Douglas honoured with awards

Whetu Douglas played in all of 10 of Waikato's 10 matches in this year's Mitre 10 Cup.

Whetu Douglas wins Waikato's top award and will follow in the footsteps of his forefathers if he plays for NZ Maori.

Fresh faces for Heartland XV

TIMARU, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 22: James Lash of Buller looks to pass the ball during the Heartland Meads Cup match ...

New Zealand Heartland XV coach Barry Matthews has selected 15 new caps to tour Fiji.

Marty's banking on one last hurrah

Marty Banks in action for Tasman against Taranaki.

Tasman talisman Marty Banks is hoping to go out in style in his 40th and final game for the Makos.

No regrets for McNicholl

Johnny McNicholl (right), pictured with Richie Mo'unga after Canterbury lifted the Ranfurly Shield off Waikato last ...

Next stop for Johnny McNicholl is Wales. First, though, he wants to win another title with Canterbury.

Schoolboy signs with Highlanders

Southland Boys' High School first XV captain Flynn Thomas.

Highlanders and Stags sign New Zealand Secondary Schools hooker for three years.

Alainu'uese joins Glasgow for season

Waikato's Brian Alainu'uese charges into a tackle against Auckland at Eden Park in September.

The young lock has been snapped up by Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend.

Otago expected to land key signings

New Zealand Secondary Schools wing Mosese Dawai in action against Fiji this year.

New Zealand Secondary School wingers likely to head south.

Otago rugby's revival

Otago looseforward Naulia Dawai trybound during the Mitre 10 Cup Championship semifinal against Bay of Plenty.

Otago claw their way back from liquidation and are now eyeing a spot in the Premiership division.

Scott Barrett to miss final

Scott Barrett, pictured in action against North Harbour, is expected to be replaced by Australian David McDuling for ...

Withdrawal of Scott Barrett from Mitre 10 Cup final means Aussie David McDuling will start for Canterbury.

Hore answers Otago SOS

Former All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore says he's ready if required by Otago.

Former All Black comes out of retirement to cover hooking crisis for NPC Championship final.

NPC's intrigue disappearing

Damian McKenzie was picked up by the Chiefs out of Christ's College.

OPINION: Has first XV rugby leap-frogged the provincial game in regard to NZ's production line?

A big year

Andrew Makalio has proved his mettle in the Tasman Makos side, and is rated as a star rookie.

This week in our series profiling Tasman Makos players we chat to star rookie Andrew Makalio.

Blitz too much for Bush

Zac Guildford unloads under pressure during the match. The former All Black scored a try but it wasn't enough as ...

Wanganui ended Wairarapa Bush's Meads Cup tilt with a convincing victory.

Canterbury into another final

Counties fullback Toni Pulu breaks down the left-hand flank.

Canterbury will have a shot at winning an eighth NPC title in nine years in Christchurch next weekend.

Double celebration for Barrett brothers

Brothers Jordie, left, and Scott Barrett will both travel with the All Blacks on the end-of-year tour.

Brothers Jordie and Scott Barrett had All Black selection and a Mitre 10 Cup semifinal win to celebrate on Sunday.

Tasman see off Taranaki to make final video

Marty Banks was his effective self in Tasman's Mitre 10 Cup semifinal against Taranaki.

Thrilling semifinal goes Tasman's way.

Ioane hits the fast-track video

The All Blacks have picked Rieko Ioane as a wing, but have big plans for him as a midfielder too.

All Blacks intrigued to get their hands on hugely talented Auckland utility back Rieko Ioane.

Va'a seeks reappointment

Wellington coach Earl Va'a, centre, looks to pass on some final instructions before Saturday's semifinal against North ...

Wellington coach Earl Va'a hopeful of getting a third season in charge.

Live: Canterbury v Counties

Canterbury fullback Jordie Barrett.

Canterbury in control of NPC semifinal against Counties Manukau.

Lions own worst enemy

Wellington captain Brad Shields, left, spent plenty of time searching for answers on Saturday.

Wellington do it to themselves yet again.

South Canterbury fail to fire against Buller

Even the South Canterbury mascots 'Tim an Ru'  find it hard to watch.

Errors cost South Canterbury big time against an abrasive Buller outfit in Meads Cup semi.

Buller upsets South Canterbury

Buller's  Penijamini Nabainivalu celebrates scoring a try with teammate Daniel Hytongue.

Defending champions Wanganui will take on the country's smallest union, Buller, in the final.

Big Lions bet goes horribly wrong

Wellington's Reggie Goodes shows his disappointment following the semifinal defeat to North Harbour.

Unlucky punter loses $94,000 bet on Wellington to beat Harbour.

Harbour to meet Otago

North Harbour's Tevita Li celebrates his try with team mates Michael Little and Sione Mafileo.

North Harbour edge Wellington to claim place in Championship final.

Shark attack vs bullfight

The Makos will  be hoping for more action like this Kieron Fonotia try against Taranaki in a narrow Tasman win earlier ...

Ahead of the Makos/ Bulls national semi-final rugby showdown a proud Tasman fan and a one-eyed Taranaki lad give their views on the outcome.

Scandals can't harm NZ rugby

All Blacks' halfback Aaron Smith's teary media address after his bathroom romp in a Christchurch Airport has been seen ...

Aussie writer and former Wallaby laughs off the idea that any lasting harm has been done to NZ rugby.

Otago beat BOP for final spot

Craig Millar of Otago tries to break the tackle of Jesse Parete of Bay of Plenty.

Otago hold off Bay of Plenty to progress to the national provincial championship final.

Naholo's name echoes around

Waisake Naholo was back at Taranaki training on Friday ahead of their semifinal clash with Tasman.

"I'm always keen to pull on the amber and black."

South Canty favoured in semi

South Canterbury halfback Nick Annear is back in form.

South Canterbury should sneak past Buller on Saturday to make the Meads Cup final.

Naholo on bench for Taranaki

Seta Tamanivalu needs to have plenty of impact for Taranaki in their semifinal against Tasman.

"I think they've done well and they've earned some respect from their fans who I hope come and support them."

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