Force axed by 'error of law'?

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest addresses the Force players and coaches after the Super Rugby match against the Waratahs ...

9:45 PM  Judge rules appeal should be heard over ARU's decision to axe the Western Force from Super Rugby.

Meeuws: ABs need a challenge

Kees Meeuws, pictured when he worked as the Otago scrum coach in 2012, scored 10 tries in 42 tests for the All Blacks.

Plenty has changed since former All Blacks prop Kees Meeuws battled the Wallabies in front of almost 110,000 people in Sydney.

Crotty under-rated no more

Ryan Crotty has become one of the most important players in the All Blacks.

OPINION: All Blacks midfielder is the perfect Robin to Sonny Bill Williams' Batman, writes Marc Hinton.

Wallabies crushed in TV ratings

All Blacks loose forward Liam Squire on the charge against the Wallabies in Sydney.

Father Brown, Shetland, Gardening Australia, 3 news shows and 2 AFL games all beat the Bledisloe.

Snub Dunedin at your peril

Forsyth Barr Stadium is one of New Zealand's premier sporting venues.

OPINION: Wallabies' decision to give Dunedin the cold shoulder ahead of Bledisloe II is a mistake, writes Richard Knowler.

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Owens refs under-15 match video

Players from both sides were thrilled to have the popular Welshman officiating their match.

Refereeing legend Nigel Owens warmed up for Saturday's Bledisloe Cup test by officiating a school game in Auckland.

Stags after 80 minute showing

Southland Stags players unite at the end of the Stags captain's run at Rugby Park on Wednesday before the game against ...

Can Rugby Park's Stags faithful provide the kick-start the Southland needs for their 2017 campaign?

Waikato welcome back Uhila

Waikato welcome back Loni Uhila for Counties Manukau clash on Friday.

'Tongan Bear' will soon be ripping up turf on French soil after returning for Mooloos to face Counties Manukau.

Brazier confident ahead of final

Kelly Brazier is chasing her second World Cup title in Dublin on Sunday.

Black Ferns second five-eighth Kelly Brazier is on the hunt for her second Rugby World Cup title, against England on Sunday.

Halfback starts next generation for Taranaki family

Logan Crowley got his first appearance off the bench for Taranaki against Waikato.

Young halfback the next of the Crowley generation.

Super Rugby cull causing headaches

Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach.

Hotels, stadiums, flights and training facilities need to be booked, but teams are still waiting for a draft of the schedule.

Not looking too far forward for Taranaki No 8

Toa Halafihi relished Taranaki first competition match of the season against Waikato.

"My actions need to speak for themselves."

All Blacks wish Gore's bogan rugby team luck

Gore High School Under 15 rugby team captain Hayden Michaels with the message of support All Blacks Damian McKenzie and ...

One has a mullet, one is from Gore and they both wish the 'bogan rugby team' luck as they head off to tournament.

Lomu-esque at the try line video

Portia Woodman dives over to score a superb solo try in the Black Ferns victory over the USA in the World Cup semifinals.

Black Fern Portia Woodman's try-scoring heroics measure up enviably against All Black feats.

Faddes breaks another hand

Matt Faddes attempts to break the tackle of North Harbour wing Matt Duffie in last year's championship final in Dunedin.

He'd never broken a bone in his body before this year, now Highlander Matt Faddes has broken both hands within three months.

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Reason: NZ's mighty Pinetree video

Colin Meads, pictured in action for the All Blacks in 1970, was a ferocious rugby player.

OPINION: Colin Meads was the man a young country aspired to be.

Meads 'thought he wasn't liked' video

How wrong he was. Phil Gifford recalls his first conversation with Sir Colin Meads 40 years ago.

Wallabies hit all-time low video

The All Blacks' perfect half

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Owens refs under-15 match

Refereeing legend Nigel Owens warmed up for Saturday's Bledisloe Cup test by officiating a school game in Auckland.

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All Blacks wish Gore's bogan rugby team luck

Gore High School Under 15 rugby team captain Hayden Michaels with the message of support All Blacks Damian McKenzie and ...

One has a mullet, one is from Gore and they both wish the 'bogan rugby team' luck as they head off to tournament.

