve Hansen needs to get the All Blacks' preparations exactly right next year.

OPINION: Steve Hansen is being given unprecedented power but that's what it'll take to beat the Lions.

World XV not all All Blacks

Beauden Barrett started the year as the All Blacks second-choice No 10 but took every chance that came his way.

OPINION: This has not been an easy year to assess who the best in each jersey has been.

ABs should fear Lions

With talent like England's Jonathan Joseph, the Lions will have plenty of attacking firepower.

OPINION: Time for Kiwis to wake up to the fact this is a Lions side with talent galore, writes Mick Cleary.

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.

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