Gardner had two options video

Benjamin Fall of France sent off by Angus Garner in Wellington.

6:24 AM  World Rugby clarifies position after Rugby Australia demands a 'please explain' over red card controversy.

Cipriani starts, Shields out ill

Danny Cipriani will seek to unpick a South African backline featuring four changes.

6:43 AM  Setback for Kiwi import as England inject first-five who hasn't started a test since 2008.

ABs put faith in McKenzie video

Damian McKenzie will start his first test at first five-eighth for the All Blacks against France in Dunedin on Saturday ...

6:22 AM  It's a new beginning for All Blacks Damian McKenzie and Richie Mo'unga.

Hansen: Read 'pain in the butt' video

Kieran Read (right) relinquished the All Blacks captaincy to Sam Whitelock because he is recovering from a serious back ...

7:08 AM  Kieran Read could return to rugby within a fortnight, and not a moment too soon, All Blacks coach says.

Ireland ready for aerial contest

Ireland's 1.91m wing Jacob Stockdale will hope to combat the aerial skills of Wallabies fullback Israel Folau.

Ireland will throw even more tall timber at Israel Folau in Saturday's deciding rugby test.

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'Our grand final' - Cheika

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is urging his superstars to back themselves and take risks with the series on the line in ...

Wallabies coach urges superstars to throw the ball around in search of tries in Ireland series decider.

Fans divided on who to support

Charlie Ngatai in action during the Chiefs v Hurricanes friendly match at the TSB Hub in Hawera.

Big crowds turn out to a weekday Rugby friendly, but who they supported was a whole different ball game.

Tui, Phipps in for decider

Lukhan Tui gets his first Wallabies test start against Ireland, with David Pocock shifting to No 8 for Saturday's decider.

Nick Phipps in for the injured Will Genia while big loose forward is unleashed for a run-on start against Ireland.

Hemopo's elevation a dream come true

Lock Jackson Hemopo is Manawatū's newest All Black.

Jackson Hemopo will be Manawatū's 41st All Black if he takes the field.

Hurricanes' Hawera hat-tricks

Julian Savea scored three times against the Chiefs in his first Hurricanes outing since announcing his departure to ...

Julian Savea and Gareth Evans combined to score all but one of seven Hurricanes tries in beating the Chiefs in mid-season friendly.

Castle opens up on alopecia

Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle often wears bandanas when her hair condition worsens.

Hair-loss condition has seen pioneering sports administrator confused as a cancer sufferer while some people have used "really cruel" remarks.

Belleau: French 'not moaners'

French flyhalf Anthony Belleau says France will not 'moan or complain' about refereeing calls in the All Blacks series.

France confident of ending the All Blacks series "on a high note" in Dunedin.

Moriarty banned for choke hold

Wales No 8 Ross Moriarty, pictured playing for the Lions in 2017, has been banned for four matches for a choke hold.

Banned backrower grabbed opponent by the neck and later labelled social media critics as 'maggots'

Waratahs 'battered' by Bunnies

NSW Waratahs players Alex Newsome and Harry Johnson-Holmes chase down the South Sydney Rabbitohs' Hymel Hunt in a ...

Daryl Gibson admits his Super Rugby side 'took a bit of battering' in 'stimulating' cross-code clash.

'Ref got red card call right'

Rugby Australia official says Angus Gardner was right to send off French fullback Benjamin and has been left 'confused' ...

Angus Gardner 'confused' after World Rugby rescind French fullback's red card.

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Five All Blacks talking points video

Damian McKenzie will make his first start in the No 10 test jersey when the All Blacks play France in the third test.

OPINION: All Blacks selectors make some bold calls for the French finale, starting with a handful of debutants.

Thrush on the Super money

OPINION: Former All Black speaks sense about Super Rugby requiring a re-think, writes Aaron Goile.

Reason: TMO fails ref on Fall video

Frizell a possible starter

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Hansen: Read 'pain in the butt'

Kieran Read could return to rugby within a fortnight, and not a moment too soon, All Blacks coach says.

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Belleau: French 'not moaners'

French flyhalf Anthony Belleau says France will not 'moan or complain' about refereeing calls in the All Blacks series.

France confident of ending the All Blacks series "on a high note" in Dunedin.

