Tima takes on the world - and wins

Baby Blacks winger Tima Faingaanuku proudly holds his World Rugby Under-20 Championship winner's medal.

Baby Blacks winger Tima Faingaanuku returns home with a winner's medal.

Prop enjoying NZ rugby lesson

Former Western Force prop Guy Millar who is now part of the Highlanders.

Stags prop Guy Millar has hardly been spotted on the field for the Highlanders this season but he says he's learning plenty.

Canterbury's depth shines through

Canterbury coach Glenn Delaney.

 No big guns, no problem. Canterbury's ridiculous depth leaves head coach Glenn Delaney with plenty to ponder.

Alexanders lay down law

Three members of Blenheim's Alexander family are rugby referees, from left, Ben, Cameron and father Tony.

When the Alexander clan gather round their TV to watch rugby you can bet the discussion will more likely be about the referee's performance than the players.

Seddon to host Makos match

East Coast rugby players Andrew Lawson, left, Kaino Thomsen, Sebastian Sila and  Max Freydell are looking forward to the ...

There's never been a better reason to take a Thursday afternoon off work.

Canterbury defend Shield

Canterbury fullback Mark Maitland scores a try on debut during Wednesday night's Shield defence against Wanganui.

Ranfurly Shield holders start season with an emphatic win against Meads Cup champions Wanganui.

Taranaki lose Iopu-Aso to Japan club

Taranaki loose forward Iopu Iopu-Aso will not be involved in the Mitre 10 Cup.

Taranaki release loose forward so he can head to Japan.

Boys back for Stags

Stags flanker Tim Boys, with kids, Emme, Ruby (niece), Benson and Lucia after he finished a day's work on an oyster boat ...

Eight months out, including three months working on a oyster boat, has Tim Boys primed for Stags campaign.

North Otago women crush Alhambra-Union

North Otago's Catarina Antunes scored six tries in her sides 103-0 win over Alhambra-Union 103-0.

Catarina Antunes ran in six tries in North Otago's demolition of Alhambra-Union in Otago premier womens rugby in Oamaru.

Saracens sound early warning

Saracens hooker Slade Day carries the ball forward against Oxford in the round one of the North Canterbury Division 1 ...

 Saracens, Glenmark-Cheviot and Ohoka claim wins in the opening round of the North Canterbury division 1 rugby competition.

Waihora stun Southbridge

Waihora survived a Southbridge fight back to win 29-24 at Tai Tapu in the first round of the Coleman Shield.

Waihora serve Southbridge a wake up call in Ellesmere's Coleman Shield while Mid Canterbury's Watters Cup had Celtic and Southern score wins.

Waikato sign Zac Guildford

Zac Guildford playing for Waikato sevens.

Positive talks between Waikato Rugby and NZ Rugby Players' Association gives former All Black another chance.

'Enormous' prize on the line

New Canterbury coach Glenn Delaney.

Forget the British and Irish Lions tour for a minute. For the first time this year, the Ranfurly Shield will go on the line on Wednesday night.

Debutants galore in Canty Shield side

Halfback Jack Stratton will captain Canterbury in Wednesday night's Ranfurly Shield challenge against Wanganui.

 Canterbury name inexperienced side for first Ranfurly Shield challenge of season.

Wgtn have no margin for error

Chris Gibbes, left, has arrived in Wellington from Waikato, via Wales.

New Wellington Lions coach Chris Gibbes has arrived in town saying all the right things.

Sevens rookie eyes Makos contract

New Zealand sevens representative Andrew Knewstubb has been included in the 33-strong Tasman high performance squad.

New Zealand sevens player Andrew Knewstubb pushes for Tasman Makos contract.

Stags sign young lock

Young lock Jack Capil has signed with the Southland Stags for the 2017 season.

Another piece to the Stags' 2017 selection jig-saw puzzle has been put in place.

Stag recovering from nasty injury

Tauasosi Tuimavave is set to miss most, if not all, of the Stags season through injury.

Tauasosi Tuimavave is set to miss most, if not all, of the Stags' 2017 campaign.

Old Boys roll on unbeaten

Maheno were able to hold off Athletic-Marist in the latest round of the Citizens Shield senior rugby on Saturday.

Old Boys, Kurow and Maheno claim wins in round 10.

Timaru Boys' move up in UC Champs

Timaru's Maka Mafileo about to be tackled by George Harding, left, and Lachie McIntosh.

A wrap of round 7 of the UC Rugby Championships.

Southbridge claims Combined Country Cup crown

Southbridge celebrate winning the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup.

 Southbridge finished on top in the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup.

Crowley takes over as Tasman assistant coach

Tasman Makos assistant rugby coach Leo Crowley ready for challenging new role.

Leo Crowley ready to face big challenge at Tasman's assistant rugby coach.

When farmers beat the Lions video

John Levido, 77, of Ranfurly, remembers fondly the day his Otago team beat the British Lions 17-9 at Carisbrook in 1966.

The team included All Blacks players but in the Otago forwards, two farmers were crucial in beating the British Lions.

All Blacks cap lost in fire, given another

Upper Clutha captain Ben Purvis receives a replacement All Blacks cap in honour of his late father Neil Purvis at Tarras ...

After his father's All Blacks cap was lost in a devastating fire, he was presented with a replacement honouring his legacy.

Guildford sets sights on Waikato

Zac Guildford, playing sevens for Waikato late last year, is hoping to play 15s rugby for the province.

After a number of setbacks, Zac Guildford says he'd appreciate a return to top level rugby.

Christ's College shakes up UC Championship

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Levi Emery, in the middle, the fullback for Christ's College celebrates after ...

A wrap of round six of the UC Rugby Championship.

Ambaka ready to fire

Kenyan sevens star Willy Ambaka played his first 15s game of rugby in New Zealand on Saturday for FOB-Oroua.

Willy "Kenyan Lomu" Ambaka ready to learn in first campaign with Manawatu.

Hoeata headed to Harbour

Jarrad Hoeata made his All Blacks debut against Fiji in 2011.

Three-test All Black Jarrad Hoeata signs with North Harbour after finishing his contract in Wales.

Smith plays rugby coach

All Black Ben Smith teaches Jonny Rayner, 7, how to side-step.

All Black fullback shows no sign of concussion scare while running training session for kids.

All hail the gutsy Baabaas video

Jack Stratton and the NZ Provincial Barbarians played their hearts out on Saturday night in Whangarei.

OPINION: Akin to Munster's '78 win over the All Blacks, our Baabaas deserve more plaudits.

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