NPC powerhouses flounder

Wellington hooker Asafo Aumua had another strong game against Waikato on Saturday.

Auckland and Waikato sweat on relegation as Wellington and Otago eye their premiership places.

Makos too strong for Stags

Tasman winger James Lowe heads for the tryline during their Mitre 10 Cup rugby clash with Southland.

Tasman overwhelm hapless Southlanders at Trafalgar Park.

Steelers hold Steamers

Fotu Lokotui charges down the field for Counties Manukau in their match against Bay of Plenty.

Four minutes of referee's time was not enough to separate Bay of Plenty and Counties Manukau.

Waikato 'letting fans down'

Waikato's season has gone from bad to worse after losing to Wellington.

Wellington crush Waikato's finals hopes as Mooloos suffer fourth straight loss.

Canty too good for Counties

No 8 Rebecca Todd scored a try during Canterbury's 32-29 pulsating victory over Counties-Manukau in Pukekohe on Saturday.

The Canterbury women's rugby team beat defending national champions Counties-Manukau.

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National honours for schools stars

Kini Naholo, brother of All Black Waisake Naholo, scored 41 tries this year for Hastings Boys' High School and has now ...

The country's top first XV players revealed as New Zealand Secondary Schools squad named.

ABs' bodyguard's massive tax bill

Security consultant Jayson Ryan has admitted charges of aiding and abetting his three companies to apply tax deductions ...

Jayson Ryan's sold his home to pay back the $225,000 debt. He also has to serve a sentence of home detention.

Recap: Tasman v Southland

Tasman Makos forward Vernon Fredericks.

The Makos overwhelm the Stags in an all-South Island encounter.

Recap: BOP v Counties

Steelers prop Kalolo Tuiloma bursts into open space.

The Steamers draw with the Steelers at Tauranga Domain in week six of the Mitre 10 Cup.

Taranaki continue to move forward and up

Kane Thompson made his first start for Taranaki against Hawke's Bay.

Coach delighted to end four decades of misery.

Rennie's team top of table

Former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has led his new club Glasgow Warriors to the top of the Pro 14 rugby standings.

Departed Chiefs coach "stoked" with his Glasgow Warriors as they go top in the Pro 14.

Taranaki move up to second after comfortable win

Toa Halafihi was back scoring for Taranaki against Hawke's Bay.

Taranaki's longest losing streak over after they finally win in Napier.

Canty back to winning ways

Canterbury fullback George Bridge makes a charge during his side's come-from-behind win over North Harbour.

Defending champs bounce back from thumping, coming from behind to end Harbour's unbeaten run.

Live: Hawke's Bay v Taranaki

Hawke's Bay Magpies halfback Brad Weber.

Taranaki take on the Magpies at McLean Park in Napier.

Wellington pummel Waikato

Sam Lousi scoring for Wellington against Waikato.

Ruthless Lions score five tries to one and pile more misery on Mooloos with dominant display in Hamilton.

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ABs right to rotate as north awaits

Brodie Retallick needs to used wisely for the rest of the year so the All Blacks can hit the northern tour with real purpose.

OPINION: Weakened squad to face Pumas is less risky than touring north with empty tank, writes Paul Cully.

Canterbury's loss stings pride

Opinion: Humiliating loss was unacceptable for Canterbury team laden with Super Rugby players.

Reason: Ode to Wayne Smith

Defence awol in rugby comp

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Canty back to winning ways

Defending champs bounce back from thumping, coming from behind to end Harbour's unbeaten run.

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Milner-Skudder rapt to be back

Nehe Milner-Skudder

After a long absence, hot stepping All Blacks wing is ready to make the most of his run in No 14 jersey.

All Black welcomes baby Milla

All Black Lima Sopoaga welcomes arrival of baby Milla

Liam Sopoaga says sacrificing a test start well worth it to be on hand for arrival of his first child.

Hansen to give Havili ABs shot?

David Havili has reached a point where his coach feels he is now comfortable in the All Black environment.

All Blacks coach will consider whether it's time to throw another debutant into the test arena in Argentina.

Barrett in, Sopoaga out

All Blacks first five Beauden Barrett will be playing against Argentina in Buenos Aires after all.

The All Blacks have made a late change to their squad to travel for the Rugby Championship test in Argentina, and the callup has no complaints.

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Rennie's team top of table

Former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has led his new club Glasgow Warriors to the top of the Pro 14 rugby standings.

Departed Chiefs coach "stoked" with his Glasgow Warriors as they go top in the Pro 14.

Jones leaves four Lions out

Kyle Sinckler is one of four players that toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions to be left out of ...

No place in England training squad for four members of British and Irish Lions side.

Coaches get too much credit

Graham Henry shakes hands with Matt Dawson, while Austin Healey looks on, at the end of a torrid Lions tour in 2001.

OPINION: All I learned from Graham Henry's coaching is that I don't like Graham Henry.

Jones 'would have swept ABs'

England No 8 Billy Vunipola.

England forward claims the Lions would have whitewashed the All Blacks with Eddie Jones at the helm.

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Recap: BOP v Counties

Steelers prop Kalolo Tuiloma bursts into open space.

The Steamers draw with the Steelers at Tauranga Domain in week six of the Mitre 10 Cup.

Taranaki continue to move forward and up

Kane Thompson made his first start for Taranaki against Hawke's Bay.

Coach delighted to end four decades of misery.

Taranaki move up to second after comfortable win

Toa Halafihi was back scoring for Taranaki against Hawke's Bay.

Taranaki's longest losing streak over after they finally win in Napier.

Canty back to winning ways

Canterbury fullback George Bridge makes a charge during his side's come-from-behind win over North Harbour.

Defending champs bounce back from thumping, coming from behind to end Harbour's unbeaten run.

sevens

Baker inks NZ sevens deal

Kurt Baker will play his 20th game for Manawatū against Waikato on Saturday.

Kurt Baker commits his future to New Zealand sevens.

NZ Sevens legend retires

DJ Forbes has been a massive figure in New Zealand sevens over the past decade.

DJ Forbes played 512 World Series sevens matches in his 11-year stint with the national side.

'A festival - with 7s in the middle'

All Black Sevens players, captain Scott Curry and Tim Mikkelson, with 37 South managing director Dallas Fisher, ...

Two thirds of Hamilton Sevens tickets sold before pre-sale even starts.

Sevens pre-sales go gangbusters

Only 20,000 people attended the 2017 Wellington Sevens.

Switch from Wellington to Hamilton proves a boost as thousands of tickets already sold.

super rugby

Chiefs CEO search begins

Andrew Flexman resigned as Chiefs chief executive last month.

After Andrew Flexman's resignation last month, the Chiefs have begun their search for a new CEO.

Force stalwart shares mental health fears

Pek Cowan has written of his concern for his teammates' mental health.

Kiwi prop speaks out and says he's tempted to say "stuff you'' to the ARU.

Chiefs not eyeing Fiji

The Chiefs were well supported in their two matches in Fiji, but they aren't planning on a return there next year.

Chiefs not making plans to return to Fiji for Super Rugby match in 2018.

Blues face nightmare draw

Don't blame Tana Umaga for not smiling happily at the sight of the Blues' 2018 schedule.

 Tana Umaga's men face the hardest schedule for Kiwi Super Rugby teams in 2018.

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