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Highlanders put faith in Folau Fakatava and Mitch Hunt video

Mitchell Hunt practises his kicking as Aaron Smith looks on at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Wednesday.

The departure of Aaron Mauger might have suggested Mitch Hunt's days as a starter were over, but Tony Brown is an admirer of the Tasman playmaker.

'Expect the unexpected': Chiefs wary of Brown's Highlanders video

Clayton McMillan takes charge of his first match as Chiefs coach against the Highlanders on Friday

Chiefs coach was expecting changes like Folau Fakatava replacing Aaron Smith because of pressure to retain one of the game's most promising halfbacks.

Unshackled: New Zealand Rugby puts perpetual licences on the table for franchises video

The Crusaders are the first of the five Kiwi franchises to sign off a new licence with New Zealand Rugby, giving them ...

The end of expiring licences is set to open the door for new investment and commercial opportunities for cash-strapped franchises.

New Zealand Rugby boss says 'sorry' to Black Ferns video

Portia Woodman and Sarah Goss celebrate the Black Ferns' 2017 World Cup triumph in Belfast.

Some Black Ferns players will be shattered that the World Cup won't be played until 2022. Now what happens?

Bryn Gatland one of five Chiefs debutants for Highlanders video

Bryn Gatland will make his Chiefs debut against his former side, the Highlanders.

"This is where I want to be", says the new Chiefs No 10, born and raised in Waikato, who starts in coach Clayton McMillan's first team.

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Blues take Northland kids through their paces video

The Blues play a game with Northland kids.

Young rugby fans couldn’t believe their luck they got the chance to train with the Blues.

Egos, tactics, player drain: How Rob Penney's Waratahs plunged into a crisis

The Waratahs have had a disastrous start to the new Super Rugby Australia season.

Three New Zealanders have been involved in the sad decline of the once proud Waratahs.

Luke Jacobson's chief task to make All Blacks video

Luke Jacobson played 2 tests in 2019 against Argentina and Tonga.

In 2019 he appeared to have the rugby world at his feet. Luke Jacobson is now fighting to get back in the All Blacks.

Why is women's rugby always the first to go?

A 12-team women's rugby tournament being held in the northern tip of New Zealand is hardly a threat to life as we know ...

OPINION: Black Ferns have every right to be furious their World Cup has been bumped while men's competitions continue.

McMillan seeks inspiration from Rennie to galvanise Chiefs video

Chiefs coach Clayton McMillan is in his first Super Rugby job.

New Chiefs coach says their identity has “got lost in translation” and is hoping to draw on the title-winning success of Dave Rennie's golden years.

Gopperth won't quit like contemporary Carter video

Jimmy Gopperth (L) about to clash with Dan Carter in Super Rugby in 2005. Carter has retired in 2021, but Gopperth, 37, ...

They're only 15 months apart in age, but Jimmy Gopperth won't hang up his boots with Kiwi rival Dan Carter.

Women's Rugby World Cup in NZ set to be postponed to 2022 video

The New Zealand Black Ferns celebrate their victory at the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup.

"Difficult decision' to be made by World Rugby due to Covid-19 travel issues.

Tuivasa-Sheck can make All Blacks immediately, says ex-Warriors coach video

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck says his teammates respect his decision to move to rugby union.

Todd Payten has no doubt his former captain can earn his way straight into the All Blacks.

Super Rugby: Highlanders locked in talks, rivals circle Folau Fakatava video

Folau Fakatava is in the final year of his three-year deal with the Highlanders.

Highlanders CEO Roger Clark says discussions have been taking place since the middle of last year but they have stiff competition for the halfback.

Mark Reason: Confused Mo'unga symptom of rugby's muddle video

Richie Mo'unga of the Crusaders passes the ball against the Highlanders, kicked a lot in the latter stages of the game.

OPINION: Ever-changing coaching carousel and selection reshuffles lead to NZ rugby suffering a lack of trust.

