Super Rugby previews: New Zealand squads, fixtures, prospects and players to watch

Stuff brings you all the Super Rugby squads, fixtures, prospects and players to watch, from a Kiwi perspective.

Distraction or attraction? Lions tour will influence New Zealand Super Rugby season

History suggests New Zealand's Super Rugby challenge won't be compromised by the Lions visit, writes Marc Hinton.

Lions should pick NZ-born Denny Solomona for tour, says Austin Healey

Sale's Auckland-born wing Denny Solomona tipped for a place on British and Irish Lions' tour.

Reserve Sutton United goalkeeper eats meat pie on sidelines in betting stunt

Who ate all the pies? Sutton United's backup goalkeeper. And punters cashed in.

Middle finger gesture costs Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti $7400

Bayern Munich coach will donate $7400 to charity after making an obscene gesture to Hertha Berlin fans.

Jackson Garden-Bachop to start at first five in Super Rugby debut for Rebels

Kiwi Jackson Garden-Bachop to debut for Rebels against Blues, but league convert Marika Koroibete ruled out.

Fishing trip turns search-and-rescue mission as Warriors locate missing man

Matt Allwood's keen eyesight alerts rescuers to a man struggling in the surf at an Auckland beach.

Grant Hackett to seek help for mental issues

The troubled Australian swimming great says he will seek help for mental issues.

Australian buyers take top lots during first two days of yearling sales

Big prices for select bunch but slow going at yearling sales.

Man Utd's Wayne Rooney could miss League Cup final with muscle injury

Manchester United skipper still struggling with a muscle injury.

Derrick Lewis takes pounding before winning UFC bout, but something else ails him

Derrick Lewis looked in pain when interviewed after his UFC bout. But it wasn't the kicks to the body that were the cause.

Sutton United's giraffe-masked streaker invades FA Cup tie with Arsenal

Sutton United fan strips to his underwear and invades the pitch during match against Arsenal.

Wanganui cops fine for using an under-age player in women's sevens team

Wanganui fined for player under-aged player in their women's sevens team.

Western Sydney Wanderers' Red and Black Bloc go too far with offensive banner

OPINION: When fans start believing they are bigger than the game, it is time to give them a blunt message.

Kiwi Marcus Armstrong to compete in Italian and German Formula 4 series

Kiwi Ferrari Junior Marcus Armstrong to drive in two series in 2017.

NZ Football not in position to fund Ferns programme for 'potential international athletes'

After NZ women's captain hits out, Andy Martin says national body not financially equipped to fully fund programme for "potential international athletes".

Race fixing inquiry a talking point at yearling sales

An inquiry into alleged race fixing in harness racing has led to much speculation in the industry.

Wallabies wing Dane Haylett-Petty locks in Super Rugby future with Force

After a breakthrough 2016, Wallabies outside back Dane Haylett-Petty has committed his future to the Force

Football Federation Australia 'dictatorial' for banner censure, says fans group RBB

Western Sydney Wanderers fans' group defiant over offensive banner.

Tana Umaga: 'We can't let pride stand in the way of asking for help'

It's been a tough week for rugby. Blues coach Tana Umaga says players can't let pride stand in the way of asking for help.

Kieran Keane's departure from Chiefs likely to be first of many

OPINION: There's a strong chance there will be a complete wipe-out of all the Chiefs' coaches heading into 2018, writes Aaron Goile.

Southern United midfielder Andrew Ridden thinks overseas players have raised the standard of the national football league

Southern United's Andrew Ridden thinks that overseas players have improved the quality of the Stirling Sports Premiership.

Red Bull seeking gains from Renault's 'big winter'

Team boss Christian Horner confident Renault's engine will be competitive.

Black Caps' quick Lockie Ferguson ready to impress new coach Stephen Fleming

 Black Cap was ready to call it a night, before being picked in IPL auction.

Stephen McKee stablemates Hasahalo and Star Treasure set to clash in Diamond Stakes

Two-year-old stablemates set to clash in Group I Diamond Stakes.

Latest FIFA law changes set to be released on Kiwi footballers

Kiwi footballers are set to catch a break this winter season with a host of new FIFA laws.

Crusaders ramp-up fight to fill stadium after modest $2k profit in 2016

The Crusaders recorded a profit of just $2000 last year. Now they have reduced some ticket prices. Yes you read that right.

Trent Boult's older brother Jono claiming some credit for million-dollar IPL payday

If you want to churn out a millionaire fast bowler, turn to coach Jono Boult - the older brother of Trent.

Top shot putters get taste of Marlborough

Some of the world's leading track athletes fired shots of a different kind in the hills of Marlborough on Tuesday.

Injury-ravaged Blues opt for Rieko Ioane at centre for season-opener against Melbourne Rebels

Blues missing several All Blacks for season opener against the Rebels in Melbourne.

Sir John Kirwan believes open discussion on suicide the key to curbing statistics

Sir John Kirwan believes we need to start talking more openly to help those with mental illness

Kiwi Eliza McCartney keeping it grounded as she takes pole vault to the people

Kiwi Olympic star launches her world champs build-up by taking pole vault to the people in her home city.

Danica Guy confirms Capella's season over due to fetlock strain

Fetlock strain ends exciting mare's season.

Super Rugby preview: Our predictions for the 2017 season

Stuff rugby writers pick their team on the rise, team on the slide, four semifinalists and 2017 champion.

Mark Reason: After the death of Dan Vickerman the cult of silence is killing too many of our young men

OPINION: After the death of Dan Vickerman we need to talk about the problems that are killing our young men.

Auckland Hearts cricket captain Victoria Lind announces retirement

Victoria Lind's impressive career is coming to a close after 116 matches as captain for the Auckland Hearts.

Frustrated Michael Walker on the sidelines indefinitely as specialists struggle to diagnose back issue

Kiwi jockey breaks down in tears of frustration with no answers to back pain.

Black Cap Trent Boult vows to earn his money for Kolkata Knight Riders

"A new pair of jeans" is top of Black Cap's shopping list after landmark IPL auction.

Kings centre DeMarcus Cousins in big NBA trade to Pelicans

All-Star centre ends tumultous six-year stay with Sacramento Kings.

It's time to acknowledge the damage boxing does to brains

OPINION: Questions need to be raised on both the boxing culture, and how boxing is handled in the media, writes Anne McKenzie.

Donald Trump makes time for 18 holes with Rory McIlroy

In between running the country, US president makes time for 18 holes with Rory McIlroy.

Football Ferns captain Abby Erceg retires from international football after lack of support from national body

Captain Abby Erceg hits out at NZ Football over lack of support as she steps down from national duties.

Irish rugby now set to benefit from coach Keane's deep well of knowledge

Kieran Keane's move to Irish club Connacht is likely to benefit both parties.

Russ and KD provided the All-Star highlight: An oh-so awkward alley-oop

Westbrook and Durant played just 81 seconds of All Star basketball together. It was enough.

Ton up for Theo Walcott as Arsenal end Sutton's dream FA Cup run

Walcott scores his 100th goal for Arsenal to end minor league club's fairytale.

Cleaning, drinking beer and eating pies - Sutton goalkeeper did it all against Arsenal in FA Cup

Dugout vacuuming, halftime beer drinking and a pie on the bench are all in a day's work against Arsenal.

Black Caps duties still rule Northern Districts' selections

Who plays for the Black Caps will again notably affect ND's Plunket Shield side.

American golfer Dustin Johnson goes from pariah to world No 1

Long journey from criminal to party animal to the best golfer in the world.
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