44C shocker: Sanzaar feels heat

The on-field temperature in Tokyo reportedly topped 44C.

NZ rugby players' boss says there are lessons in Blues' meltdown that need scrutiny at highest level.

How SBW's back for Bledisloe

Sonny Bill Williams should be available for the All Blacks for their first Bledisloe Cup match against Australia.

He's banned for four games, but Steve Hansen thinks club and pre-season games count.

Canes happy with ref Jackson

NZ rugby referee Glen Jackson will hold the whistle in the Hurricanes v Brumbies quarterfinal.

Two doses of Kiwi rugby referee Glen Jackson shouldn't be a bad thing for the Hurricanes.

Ben Smith's ear confusion

Ben Smith is back for the Highlanders to play the Crusaders this weekend.

The Highlanders fullback didn't know what was wrong. A "big relief" was coming.

Black thriving with game time

Otere Black started last weekend's match against the Crusaders after Beauden Barrett fell ill.

Otere Black reveling in increased role with Hurricanes, but lure of full-time starting gig the major lure to the Blues.

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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.

Abuse by football coach alleged

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Police investigate allegations junior rugby coach abused opposition player who reportedly kicked one of her players in the mouth.

Jordie's got a weak foot? Nah

This is how you do it older brother...

Younger Barrett shows his older brother how its done, nailing sideline conversion with his left foot.

ABs front row, lock it in video

Codie Taylor, pictured celebrating his try against the British and Irish Lions in the first test in Auckland, made his ...

Codie Taylor, the final piece of NZ Rugby's World Cup front row puzzle, poised to sign through to 2019.

The battle of Sam v Luke

There's not much that both of the Whitelock brothers haven't won, but a Super Rugby crown is one of them.

There's not much that both of the Whitelock brothers haven't won, but a Super Rugby crown is one of them.

Lions fans get stolen gear back

The Leighton family's rental car was broken into in an Auckland parking building during the British and Irish Lions ...

Family's journals and souvenirs returned, two weeks after they were stolen.

Highlanders brush aside rumours

Malakai Fekitoa has reportedly signed with French club Toulon.

Tony Brown backs Malakai Fekitoa to be up for Crusaders amid speculation he's leaving for France.

Tongia signs for Stags

Ryan Tongia will play for Southland in this year's national provincial rugby championship.

Former Highlanders and Hawke's Bay back Ryan Tongia will play for the Southland Stags in the national provincial rugby competition.

Injury costs soar to $542m

Emergency nurse Doug King treats an injury to Hutt Old Boys Marist prop Simon Malaeulu. King was working with the team ...

Sport injuries cost ACC more than road crashes in 2016 with payouts totalling $542 million.

Stormers thankful for belting

The Chiefs were too hot to handle in the 2016 Super Rugby quarterfinals, beating the Stormers 60-21 in Cape Town.

2016 quarterfinals drubbing teaches SA side valuable lessons ahead of this weekend's Chiefs rematch.

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Stick with SBW - for now

Sonny Bill Williams breaks a tackle in the first test against the British and Irish Lions.

OPINION: Despite that red card SBW's underlying form was improving, writes Paul Cully.

Hot topics: The finals breakdown

OPINION: Jordie Barrett has the chance to cement his place as Super Rugby player of the year, writes Marc Hinton.

Ben Smith's win for rugby cattle

Message to Crusaders: win

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ABs front row, lock it in

Codie Taylor, the final piece of NZ Rugby's World Cup front row puzzle, poised to sign through to 2019.

all blacks

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.

Jordie's got a weak foot? Nah

This is how you do it older brother...

Younger Barrett shows his older brother how its done, nailing sideline conversion with his left foot.

ABs front row, lock it in video

Codie Taylor, pictured celebrating his try against the British and Irish Lions in the first test in Auckland, made his ...

Codie Taylor, the final piece of NZ Rugby's World Cup front row puzzle, poised to sign through to 2019.

Bandaged Bender backed

Highlanders fullback Ben Smith has endured an injury riddled season.

Highlanders support sabbatical for Ben Smith as they welcome him back to fold for Super playoffs.

international

Highlanders brush aside rumours

Malakai Fekitoa has reportedly signed with French club Toulon.

Tony Brown backs Malakai Fekitoa to be up for Crusaders amid speculation he's leaving for France.

Delany returning to BOP

First five-eighth Mike Delany, here playing for the Highlanders in 2012, is coming back to New Zealand after six seasons ...

A one-time All Black is coming back to play rugby in New Zealand.

Oz rugby master v apprentice

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Michael Cheika's Wallabies will face a Barbarians side coached by arguably Australia's greatest coach.

Cheika's pain over Cooper axing video

Quade Cooper has been cut from the Wallabies.

NZ-born Australian first-five dumped from Wallabies as 38-man Bledisloe Cup squad named.

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Tongia signs for Stags

Ryan Tongia will play for Southland in this year's national provincial rugby championship.

Former Highlanders and Hawke's Bay back Ryan Tongia will play for the Southland Stags in the national provincial rugby competition.

Ellesmere reclaims Southbridge Shield

Ellesmere lift the Southbridge Shield after a 35-20 win over North Canterbury in Kaiapoi.

Ellesmere come from behind to claim the shield for the tenth time in 12 years.

Thorn dons the boots again

Brad Thorn was in Dunedin as assistant coach of the Reds when he decide to don his club gear for a match of his own.

After watching his Reds lose to the Highlanders on Friday night, Brad Thorn laced up his boots for a club rugby match on Saturday.

From Southland to the Wallabies?

Wharenui Hawera on the run in a provincial game for the Southland Stags last year.

Kiwi first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera is understood to be a potential Wallabies target.

sevens

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.

super rugby

The battle of Sam v Luke

There's not much that both of the Whitelock brothers haven't won, but a Super Rugby crown is one of them.

There's not much that both of the Whitelock brothers haven't won, but a Super Rugby crown is one of them.

Stormers thankful for belting

The Chiefs were too hot to handle in the 2016 Super Rugby quarterfinals, beating the Stormers 60-21 in Cape Town.

2016 quarterfinals drubbing teaches SA side valuable lessons ahead of this weekend's Chiefs rematch.

Only one blue in NZ Super Rugby

Hands on hips characterised the end of the Blues disappointing season.

OPINION: Playoff appearances mark another year of success for the Kiwi teams, just not the Blues.

Brumbies star inspires Canes video

Some soul-searching was required from the Hurricanes after they were thumped by the Brumbies in Canberra.

The last time the Hurricanes played in Canberra they were labelled "fat, slow and unfit" as they lost 52-10.

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