An early brush with yachting royalty

A 16-year-old Peter Burling off the water at Port Taranaki in 2007. Then a Fairfax intern, Ryan Evans was sent to ...

OPINION: In 2007, Peter Burling was an up-and-coming teen sailor. It's been a fast trip to the top.

Webster: Cherry-Evans' charm offensive

Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans could replace an injured Johnthan Thurston in the halves for Queensland.

OPINION: "He's a politician. Who's writing his speeches?"

Reason: Meads and my father

Sir Colin Meads' down-to-earth honesty appealed to John Reason. Meads is pictured in front of the statue of him unveiled ...

OPINION: There was no side to Meads. My dad liked that. In a way they were both Old Testament men.

All Whites' defence the problem

Stefan Marinovic had plenty of work to do at the Confederations Cup.

OPINION: The All Whites conceded an average of 10 shots on target per game at the Confederations Cup, which is a major concern.

Hansen gets it right

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was a happy man after the test match.

ANALYSIS: The All Blacks coach made the big calls, and saw his team reap the rewards at Eden Park.

Match from end of the earth video

The All Blacks and Lions delivered a high quality first test in Auckland.

OPINION: This beautiful, rugby mad nation has been craving a night of test footy like this, writes Mark Reason.

Even Coutts can be wrong

Oracle boss Sir Russell Coutts was quick to applaud his team's first win over the America's Cup match with Team New ...

OPINION: Forget about a clean sweep and buckle up for more unpredictability, the real Cup match has arrived.

Bledisloe bloodbath awaits

The situation looks bleak for Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and Australian rugby.

OPINION: The Wallabies are sleepwalking into a Bledisloe Cup bloodbath, writes Liam Napier.

Napier: ABs land emphatic blow

All Blacks fullback Ben Smith left the field with another head knock after 27 minutes against the Lions at Eden Park.

OPINION: The Lions kept squandering chances. That's no way to beat the All Blacks.

Lions show their true colours

Sean O'Brien finishes off one of the great team tries against the All Blacks at Eden Park

OPINION: The Lions will lose this series 3-0 - but they can definitely be entertaining losers.

Dogged Dalton deserves this win

Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton watches his team race against Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup match.

OPINION: He's been strangely silent but the dogged Team NZ CEO remains the basis of the bonanza in Bermuda.

All Whites have the need for speed

Ryan Thomas and Hector Herrera of Mexico clash during their Confederations Cup game.

OPINION: All Whites improve but need more pace, writes Bill Harris.

ABs v Lions: Ready to rumble

All Blacks captain Kieran Read talks to fans.

OPINION: This is going to be sensational, inspirational, celebrational, writes Kevin Norquay.

Savea axing raises questions video

Julian Savea has scored 46 tries in 53 tests. He is second-equal on the all-time All Blacks tryscorers list with ...

OPINION: 'The Bus' could be left stranded on 53 tests after being replaced by 20-year-old Rieko Ioane, writes Richard Knowler.

Fan-friendly Lions tour...so far video

British & Irish Lions fans can't speak highly enough of their welcome in New Zealand.

OPINION: Lions fans are loving their reception in NZ, but Mark Reason wonders what it will be like on test match day.

'All Blacks' chant in Russian bar

When Chris Wood scored for New Zealand, Russian fans in a Moscow bar roared with delight.

OPINION: Russians in bars take on New Zealand as their favourite team at Confederations Cup.

All Whites impress on attack

Dane Ingham chases after Javier Aquino, a regular sight.

OPINION: NZ's best attacking performance in two years, but questions remain on defence.

Gatland gambles on novices video

Peter O'Mahony is a magnificent player but there are doubts over his ability to manage the referee.

OPINION: Rookie captain and back three will come under sustained attack from All Blacks.

Blues bigger, stronger...dumber

Johnathan Thurston of the Maroons celebrates with team-mates after winning game two.

OPINION: Maroons teach Blues a harsh lesson on how to close out a game.

Where All Whites can improve video

Anthony Hudson has said his All Whites will play without fear against Mexico.

OPINION: The biggest thing in the All Whites' favour against Mexico might be that their opponents like to play football.

Tough Langman stance must continue

Laura Langman playing for the Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Super Netball competition in Australia.

OPINION: Noeline Taurua says it's a mistake, but Netball NZ must stand their ground on Laura Langman.

Rush defence could bury Beaudy

Beauden Barrett got plenty of space to run against Samoa but it will be a different story against the Lions.

OPINION: Target on Barrett's jersey could be the winning or losing of test series, writes Mark Reason.

What's worse? Lions or Oracle win

Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill in the shadow of the America's Cup.

OPINION: Which would be your worst nightmare - losing the Lions tests or at the America's Cup? Kevin Norquay looks into his crystal ball.

Stop the cheating, NZ

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 20:  Head coach Warren Gatland of the Lions walks off ahead of the match between the Chiefs ...

OPINION: Gatland was quite right to call out all the cheating that goes on off the ball in NZ. It has now reached the level of an epidemic.

Big decisions for Tactix coach

Tactix coach Marianne Delaney-Hoshek was all smiles after her side finished their season with a win over the Mystics.

OPINION: Tactix coach will need to quickly decide who's coming and going as focus shifts to 2018.

Lions 'tougher than World Cup' video

The Lions' now impressive game has grown with each fixture.

OPINION: New Zealanders need to wake up to just how tough this series will be.

Test will define Gatland's career

Warren Gatland's legacy will be determined by the result on Saturday.

OPINION: Whether Lions coach is remembered as a success or failure will be determined on Saturday, writes Austin Healey.

ABs and Lions predictions stuff nation

The time has finally come for the test series - but who will take to the field?

The time has finally come for the test series - but who will take to the field?

Second stringers fail to impress

Warren Gatland watched on as his Lions played the Chiefs in Hamilton.

OPINION: Don't let the scoreline fool you. Many mid-week Lions aren't up to it.

Gatland has gameplan to win

Warren Gatland thrives under siege and has the gamplan to beat the All Blacks.

OPINION: Lions head coach has taken flak but his approach is right one to win the test series, writes Mick Cleary.

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