Rugby

Carter sticks up for McCaw

Retirement call 'ridiculous'

Richie McCaw

SIMON PLUMB - © Fairfax NZ News

Dan Carter has rubbished criticism of All Blacks and Crusaders team-mate Richie McCaw.

Carter in no hurry to get back

Dan Carter and Ernie Els

He's jetting here, there and everywhere and Dan Carter is not desperate to get back to work.

No backlash over naked photo

Aaron Smith

No action will be taken against All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith following a naked photo of him being shared on social media.

Ditch South Africa from Super Rugby

Andrew Mehrtens

OPINION: As Super Rugby nears its 20th year, Andrew Mehrtens calls for a competition without South Africa.

Gym buddies?

Dan Carter bumps into golf star Rory McIlroy

Dan Carter and  Rory McIlroy

Golf star Rory McIlroy has an All Blacks icon backing him at the US Masters this week.

Rennie left frustrated despite comeback

Crusaders fullback Israel Dagg gets an offload away in the tackle of Lionel Mapoe and Stefan Watermeyer

Dave Rennie's half-hearted high-five said it all.

Referee's decision puzzles Blackadder

Todd Blackadder

Ryan Crotty is the latest New Zealand player to be stung by a controversial refereeing call in South Africa.

Heavyweights off to good start

Burnside winger Pete Stanley

New Brighton and Lincoln University both started the defence of their respective club rugby titles in strong fashion, while three other teams had bonus point wins.

Lions' roars silenced

Crusaders win in Johannesburg 28-7

Matt Todd

Crusaders become the first touring side to win in South Africa, comprehensively beating the Lions 28-7.

Nadolo offers Crusaders edge

Nemani Nadolo

The 1.96m and 125kg right wing could deliver just what the Crusaders need - punch on the high veldt.

Club transfer window approved

timaru rugby ball touch

A new transfer window will allow metro division one rugby players to jump between clubs.

All club rugby eyes on one side

timaru rugby ball touch

They've got a big target on their backs and no element of surprise, but New Brighton are still the favourites.

High error-rate concerns Mauger

Aaron Mauger

Crusaders must cut their errors by half, from on average 21 per game, to be able to win, assistant coach says.

Zac's zap missed but it's his own fault

Zac Guildford

OPINION: Most frustrating thing about Guildford's disappearance is it comes as the Crusaders backline struggles.

High noon on the high veldt

Todd Blackadder

Calculating how many competition points Crusaders need to make the finals is already a scary exercise.

Sleeping pills 'blew me away'

Israel Dagg

Israel Dagg can't remember his sleeping pill and alcohol-fuelled bender during the 2011 World Cup.

Israel Dagg's blank

Israel Dagg

Israel Dagg, who took sleeping pills with Cory Jane, says he remembers nothing from that night.

Busted for pills

Israel Dagg, Cory Jane misused sleeping pills

Steve Tew

All Blacks Israel Dagg and Cory Jane misused sleeping pills during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, confirm rugby chiefs.

Macdonald urges Fruean to take it easy

Hoani Macdonald

Hoani Macdonald has urged Robbie Fruean to remember that rugby is only a game, as he faces two more months before he can return to the field.

Mehrtens: Team man at 10 the key

Aaron Cruden

OPINION: There's a confidence bordering on cockiness from the two best No 10s in the New Zealand game at the moment.

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