Rugby's big issues highlighted video

NZ rugby players boss Rob Nichol says a recent survey highlights major challenges facing the game.

12 min ago  Kiwi players boss believes concerns out of survey have been largely addressed in New Zealand.

Plumtree's offseason tales video

Ngani Laumape, right, made mincemeat of John Plumtree's carefully crafted Japan defence.

1:23 PM  Eddie Jones gave John Plumtree and Japan a good laugh, following friendly fire from some of his Hurricanes.

Brodie eclipses Beaudie video

Giant lock Brodie Retallick produced some footwork and handling skills to be up with the best of the All Blacks backs in ...

Independent view on best All Black in 2018 comes with a warning that skipper Kieran Read is far from finished.

Wallabies starlet defects to NRL

Wallbies coach Michael Chieka said Izaia Perese had been "killing it" in a touring squad 12 months ago.

Reds wing once touted as Australian rugby's next big thing makes sensational code-swap to Brisbane Broncos.

NZ exit in Cape Town semis video

USA's Martin Iosefo proves elusive for the New Zealanders in the semifinal of the Cape Town Sevens.

New Zealand sevens side fail to follow up on Dubai heroics at the Cape Town tournament, thrashed by USA in the semis.

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Fiji face fight for recognition

Fiji's Semi Radradra celebrates after scoring a try against France.

The rich get richer and the poor don't get any further, Fiji boss claims.

Fiji champs again in SA video

Fiji were crowned Cape Town Sevens champions after a runaway final victory over USA in the final.

Pacific Islanders find their best form to earn their first title of the world series sevens season.

'Road kill': NZ sevens star trampled video

Danny Barrett scores after bumping off hapless Kiwi tacklers in USA's Cape Town sevens semifinal win.

USA sevens beast Danny Barrett's rampaging burst left Kiwi tacklers scattered 'like roadkill'.

Cheika to face RA board

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika's had a bad year with nine losses in 13 tests.

Please-explain required from the Wallabies coach after the team's worst season in 60 years.

Sopoaga yet to 'nail it'

Lima Sopoaga says he has not always 'nailed it' in England with Wasps.

Playing in Europe as a marquee player isn't all "glitz and glamour", former All Black says.

Schools rugby an arms race video

Players like Charles Piutau chasing overseas money over the All Blacks is the end result of a system that encourages ...

OPINION: Bad lessons taught with kids driven to steroids by pressures of sport, writes Mark Reason.

All Blacks test by test in 2018 video

New All Blacks cult hero Karl Tu'inukuafe makes a break against France at Westpac Stadium

OPINION: The brilliant and the bad of 2018 with all 14 of the All Blacks' tests analysed and rated.

Read close to Racing 92 deal

Kieran Read is keen on spending time playing in France.

Kieran Read is close to agreeing to a short-term contract for after next year's World Cup.

Haka challenger for England job?

Edinburgh rugby coach Richard Cockerill has been tipped as a possibility to replace Eddie Jones as England national team ...

Richard Cockerill - who went nose-to-nose with Norm Hewitt during an All Black haka in 1997 - could be a contender to replace Eddie Jones.

Coach rails about 'player safety'

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards (L) was livid after being denied a dispensation to draft another ...

Dean Richards 'disappointed' at tournament organisers' refusal to play ball during injury crisis.

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All Blacks test by test in 2018 video

New All Blacks cult hero Karl Tu'inukuafe makes a break against France at Westpac Stadium

OPINION: The brilliant and the bad of 2018 with all 14 of the All Blacks' tests analysed and rated.

The Wallabies' big problem

OPINION: Michael Cheika has lost his way and the players are confused, writes Georgina Robinson.

Get a grip, Nehe

Boys biggest losers in boycott

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Rugby's big issues highlighted

Kiwi players boss believes concerns out of survey have been largely addressed in New Zealand.

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Read close to Racing 92 deal

Kieran Read is keen on spending time playing in France.

Kieran Read is close to agreeing to a short-term contract for after next year's World Cup.

Buck's blunt advice for Akira

NZ Maori No 8 Akira Ioane makes a break against the USA in Chicago last month.

Be a workhorse not a showpony, All Blacks great tells talented No 8.

Getting to know Steve Hansen video

Since Steve Hansen was appointed head coach in 2012 the All Blacks have retained their World Rugby ranking as the best ...

Steve Hansen: All Blacks coach. He wanted to be a jockey, used to be a freezing worker and likes "to vent".

The AB Habana loves video

All Blacks wing Rieko Ioane will be the All Blacks' No 1 strike weapon next year.

Bryan Habana backs Rieko Ioane to go one better than Julian Savea and break his Rugby World Cup record.

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ABs v Black Fern Sevens video

It's looming as a huge rugby awards night for Kendra Cocksedge.

