Wallabies captain to retire

Stephen Moore will retire from international rugby at the end of this season.

Stephen Moore decides the upcoming Rugby Championship will be his last.

Crusaders still at full strength

The Crusaders, who beat the Highlanders 17-0 in the Super Rugby quarterfinal in Christchurch last weekend, will field ...

2:33 PM  Coach Scott Robertson names an unchanged team for the semifinal against the Chiefs.

Who will win Super Rugby?

Sam Whitelock and the Crusaders have compiled a magnificent record this season.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: A case is made for each semifinalist as to why they are best-placed to win the title.

Cruden not done yet video

Chiefs first-five Aaron Cruden is off to France to play for Montpellier.

Chiefs No 10 not thinking about his $3.6m French club deal in the twilight of his Super Rugby career.

Nichol slams drug-test plan

NZRPA chief executive Rob Nichol says schoolboy ruiby players in New Zealand should not be taking supplements, let alone ...

NZ Rugby Players' Association boss highlights major concerns about what is happening in schools.

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Rugby player jailed for attempted rape

Kolinio Yabia Tamanitoakula was jailed for three years, four months and two weeks.

His distressed victim was covered in mud and wet grass when she ran in front of a car to get help.

Barrett sinks hole-in-one

Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett celebrates acing a hole during some downtime ahead of the Super Rugby ...

Bounce of the ball again goes the way of a Barrett as Beauden finds the right club in Jo'burg.

Canes' defence to be stretched

John Plumtree says the Hurricanes are preparing for the Lions to persist with an up-tempo approach.

Lions' expansive play expected to test the defending champs, assistant coach John Plumtree says.

Chiefs' short lock stands tall

Mitchell Brown (right, foreground) is one of the shorter locks in Super Rugby, certainly not as tall as team-mates ...

He's not the tallest man at lock, but Mitchell Brown has muscled his way into the Chiefs' starting pack.

Head knocks didn't force sabbatical

Ben Smith will only wear the All Blacks jersey twice more this year, in Bledisloe Cup tests in Sydney and Dunedin next month.

All Blacks vice-captain Ben Smith's confirmed sabbatical wasn't rushed forward after head problems.

Thorne backs drug testing

Former All Blacks captain and now Christ's College coach Reuben Thorne.

Former All Black captain backs drug testing of top schoolboy rugby players, amid fears that pressure is driving some to doping.

Auckland rugby pivot heads south

Ponsonby's Willie Talataina-Mu will play rugby for Southland in 2017, pictured doing chin-ups at the The Mike Piper ...

From Ponsonby to Invercargill for one of Auckland's top club rugby points scorers.

AB's props inspire Gawler

Chris Gawler got a taste of NPC rugby last season for Canterbury and is hungry for more.

All Blacks bookends providing loosehead lessons for promising Canterbury prop Chris Gawler.

'Don't write Quade Cooper off'

Knee and foot injuries hampered Quade Cooper's ability to train fully for the Reds, hence his poor form, said coach Nick ...

We can rebuild him into a Wallaby, says Reds coach of Quade Cooper.

Makos squad slowly taking shape

Billy Guyton is the first Super Rugby player to report for duty.

Billy Guyton is the first Super Rugby player to report for Tasman Makos duty.

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Highlanders wrong to bag ref video

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OPINION: Angus Gardner showed his strength in giving Liam Squire his well-deserved yellow card, writes Paul Cully.

Not so super

OPINION: Weary rugby competition needs shortening before we all fall asleep.

Barrett's season needs kick-start

Schoolboy rugby too great a risk?

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Barrett sinks hole-in-one

Bounce of the ball again goes the way of a Barrett as Beauden finds the right club in Jo'burg.

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'Tough as teak' ex-AB dies

Tom Lister played eight tests as an All Black against, Australia, France, Wales, South Africa and the 1971 British and ...

South Canterbury's most-capped test All Black Tom Lister dies, aged 73.

High shot hum bugs

Referee Angus Gardner shows a yellow card to Highlanders loose forward Liam Squire in Christchurch on Saturday.

