Nacewa tipping Irish upset

Isa Nacewa, pictured in his heyday with the Blues.

7:43 AM  Isa Nacewa reckons Ireland can beat the All Blacks - and not just by a point.

Game on in Dublin video

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will stand at the front of the haka for what is expected to be his final test in Dublin ...

7:31 AM  All Blacks captain Kieran Read is guaranteeing his side will bring some "heat'' to the test against Ireland.

Tensions rise in Dublin video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named his strongest available team to play Ireland in Dublin on Sunday morning.

If you are of a meek disposition, don't tune into the All Blacks v Ireland test on Sunday morning.

Blow for Ireland video

Ireland openside flanker Dan Leavy has been ruled out of the test against the All Blacks.

Ireland will have to field their third-string No 7 when they meet the All Blacks in Dublin.

ABs v Ireland: Need to know video

All Blacks lock Scott Barrett carts the ball forward against Ireland in Chicago in 2016.

8:30 AM  Everything you need to know about Sunday's highly-anticipated test between the All Blacks and Ireland

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MacDonald: 'Tana is critical'

Leon MacDonald says his step up to a Super Rugby head coaching gig has come earlier than anticipated.

New Blues coach says having the old one as part of his coaching team could prove a critical move.

Woodman suffers serious Achilles injury video

Portia Woodman races away from Canada's defence last month.

Black Ferns superstar Portia Woodman could be out for six months.

England's new Fijian star video

Cokanasiga has been selected for his England debut on the right wing.

"Something special", says Eddie Jones of giant winger who grew up around the army idolising ABs greats.

Cheika recalls Ashley-Cooper

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is desperate for a win against Italy.

Veteran returns with Jake Gordon and Jordan Petaia set to make their Wallabies debuts.

ABs-Ireland: What to watch for video

Two Kiwi coaches, one goal: Steve Hansen and Joe Schmidt bring the two best teams on the planet to the Aviva Stadium.

Marc Hinton runs through five reasons to savour rugby's unofficial world title showdown in Dublin.

Big Ben - test rugby's heaviest player video

Tongan prop Ben Tameifuna is considerably heavier than when he was running around with the Chiefs in Super Rugby.

Former Chiefs prop says French delicacies have added to his bulk and here's how he stacks up against the meatiest ABs.

WRWC: Not coming to a town near you video

New Zealand rugby boss Steve Tew following the winning bid to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup.

OPINION: Expect a "supercharged" Women's RWC in 2021. Unless you live south of Auckland.

Hansen: We've been scrappy video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the best thing for the northern hemisphere teams was that none of them qualified for ...

Steve Hansen says it's all part of the plan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Schmidt hits back at ABs video

Bundee Aki, centre, has had no problems fitting into the Irish scene.

Irish coach defends Kiwi import in his team and says it's no different to ABs using Pacific Islanders.

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ABs-Ireland: What to watch for video

Two Kiwi coaches, one goal: Steve Hansen and Joe Schmidt bring the two best teams on the planet to the Aviva Stadium.

Marc Hinton runs through five reasons to savour rugby's unofficial world title showdown in Dublin.

ABs underdogs v Ireland video

OPINION: Ireland deserve favourite tag for the first time ever against ABs, writes Brendan Venter.

Spark's 2021 WRWC win

Ending a rugby embarrassment video

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ABs v Ireland: what you need to know

Everything you need to know about Sunday's highly-anticipated test between the All Blacks and Ireland

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Hansen: We've been scrappy video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the best thing for the northern hemisphere teams was that none of them qualified for ...

Steve Hansen says it's all part of the plan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

ABs 'marriage' works video

All Blacks Brodie Retallick (left) and Sam Whitelock celebrated their first season together by helping their team retain ...

This All Blacks marriage would never be glamorous enough to feature in the celebrity pages.

Ireland bolster lineout

Devin Toner has rejoined Ireland's starting lineup in the second row to take on the All Blacks in Dublin.

Ireland bring in lock Devin Toner and fit-again backs Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose to face ABs.

ABs engine room milestone video

Record-breaking All Blacks locks Brodie Retallick, left, and Sam Whitelock even enjoy training together.

One of the All Blacks locks is pig-headed. The other hails from outer space. Can you pick who is who?

international

England's new Fijian star video

Cokanasiga has been selected for his England debut on the right wing.

