Murdoch and his rugby secret

Keith Murdoch at London's Euston Station after being expelled from the All Blacks tour of Britain, Ireland and France.

9:59 PM  Keith Murdoch didn't say much, and his drinking mates didn't realise he was an infamous former All Black.

Savea not ready for goodbyes

Departing Hurricanes wing Julian Savea says the Hurricanes are "very special to my heart'.

Five players, plus head coach Chris Boyd, are nearing the end of their Hurricanes careers and intend to go out on a high.

Big guns back for Chiefs video

Co-captain Sam Cane is one of a number of returnees for the Chiefs' Super Rugby quarterfinal with the Hurricanes.

Star players back for Friday's quarterfinal with Hurricanes, though a few others don't quite get clearance for crunch clash.

Jordie back at centre for Canes

Jordie Barrett will start at centre for the Hurricanes against the Chiefs in Wellington on Friday night.

Brad Shields bracketed at blindside, while Wes Goosen is a maybe for the bench for quarterfinal with the Chiefs.

'Beast' milestone spurs Sharks

Tendai Mtawarira makes one of his trademark bursts past All Blacks Andrew Hore, left, and Conrad Smith during a ...

No shortage of motivation in Super Rugby quarterfinal with Crusaders as Springbok prop plays milestone 150th match.

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Bulls squad named

One test All Black Jarrad Hoeata has returned to play for Taranaki after a stint overseas.

Willie Rickards has named his squad for the first two Ranfurly Shield clashes, including the return of former All Black Jarrad Hoeata.

Toulon chief fights 'homophobia' fine

Toulon club owner Mourad Boudjellal says he will sue European rugby authorities for defamation after being fined for ...

Multi-millionaire comic book publisher vows to fight $129K fine after being found guilty of 'condoning homophobia'.

Aftermath of Rebels bust-up

Rebels player Amanaki Mafi has been charged over an alleged altercation with team mate Lopeti Timani (inset).

Photo shows facial injuries suffered by Lopeti Timani in alleged bust-up with Rebels team mate in Dunedin.

Waratahs fear Highlanders ambush video

Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps says the Sydneysiders do not want to let their playoffs chance slip against the Highlanders.

NSW skipper Nick Phipps wants to pay the 'hungry' Highlanders back for 2015.

Rebels duo fined for fight video

Amanaki Lelei Mafi appears in court in Dunedin after allegedly assaulting team-mate Lopeti Timani.

Amanaki Mafi and Lopeti Timani hit in the pocket by Super Rugby club after their Dunedin altercation.

Folau won't rule out switch

Waratahs fullback Israel Folau is focused on Saturday's quarterfinal against the Highlanders in Sydney.

Waratahs star addresses Reds speculation as he prepares for match-up with Ben Smith.

Black Ferns ready to move on

The Black Ferns wll be looking to prove a point this season after being put on full-time contracts by New Zealand Rugby ...

It's back to business for the Black Ferns as squad named for their two tests against the Wallaroos.

Delaney: We can win it video

Highlanders defence coach Glenn Delaney is bullish about his team's chances in the Super Rugby playoffs.

Highlanders defence coach insists his system is "absolutely" good enough to win the Super Rugby title.

Fa'auli heading to Japan video

Johnny Fa'auli won't be returning to the Chiefs next year, having instead signed to play in Japan.

Sending off against Hurricanes last Friday turns out to be Johnny Fa'auli's last act in Chiefs colours.

Man charged with ref assault

A 34-year-old Oamaru rugby referee was allegedly assaulted by a 20-year-old spectator at a match between Old Boys and ...

An Oamaru man has been charged with assaulting a rugby referee.

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Aerial king closes in on ABs video

Solomon Alaimalo scores a try in the Chiefs' win over the Hurricanes.

OPINION: In Solomon Alaimalo, you see a perfect example of the New Age back-three rugby player, writes Phil Gifford.

NMS starts push for ABs jersey

OPINION: When he's fit Hurricanes' wing offers skills no one else can match, writes Paul Cully.

World Cup lessons for ABs video

NZR, sort out Auckland mess

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No.1 Crusaders fan dies

She never married or had children, but described the Crusaders squad as her boys and "my special people".

