Tussle over Shields' services

Eddie Jones is reportedly keen to have Brad Shields available for England's test against South Africa in June.

Eddie Jones wants Brad Shields for England's June test, but Steve Tew says he is still contracted to NZR.

TJ and Weber: life coaches

Hurricane and All Black TJ Perenara said he's 100 per cent against Israel Folau's comments about gay people.

OPINION: All Blacks have power to make the world a better place – and World Rugby should butt out.

Chief heeds doctor's advice

After short appearances off the bench, Karl Tu'inukuafe played over an hour against the Hurricanes last weekend.

At 170kg, Chiefs prop Karl Tu'inukuafe returned to the rugby field because he had to lose weight and stay healthy.

Read ruled out of France series

All Blacks captain Kieran Read, left, is not expected to play any part in the three-test series against France in June, ...

ABs captain will be asked to allow his back injury to repair fully, to ensure he is available for next year's RWC in Japan.

Fit-again Franks raring to go

All Blacks prop Owen Franks, who has been named to start for the Crusaders against the Sunwolves in Christchurch on ...

After surgery on his Achilles, the All Blacks prop feels like he's just starting the second chapter of his stellar career.

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Māori rugby hails Waka Nathan

Waka Nathan presents the Waka Nathan Challenge Cup trophy to Pakuranga captain Dwayne Polataivao two years ago.

Waka Nathan is accorded life membership of the New Zealand Māori Rugby Board.

Conflict over rugby's social media video

The ongoing furore created by controversial anti-Gay tweets posted by Israel Folau could see World Rugby tighten social ...

Players association boss rejects World Rugby suggestion for stricter social media policies at 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Ioane, Blues' Mr Fixit

Rieko Ioane is back on the left wing for the Blues this week to face the Highlanders.

Blues' multi-purpose All Blacks back is just concentrating on the footy as NZ Rugby contract talks continue.

Super Rugby: Five things

Sam Whitelock is a leading candidate to replace Kieran Read as captain of the All Blacks in the three-test series ...

Super Rugby has the answers on the ABs captaincy and hooker conundrums, and what to do about Israel Folau.

Castle can't win against Folau

New Rugby Australia chief executive officer Raelene Castle has been confronted by an early crisis with the Israel Folau saga.

OPINION: This might be the moment that defines Raelene Castle's true expertise, but she's in a no-win situation.

Cricket billion breaks the bank

Just as David Pocock has returned to Super Rugby in 2018 so too have Australian fans with a small resurgence in TV ...

Super Rugby popularity growing again in Australia but a big TV rights deal may now be out of reach.

Spanish rugby players banned

A Spanish player touches Romanian referee Vlad Iordachescu after protesting at Spain's Rugby World Cup qualification ...

Five Spain rugby internationals banned for between 14 and 43 weeks for abusing match official.

Perenara '100% against' Folau stand

TJ Perenara has taken to social media to voice his concerns over Israel Folau's anti-gay comments.

All Blacks halfback joins those saying they won't tolerate the Wallabies star's comments.

Heavyweight backing for Weber video

NZ Players Association chief Rob Nichol says Brad Weber has put out 'a positive message around inclusion and homophobia'.

Rugby Players' Association supports Chiefs halfback's stance on the Israel Folau controversy.

Sevens assault case in court

Sam Oliver leaves Waverley Local Court after pleading not guilty to assaulting Australian sevens captain James Stannard.

British tourist denies assaulting Aussie sevens captain outside kebab shop.

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Castle can't win against Folau

New Rugby Australia chief executive officer Raelene Castle has been confronted by an early crisis with the Israel Folau saga.

OPINION: This might be the moment that defines Raelene Castle's true expertise, but she's in a no-win situation.

Weber's biggest tackle, Folau

OPINION: In his fiery shutdown of Israel Folau's anti-gay stance, Chiefs halfback Brad Weber changed the game.

Spark looks to convert RWC try

Crockzilla SOS on the cards

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Folau views lack 'love' - Jones

All Blacks great feels for Israel Folau, but Jones has love for the "integral" gay community.

all blacks

Murdoch's family gets his test cap

Keith Murdoch - 1972 All Blacks for British Isles tour

Controversial former All Black prop's test cap is finally mailed to his family.

