High shot hum bugs

Referee Angus Gardner shows a yellow card to Highlanders loose forward Liam Squire in Christchurch on Saturday.

When is a yellow not a yellow? Here are some of the big calls which have created a stir this year.

NZ's Foreign XV rugby expats


OPINION: How would this team of NZ rugby expats perform against other test nations?

Hunt ruled out of Bledisloe Cup tests

Karmichael Hunt of the Wallabies in action during their recent test against Scotland.

Wallabies to be without Karmichael Hunt for first four matches of the Rugby Championship.

Cheika's 'unrelenting' regime video

Marika Koroibete and Israel Folau gasp for air after a Wallabies hill training session.

Coach running Wallabies players into the ground to get them fit to face the All Blacks.

Ref reveals bulimia battle

Nigel Owens sets the two packs during the 2015 Rugby World Cup final between the All Blacks and Australia.

Nigel Owens has revealed he was battling bulimia in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup.

New scrum laws to be trialled

All front-rowers will be able to strike for the ball after it is put into the scrum under the new laws.

All front-rowers will be allowed to strike for the ball and the No 8 can grab it sooner under new trial laws.

Highlanders brush aside rumours

Malakai Fekitoa has reportedly signed with French club Toulon.

Tony Brown backs Malakai Fekitoa to be up for Crusaders amid speculation he's leaving for France.

Delany returning to BOP

First five-eighth Mike Delany, here playing for the Highlanders in 2012, is coming back to New Zealand after six seasons ...

A one-time All Black is coming back to play rugby in New Zealand.

Oz rugby master v apprentice


Michael Cheika's Wallabies will face a Barbarians side coached by arguably Australia's greatest coach.

Cheika's pain over Cooper axing video

Quade Cooper has been cut from the Wallabies.

NZ-born Australian first-five dumped from Wallabies as 38-man Bledisloe Cup squad named.

All Blacks add midweek match

The All Blacks will play five matches on their end of year tour.

The All Blacks will face a French XV in a new fixture on their end of year tour, French media reports say.

Kafer to kick start Oz rugby

Rod Kafer says the All Blacks and Hurricanes actually kick more than Australian teams.

One boot at a time for Rod Kafer as the Australian Rugby Union hires him to change the way they play.

Ref's Hong Kong stint propels him to world cup

Tim Baker patrols a tryline during the Wellington Sevens.

Former Waikanae resident to officiate at women's world cup.

Push for shorter Lions tours

Kieran Read, left, and Sam Warburton exchange pleasantries at the end of the drawn series.

Fewer matches for Lions tours push by Rugby Football Union chief.

Wallabies get green in jersey

The green sleeves of the new jersey, as worn by Kurtley Beale.

Wallabies throw away full yellow and create indigenous jersey with green touch to wear against All Blacks.

Call for Japan in Rugby Championship

Agustin Pichot played 71 tests for Argentina before retiring in 2008.

World Rugby's Augustin Pichot challenges Sanzaar to add Japan to The Rugby Championship.

Talkback host to coach against Wallabies

Australian radio broadcaster, Alan Jones will coach the Barbarians against the Wallabies, who he coached in the 1980s.

Ex-Wallabies coach to leave radio studio to coach the Barbarians against his old team.

Rugby rules cut back

Referees were at the forefront of the recently-concluded test series between the All Blacks and British and Irish Lions, ...

Rugby's law book is being slashed by 50 per cent as the game nears much-needed simplification.

Tonga qualify for 2019 World Cup

Fiji halfback Henry Seniloli has scored a hat-trick of tries against Samoa.

Tonga get into the World Cup without having to play on Saturday after Fiji beat Samoa.

From Southland to the Wallabies?

Wharenui Hawera on the run in a provincial game for the Southland Stags last year.

Kiwi first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera is understood to be a potential Wallabies target.

Wallabies sent to the country

Michael Cheika will work on getting his Wallabies side fit ahead of the Rugby Championship.

Wallabies coach to send team on rural fitness trip.

Lions hooker - Ref got it right

Hooker Ken Owens led the British and Irish Lions against the Blues.

Lions hooker at the centre of the now infamous accidental offside call cheekily describes it as a tour highlight.

Warburton gushes over ABs

Lions captain Sam Warburton was all smiles after the drawn series against the All Blacks.

Lions captain can't stop talking up the All Blacks as he arrives back in the UK.

Relive each day of Lions tour

Lions mascot BIL went everywhere with the Lions around New Zealand.

Relive every key moment of an enthralling Lions tour through Stuff's comprehensive daily tour diaries.

Lions tour lured punters

Codie Taylor's opening try of the test series between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions delighted one punter.

Rugby fans spent plenty at the TAB on the Lions tour and test series against the All Blacks.

Aerial attack to test ABs

Australia's Israel Folau, pictured scoring against Scotland, is the best in the world in aerial battles, says Bernard Foley.

Wallabies' playmaker Bernard Foley will use high-flying fullback Israel Folau as a weapon against the All Blacks.

Arrested Lions player says sorry

British and Irish Lions prop Kyle Sinckler argues with Ardie Savea and TJ Perenara after the second test.

Lions prop Kyle Sinckler apologises for putting himself in wrong position on night out after test.

Lions let their hair down

James Haskell posted this photo to his Instagram account on Monday night.

James Haskell posts snap of team-mates with empty boxes of booze on their heads.

No Lions 'decider'

A potential All Blacks-Lions decider is off the table at the end of the year.

Some were billing the All Blacks' match against the Barbarians as a Lions "decider" but that won't be a reality.

ABs miss Poite rendezvous

French referee Romain Poite will be kept to the sideline for most of the Rugby Championship.

All Blacks avoid the third Lions test referee, but get the man who sent off SBW for two Rugby Championship matches.

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