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Why Razor wanted a fourth assistant coach video

New Crusaders assistant coach Tamati Ellison, left, and head coach Scott Robertson at English Park in Christchurch this week.

Replacing Mark Jones was more important to the Crusaders than reducing their wage bill at a time the global pandemic has hit them in the pocket.

Explainer: What private equity would mean for New Zealand Rugby video

NZ Rugby CEO Mark Robinson chats with board chairman Brent Impey, centre, and All Blacks coach Ian Foster at Eden Park ...

Private equity investment would be a game changer for NZ Rugby, but how does the industry work and what's in it for the national game?

All Black feared his family would lose him

Karl Tu'inukuafe worked as a security guard, and then got back into rugby.

Was it fame? Was it an insatiable pull to the rugby pitch that brought All Black prop Karl Tu'inukuafe back to the game? No, he says it was his family.

'We will do anything to play them': Springboks open to playing Lions series in Britain and Ireland

South Africa's director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, revealed that he, his wife and children had recently contracted Covid-19.

Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus signals that the world champions are ready and willing to travel to keep the three-test series alive.

Going from Blues to Crusaders 'a bit intimidating' video

Rene Ranger prepares to speak to media after training at English Park in Christchurch on Monday.

Look away, Blues fans. Rene Ranger is donning the Crusaders' red and black.

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Baby No. 2 is on the way for Richie and Gemma McCaw, due later this year

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw with daughter Charlotte and wife Gemma McCaw after a Black Sticks game in 2020.

The All Blacks cult hero says their daughter Charlotte can’t wait to be a big sister.

Former All Black Ash Gardiner dies aged 74

Ash Gardiner, seen here in 2018 with the Ranfurly Shield, played for the All Blacks and Taranaki. He died on Monday.

Ashley 'Ash' Gardiner will be remembered as a "big powerful man" who was deceptively fast and a "legend" of the game at his Taranaki club.

Hurricanes, Blues and Chiefs to feature in game of three halves

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 14: Asafo Aumua of the Hurricanes is tackled during the round 1 Super Rugby Aotearoa match ...

Upper Hutt's Maidstone Park will play host to three of NZ's Super Rugby team's for a pre-season fixture.

Tamati Ellison joins Crusaders' coaching group

Wellington NPC assistant coach Tamati Ellison has joined the Crusaders’ coaching staff.

Four-test All Black Tamati Ellison will continue his move into coaching, linking up with the Crusaders.

New Crusader Josh McKay tipped to challenge Will Jordan's speed record video

Josh McKay, pictured playing for Canterbury against Otago last year in Christchurch, has signed with the Crusaders after ...

Unwanted Highlander Josh McKay has added a few kgs but retained his pace since joining the Crusaders.

O'Connor's blunt message to Reds recruit Vunivalu video

Former Melbourne Storm NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu has resumed training with the Reds Super Rugby Australia squad.

Star Queensland signing hoping to have the same impact as another Fijian who made the move from the Melbourne Storm to test rugby glory.

Start of Japanese Top League postponed until February video

Beauden Barrett is set to return to NZ to play for the ABs after his stint in Japan.

Japanese fans will have to wait until next month to get their first look at All Black Beauden Barrett in the Top League.

The All Black great who became the 'father of the modern game'

Fred Allen was one of the few people to captain and coach the All Blacks.

The next time you watch the All Blacks' fast-paced attack, you should whisper a word of thanks to Sir Fred Allen.

Women's competitions postponed while men's events play on in pandemic video

Katy Daley-McLean of England scores a try against Wales in a 2019 women's Six Nations tournament game in Cardiff.

The women's Six Nations rugby tournament has been postponed - but the men's tournament will go ahead as planned.

British and Irish Lions playing series at home betrays the team's most cherished values

Maro Itoje charges upfield during the second test with the All Blacks in Wellington back in 2017. The Lions won 24-21.

OPINION: Lions tests in the UK would be vapid and meaningless, securing cash but stripping bare any semblance of integrity.

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What's in the name of a sports team? Offence, and defence; love, and hate video

The Crusaders horses go through their routine at Jade Stadium, before the changes came.

When the love of sport is irrational, it should be no surprise when that extends to its team names and logos.

NZ Rugby, RA should make bid to host Lions if South Africa ruled out

OPINION: With the Lions tour to South Africa in doubt because of coronavirus, a tour to NZ and Australia could be a good plan B.

Rainbow Cup could usher in global rugby season video

New Zealand's top 10 rugby burning questions for 2021 video

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Why Razor wanted a fourth assistant coach

Replacing Mark Jones was more important to the Crusaders than reducing their wage bill at a time the global pandemic has hit them in the pocket.

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Start of Japanese Top League postponed until February video

Beauden Barrett is set to return to NZ to play for the ABs after his stint in Japan.

Japanese fans will have to wait until next month to get their first look at All Black Beauden Barrett in the Top League.

The All Black great who became the 'father of the modern game'

Fred Allen was one of the few people to captain and coach the All Blacks.

The next time you watch the All Blacks' fast-paced attack, you should whisper a word of thanks to Sir Fred Allen.

Robbie Deans claims Japanese Top League closing in on standard of Super Rugby video

An influx of All Blacks and Wallabies stars is turning the Japanese club scene into the epicentre of world rugby, claims Robbie Deans.

The days when tiny rugby unions roared are gone video

Colin Means made 133 appearances for the All Blacks.

Once upon a time an All Black could emerge from a Heartland union. Yes, those were the days.

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Black Ferns intern coach Whitney Hansen follows path of 'proud' dad Steve video

Whitney Hansen played football until university,

World Rugby wants 40 per cent of women's test teams to be coached by women in 2025 and a famous name could smash through the glass ceiling in NZ.

