Coles poised to start in semi

Last week's cameo against the Brumbies should result in a start in the Hurricanes' semifinal in Johannesburg for Dane Coles.

Dane Coles' classy cameo against the Brumbies should be enough to get him a green light in Johannesburg.

No neutral refs defies belief

South African referee Jaco Peyper will control the Lions v Hurricanes semifinal, having taken the whistle for the first ...

OPINION: Surely the Super Rugby playoffs should be refereed by neutrals.

Chiefs racking up air points video

Brodie Retallick and the Chiefs could travel more than 40,000km if they have to go to Johannesburg for a potential Super ...

Chiefs could cover more than 40,000km in the air during Super Rugby playoffs if they make the final.

Mo'unga wary of playoff shanks

Crusaders first-five eighth Richie Mo'unga missed three penalties against the Highlanders last weekend.

It didn't cost them against the Highlanders, but Richie Mo'unga knows missed kicks could end the Crusaders' season.

Barrett needs a kick-start

Beauden Barrett has found his second season as Dan Carter's successor a bit tougher than his first.

OPINION: When is the real Beauden Barrett going to show up in 2017, asks Marc Hinton.

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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.

Southern secures Watters win

Mid Canterbury's 2017 Watters Cup winners, Southern.

After having to share it for the past year, Mid Canterbury Rugby's Watters Cup is now all Southern's for the next year.

Not so super

Peter Lampp develops a similar facial expression to Vince Aso, of the Hurricanes, when contemplating Super Rugby.

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

Oxford finish on top

Muddy rugby in Omihi

Wet weather rugby was the order of the day with Oxford, Saracens and Glenmark-Cheviot picking up wins.

RFU to cut women's contracts

The RFU have axed contracts for the England women's rugby team following on from the world cup next month.

The England women's rugby team take a huge blow just 15 days out from their World Cup title defence.

Steelers digging deep

Steelers players Jhu Nabura, left, Sam Furniss, Sesimani Tupou, Sam Henwood and Matt Vaai.

Counties Manukau Steelers turning to gardening for a bit of pre-season motivation.

Tasman enters women's NPC

Wairakau Greig is one of 12 players selected from club championship winners Moutere.

Huge boost for women's rugby as Tasman joins expanded 11-team Farah Palmer Cup competition.

Stransky's got a horrible feeling

Joel Stransky has a "horrible feeling" the Lions will be beaten by the Hurricanes in this weekend's Super Rugby semifinals.

Not playing a NZ team yet in 2017 will cost the Lions against the Hurricanes, Springboks great says.

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.

Thorn in Wallabies camp video

There was no mistaking Brad Thorn as he helped the Wallabies prepare for the their Bledisloe Cup opener.

In a sight to make All Blacks fans weep, Brad Thorn is helping out the Wallabies.

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Not so super

Peter Lampp develops a similar facial expression to Vince Aso, of the Hurricanes, when contemplating Super Rugby.

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

Schoolboy rugby too great a risk?

OPINION: The number of head injuries is likely to be hugely under-reported, writes Mark Reason.

Super 'Nearly Men' eye final step

Stick with SBW - for now

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Chiefs racking up air points

Chiefs could cover more than 40,000km in the air during Super Rugby playoffs if they make the final.

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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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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.

Thorn in Wallabies camp video

There was no mistaking Brad Thorn as he helped the Wallabies prepare for the their Bledisloe Cup opener.

In a sight to make All Blacks fans weep, Brad Thorn is helping out the Wallabies.

Skipper eyes fifth World Cup

Fiao'o Fa'amausili juggles her role with the New Zealand Police with her duties as captain of the Black Ferns.

Remarkable feat looms for Fiao'o Fa'amausili as she eyes a fifth women's World Cup.

NZ's Foreign XV rugby expats

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OPINION: How would this team of NZ rugby expats perform against other test nations?

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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.

Southern secures Watters win

Mid Canterbury's 2017 Watters Cup winners, Southern.

After having to share it for the past year, Mid Canterbury Rugby's Watters Cup is now all Southern's for the next year.

Oxford finish on top

Muddy rugby in Omihi

Wet weather rugby was the order of the day with Oxford, Saracens and Glenmark-Cheviot picking up wins.

Steelers digging deep

Steelers players Jhu Nabura, left, Sam Furniss, Sesimani Tupou, Sam Henwood and Matt Vaai.

Counties Manukau Steelers turning to gardening for a bit of pre-season motivation.

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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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Stransky's got a horrible feeling

Joel Stransky has a "horrible feeling" the Lions will be beaten by the Hurricanes in this weekend's Super Rugby semifinals.

Not playing a NZ team yet in 2017 will cost the Lions against the Hurricanes, Springboks great says.

Jackson to ref Crusaders

Referee Glen Jackson awards a try to Julian Savea during the Crusaders' 31-22 loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington on ...

Glen Jackson is not exactly a favourite of Crusaders fans. Now he will control the Super Rugby semi against the Chiefs.

Chiefs up against history

Liam Messam and the Chiefs are up against history as they try to stay alive in Super Rugby.

No team has travelled from South Africa to New Zealand, then won a playoff match since 1998.

Highlanders need home advantage

Departing Highlander Malakai Fekitoa.

Playing on the road finished them off this year, so chasing home playoff games is a priority.

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