"Something special", says Eddie Jones of giant winger who grew up around the army idolising ABs greats.

Cheika recalls Ashley-Cooper

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is desperate for a win against Italy.

Veteran returns with Jake Gordon and Jordan Petaia set to make their Wallabies debuts.

Big Ben - test rugby's heaviest player video

Tongan prop Ben Tameifuna is considerably heavier than when he was running around with the Chiefs in Super Rugby.

Former Chiefs prop says French delicacies have added to his bulk and here's how he stacks up against the meatiest ABs.

Schmidt hits back at ABs video

Bundee Aki, centre, has had no problems fitting into the Irish scene.

Irish coach defends Kiwi import in his team and says it's no different to ABs using Pacific Islanders.

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South Canterbury rugby names its best

South Canterbury Rugby's Heartland player of the year, Loni Toumohuni.

Blockbusting forward named South Canterbury rugby's Heartland player of the year.

Matthews to step down

Barry Matthews, right, has decided not to seek a fifth year at the helm of the South Canterbury rugby team. (File photo)

South Canterbury Heartland coach Barry Matthews is stepping down.

Strawbridge new Waikato coach video

Andrew Strawbridge has been appointed the next coach of Waikato.

Chiefs assistant appointed coach for 2019 after Jono Gibbes led the Mooloos back to the Premiership.

Super Rugby's unluckiest player

Hurricanes and Hawke's Bay lock Geoff Cridge is one more knee injury away from hanging up his boots.

Serious injuries have restricted Geoff Cridge to just eight minutes of Super Rugby in four years.

sevens

Jones awarded sevens contract video

Niko Jones has been awarded a New Zealand sevens contract after his standout schools career.

Son of ABs legend signs first professional contract with NZ sevens after finishing standout schools career.

'Sevens Idol' attracts future stars video

Auckland schoolboy Niko Jones, right, is among those players selected for New Zealand Rugby's Ignite7s talent ...

From 500 applicants, NZ Rugby have 96 players to take part in sevens tournament and documentary.

Woodman stars in NZ win video

Portia Woodman scored two tries in the semifinal of the USA Sevens against Canada.

Kiwi sevens star Portia Woodman says their fifth-straight tournament win was simply about doing the basics.

NZ off and running at USA sevens

New Zealand's Portia Woodman streaks away from the China defence, during day one of the Glendale Sevens.

New Zealand to meet Ireland in their quarterfinal in Glendale, Colorado.

super rugby

Umaga opens up on demotion

Tana Umaga said accepting a step down in role at the Blues was 'tough on the ego. But this wasn't about me'.

Former Blues head coach, now an assistant, admits it was a tough call to accept his new role with the struggling franchise.

Umaga demoted at Blues video

Leon MacDonald has hurdled his old All Blacks team-mate Tana Umaga into the top coaching job at the Blues.

Leon MacDonald made Blues head coach with Tana Umaga to work as his assistant from 2019.

Plenty on Plumtree's plate video

Ngani Laumape, right, made mincemeat of the Japan defence devised by his Hurricanes coach John Plumtree.

Incoming Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree has been juggling Super Rugby duties with working on Japan's staff.

Chiefs-Crusaders in Fiji again

The Chiefs and Crusaders will play one another in Fiji for a third time next year.

Chiefs and Crusaders to clash in Suva for a third time in 2019.

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Woodman suffers serious Achilles injury video

Portia Woodman races away from Canada's defence last month.

Black Ferns superstar Portia Woodman could be out for six months.

Spark's 2021 WRWC win

New Zealand Rugby board member Farah Palmer can't hide her delight after the winning bid was announced in Dublin.

OPINION: Telco has the rights to a tournament that could capture NZ's imagination, writes Paul Cully.

Lucy loving life with the Black Ferns

A proud Lucy Anderson in her New Zealand Black Ferns kit.

Lucy Anderson is living her rugby dream by being on tour with the New Zealand Black Ferns.

NZ to host Women's RWC

Black Fern Phillipa Love scores against Australia in Auckland on August 25.

New Zealand will host the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2021.

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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.

What it costs for RWC video

Being an All Blacks fan at RWC 2019 in japan is going to come at a premium.

If you're an All Blacks fan heading to Japan next year, attending matches will come at a high price.

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