Gatland not right for All Blacks video

Warren Gatland has done a great job with Wales but wouldn't be the right man to coach the All Blacks.

OPINION: Wales' Kiwi coach would be a square peg in a round hole if given the ABs job, writes Brendan Venter.

MacDonald 'one of smartest'

Blues coach Leon MacDonald hasn't had the smoothest start but those who know him are in no doubt of his credentials.

12:57 PM  Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger says Blues counterpart is one of the brightest sparks in the game.

Anscombe hints at Welsh revolt

Gareth Anscombe, a star of Wales' Six Nations grand slam success, says he has to look after himself.

Pay haggles could see Wales grand slam winners leave for England and French deals, with Kiwi star a prime target.

England players in trouble video

Ben Te'o wont have helped his England cause with a late night out after the Six Nations finished.

12:46 PM  UK reports allege Ben Te'o and Billy Vunipola in "alcohol-fuelled night out" just hours after Scotland shambles.

Aso, Kirifi get Canes extensions

Vince Aso will be with the Hurricanes until 2022 after signing a contract extension.

Five Hurricanes players extend their time in Wellington, with midfield back Vince Aso locked in until 2022.

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Rugby borrowing league's 40/20

In a 50/22 the attacking team would throw into the lineout.

A 50/22 for rugby union is one of the radical law changes the sport is looking to trial.

Super Rugby talking points video

The Crusaders, who shared competition points after the game against the Highlanders was canned last weekend, are the ...

OPINION: Sport is such a trivial issue at a time like this. But the Super Rugby show must go on.

It's time for a name change stuff nation

"This name was coined in the ‘90s, when social justice was rife. They should have known better."

OPINION: The boys in red and black are named after people who murdered, raped and pillaged to reclaim land in the name of faith. It's not OK.

Meet Sky TV's new broom

Sky TV chief executive Martin Stewart toured the country without revealing his job, to get Kiwis' views on the company.

Sky TV chief executive Martin Stewart promises to win in sports.

Report exposes stadium 'sham'

Demolition work gets under way on Sydney's Allianz Stadium earlier this week.

NSW government claimed it would cost $737m to ensure Allianz Stadium met safety standards – a secret report reveals the truth.

McKenzie set for fullback role

Damian McKenzie is poised to resume at fullback for the Chiefs against the Bulls.

Damian McKenzie is poised to run with the Bulls, remaining at fullback as the Chiefs begin overseas trek.

Nonu takes over from SBW

It's Ma'a Nonu in and Sonny Bill Williams out this week for the Blues as they look for a second Super Rugby win on the trot.

The Blues were happy to allow their high-profile Muslim midfielder take the week off to support his grieving people.

Stormers support Muslim teammate video

Stormers skipper Siya Kolisi insists his side feel safe in New Zealand.

Stormers debated whether Muslim team member should tour New Zealand.

SBW not thinking about 2020

Sonny Bill Williams is not thinking about next season in the wake of the terror attacks on two Christchurch mosques, his ...

SBW is thinking about those affected by the Christchurch mosque attacks, not 2020 plans.

Highlanders still need to rest ABs video

The cancelled Crusaders game will not count as Ben Smith's second All Blacks rest week,

The Highlanders have eight games in a row after the bye and Ben Smith and Aaron Smith won't play in all of them.

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Crusaders right to consult over name video

The Crusaders' horsemen have been a feature of the Super Rugby team's pre-match buildup for over 20 years.

There is sporting precedent for changing the Crusaders' name - but the Muslim community view must be paramount.

SBW must lead ABs haka

OPINION: The All Blacks midfielder is already a leader. Now is the time the whole nation stood with him.

Rugby makes the right call

Fun is better than failure

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Highlanders wings need fed

The Highlanders' wings have yet to score a point this season and that has to change in Auckland on Friday.

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ABs as never seen before

Don Clarke - in black and white, and also colour - thanks to the artificial intelligence work of Andrew Jones.

Artificial intelligence helps to paint All Blacks in new light.

The man behind ABs mask video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen didn't come down in the last shower and knows how to get the most out of promising rugby ...

Likened to Sir Alex Ferguson, Steve Hansen doesn't suffer fools and cleverly hides his feelings publicly.

World Rugby plan in balance

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew says he can understand why there is resistance to promotion-relegation in the proposed ...

NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew admits getting promotion-relegation over the line in new global proposal is problematic.

Why younger ABs leave

Jackson Hemopo won't be the last fringe All Black to opt for a spell overseas.

The Highlanders forward raised eyebrows by moving but it is increasingly easy to understand.

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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.

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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.

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Irish union rejects spy's bugging claim

A former British army spy claims he warned former Ireland coach Declan Kidney, right, in 2008 that "not all his enemies ...

Counter-terrorism operative says he told Ireland's national rugby coach "not all your enemies are outside the walls''.

Uri Geller: I'll help England win video

Uri Geller is certain he has the powers to help the ongoing mental struggles of the England rugby team.

Spoon-bending psychic reaches out to Eddie Jones, claiming he can help them win the World Cup.

Gatland 'could coach England'

Wales head coach Warren Gatland (R) shares a joke with captain Alun Wyn Jones at a press conference (file photo).

Alun Wyn Jones rates Warren Gatland as an option for England or another tour with the Lions.

Is Schmidt at risk of burnout?

Joe Schmidt has been under scrutiny since Ireland's loss to Wales with a critic suggesting he could be on brink of burnout.

Kiwi ''rugby nerd'' accused of looking at external factors rather than addressing his own "broken game-plan''.

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McKenzie set for fullback role

Damian McKenzie is poised to resume at fullback for the Chiefs against the Bulls.

Damian McKenzie is poised to run with the Bulls, remaining at fullback as the Chiefs begin overseas trek.

Nonu takes over from SBW

It's Ma'a Nonu in and Sonny Bill Williams out this week for the Blues as they look for a second Super Rugby win on the trot.

The Blues were happy to allow their high-profile Muslim midfielder take the week off to support his grieving people.

Stormers support Muslim teammate video

Stormers skipper Siya Kolisi insists his side feel safe in New Zealand.

Stormers debated whether Muslim team member should tour New Zealand.

SBW not thinking about 2020

Sonny Bill Williams is not thinking about next season in the wake of the terror attacks on two Christchurch mosques, his ...

SBW is thinking about those affected by the Christchurch mosque attacks, not 2020 plans.

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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.

Age group rep sports teams disappearing

The South Canterbury Rugby union, with support from clubs and schools, wanted to provide a clearer direction about how ...

Representative teams in at least two South Canterbury sports below 14 years are a thing of the past.

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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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