Even at the end of an exhausting and exquisite rugby year, the competitor in Kieran Read still burns bright.
Kieran Read is looking forward to having 'having a barbie' and relaxing after a tough season.
A soft Crusaders balance sheet won't have a major impact on the financial projections of Christchurch's temporary stadium.
Andrew Hore's future now lies in farming and playing for the Maniototo Maggots.
As dominant as the All Blacks have been in 2013 it seems the chasing pack is closing the gap.
Canterbury tighthead prop Paea Fa'anunu has joined French club Montpellier as injury cover.
The parents of current All Black, and yesterday's match-winning try-scorer, Ryan Crotty were yesterday over the moon.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was heartbroken. His captain Paul O'Connell was disconsolate.
It was the biggest kick of Aaron Cruden's young rugby life and boy was he happy to get a second go.
The numbers say the All Blacks are sitting pretty. But Richie McCaw's battered visage told a different story.
As unlikely heroes go, Canterbury's bearded wonder Ryan Crotty is right up there.
The All Blacks deny Ireland an historic victory with last gasp try and conversion in Dublin.
The modern mentality of the All Blacks means being a back-up is a far-cry from what it was in the good old days of touring.
OPINION: David Latta had done nothing wrong and in fact it should have been Richard Loe who was penalised.
Just one win separates the All Blacks from a perfect season.
You cannot accuse the All Blacks of thinking small. They apparently aspire to be "the most dominant team in the history of the world".
An expanding medical file explains Dan Carter's deceleration in test appearances.
There is some debate about the future of the All Blacks' two big names. Steve Hansen has no such reservations.
Dan Carter in the media call before a big rugby test is often there, but not there, if you know what I mean.
Japan's recent test against the All Blacks may result in a bonanza for Asian rugby as Super Rugby's vexing proposed restructure is again scrutinised in London this weekend.