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Jordie Barrett star on the rise

Jordie Barrett has been one of the standout performers in Canterbury club rugby this season.

Youngest in talented Barrett family making his mark.

Chiefs embrace underdog tag

When the Chiefs and Hurricanes last met, in Wellington in April, it was a thrilling affair, won by the visitors, who ...

The Hurricanes are the ones with all the expectations on them, and the Chiefs are quite happy to slide under the radar.

Development coach delighted with attitude

Willie McBride has been named co-captain for the Taranaki Development side's opening pre-season games.

Development coach can't fault players' attitude.

Open team fly the flag for Taranaki

New Plymouth Old Boys' captain Miaana Walden was part of the dominant Taranaki open side.

"The best Taranaki senior team in years" dominated a quartet of Nelson sides to go undefeated at their only tournament of the year.

Taranaki should take advantage of new laws

Taranaki No 8 Toa Halafihi is one of a number of players who are shy on game time.

Taranaki should be one step ahead of Counties Manukau in their pre-season match.

Cruden eyes Barrett's template

Chiefs pivot Aaron Cruden will be looking to call all the right shots in Saturday night's Super Rugby semifinal against ...

Chiefs playmaker Aaron Cruden is preparing to replicate Beauden Barrett's skillful execution.

Tysons out-muscle Old Boys

Old Boys' Moana-Jane Scott and Tysons' Heidi Kiser get tangled up challenging for the ball.

Tysons held on to top spot in the Taranaki premier one competition, winning a tough battle against Old Boys.

Tamanivalu defies the odds

Seta Tamanivalu was a standout when the Chiefs last met the Hurricanes, and he'll be looking to have a similar impact in ...

Chiefs midfielder was told his season might be over, but he was having none of that.

Leitch boost for Chiefs

Michael Leitch was big for the Chiefs in their last meeting with the Hurricanes and he has recovered from a broken thumb ...

Michael Leitch has recovered from his broken thumb to be named on the bench for Saturday's semi.

World title dream

Daniel Farr trains for the World Junior Surfing Games at Fitzroy Beach.

"I know the need for commitment and focus."

Perofeta gets first crack at first five

New Zealand Under-20 first five-eighth Stephen Perofeta will start for Taranaki against Counties Manukau in Otorohanga.

Several new players to start for Taranaki in their first pre-season game.

McKenzie set for biggest game of career

Damian McKenzie produced a man-of-the-match display in the quarterfinal against the Stormers and will be key to the ...

The Chiefs excitement machine is hoping to change nothing, and continue to spark his team.

Liverpool offload Welsh midfielder

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has been sold to Stoke.

Joe Allen might have impressed at Euro 16 but it wasn't enough to save his spot in the Liverpool squad.

Super stats - say what?

Aaron Smith and Waisake Naholo celebrate too soon as a try against the Chiefs in their final regular season game is ...

Super Rugby down to four, so which team statistically has the edge? Find the title favourite here.

Junior swimmer equally talented in the pool and the ocean

Zac Reid at the Aquabladz's base in Bell Block where he spends a lot of his time training.

Zac Reid has found his talent equally adept in the pool and the ocean.

Return to birth place

Ricardo Christie is the most successful Maori surfer in the country having competed on the Dream Tour in 2015.

Aotearoa's biggest gathering of Maori surfers will return to Taranaki this year.

Rennie: ABs assistant, no thanks video

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie says he isn't keen on an All Blacks assistant coach job ahead of 2019.

"There's only one job isn't there, and there's a lot of people who probably want it," Chiefs coach says of top All Blacks job.

Double boost for Chiefs video

Sam Cane is making good progress from his concussion and should be right for the Chiefs' Super Rugby semifinal against ...

Sam Cane and Seta Tamanivalu set to play in Saturday night's blockbuster semi against the Canes.

Crusaders were great once...not now

Todd Blackadder will probably be remembered as a coach who failed at the Crusaders.

The Crusaders give the impression they are struggling to figure out what to do to keep up.

Tysons search season sweep

Tysons centre Heidi Kiser looks for a pass.

Having clinched a top-two finish, Tysons look to sure up their game ahead of the playoffs.

Riding the road to Rio

Stephen Hills is focused on a big performance at the Paralympic Games in September.

Stephen Hills is hoping to set a high benchmark when he becomes the first Kiwi to compete in the trike event at the Paralympic Games.

All revved up with a place to go

Zak Hetherington will compete in a motocross event in Tahiti in August.

Zak Hetherington's first trip overseas will be spent representing New Zealand in motocross.

Hitting the mark

Samuel Laing and Dominic Gavin, both 16, are building reputations as astute and capable darts players.

A pair of small town darts men are showing promise after a successful trip to the national junior and youth championships.

Riccitelli ready to rumble

The prospect of replacing Dane Coles doesn't daunt Hurricanes back-up hooker Ricky Riccitelli.

Hurricanes out to show they're about more than Dane Coles.

Sanderson scores three as Rangers take control

Hat-trick hero Jack Sanderson, left, was in superb form in New Plymouth Rangers' 5-1 win over Hokowhitu.

English import Jack Sanderson was able to pick up a hat-trick to help New Plymouth Rangers bag another win.

Cobras slide into the final

Coastal Cobras' Darren Parata looks for a pass.

The Coastal Cobras put 30 on the top-ranked Waitara Bears to seal a spot in the Lile Shield final.

Ngatai tipped for Breakers callup

Jordan Ngatai has made a strong finish to the New Zealand Select team's tour of China.

Standout tour with the NZ Select team in China could see a promotion for Breakers development player.

Record run - but then ...

Zoe Hobbs was one of the runners in the New Zealand under-20 4x100m relay team disqualified in their heat at the world ...

While their baton was in safe hands, the New Zealand under-20 women's 4x100m relay team have seen a national record slip through their fingers.

Now is the hour for the Hurricanes, surely

The loss of Dane Coles with a serious rib injury will not stop the Hurricanes winning the Super Rugby title.

Don't worry Hurricanes fans - you've got this title won.

Opportunity too good to turn down for Batman

James Langton, right, will fight in Australia to fight on the undercard of Danny Green.

James 'Batman' Langton has been given an unexpected shot in Australia.

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