Provincial

Public outrage fells Filipo video

Losi Filipo, right, playing for Wellington on September 18.

A day of public scrutiny proved too much for Wellington Rugby.

Canterbury's Ranfurly Shield raid

Luke Whitelock, who will captain Canterbury against Waikato in Hamilton, appeared as a substitute when the side lost ...

It's been four years since Canterbury lost the log o' wood. Finally they have a challenge.

Canterbury get Shield rev-up

Canterbury's most recent successful Ranfurly Shield raid was against Southland in Invercargill in 2010. Andy Ellis ...

OPINION: Frenzy won't await Canterbury if they bring home Ranfurly Shield. That doesn't mean they're off the hook.

Sizing up the NPC

Michael Alaalatoa (1.90m, 136kg) is one of the heaviest men in provincial rugby, but the rest of his team are much smaller.

Big is good - if you want success in the NPC it helps to be taller than everyone else.

One 'hell of a game' forecast

Hame Faiva and Jordan Manihera celebrate with the famous Log o' Wood.

Waikato's dogged defence of the Ranfurly Shield faces the ultimate test, as Canterbury come to Hamilton.

Cantabs prep for Shield bid

Canterbury's most recent successful Ranfurly Shield raid was against Southland in 2010. They are pictured celebrating ...

Not since 2010 have Canterbury kissed the log o' wood. Now they take aim at holder Waikato.

Mooloos make pack changes for Shield defence

Prop Tau Koloamatangi comes back into the Waikato side to play Canterbury on Wednesday night.

The hosts will need to improve to keep the Log o' Wood against the table-topping visitors.

Canterbury revert to old-selves

Canterbury winger Johnny McNicholl eludes Otago fullback Tony Ensor during their NPC match in Christchurch on aturday.

Canterbury bouncing back from a shock loss to Manawatu was just one of many story lines in the latest round of the Mitre 10 Cup.

Ioane hat-trick enough for Auckland

Auckland centre Reiko Ioane en-route to one of his three tries against Bay of Plenty.

Reiko Ioane grabs a hat-trick as Auckland beat Bay of Plenty in a 12-try attacking extravaganza.

Southland Stags struggle in the rain

Southland Stags first-five-eighth Wharenui Hawera kicked three penalties.

It was another disappointing defeat for the Southland Stags against North Harbour on Sunday.

Waikato's eyes on the prize

Whetu Douglas says Waikato have flushed their loss to Counties Manukau.

Whetu Douglas says Waikato will refresh after Counties loss, as Canterbury come for the Ranfurly Shield.

'You can't really compare it'

Josh Iosefa-Scott made his debut in the 20-all draw with Taranaki, as Waikato retained the Ranfurly Shield.

It's been a big adjustment for young prop Josh Iosefa-Scott after his Waikato debut, but he's keen to take his chance.

Recap: Harbour v Southland

Southland Stag Jaye Thompson runs with the ball.

North Harbour host Southland in week six of the Mitre 10 Cup.

Recap: Bay of Plenty v Auckland

Auckland rugby star Akira Ioane.

Week six of the Mitre 10 Cup wraps up in Rotorua as the Steamers host Auckland.

Aussie's eyes on Ranfurly Shield

Dave McDuling signals Nathan Vella's try - Canterbury's seventh against Otago on Saturday.

The most popular Australian rugby player in Christchurch sets his sights on NZ's fabled prize.

Canterbury target Log 'o Wood

Johnny McNicholl is looking forward to his first Ranfurly Shield challenge after starring for Canterbury in Saturday's ...

Focus on long-awaited Shield reign as Canterbury get title defence back on track

Taranaki sneak past Manawatu

Taranaki wing Latu Vaeno dances out of Manawatu tackle during the Mitre 10 Cup match at Yarrow Stadium.

Taranaki get a rare bonus-point win, beating Manawatu at a rain-soaked Yarrow Stadium.

Cantabs bounce back v Otago

Canterbury wing Johnny McNicholl dives over to score against Otago in their national rugby championship match in ...

Canterbury atone for loss to Manawatu with 11th straight win against Otago.

Tasman hold out Magpies rally

Tasman's Peter Samu breaks the tackle of Hawkes Bay's Robbie Fruean during their Mitre 10 clash at Napier's McLean Park.

Tasman have held on to secure an important NPC rugby win over Hawke's Bay.

Recap: Magpies v Makos

Hawke's Bay first five-eighth Ihaia West is the spark in the backline for the Magpies.

Premiership stragglers Hawke's Bay and Tasman fish for a much-needed win in Napier.

Recap: Taranaki v Manawatu

Manawatu Turbos star Ngani Laumape offloads in the tackle.

Turbos boost over to New Plymouth to face Premiership side Taranaki in the Mitre 10 Cup.

West Coast give Mid Canty fright

West Coast put plenty of pressure on Mid Canterbury in the Heartland Championships despite what looks like a comfortable ...

Coasters surprise Mid Canterbury before going down in a Heartland rugby nail biter.

Recap: Canterbury v Otago

Rising star for Canterbury Jordie Barrett.

The NPC Premiership leader hosted the Championship leader in the classic South Island derby.

Tuiloma's trio in Counties win

Prop Kalolo Tuiloma scored a hat-trick for Counties Manukau against Waikato.

Prop scores a 17-minute hat-trick as Counties-Manukau dominate Waikato to top the table.

Counties giant props up Steelers

Triple treat: Counties Manukau prop Kalolo Tuiloma notched a hat-trick in16 minutes against Waikato in their Mitre 10 ...

Counties Manukau prop Kalolo Tuiloma shows up All Black Owen Franks

Stags to build on first win

Southland Stags player's Dylan Collier, left, and Tim Boys tackling BOP player Nick Evemy. Boys will start his first ...

The Southland Stags are looking to build on their first win of the season against North Harbour on Sunday.

South Canterbury set to outfox Thames Valley

Wing Raitube Vasurakuta has proved elsuive so far this season.

South Canterbury will be hoping to sink the Swamp Foxes to remain second in the Heartland Championship.

Lions' 'humble' hat-trick hero

Asafo Aumua was a star in the making at St Patrick's College Silverstream.

 Keep a look out for teenaged Wellington hooker Asafo Aumua.

Taranaki insist shield challenge frustration is behind them

Toa Halafihi, who scored two tries in Taranaki's Ranfurly Shield challenge against Waikato, has been retained at No 8 ...

"We have to concentrate on us, be clear on what we are trying to and just front up."

Huge challenge for Canterbury women

Fullback Olivia McGoverne is an attacking threat for the Canterbury women's side.

Difficult task awaits Canterbury women's rugby team.

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