Provincial

Auckland rack up half century video

World Cup-bound prop Charlie Faumuina put in a solid effort for Auckland against Waikato.

Auckland recorded second win of the NPC season, defeating Waikato 50-28 in Hamilton.

Stags wing not looking back

Southland Stags wing Tauasosi Tuimavave is a former NZ under-20 rep.

Tauasosi Tuimavave says he is looking forward rather taking a peek back over his shoulder.

Auckland still big foe for Mooloos

Co-captain Whetu Douglas is well aware of how big a thing it is for a Waikato team to beat Auckland.

After back-to-back wins, Waikato are now bracing themselves for a bigger challenge as Auckland come to town.

Makos maintain winning run

Fullback Robbie Malneek contributed to the Tasman Makos' try tally in their NPC win over Otago in Dunedin.

Tasman hold onto position at top of NPC premiership ladder with scrappy 34-17 win over Otago in Dunedin.

Militia fan sports Taranaki jersey

Iraqi militia leader Abu Azrael may just have a Taranaki rugby enthusiast for a fan.

A Taranaki rugby jersey has been spotted on a man in Baghdad

Hohneck returns for Mooloos

Highlanders prop Josh Hohneck is back from injury for Waikato.

From Super Rugby title-winner to frustrating injury layoff, prop back and ready for Waikato.

Sopoaga ruled out for NPC clash

Lima Sopoaga is unavailable for Southland's NPC encounter with Wellington.

Unwanted ABs No 10 rules himself out of Southland's game against Wellington in Invercargill with hamstring twinge.

Mooar firmly grips underdog tag

Southland coach Brad Mooar says Wellington and Hawek'es Bay are the big dogs of the NPC championship.

Stags coach labels Wellington and Hawke's Bay premiership teams playing in the NPC championship.

Several changes to Taranaki team to face Northland

Marty McKenzie should be jumping to get back into action for Taranaki against Northland.

The annual trek to Whangarei is on again as Taranaki prepare to face Northland on Sunday.

Unlucky All Blacks lift Lions

Cory Jane will play at fullback for Wellington in Saturday's clash with Southland.

Awkward moments put to bed as Cory Jane and Jeremy Thrush rev up for domestic season.

Rugby's champions for cheaper tickets

L to R Grace, 17, Dave (Dad) & Hannah McKenzie, 20, say that going to the rugby is value for money.

A rugby ground where you can still bring food from home.

Canterbury outclass hapless Turbos

Manawatu's Heiden Bedwell-Curtis attempts to tackle Canterbury flanker Matt Todd.

Canterbury had too much polish and power for Manawatu, romping to a 57-7 NPC win.

Beaver back for Waikato

Stephen Donald will return to the Waikato NPC side via the bench this weekend.

World Cup hero returns to NZ rugby via bench for Saturday clash with rivals Auckland.

Guildford cops four-week ban

Zac Guildford pleaded guilty to a lifting tackle charge and will spend four weeks on the sidelines.

Hawke's Bay winger Zac Guildford has been suspended for four weeks for a lifting tackle.

Harbour NPC games dearest in region

North Harbour Stadium has some of the highest prices in the country for ITM Cup rugby.

North Harbour fans are paying more than their rugby neighbours when it comes to supporting their ITM Cup team.

Sopoaga touch and go for Stags

Lima Sopoaga may yet be called into the All Blacks' World Cup squad as injury cover.

A decision on whether Lima Sopoaga lines up for Southland against his old province on Saturday will be made on Friday.

Thrush back for Wellington

Star lock forward Jeremy Thrush returns from injury to play for Wellington, Photo: CHRIS SKELTON.FAIRFAX NZ.

Jeremy Thrush is back for Wellington and looking to put missing the All Blacks World Cup squad behind him.

Piutau not interested in day off

After missing out on World Cup selection Charles Piutau will return for Auckland this week.

All Blacks utility declines his Auckland coach's offer after missing out on World Cup squad.

Ngatai leads Taranaki to win

Charlie Ngatai was one of few players to standout on Wednesday night.

Charlie Ngatai has rescued the NPC champions from a fourth straight defeat against Counties.

Banter billboards rally the provinces

Taranaki banter billboards are popping up around the country.

The battle lines have been drawn for Taranaki's upcoming rugby clash with Manawatu. 

Bedwell-Curtis takes over Turbos reins

The Turbos at their captain's run training before playing Canterbury at home.  Captain Heiden Bedwell-Curtis.

Manawatu captain Callum Gibbins out injured for rugby clash with Canterbury.

Rookie No 10 realising his Steelers dream

Rookie Counties Manukau first five eighth credits the advice he received as a schoolboy - "Train hard so your idols become your rivals" - for him achieving his dreams of playing for the Steelers.

Counties Manukau first five eighth Nathan de Thierry is in his element now he is playing alongside the men he has looked up to for years.

Turbos kids tickets pricey

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Rugby Manawatu Turbos vs Waikato. Waikato player is Loni Uhila

Children's trip to the rugby looks expensive.

South African lock enjoys being a Mako

Tasman Makos lock Marco Kotze in action during their pre-season rugby match against Otago at Trafalgar Park.

It hasn't taken long for Marco Kotze to be reminded about the physical nature of New Zealand rugby.

Cost of supporting local rugby

Tasman Makos number eight Shannon Frizell in action during an ITM Cup pre-season match against Otago at Trafalgar Park in Nelson.

Where are the cheapest - and most expensive - rugby tickets? The results are surprising.

Perseverance paying off for Tucker

Waikato lock James Tucker is finally fulfilling his potential after being constantly struck down by injury.

After a horror run of injuries, James Tucker is now making his chance with Waikato

Crotty sets a good example

Ryan Crotty is looking for more domestic success with Canterbury.

Canterbury's Ryan Crotty believes it's important to show a positive display, despite his All Blacks disappointment.

All Blacks hooker needed somewhere to play

Hika Ellitot trained with his new Taranaki team-mates at Yarrow Stadium on Tuesday.

All Blacks hooker Hika Elliot needed a place to call home.

Short turnaround frustrates Umaga

Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga says he is relying on mental preparatiion for his side's match against Taranaki on Wednesday.

Frustrated Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga says his side's short turnaround between matches has left him with little opportunity to make improvements on the training field.

Taranaki in desperate need of first win

Kurt Baker will play his 50th match for Taranaki while Marty McKenzie remains on the injured list to face Counties Manukau.

Kurt Baker does not know where the time has gone.

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