ABs face tough competition from men's and women's sevens sides for rugby team of year gong.

Black Ferns or ABs? video

Accepting awards has become the norm for the Black Ferns Sevens side.

OPINION: Black Ferns sevens side will surely be named team of the year at NZ Rugby awards.

Black Ferns win Lonsdale Cup

The Black Ferns sevens celebrate winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in April with a haka.

Commonwealth Games sevens gold medallists take out NZOC's prestigious award.

NZ win Dubai Sevens final

New Zealand claimed their second Women's World Series title of the season, beating Canada in the Dubai final.

Tyla Nathan-Wong scores two tries as NZ claim the women's title at Dubai Sevens.

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Stop, Richie McCaw's speaking video

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw was in Timaru on Tuesday as part of his new role with Christchurch Helicopters.

You can all have your say on what's up with the All Blacks in a minute - it's Richie's turn.

NZ bids for World Cup hosting video

New Zealand and Australia are locked in a fight to see who will host the 2021 women's Rugby World Cup.

Eden Park's 'symbolic power' could help New Zealand's bid.

ABs potentially 'vulnerable' video

All Blacks captain Kieran Read is set to return against the Springboks in Pretoria.

A second Boks win would mean ABs lose psychological edge for RWC, British commentator says.

WAGS dilemma for Eddie

Eddie Jones, the England head coach, has not decided whether players' wives and girlfriends will be invited to the RWC ...

England coach Eddie Jones is contemplating whether to allow players' wives and partners at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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Cheika to face RA board

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika's had a bad year with nine losses in 13 tests.

Please-explain required from the Wallabies coach after the team's worst season in 60 years.

Sopoaga yet to 'nail it'

Lima Sopoaga says he has not always 'nailed it' in England with Wasps.

Playing in Europe as a marquee player isn't all "glitz and glamour", former All Black says.

Haka challenger for England job?

Edinburgh rugby coach Richard Cockerill has been tipped as a possibility to replace Eddie Jones as England national team ...

Richard Cockerill - who went nose-to-nose with Norm Hewitt during an All Black haka in 1997 - could be a contender to replace Eddie Jones.

Coach rails about 'player safety'

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards (L) was livid after being denied a dispensation to draft another ...

Dean Richards 'disappointed' at tournament organisers' refusal to play ball during injury crisis.

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The Irish star inspiring Gatland video

Bryn Gatland with his family after the Provincial Barbarians v British and Irish Lions match last year.

Bryn Gatland says pace isn't everything - and the world's best No 10 Johnny Sexton proves it.

Under-achievers no more? video

Breaking down walls was among the first orders of business for new Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree.

One Super Rugby title in four years isn't good enough, says incoming Hurricanes coach John Plumtree.

Co-captains for Blues video

Patrick Tuipulotu is determined to lead the Blues to success in 2019.

Two is better than one for Blues as coach Leon MacDonald announces co-captains for 2019.

Marvel, SA Super Rugby unite

The Lions will look to use the powers of Spider-Man to boost their 2019 Super Rugby chances.

Spider-Man, Black Panther, Thor and Captain America to feature in the Republic's 2019 campaigns.

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NZ's real rugby team of the year

From left right, Thames Valley's Matt Fisher, Reece Broughton and Matthew Abraham toasting their victory in South Canterbury.

Featuring the wing who once fasted for 14 days then became a prop, these rank outsiders broke the mould.

Harbour announce new coach

Kieran Keane is back coaching in New Zealand after a year in Ireland.

Former Tasman coach Kieran Keane has been announced as the next coach of North Harbour.

Local interest in coaching role

North Otago coach Nigel Walsh was weighing up his options whether to apply for the South Canterbury job earlier in the ...

The vacant South Canterbury Heartland head coach role has attracted at least one local applicant.

Ref completes code switch

Jono Bredin refereeing a match at the Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 tournament on September 9.

Jono Bredin umpired the Commonwealth Games netball final this year. Now he's in NZ Rugby's national referee squad.

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Kiwis survive sevens scare video

Andrew Knewstubb and the New Zealand men's sevens team pulled off a stunning late win over South Africa in Cape Town.

Two late tries keep New Zealand's title hopes alive.

Recap: NZ 7s v South Africa

NZ Sevens speedster Joe Ravouvou.

NZ take on the Blitz Bokke in their final pool game of the Cape Town Sevens.

ABs v Black Fern Sevens video

It's looming as a huge rugby awards night for Kendra Cocksedge.

ABs face tough competition from men's and women's sevens sides for rugby team of year gong.

Black Ferns win Lonsdale Cup

The Black Ferns sevens celebrate winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in April with a haka.

Commonwealth Games sevens gold medallists take out NZOC's prestigious award.

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