When is a yellow not a yellow? Here are some of the big calls which have created a stir this year.

Eddie Jones says Lions tour exposed All Blacks depth

England coach Eddie Jones has had another little dig at the All Blacks.

Eddie Jones says he learnt a lot from the drawn British and Irish Lions series with New Zealand.

SBW a 'massive fan' of Zidane

Zinedine Zidane and Sonny Bill Williams have both seen red in big games.

All Black who saw red for his shoulder says man who saw red for his head is his footballing hero.

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'Don't write Quade Cooper off'

Knee and foot injuries hampered Quade Cooper's ability to train fully for the Reds, hence his poor form, said coach Nick ...

We can rebuild him into a Wallaby, says Reds coach of Quade Cooper.

Irish rugby stars on rape charges

Irish first five Paddy Jackson faces rape charges in  Ireland.

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been stood down from rugby until trial concludes.

Polota-Nau plan B now plan A

Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau on the burst against Scotland in the June internationals.

An unlikely transfer to the Western Force ends with promotion to starting hooker with the Wallabies.

Hunt out, Cooper still unwanted

It's a long road back to the Wallabies for Quade Cooper, unwanted by coach Michael Cheika even with an injury to fellow ...

NZ-born first-five's only way back to the Wallabies is through Australia's NPC equivalent, coach Michael Cheika says.

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Auckland rugby pivot heads south

Ponsonby's Willie Talataina-Mu will play rugby for Southland in 2017, pictured doing chin-ups at the The Mike Piper ...

From Ponsonby to Invercargill for one of Auckland's top club rugby points scorers.

Makos squad slowly taking shape

Billy Guyton is the first Super Rugby player to report for duty.

Billy Guyton is the first Super Rugby player to report for Tasman Makos duty.

Celtic set to be best

Celtic are shooting for their ninth consecutive title. (From left) Matt Fetu, captain Nick Strachan and Kali Latu have ...

Celtic Rugby Club's golden run in grand finals could see them stand alone.

Ranfurly Shield challengers named

Isireli Masiwini scores a late try between the posts  for Mid Canterbury against Ellesmere earlier this season.

The Mid Canterbury squad which will battle Canterbury for the Ranfurly Shield in Ashburton on August 4 has been named.

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Waldrom's urgent sevens lessons

After being interim coach of the New Zealand Sevens team, Scott Waldrom is not required by new head coach Clark Laidlaw.

NZ Rugby's sevens system lags behind the rest of the world, and it shows, axed coach says.

Cama: Sevens lacking depth

Junior Tomasi Cama is now the assistant coach of the New Zealand Sevens team.

NZ Sevens assistant coach Tomasi Cama believes the lack of depth in sevens was exposed last season.

Drummond returns from sevens heaven

Jess Drummond featured for the Black Ferns in the final two legs of the Worlds Sevens Series circuit.

It's back to work, and back to netball, for Black Ferns sevens player Jess Drummond.

Sevens win motivates Goss

Sarah Goss is New Zealand's most capped women's sevens player with 30 tournaments.

With her team winning the sevens world series on the other side of the world, captain Sarah Goss celebrates with an early morning run.

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Barrett sinks hole-in-one

Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett celebrates acing a hole during some downtime ahead of the Super Rugby ...

Bounce of the ball again goes the way of a Barrett as Beauden finds the right club in Jo'burg.

Canes' defence to be stretched

John Plumtree says the Hurricanes are preparing for the Lions to persist with an up-tempo approach.

Lions' expansive play expected to test the defending champs, assistant coach John Plumtree says.

Chiefs' short lock stands tall

Mitchell Brown (right, foreground) is one of the shorter locks in Super Rugby, certainly not as tall as team-mates ...

He's not the tallest man at lock, but Mitchell Brown has muscled his way into the Chiefs' starting pack.

Chiefs confident in travel plan

Aaron Cruden and his Chiefs side have got very used to the sight of buses and planes lately and are determined to ...

Needing to combat a hectic schedule, the Chiefs have gone right down to the nitty-gritty details.

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