2021 New Year Honours: Scientists, musicians, public health experts top list video

Dave Dobbyn, left, Rob Fyfe, bottom right, and Dame Anne Salmond, top right, have been recognised on the New Year ...

A Kiwi music icon, a former Air NZ boss and scientists advising on the Covid-19 pandemic are among the 154 recipients in 2021.

NZ women's rugby pioneer has no regrets video

Black Ferns stalwart Anna Richards tries to free herself from the tackle of South Africa's Lorinda Brown during a World ...

For two decades Anna Richards was considered one of the best female rugby players in the world. Yet she barely made a dime.

Double delight for Kennedy Simon in NZ rugby players' awards

Black Ferns loose forward Kennedy Simon was a standout in the series against the New Zealand Barbarians.

Sam Cane named best All Black of 2020 by his peers in their annual prize-giving.

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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.

Rankings from January to decide 2023 Rugby World Cup seeds video

All Blacks midfielder Jack Goodhue is tackled during a Group B match against Namibia at last year’s World Cup.

The pools for the 20-team field were originally to be drawn following the autumn tours of Europe in November, but the coronavirus pandemic tore apart those plans.

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Women's competitions postponed while men's events play on in pandemic video

Katy Daley-McLean of England scores a try against Wales in a 2019 women's Six Nations tournament game in Cardiff.

The women's Six Nations rugby tournament has been postponed - but the men's tournament will go ahead as planned.

British and Irish Lions playing series at home betrays the team's most cherished values

Maro Itoje charges upfield during the second test with the All Blacks in Wellington back in 2017. The Lions won 24-21.

OPINION: Lions tests in the UK would be vapid and meaningless, securing cash but stripping bare any semblance of integrity.

Mallett claims SA comps 'not as good as Super Rugby Aotearoa' video

Nick Mallett applauds the Springboks' 2019 Rugby World Cup final win, but he hasn't been as complimentary about the ...

Ex-South Africa and Italy coach says Kiwi product was 'great to watch' but South Africa's showpiece is sending fans to sleep.

England prop Kyle Sinckler to miss start of Six Nations for swearing at referee

England prop Kyle Sinckler has apologised for swearing at a referee but will serve a one match ban for his bad language.

Blow for Eddie Jones as his first-choice tight-head is ruled out for opener against Scotland on February 6 for using "aggressive" language.

super rugby

Tamati Ellison joins Crusaders' coaching group

Wellington NPC assistant coach Tamati Ellison has joined the Crusaders’ coaching staff.

Four-test All Black Tamati Ellison will continue his move into coaching, linking up with the Crusaders.

New Crusader Josh McKay tipped to challenge Will Jordan's speed record video

Josh McKay, pictured playing for Canterbury against Otago last year in Christchurch, has signed with the Crusaders after ...

Unwanted Highlander Josh McKay has added a few kgs but retained his pace since joining the Crusaders.

O'Connor's blunt message to Reds recruit Vunivalu video

Former Melbourne Storm NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu has resumed training with the Reds Super Rugby Australia squad.

Star Queensland signing hoping to have the same impact as another Fijian who made the move from the Melbourne Storm to test rugby glory.

'He's not a control freak': Warren Gatland could be Chiefs assistant in 2021 video

Warren Gatland’s 2021 coaching plans are up in the air thanks to the uncertainty of the British and Irish Lions tour.

If the Lions tour doesn't go ahead, Clayton McMillan says he and Warren Gatland will "sit down around the table like men" and sort out some plans.

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Ten years on from the Mitre 10 Cup competition split - what have we learnt? video

Having been consistently strong in the Championship division, Hawke’s Bay celebrated a third title in 2020.

ANALYSIS: We've crunched the numbers to see how Championship teams have fared in comparison to their Premiership counterparts.

Yarrow Stadium 'shovel ready' grant saves ratepayers $20m

Repairs are set to begin on the West Stand at Yarrow Stadium

Government funding grant to help repair Taranaki’s premier rugby venue, Yarrow Stadium, has reduced a rates levy to help pay for the project by $20 million.

Stags start to build squad amongst uncertainty

Isaac Te Tamaki is one of six players locked for the Southland Stags' 2021 Mitre 10 Cup squad at this stage.

Rugby Southland has started to assemble its 2021 Stags squad despite uncertainty around budgets, competition structures, and New Zealand Rugby Players Association negotiations.

Taranaki Bulls coach chosen by early 2021

Taranaki rugby officials are optimistic the glory days of being Ranfurly Shield holders in 2020 will return soon.

High level of interest to coach Taranaki Bulls 2021

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Black Ferns Sevens player Tyla Nathan-Wong reinvigorated for next big sevens goal

Tyla Nathan-Wong continues to set new benchmarks with the Black Ferns Sevens.

Tyla Nathan-Wong continues to set new benchmarks with the Black Ferns Sevens. But returning to the grassroots has refreshed her for the next goal: Olympic gold.

Black Fern Portia Woodman: ‘I’ve visualised a golden year – now I’ve got to do it’

Black Ferns star Portia Woodman: 'It could be a golden year in 2021 … but you can’t get too far ahead of yourself.'

Fit-again New Zealand women's rugby star sets her sights on a special double in 2021.

Olympic gold or Canes glory? Salesi Rayasi will make his big call over summer

Salesi Rayasi has some big decisions on thre horizon but for now is concentrating on chasing another provincial title.

Auckland's star wing says his entire focus is on chasing another Premiership title with the blue and white hoops.

Warriors superstar trains with NZ Sevens video

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has committed to the Warriors for 2021, but speculation remains about his future thereafter.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is getting a taste of rugby sevens with the national squad in Mt Maunganui.

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