Crockzilla SOS on the cards

Wyatt Crockett has announced his test retirement, but could he be persuaded to change his mind?

OPINION: All Blacks looking a bit light at loosehead prop, writes Marc Hinton.

ABs' depth is not unlimited

Will the All Blacks go back to Crusaders halfback Mitchell Drummond?

OPINION: The halfback pool is not exactly overflowing, writes Phil Gifford.

Randell on life after rugby

Taine Randell, pictured with his wife and fellow Kiwigarden founder Joanne Edwards, is now a successful businessman.

BOOK EXTRACT: Former All Blacks skipper details his transition from rugby to trading oil futures to being a 'bit of a greenie'.

international

Spanish rugby players banned

A Spanish player touches Romanian referee Vlad Iordachescu after protesting at Spain's Rugby World Cup qualification ...

Five Spain rugby internationals banned for between 14 and 43 weeks for abusing match official.

Sevens assault case in court

Sam Oliver leaves Waverley Local Court after pleading not guilty to assaulting Australian sevens captain James Stannard.

British tourist denies assaulting Aussie sevens captain outside kebab shop.

Gay club add voice to Folau row

Israel Folau has been given an open invitation to attend one of the Melbourne Chargers' training sessions.

Melbourne Chargers president invites star to attend training session to understand why his comments were so hurtful.

Alaalatoa reaches out to Folau

Wallabies vice-captain Allan Alaalatoa has offered his support to troubled team-mate Israel Folau.

Wallabies vice-captain checked in with fullback to see how he's coping after backlash over his ant-gay comments.

provincial

Thorne the slow burner

New Canterbury forwards coach Reuben Thorne will continue to coach the Christ's College 1st XV this season.

In his playing days, the former ABs captain rarely got worked-up. That could change in the Canterbury coach's box.

Thorne back with Canterbury

Reuben Thorne has been appointed as Canterbury forwards coach ahead of the provincial season.

"Reuben Thorne, Reuben Thorne, Reuben Thorne" - red and blacks great returns as forwards coach.

Preparing school rugby players to be pros

Tasesa Lavea starred in rugby and league before moving into college coaching.

Schools aren't just working on skills of player, they're looking to establish ethics for the pro game.

Goodbye Apia, hello Invercargill

Rugby Southland general manager Brian Hopley is back on familiar turf at Rugby Park in Invercargill.

Brian Hopley has shelved his Hawaiian shirt and is rolling up his sleeves to help restore the fortunes of Southland Rugby.

sevens

Aussie 7s brain explosion

Alicia Quirk of Australia shows her emotion after losing the Commonwealth Games women's sevens final to New Zealand.

Locked at 12-12 and hot on attack, rookie Cassie Staples' embarrassing mistake helped NZ women win gold.

Brazier's heroics win gold video

Michaela Blyde is congratulated by team-mate Gayle Broughton after scoring New Zealand's second try.

Exhausted after a torrid 19 minutes in the Gold Coast heat, Kelly Brazier ran 80 metres to win the gold medal.

NZ win second sevens gold video

New Zealand celebrate the try of Regan Ware, bottom, on Sunday.

NZ men's team match the feat of the women's team in winning gold on the Gold Coast.

NZ 7s book Games semi

Regan Ware scored New Zealand's final try in the 52-0 victory over Zambia.

The New Zealand Sevens book semifinals berth at Commonwealth Games.

super rugby

Ioane, Blues' Mr Fixit

Rieko Ioane is back on the left wing for the Blues this week to face the Highlanders.

Blues' multi-purpose All Blacks back is just concentrating on the footy as NZ Rugby contract talks continue.

Super Rugby: Five things

Sam Whitelock is a leading candidate to replace Kieran Read as captain of the All Blacks in the three-test series ...

Super Rugby has the answers on the ABs captaincy and hooker conundrums, and what to do about Israel Folau.

Cricket billion breaks the bank

Just as David Pocock has returned to Super Rugby in 2018 so too have Australian fans with a small resurgence in TV ...

Super Rugby popularity growing again in Australia but a big TV rights deal may now be out of reach.

Heavyweight backing for Weber video

NZ Players Association chief Rob Nichol says Brad Weber has put out 'a positive message around inclusion and homophobia'.

Rugby Players' Association supports Chiefs halfback's stance on the Israel Folau controversy.

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