Ex-NPC player jailed for rape

A Southland Stags team photo of Craig Wells.

Dark off-field life of a drug-addicted rugby player revealed as he's tried for the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Taufua returning to Tasman

Jordan Taufua, shown here in typical attacking mode for the Crusaders, is returning to Tasman.

Explosive loose forward Jordan Taufua is returning to the Tasman Makos.

Punters change their tune video

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Capital's stadium looks to keep turnstiles spinning as crowds put rock over rugby.

Hammett not returning as Makos assistant coach

Mark Hammett won't be returning as assistant coach of the Tasman Makos rugby team.

Tasman are looking for a new assistant rugby coach.

Counties Manukau boss moves on

Andrew Maddock, the Counties Manukau chief executive, has resigned.

Counties Manukau are on the hunt for a new chief executive.

Riccitelli signs with Taranaki

Ricky Riccitelli has sign a two-year deal with Taranaki Rugby.

Taranaki have lured another homegrown talent back for the 2017 NPC season.

Hollinshead off to France

Dan Hollinshead's deal with Agen is expected to allow him to be back in time for Bay of Plenty's NPC season.

Bay of Plenty's Dan Hollinshead off to France, but will be back for NPC.

NZR play hardball with Zac

Zac Guildford is determined to turn his life around and prove he deserves another chance.

Despite six months of no incidents national body not yet convinced former All Blacks wing has changed his ways.

Soakai sheds light on overseas rugby

Alando Soakai, right, started his national provincial rugby career with Southland in 2004.

Sports reporter Scott Donaldson caught up with former Highlanders loose forward Alando Soakai on what it is like playing rugby overseas and his future coaching ambitions.

Lions key for Milner-Skudder video

Contract negotiations between Nehe Milner-Skudder, left, and Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd were short and sweet.

Nehe Milner-Skudder never contemplated leaving New Zealand or the Hurricanes.

Heart problem to sevens heaven

Trael Joass is one of three Tasman players selected in the All Blacks Sevens squad for the Wellington tournament.

Less than three years ago Trael Joass was having heart surgery. Now he's a member of the All Blacks Sevens squad.

Banks' Italian no-show

Marty Banks was expected to be leaving New Zealand to play rugby in Italy, but he has yet to turn up to Benetton Treviso.

Marty Banks' rugby career appears to be up in the air with the former Highlanders first five-eighth not turning up to his Italian club.

Turbos grant Cruden early release video

Aaron Cruden during his last match for Manawatu against Otago in October 2016.

Manawatu give their blessing for Cruden to break his contract early to join Montpellier.

Lions job a 'no brainer' - Gibbes

Chris Gibbes is taking up the role as Wellington coach.

Chris Gibbes sounds like a man made for the job he's walking into.

Wellington Lions appoint new coach

Chris Gibbes will coach Wellington for the next three years.

After four years in Wales, former Waikato coach Chris Gibbes is moving to Wellington to take over the Lions.

2016 Waikato Rugby timeline

Waikato players celebrate beating Wellington at Westpac Stadium.

Look back on the highs, the lows and the key moments of another exciting and eventful year of Waikato Rugby.

Former Stag to lead future Stags

New Rugby Southland academy manager David Hall.

David Hall says his new role with Rugby Southland is a great opportunity.

'I feel like I failed Losi' video

An independent review into Wellington Rugby's handling of the Losi Filipo saga has made six recommendations.

Tearful Wellington Rugby boss faces questions over handling of Losi Filipo case.

Bigger challenge welcomed by Cooper

Colin Cooper will remain with Taranaki in 2017 before he takes over at the Chiefs.

"You find out [in New Zealand] jut how good a coach you are."

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.

Stags pivot joins Brumbies

Stags first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera has been signed by the Brumbies for the 2017 Super Rugby season.

Brumbies sign Southland first five-eighth for 2017 Super Rugby campaign.

Tasman prop joins Southern Kings

Tasman prop Ross Geldenhuys makes a break against Hawke's Bay.

Tasman Makos prop Ross Geldenhuys is heading home to continue his Super Rugby career in South Africa.

Spicy threat of NPC relegation

Relegation would have also added plenty of spice to the Southland-  Northland match in 2016.

OPINION: How can you not be intrigued by how Wanganui would go against the big boys?

New plan to fund community rugby

Graham Henry, who addressed an open day in 2011 at the Taranaki Community Rugby Trust farm when he was All Blacks coach ...

A unique farming operation that supports Taranaki community rugby is looking to expand.

Stags re-sign captain

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Brayden Mitchell has joined the Chiefs and re-signed with the Stags.

Stag links with Crusaders

Southland Stags player Jaye Thompson-Te Muunu.

Southland's Jaye Thompson-Te Muunu joins Crusaders for preseason.

Turbos land Good hire

Aaron Good will take charge of the backs for the Manawatu Turbos in 2017.

Aaron Good has continued his rapid ascent up the coaching ranks after being confirmed as the Manawatu Turbos assistant coach for 2017.

NZR Board member steps down

Wayne Peters has stepped down as Maori representative on the New Zealand Rugby Board.

Maori representative to be filled on NZR Board after Wayne Peters steps down.

Try drought doesn't stop Paia'aua

Willie Paia'aua playing for the Manawatu Turbos in 2014.

The Horowhenua-Kapiti winger is up for Heartland rugby's highest individual honour.

Hurricanes heading to Waverley

The Hurricanes are heading to Waverley.

Waverley set for a population explosion next February when the Investec Super Rugby champion Hurricanes roll into town.

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