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Mark Reason: Confused Mo'unga symptom of rugby's muddle video

Richie Mo'unga of the Crusaders passes the ball against the Highlanders, kicked a lot in the latter stages of the game.

OPINION: Ever-changing coaching carousel and selection reshuffles lead to NZ rugby suffering a lack of trust.

Ten things we liked (and some we didn't) about the Super Rugby Aotearoa kickoff video

OPINION: Marc Hinton runs the rule over the opening weekend of the Kiwi franchise competition.

Super Rugby team of the week: Blues No 10 Otere Black shows cool head

Is Silver Lake's $465m deal an offer NZ Rugby cannot afford to turn down? video

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Blues take Northland kids through their paces

Young rugby fans couldn’t believe their luck they got the chance to train with the Blues.

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Tuivasa-Sheck can make All Blacks immediately, says ex-Warriors coach video

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck says his teammates respect his decision to move to rugby union.

Todd Payten has no doubt his former captain can earn his way straight into the All Blacks.

Charles Piutau poised to finally complete Tongan switch video

Former All Black Charles Piutau's long-held dream of representing Tonga could finally become reality.

The former All Black's long-held dream of representing Tonga could finally become reality at the upcoming Olympic Sevens qualifier in Monaco.

Out of the darkness: Akira Ioane — 'I had to open up and accept my failings'

Akira Ioane says the first thing he had to come to terms with was his own role in his fall from grace.

When this struggling Blues brother needed help, the Dorito boys were there to answer the call.

Is Silver Lake's $465m deal an offer NZ Rugby cannot afford to turn down? video

The All Blacks generate most of the money that comes into NZ Rugby coffers, which could be set to grow substantially.

Any investment that essentially values the All Blacks and offshoots at $3.1 billion has to be strongly considered, writes Marc Hinton.

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Why is women's rugby always the first to go?

A 12-team women's rugby tournament being held in the northern tip of New Zealand is hardly a threat to life as we know ...

OPINION: Black Ferns have every right to be furious their World Cup has been bumped while men's competitions continue.

Women's Rugby World Cup in NZ set to be postponed to 2022 video

The New Zealand Black Ferns celebrate their victory at the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup.

"Difficult decision' to be made by World Rugby due to Covid-19 travel issues.

'Not like zombies': Black Ferns delighted with longer World Cup turnarounds video

Black Ferns midfielder Chelsea Alley is stoked with the longer turnarounds between games in this year’s World Cup.

Tournament in New Zealand will be history-making for more reasons than one as World Rugby pays more than just lip service to the women's game.

Black Ferns to face Australia on opening night of 2021 women's RWC video

The Black Ferns will be out to defend the Rugby World Cup on home soil this year.

Hosts and defending champs to face big trans-Tasman tussle to round out huge opening day.

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All Blacks to face France in 2023 Rugby World Cup opener video

The All Blacks will open the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks' record of having never lost a pool match in Rugby World Cup history will be tested against the hosts in Paris.

Rugby Australia have a new leader, as Sanzaar boss Andy Marinos makes his move video

Andy Marinos has the top job in Australian rugby.

He headed Sanzaar, now Andy Marinos is to run rugby in Australia.

Rugby World Cup: How the draw for the 2023 tournament works video

The three-time world champion All Blacks will know who they've been pooled with for the 2023 tournament in France on Tuesday.

All Blacks fans will find out who their team has been pooled with in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

USA Rugby urged to bid for World Cup video

Siya Kolisi, the South Africa captain, celebrates with team-mates after their victory in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final.

USA Rugby is in better shape as it emerges from bankruptcy and should bid to host an upcoming World Cup, rugby’s leading executive said.

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Gopperth won't quit like contemporary Carter video

Jimmy Gopperth (L) about to clash with Dan Carter in Super Rugby in 2005. Carter has retired in 2021, but Gopperth, 37, ...

They're only 15 months apart in age, but Jimmy Gopperth won't hang up his boots with Kiwi rival Dan Carter.

Women's Rugby World Cup in NZ set to be postponed to 2022 video

The New Zealand Black Ferns celebrate their victory at the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup.

