New Zealand's No 10 dilemma video

Richie Mo'unga is tackled by Brett Cameron, left, and Ere Enari at Crusaders training.

OPINION: Special playmakers needed more than ever in era of dominant defences, writes Paul Cully.

Crotty undecided on future

Ryan Crotty, left, and Jack Goodhue will again be the Crusaders' first-choice midfield.

Fresh off concussion-riddled year, Crusaders centre in no rush to decide playing future beyond 2019 season.

Departing Franks may return video

Owen Franks is joining brother Ben at Northampton.

All Blacks prop to quit New Zealand for England after Rugby World Cup, but he could return for retirement.

Hartley's England days over? video

With Jamie George not missing a beat at hooker, Dylan Hartley's role for England is looking precarious.

OPINION: Some members of Eddie Jones' old guard may have served their purpose, writes Austin Healey.

Forwards must help Smith

Hurricanes first-five Fletcher Smith talks to media on Thursday.

Young Hurricanes first five-eighth needs a solid platform if he's to live up to his potential against the Waratahs.

620x1 pixel white space
more top stories

Mauger praises 'outstanding' new star video

Josh Ioane steps inside Chiefs midfielder Tumua Manu in Hamilton on Friday.

Josh Ioane's composure and goalkicking proved crucial in the Highlanders' 30-27 win against the Chiefs.

Pocock hurt in defeat

Brumbies star David Pocock is in doubt to play the Chiefs.

The key loose forward went off after five minutes, failing a concussion test.

Cooper's debut earns praise

Quade Cooper shares a light-hearted moment with Joe Powell of the Brumbies in his strong start to the 2019 Super Rugby ...

Unwanted by the Reds, the playmaker starred for the Rebels in an upset win.

Highlanders sink Chiefs in opener video

Etene Nanai-Seturo scored two tries on debut for the Chiefs.

With 14 men, Highlanders pull off stunning comeback in Super Rugby season opener in Hamilton.

Can Crusaders end drought?

Last year's title was the Crusaders' ninth since Super Rugby launched in 1996.

They're back-to-back champions, but the Crusaders head into 2019 facing a 20-year drought.

The secret behind Smith's dummy video

Aaron Smith.
Chiefs v Highlanders, Super Rugby, FMG Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand. 15 February 2019. Copyright ...

Aaron Smith has a Highlanders team-mate to thank for his match-winning try against the Chiefs.

Red card controversy already video

Highlanders Sio Tomkinson gets a red card from referee Glenn Jackson after a high tackle on Chiefs captain Brodie Retallick

Highlanders replacement back Sio Tomkinson was controversially red carded for a high tackle on All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick.

From friends to coaching foes video

Saturday night's game at Eden Park marks the first time Scott Robertson has opened a season on the road since taking ...

Don't be surprised if there's a little bit of extra emotion from Scott Robertson, should the Crusaders beat Leon MacDonald's Blues.

TJ Perenara's wedding haka video

TJ Perenara and his wife Greer have released a wedding video on YouTube of their special day made by Wellington ...

All Black TJ Perenara's no stranger to leading the haka - but this is one he'll never forget.

Chiefs v Highlanders: Recap

After almost a year with no game-time, Chiefs prop Atu Moli is set to make his return to Super Rugby.

Highlanders stage stunning late-game comeback to beat Chiefs, following red card controversy.

Advertisement
opinion

ABs all change in 2020

The All Blacks may well have to cope without Brodie Retallick in 2020, but can anyone replace him?

OPINION: The All Blacks face a significant rebuilding job after the RWC and this is how they could look, writes Paul Cully.

Rugby update needed stuff nation

OPINION: If we want to keep the game exciting, it might be time to make some changes.

ABs' World Cup gate-crasher?

Lose some, win some

Video

Mauger praises 'outstanding' new star

Josh Ioane's composure and goalkicking proved crucial in the Highlanders' 30-27 win against the Chiefs.

all blacks

NZ Rugby's potential nightmare

All Blacks No 10 Beauden Barrett could be released to play a sabbatical in Japan after the World Cup.

ANALYSIS: Losing Beauden Barrett, Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick would be a calamity for NZ Rugby.

Nonu: I want to be an AB again video

New Blues signing Ma'a Nonu remains motivated to play at the highest level of the game.

Enigmatic Blues signing breaks his media silence and declares himself up for the biggest challenge in the game.

