Next big ABs World Cup bolter?

Blues flanker Tom Robinson makes a break against the Highlanders in Auckland on Friday night.

11:36 AM  OPINION: Young Blues flanker Tom Robinson is an extraordinary athlete, writes Mark Reason.

Schools rugby standoff resolved

St Kentigern College and their fellow 1A Auckland schools have reached agreement on recruitment restrictions.

12:01 PM  Auckland rugby schools unhappy about poaching by rival institution pleased with the resolution.

France eye Crusaders coach

Ronan O'Gara is reportedly being lined up by France for a coaching role.

Ronan O'Gara reportedly a target for French bosses to boost their coaching ranks at this year's Rugby World Cup.

The big call on Rieko Ioane

Wing Rieko Ioane has six tries in his last two outings for the resurgent Blues.

11:12 AM  Coach Leon MacDonald must decide whether to sit out star ABs wing this week or next.

Folau equals Howlett record video

Israel Folau is congratulated by Karmichael Hunt after equalling the Super Rugby try-scoring record.

Waratahs fullback needs just one more five-pointer to become Super Rugby's greatest try-scorer.

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Tour 'really helped' Chiefs

Brodie Retallick and Damian McKenzie were key in Chiefs' huge win over the Bulls.

Colin Cooper feels overseas trek has been beneficial after winless start as cover comes in for Brodie Retallick.

Jordie Barrett's big wish video

Hurricanes back Jordie Barrett is happy to play anywhere so long as he is on the park.

Second-five is better than the wing, but Jordie Barrett would prefer to play fullback for the Hurricanes.

Faiane, the Blues quiet achiever video

TJ Faiane doesn't mind that other backs in the Blues get more attention than him.

The Blues centre has been the glue to hold the team's backline together.

Goodhue dodges rest

Crusaders centre Jack Goodhue is available to play the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.

First it was Brodie Retallick, now Crusaders centre Jack Goodhue dodges All Blacks rest.

South Africans dominate rankings video

The Crusaders suffered their first loss in more than a year at the weekend.

Where does your team fit in Stuff's weekly Super Rugby power rankings?

St Kent's cleared to play

St Kent's has agreed to restrictions around its participation in the Auckland 1A schools rugby competition.

An independent panel brokers a solution to dispute that threatened Auckland's top rugby schools championship.

Super Rugby too 'subservient' video

The Crusaders are Super Rugby's top team, but has the competition become too subservient to international teams' demands?

OPINION: Focus should be on becoming the best competition in the world, not feeding players to test rugby.

Retallick hints at AB future video

Outstanding lock Brodie Retallick might not be ready to turn his back on the All Blacks just yet.

After swatting off a supposed move to England, the big Chiefs lock gives an idea of his thoughts beyond the RWC.

Folau relishes aerial action video

Israel Folau has joined ex-All Black Doug Howlett as Super Rugby's top try scorer with 59 touchdowns.

Wallabies star humbled at matching ex-All Black Doug Howlett as Super Rugby's top try-scorer.

Blues fans on cloud nine video

Rieko Ioane scored two electric tries against the Highlanders in Auckland on Friday night.

Tortured Blues fans would be forgiven for pinching themselves the past couple days.

opinion

Super Rugby too 'subservient' video

The Crusaders are Super Rugby's top team, but has the competition become too subservient to international teams' demands?

OPINION: Focus should be on becoming the best competition in the world, not feeding players to test rugby.

Good riddance, Super Rugby format

OPINION: The current Super Rugby competition format is a nightmare. Fans should celebrate the proposed changes.

Players win as Japan walks video

Sunwolves sacking 'lousy timing'

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The next big ABs World Cup bolter?

OPINION: Blues flanker Tom Robinson is an extraordinary athlete, writes Mark Reason.

all blacks

Wayne Barnes admits mistake

Referee Wayne Barnes speaks to Liam Squire during the 2017 Rugby Championship.

English referee opens up about his regret at missing France's forward pass against the ABs almost 12 years ago.

NZ Rugby: Player load our big issue

NZ Rugby high performance head Mike Anthony says the success in managing workload is reinforced by results on the field.

High performance manager Mike Anthony hails groundbreaking work keeping players as fresh as possible.

What the ABs can learn from Six Nations video

Gareth Anscombe couldn't hold down a starting spot at the Blues but has proved a crucial cog for Wales.

OPINION: Wales are the ultimate team whose sum is greater than the parts, writes Mark Reason.

SBW's hospital visit

Sonny Bill Williams poses with nurses during a visit to Christchurch Hospital on Saturday.

Sonny Bill Williams continues mission to Christchurch with a hospital visit to lift the spirits of shooting survivors.

black ferns

Moors the merrier for Black Ferns video

Natahlia Moors, centre, is close to tears ahead of her Black Ferns debut against France in November.

Here’s the thing about the latest New Zealand women's rugby prospect – she’s kind of... Australian.

Black Ferns to twice play ahead of ABs

Toka Natua's dream of being a professional rugby player is a reality while on contract.