"Difficult decision' to be made by World Rugby due to Covid-19 travel issues.

Six Nations urged to award Scotland walkover after France coach's Covid bubble breach

French players celebrate at the end of the Six Nations rugby union match between Ireland and France Aviva Stadium, ...

Scottish great Kenny Logan leads calls for match to be forfeited after French farce that threatens the "integrity of the tournament".

Referee won't be dropped despite admitting try blunders video

Referee Pascal Gauzere admits he got this call wrong when he signalled 'time on', allowing Wales' Dan Biggar (R) to take ...

World Rugby referees boss Joel Jutge sticks by his fellow Frenchman, who concedes he got two big calls wrong.

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Super Rugby: Highlanders locked in talks, rivals circle Folau Fakatava video

Folau Fakatava is in the final year of his three-year deal with the Highlanders.

Highlanders CEO Roger Clark says discussions have been taking place since the middle of last year but they have stiff competition for the halfback.

Super Rugby: Ref says Crusaders prop Joe Moody should have been carded video

Crusaders prop Joe Moody makes a break at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday.

Ben O'Keeffe admits he was wrong not to bin All Black but a referees review has shown the Jordie Barrett 'no conversion' decision was correct.

Blues clear latest health check, relocate to Cambridge for bye week

Otere Black and the Blues have relocated to Cambridge while they await latest developments in the nation's alert levels.

Auckland franchise stay nimble as they await further developments in the country's alert level status.

Chiefs have 'a chip on their shoulder' before Highlanders opener video

Anton Lienert-Brown in action for the Chiefs in pre-season.

All Black Anton Lienert-Brown says the Chiefs have to put pride back into the jersey after their record losing slump in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

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Stags sign Highlanders outside back

New Southland Stags recruit Solomon Alaimalo playing for the Highlanders in a pre-season match against the Hurricanes at ...

The Southland Stags has arguably landed one of its biggest signings in many years by locking in a Super Rugby quality outside back for its 2021 campaign.

Otago 'sympathetic' to NZ Rugby/Silver Lake deal but details are key video

New Zealand Rugby CEO Mark Robinson has been selling the Sliver Lake deal to stakeholders throughout the country.

ORFU chairwoman Rowena Davenport says 'case for investment has been developing over the past few years' as she weighs up Silver Lake proposal.

Sir Graham Henry backs NZ Rugby investment to save 'brittle' community game video

Former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry has taken a big-picture view of the potential NZ Rugby-Silver Lake deal.

Exclusive: The All Blacks coaching legend no longer believes rugby caters to enough young people - and hopes Silver Lake's $465m can change that.

Former Sevens flyer Bryce Heem links up with Blues

Auckland’s Bryce Heem makes a break against Tasman in the 2015 NPC semifinal.

Veteran wing-midfielder returns to New Zealand and will join up with hometown Blues for Super Rugby Aotearoa season.

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Rugby Canada investigates complaint from women's sevens team

Canada’s women's sevens team made a complaint to Rugby Canada and their coaching staff was revamped.

Ex-All Blacks skills coach Mick Byrne will coach the team to the Olympics after a revamp of coaching staff.

How one school produced a quarter of the 2021 Black Ferns Sevens squad

Hollie Graham, the touch coach, is the secret to HGHS’ continual production of sevens talent.

Hamilton Girls' High School has become a production line of national sevens talent. But it's another sport which holds the key to their success.

Chiefs star eyes Olympic gold but Super Rugby comes first video

Etene Nanai-Seturo won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, but will he get that chance at the Olympics?

Etene Nanai-Seturo is focusing on the Chiefs before thinking about a sevens gold medal that hangs in the balance because of Covid-19.

Brady Rush credits famous father for All Blacks Sevens call-up

Brady Rush is following in the footsteps of his famous father Eric, after earning an All Blacks Sevens contract for 2021.

Eric Rush's tales of gut-busting trainings with Sir Gordon Tietjens could be enough to put most people off sevens. For his son, it was inspiring.

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