ABs star to quit for Japan video

All Blacks No 6 Liam Squire will be hoping he is not dogged by injuries as he chases a place in the World Cup squad.

Liam Squire, a regular starter at No 6 for the All Blacks, will join the post-World Cup gold rush at the tender age of 28.

Taufua to become a Tiger video

Crusaders loose forward Jordan Taufua will join English giants Leicester Tigers at the end of the year.

The Crusaders loosie will be available for World Cup selection before his departure.

black ferns

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.

How rugby changed Ruby Tui's life video

Black Ferns Sevens player Ruby Tui is the "gel" of the side, team-mate Portia Woodman says.

Life wasn't easy for Black Ferns prop Ruby Tui, then rugby came along.

Black Ferns make history

Stacey Waaka scored a fine hat-trick as the Black Ferns beat France 24-5 to qualify for the final of fast four ...

Stacey Waaka's first-half hat-trick sees off France as NZ's women qualify for final at Hamilton Sevens.

Black Ferns Sevens' newest faces

Jazmin Hotham was one of three new Black Ferns Sevens players named in the squad on Tuesday.

The Black Ferns Sevens' latest additions are fresh out of high school.

rugby world cup

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.

Stop, Richie McCaw's speaking video

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw was in Timaru on Tuesday as part of his new role with Christchurch Helicopters.

You can all have your say on what's up with the All Blacks in a minute - it's Richie's turn.

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.

international

Cheika's pay bonus nightmare video

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has missed out on considerable money due to the poor form of his team.

Figures reveal how much money struggling Wallabies coach has missed out on – and most of it's due to ABs.

Quade Cooper's heartwarming gesture video

Rugby star Quade Cooper gives a drink to a homeless man in Melbourne's CBD.

Controversial rugby star's incredible act of kindness to homeless man.

'Honest' Warren key for Wales

Warren Gatland is leaving his post with Wales after the World Cup.

Warren Gatland's man-management skills hailed for bringing best out of Wales.

Welsh great defuses Eddie Jones video

England rugby coach Eddie Jones makes his point about Wales but not everyone is listening.

"He knows exactly what he's doing ... it doesn't take much to wind a Welsh person up," warns Shane Williams ahead of Six Nations classic.

super rugby

Play-by-play: Chiefs v Highlanders

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper will be hoping his side can make a positive start to the campaign in Hamilton.

The Chiefs v Highlanders a play-at-a-time at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton.

Super Rugby's top 10 players video

Stand up and applaud: Beauden Barrett tops our glittering list of Super Rugby most influential performers.

Marc Hinton counts down the most influential performers in the southern hemisphere's rugby franchise competition.

Papalii: I feel a better player

Dalton Papalii feels ready to take a step up with the Blues after his All Blacks experience.

Blues loose forward credits Auckland success and ABs elevation with his big improvement.

Early acid on the Blues video

Can new coach Leon MacDonald introduce some crucial missing ingredients to the Blues?

Nothing will be won or lost in week one, but it's still a huge opener for the struggling Kiwi Super Rugby franchise.

provincial

Tew: Schools must change

A match between St Kentigern College and Kings College last year.

NZ Rugby boss not surprised by drop off in playing numbers but vows to make game "more attractive" following review into schools rugby.

Moli shifts to Tasman

Atu Moli in action for Waikato in 2016.

Local boy returns home for next provincial rugby season.

Russell the new Turbos coach

Peter Russell, right, is the new Manawatū Turbos coach. He has previously coached the Newcastle Falcons in England.

The Manawatū Turbos have appointed an experienced coach to run the cutter for the next couple of seasons.

Kiwi rugby coach dies in Italy

Geoff Moon pictured during his time as forwards coach of the Auckland senior team.

Auckland saddened as one of its leading coaches dies unexpectedly on overseas assignment.

sevens

Black Ferns 'miles ahead' video

Ruby Tui fends off an Australian  defender during the final of the Sydney Sevens.

Australia are playing catch-up as the Black Ferns eye Olympic gold in Tokyo.

NZ's stirring sevens victory haka video

New Zealand perform their victory haka after winning the men's event at the Sydney Sevens.

New Zealand crowned winning the men's event of the Sydney Sevens with the team's stirring victory haka.

NZ defeat USA in Sydney final video

The Sydney Sevens triumph was New Zealand's second title of this season's men series.

Clark Laidlaw's Kiwi sevens men claim their second title of world series season.

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.

Advertisement
special offers
Advertisement