The Black Ferns have four new players on contract this season.

Rousing haka stirs sevens star

Black Ferns Sevens captain Sarah Hirini visibly moved by haka from team trainer Brad Anderson.

Impromptu gesture has Black Ferns Sevens captain fighting back tears at Halberg Awards.

Black Ferns down Australia in final video

Gayle Broughton running clear to score during New Zealand's semi-final win against USA.

Sweet revenge in Sydney for the New Zealand women's sevens team.

rugby world cup

Hansen: Toughest RWC ever

Steve Hansen is figuring on some hot competition from his old mate Warren Gatland, and others, at the World Cup in Japan.

All Blacks coach says strength in the north will make this year's World Cup the hardest there has been.

France should focus on local rugby talent stuff nation

France needs to focus on building up local talent, instead of throwing money at foreign rugby stars.

OPINION: France needs to focus on building up local talent, instead of throwing money at foreign rugby stars.

Young Chch team heading to Japan video

The team in a huddle with coach Tere Ngariki, centre, and Crusaders vice-captain Matt Todd, right.

One young Christchurch rugby team will get the opportunity of a lifetime playing in Japan before this year's world cup.

Tat's OK, say Japan spas

Tattoos displayed publicly can cause offence or consternation in Japan.

Inked-up Rugby World Cup visitors may not have to cover up in public, after all.

international

Piutau suffers third injury for Bristol

Charles Piutau, pictured at Irish club Ulster in 2017, has picked up his third injury of the English rugby premiership ...

Calf injury sidelines Pat Lam's $1.9 million Kiwi recruit.

No happy return for Savea

Julian Savea returned to the Toulon starting lineup after five weeks out following a rebuke from the club's owner (file ...

Full game for ex-All Black after five weeks out following French club owner's tirade.

Rennie rejects Wallabies speculation

Dave Rennie says the Wallabies are likely to appoint a new coach before he ends his spell with Glasgow.

Former Chiefs coach says he'll see out his Glasgow contract and the Wallabies will appoint someone else.

Should Crusaders change name?

At some stage the big call will have to be made on the Crusaders. But not just yet.

Stuff's oval ball scribes address the hot topics of the week, including Six Nations falllout and another Sanzaar cull.

super rugby

Goodhue dodges rest

Crusaders centre Jack Goodhue is available to play the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.

First it was Brodie Retallick, now Crusaders centre Jack Goodhue dodges All Blacks rest.

South Africans dominate rankings video

The Crusaders suffered their first loss in more than a year at the weekend.

Where does your team fit in Stuff's weekly Super Rugby power rankings?

Folau relishes aerial action video

Israel Folau has joined ex-All Black Doug Howlett as Super Rugby's top try scorer with 59 touchdowns.

Wallabies star humbled at matching ex-All Black Doug Howlett as Super Rugby's top try-scorer.

Blues fans on cloud nine video

Rieko Ioane scored two electric tries against the Highlanders in Auckland on Friday night.

Tortured Blues fans would be forgiven for pinching themselves the past couple days.

provincial

Sevu Reece commits to Waikato

Sevu Reece has committed to Waikato for 2019.

Crusaders winger sticks with province he first represented in 2016 after recently making Super Rugby debut.

Old Boys 100 years old

Old Boys' chairman Michael Lang with photos of two of the clubs standouts - Ken Milne and All Black Tom Lister, as they ...

Timaru's Old Boys rugby club is set to celebrate its centennial at Queen's Birthday weekend.

What's happened to the droppie?

Beauden Barrett 's dropped goal for the All Blacks against England was the exception, not the rule, in 2018.

New Zealand's rugby bible speaks out after a 101-year first for the easy three-pointer.

Smith's NZ rugby warning video

Wayne Smith has always searched for answers during his long service to New Zealand and world rugby.

"Unless we try things it's just going to keep declining," astute rugby brain fears, offering some clever solutions.

sevens

Hamilton is NZ home for Sevens

Hamilton will host the New Zealand leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series in 2020, but Fiji may take alternate years (file ...

Tournaments may alternate with Fiji, but it's a big tick from NZ Rugby and World Rugby, one of the promoters says.

Hamilton, Fiji could share 7s

Black Ferns' sevens player Stacey Waaka celebrates after their final victory over France at this year's Hamilton leg of ...

Hamilton gets integrated men's and women's sevens tournament for January, but Fiji could host in coming years.

Momoa wore Zinny's AB jersey video

Hollywood star Jason Momoa got on the pitch during the Vancouver Sevens as he supported New Zealand.

Aquaman star reveals the story behind the jersey that caused such a stir at the Vancouver Sevens.

NZ Sevens ousted by Fiji video

New Zealand's Tone Ng Shiu is tackled by Fiji's Josua Vakurunabili in their quarterfinal at the Vancouver Sevens.

Clark Laidlaw's Kiwis were eliminated in the quarterfinals at the Vancouver Sevens, but remained in second in the overall standings.

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