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Rugby stars encourage kids to play video

Selica Winiata and Rieko Ioane are fronting a new campaign which encourages kids to be active outside.

Playing spotlight, dodgeball and padder tennis as kids helped develop two of New Zealand's top rugby stars.

Ardie shaking off ankle sprain

The injured Hurricanes duo of Dane Coles, left, and Ardie Savea watch training last week.

The Hurricanes' Super Rugby season might finish too soon for the recovering Ardie Savea.

Jordie and Ardie staying put for now

All Black Jordie Barrett will be a Hurricane for at least another season but wouldn't commit beyond that.

Ardie Savea and Jordie Barrett decline to commit to New Zealand beyond next year.

The midfield headache for ABs

Anton Lienert-Brown may be squeezed out due to the wealth of midfield options.

Anton Lienert-Brown could be unlucky as SBW nears return from injury.

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Carter trains at Japan club

Dan Carter has arrived in Japan this week and got atraight into training ahead of his season with the Kobe Steelers.

All Blacks great prepares for final chapter of a long rugby career.

Samoa qualify for RWC

Former Counties Manukau player Ahsee Tuala collected 22 points to lead Samoa to another win over Germany and ...

Second victory over Germany ensures qualification for next year's showpiece.

Black Ferns announce France tour

The Black Ferns have five tests confirmed for 2018.

Black Ferns add two-test tour of France to busy international campaign.

Umaga mentioned in Scarlets dispatch

A Welsh news website has listed Tana Umaga as a possible contender for the Scarlets coaching job.

Top Pro14 club will consider another New Zealander as head coach.

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Read ready for Super Rugby video

Kieran Read helped bring the fans out in his first appearance for the Steelers.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read says he's feeling fresh after making his debut for Counties Manukau.

Taranaki will play at Yarrow

The Taranaki Bulls will defend the Ranfurly Shield at Yarrow Stadium in 2018 despite the closure of both stands. ...

Taranaki will defend the Ranfurly Shield at Yarrow Stadium despite the closure of its main stands.

Gibbes was 'caught off guard'

Jono Gibbes is back in Waikato after 10 years coaching in Ireland and France.

A bolt from the blue tempted Jono Gibbes to sign with La Rochelle after just becoming the next Waikato head coach.

Standing our ground

Michael Wagteveld, president of the Canterbury Rugby Supporters' Club, says if New Plymouth needs a new stadium, it ...

New Plymouth's Yarrow stadium is far more than just a place to play rugby, community leaders say.

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Sevens teams meet Giants

New Zealand's sevens teams are hosted by the San Francisco Giants this week ahead of their World Cup knockout tournament.

Giants pitchers Mark Melancon and Ray Black get to grips with a rugby ball from the NZ sevens teams.

Broughton wears heart on sleeve

Gayle Broughton has a tā moko running from her back, down her left arm.

Gayle Broughton has a tā moko running down her arm, representing every member of her family.

Ruby Tui takes her mumps

Ruby Tui helped New Zealand win the final three World Series tournaments of the season.

Ruby Tui grateful to be picked for Sevens World Cup after mumps prevented her from Commonwealth Games glory.

NZ reveal Cup sevens squads

Kurt Baker is included in New Zealand's men's team for the Sevens World Cup.

Men's and women's teams announced for Sevens World Cup that has adopted a new knockout format this time around.

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Waratahs fear Highlanders ambush video

Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps says the Sydneysiders do not want to let their playoffs chance slip against the Highlanders.

NSW skipper Nick Phipps wants to pay the 'hungry' Highlanders back for 2015.

Rebels duo fined for fight video

Amanaki Lelei Mafi appears in court in Dunedin after allegedly assaulting team-mate Lopeti Timani.

Amanaki Mafi and Lopeti Timani hit in the pocket by Super Rugby club after their Dunedin altercation.

Folau won't rule out switch

Waratahs fullback Israel Folau is focused on Saturday's quarterfinal against the Highlanders in Sydney.

Waratahs star addresses Reds speculation as he prepares for match-up with Ben Smith.

Delaney: We can win it video

Highlanders defence coach Glenn Delaney is bullish about his team's chances in the Super Rugby playoffs.

Highlanders defence coach insists his system is "absolutely" good enough to win the Super Rugby title.

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