Inquiry over SBW head knock video

Sonny Bill Williams takes time out after suffering a knock during the test in Sydney.

Sanzaar probing why ABs star not tested after he appeared groggy from a head knock in the Bledisloe test.

Wallabies 'must stop Retallick'

The Wallabies are aware of the need to shut Brodie Retallick down in the next Bledisloe Cup test, says No 8 Sean McMahon.

Wallabies need to be on "the same page'' defensively, or risk another humbling, Australian forward says.

Folau: Wallabies 'shocking'

Israel Folau looks dejected after an All Blacks try during the Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney on Saturday.

Australian star talks candidly about the Bledisloe test hammering, admitting he was in part to blame.

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Lomu-esque at the try line video

Portia Woodman dives over to score a superb solo try in the Black Ferns victory over the USA in the World Cup semifinals.

Black Fern Portia Woodman's try-scoring heroics measure up enviably against All Black feats.

Axing Cheika not the answer - Hoiles

Michael Cheika is the only man who can turn the Wallabies' fortunes around, according to Stephen Hoiles.

Former Wallabies forward says Cheika is the only man who can get the team out of trouble.

Cheika silent on Lynagh lament

Michael Cheika says the Wallabies must respond to their critics with their performance on the field.

Wallabies coach says the only response to critics must be made on the field.

Wallabies 'must stop Retallick'

The Wallabies are aware of the need to shut Brodie Retallick down in the next Bledisloe Cup test, says No 8 Sean McMahon.

Wallabies need to be on "the same page'' defensively, or risk another humbling, Australian forward says.

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Faddes breaks another hand

Matt Faddes attempts to break the tackle of North Harbour wing Matt Duffie in last year's championship final in Dunedin.

He'd never broken a bone in his body before this year, now Highlander Matt Faddes has broken both hands within three months.

Meads Cup wide open in Heartland

Wanganui will be looking to retain the Meads Cup. They are the most successful Heartland union having been champions on ...

Defending champions Wanganui will start slight favourites in the Heartland Championships thanks to their impressive record.

Aumua ready to impress

Tasman's Levi Aumua is tackled during their first round loss to Canterbury.

Levi Aumua among the surprise packages in this year's Tasman squad.

Enjoying the moment

Scott Eade in action for the Southland Stags in the preseason showdown against Otago in Gore on Saturday.

Scott Eade reflects on his 49 first-class games to date in the Southland Stags jersey.

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Sevens pre-sales go gangbusters

Only 20,000 people attended the 2017 Wellington Sevens.

Switch from Wellington to Hamilton proves a boost as thousands of tickets already sold.

Waldrom's urgent sevens lessons

After being interim coach of the New Zealand Sevens team, Scott Waldrom is not required by new head coach Clark Laidlaw.

NZ Rugby's sevens system lags behind the rest of the world, and it shows, axed coach says.

Cama: Sevens lacking depth

Junior Tomasi Cama is now the assistant coach of the New Zealand Sevens team.

NZ Sevens assistant coach Tomasi Cama believes the lack of depth in sevens was exposed last season.

Drummond returns from sevens heaven

Jess Drummond featured for the Black Ferns in the final two legs of the Worlds Sevens Series circuit.

It's back to work, and back to netball, for Black Ferns sevens player Jess Drummond.

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Faddes breaks another hand

Matt Faddes attempts to break the tackle of North Harbour wing Matt Duffie in last year's championship final in Dunedin.

He'd never broken a bone in his body before this year, now Highlander Matt Faddes has broken both hands within three months.

Force axing verdict due

Billionaire Andrew Forrest is pushing for the Force to be retained in the Super Rugby competition.

The Western Force are about to get their day in court, but whatever the verdict, Australian rugby suffers.

Blues re-sign key backs

Matt Duffie will reform his back-three combination with Michael Collins for the Blues next Super Rugby season.

Tana Umaga brings back Matt Duffie and Melani Nanai to maintain continuity in his back three.

Force explore Asia move

Western Force were kicked out of Super Rugby earlier this month.

Axed Super Rugby franchise ponders its next move should its court case against the ARU fail.

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