'Ref got red card call right'

Rugby Australia official says Angus Gardner was right to send off French fullback Benjamin and has been left 'confused' ...

Angus Gardner 'confused' after World Rugby rescind French fullback's red card.

Referees favour ABs claim video

Uini Atonio says the refereeing hasn't been fair in this series against the All Blacks.

French prop says referees have a kinder approach to All Blacks - "it's just not fair".

'Blunted' Bastareaud dropped

France captain Mathieu Bastareaud is expected to be given a leave pass for the third test in Dunedin.

Faster Dunedin pitch a factor in resting visiting skipper, French media report.

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Castle opens up on alopecia

Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle often wears bandanas when her hair condition worsens.

Hair-loss condition has seen pioneering sports administrator confused as a cancer sufferer while some people have used "really cruel" remarks.

Belleau: French 'not moaners'

French flyhalf Anthony Belleau says France will not 'moan or complain' about refereeing calls in the All Blacks series.

France confident of ending the All Blacks series "on a high note" in Dunedin.

Moriarty banned for choke hold

Wales No 8 Ross Moriarty, pictured playing for the Lions in 2017, has been banned for four matches for a choke hold.

Banned backrower grabbed opponent by the neck and later labelled social media critics as 'maggots'

'Ref got red card call right'

Rugby Australia official says Angus Gardner was right to send off French fullback Benjamin and has been left 'confused' ...

Angus Gardner 'confused' after World Rugby rescind French fullback's red card.

provincial

Standing our ground

Michael Wagteveld, president of the Canterbury Rugby Supporters' Club, says if New Plymouth needs a new stadium, it ...

New Plymouth's Yarrow stadium is far more than just a place to play rugby, community leaders say.

WRU lose battle to keep Gibbes

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Super 12 Semifinal Clash between the ACT Brumbies and the Chiefs at Canberra stadium.
Brumbies won ...

After some puzzling revelations, Waikato have to concede that Jono Gibbes won't be home for long after signing with La Rochelle.

Tales of Rugby Park

Taranaki play Waikato for the Ranfuly Shieldin 1996.

OPINION: Rugby Park, aka the now-deceased Yarrow Stadium, was the place to be in my boyhood in the late 50s, early 60s.

La Rochelle sign Gibbes

Jono Gibbes at FMG Stadium Waikato with assistant coaches Nathan White and Roger Randle.

Former All Black to join La Rochelle at the end of the Mitre 10 Cup.

sevens

Head injuries from street attack end career

Former Australian sevens skipper James Stannard has quit after head injuries sustained in a street attack.

Sad end to successful sevens career for veteran injured outside a Sydney kebab shop.

Sevens star off to Argentina

Former Motueka High School student Risaleaana Pouri-Lane has been named in the NZ under 18 Sevens squad to compete in ...

From Motueka to Buenos Aires, Tasman's sevens export hopes to run rings around Youth Olympic competition.

Paris victory not enough

Sarah Goss flings a pass wide during New Zealand's final match against Australia.

Black Ferns Sevens claim Paris honours, but Australia walk away with the big prize.

NZ into Paris 7s semis

Scott Currie opened the scoring for New Zealand in their quarterfinal against the United States, in Paris.

New Zealand produced an emphatic 33-7 quarterfinal win over the United States.

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Hurricanes' Hawera hat-tricks

Julian Savea scored three times against the Chiefs in his first Hurricanes outing since announcing his departure to ...

Julian Savea and Gareth Evans combined to score all but one of seven Hurricanes tries in beating the Chiefs in mid-season friendly.

Waratahs 'battered' by Bunnies

NSW Waratahs players Alex Newsome and Harry Johnson-Holmes chase down the South Sydney Rabbitohs' Hymel Hunt in a ...

Daryl Gibson admits his Super Rugby side 'took a bit of battering' in 'stimulating' cross-code clash.

Ex-AB's warning to Super Rugby

Jeremy Thrush played 11 tests for the All Blacks between 2013-15.

Jeremy Thrush is relishing the chance to take on Crusaders but says their competition needs a refresh.

Savea didn't consider other NZ options

Julian Savea charges into Elton Jantjies during the recent Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and Lions.

Julian Savea never contemplated moving to a rival Super Rugby franchise, even if it could have saved his international career.

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