Provincial

Auckland hand Mooloos hiding

Auckland rugby

Place in premiership semis all but secure with rampant record 60-19 victory over Waikato at a rain-soaked Eden Park.

Injury puts Carter in doubt

Dan Carter

Star All Black suffers setback and isn't certain to play in Canterbury's NPC clash with Tasman on Saturday night.

Cooper’s faith rewarded

Sione Lea

Prop Sione Lea producing eye-catching performances off bench during crucial periods late in Taranaki's NPC campaign.

Fired up Mooloos head north

Zak Hohneck

While many things have changed in provincial rugby over the years, one thing hasn't - Waikato's dislike for Auckland.

Stags lock gets lift

John Hardie

Craig Smith rates Sunday's win over Canterbury as the best game of rugby he's played in.

Capital challenge falls short

Jason Woodward

Wellington are 0-8 for the season after being beaten 36-14 by Hawke's Bay in the Ranfurly challenge.

Southland steel themselves

brad mooar

There's a spring in the step in Stagland, but also a realisation of the hard work ahead to make the NPC semifinals.

Magpies hope Lions don't pounce

Log o' Wood

Chris Boyd has made only minor tweaks to his Lions side ahead of their Ranfurly Shield clash with Hawke's Bay.

Pressure on for Heartland coaches

Chester Scott

The top four sides in the Heartland Championship will contest the Meads Cup while fifth to eighth fight out the Lochore Cup.

Tamanivalu a fast learner

Seta Tamanivalu

Seta Tamanivalu is in global demand as the big centre lights up the NPC with Taranaki.

McKenzie out to make amends

Damian McKenzie

Waikato's young first-five Damian McKenzie is hoping to bounce back after an off day against Manawatu.

Lions duo out of Shield clash

Shaun Treeby

Wellington will be without Mark Reddish and Shaun Treeby for their Ranfurly Shield challenge on Wednesday.

Umaga: Why ignore this prop?

Jarrod Firth

Jarrod Firth has dominated in the NPC, but there's not much Super Rugby interest in the Steelers prop.

Cruden to play for Turbos

Aaron Cruden

First five left out of the All Blacks after a drinking episode due to turn out in a top-of-the-table NPC clash.

SBW confirms rugby return

Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill puts an end to speculation on his return to rugby saying he'll be with Counties next Wednesday.

Robertson counts injuries

Scott Robertson

Good news is in short supply for Canterbury coach with captain Willi Heinz likely to miss the NPC campaign.

Shield tilt gives Lions hope

Ross Filipo

Lions lock Ross Filipo hopes to lift the gloom around the club by winning the Ranfurly Shield tomorrow night.

Lions could end season on a high

Mark Reddish

OPINION: Things look bleak for the Lions now, but haven't they always been that way, writes Hamish Bidwell.

ITM Cup needs revamp

Israel Dagg

OPINION: It's time for a re-think so the national provincial championship is less confusing and gives every team a shot.

Umaga hints at SBW return

Sonny Bill Williams

Counties Manukau coach "wouldn't be surprised" if Sonny Bill takes the field on Saturday.

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