Opinion

Keep Lomu's sons out of it

Brayley and Dhyreille Lomu with the French World Cup bid team, including French Rugby Federation president Bernard ...

OPINION: Shame on French rugby for getting Kiwi schoolboys to back their RWC bid, writes Tony Smith.

Time to unleash Laumape

Ngani Laumape is ready to go for the All Blacks.

OPINION: Ngani Laumape has been on ice long enough. It's time to cut him loose on the Pumas.

Cully: 'Fiji disgrace nearing end'

Eroni Vaster and the Fiji Drua are making an impact in Australian's NRC rugby union competition.

OPINION: Fiji close to fielding a pro side, and it's time World Rugby helped them, writes Paul Cully.

ABs right to rotate as north awaits

Brodie Retallick needs to used wisely for the rest of the year so the All Blacks can hit the northern tour with real purpose.

OPINION: Weakened squad to face Pumas is less risky than touring north with empty tank, writes Paul Cully.

Canterbury's loss stings pride

Canterbury lock Dominic Bird, centre, and his dejected teammates spent plenty of time under their own posts in ...

Opinion: Humiliating loss was unacceptable for Canterbury team laden with Super Rugby players.

Reason: Ode to Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith bowed out of the All Blacks coaching set-up after a near perfect display by his charges on defence last ...

OPINION: Keeping it simple was a key reason why 'the professor' was so good for the All Blacks.

Defence awol in rugby comp

Wellington wing Julian Savea gets rid of Canterbury fullback George Bridge in Wellington on Sunday. Canterbury missed 30 ...

OPINION: Points are king in the Mitre 10 Cup - but where is the defence?

Back row masterclass video

Veteran All Blacks loose forward Jerome Kaino has some competition for his jersey with the next generation of flankers ...

OPINION: Jerome Kaino's career coming to an end owing to All Blacks' back row depth, writes Paul Cully.

ABs-Boks rivalry at low point

Springboks skipper Eben Etzebeth found himself on the wrong end of another All Blacks drubbing in Albany on Saturday night.

OPINION: It has long been test rugby's most anticipated battle, but it could now be under threat, writes Marc Hinton.

Reason: ABs were forked lightning video

Nehe Milner-Shudder of the All Blacks dives over in the corner.

OPINION: The future is fast for the All Blacks, after their back three ran amok against the Boks.

Barrett stars in Boks romp

All Blacks No 10 Beauden Barrett unloads an audacious flick pass to set Nehe Milner-Skudder up for a brilliant first ...

OPINION: All Blacks No 10 shows signs of return to his best - flick passes and all - in demolition of Springboks.

Israel, we need to talk

Israel Folau expressed his controversial view on same-sex marriage on Twitter.

OPINION: Good on Israel Folau for expressing his views on marriage equality. But I disagree.

Hames made mincemeat of me video

Kane Hames is a 'destructive' scrummager, says his All Blacks coach.

OPINION: I said the All Blacks' newest prop wasn't known for his scrummaging and I got taken to task.

Testing times for ABs props

All of a sudden Nepo Laulala has become a vital piece of the All Blacks front row after  slotting in for the injured ...

OPINION: The All Blacks' front-row depth faces an enormous challenge over the rest of the season, writes Marc Hinton.

Rugby's burning questions video

Beauden Barrett missed three conversions in the All Blacks' 37-22 victory over Argentina in New Plymouth last weekend.

Here come the resurgent Springboks, a side that could manage just four wins from 12 tests in 2016. What do the All Blacks have to do to beat them?

Barrett handbrakes SBW

Beauden Barrett and Sonny Bill Williams are working on their partnership in the All Blacks' crucial five-eighths department.

OPINION: The AB star isn't a No 10 and his poor passing is hindering the NZ attack, writes Mark Reason.

Plenty for Hansen to mull video

Steve Hansen was working as an assistant under Graham Henry when the All Blacks suffered their most recent defeat to the ...

OPINION: Questions keep coming as All Blacks' imperfections dog them in 2017, writes Richard Knowler.

Rugby must be ruthless with review video

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew admits there are nerves and excitement at trying to implement the findings of the ...

OPINION: A lot of words and talk, now it's time for action. But be warned, some things will never change, writes Duncan Johnstone.

How Oz can buy the Bledisloe video

Andrew Forrest announces his plan for a rebel rugby competition.

OPINION: Don't go all Russian oligarch on us Twiggy, here's the best way to spend your billions on rugby.

Don't drop it again Sonny

Sonny Bill Williams wasn't in vintage form, last time out.

OPINION: Rejigged All Blacks line-up sure to produce some stellar performances, writes Hamish Bidwell.

Good coaching saving Boks

Allister Coetzee kept his job as Springbok coach despite poor results in 2016, but he is reaping the rewards this year.

OPINION: A new, attacking mindset is behind the Springboks' revival this season, writes Paul Cully.

As kids die, rugby looks away

Sonny Bill Williams goes down injured during the Sydney test against the Wallabies.

OPINION: The elite game sets a terrible example on head injuries, writes Mark Reason.

Transformer Cheika, the fallen

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has a proven track record of leading professional teams to titles.

OPINION: As odd as it sounds, the Wallabies are a turnaround project after getting lost in 2016, writes Paul Cully.

Wallabies - you beauties

The Wallabies honour Sir Colin Meads during the moment of silence for the All Blacks legend ahead of Bledisloe II, in ...

OPINION: You may have lost to the All Blacks but triumph was yours regardless, writes Peter FitzSimons.

Wallabies in trouble, amateurs fine

Sean McMahon and the Wallabies need to realise that the fans are their pay-masters.

OPINION: The ARU must find a way to gather the magic dust from the grassroots game, writes Peter FitzSimons.

They'll never wear the tasselled cap

Former All Black Roger Boon.

OPINION: "Are you a real All Black?" asked the granddaughter of the man who dubbed Meads "Pinetree".

Is Read the world's best player?

Kieran Read lifts the Bledisloe Cup in Dunedin after the thrilling win against the Wallabies.

OPINION: The All Blacks captain is having a profound influence in the big games, writes Paul Cully.

Reason: From sublime to ridiculous

Nepo Laulala was outstanding at scrum time for the All Blacks.

OPINION: How appropriate that a match which paid tribute to Colin Meads should have turned on some good old-fashioned grunt.

Amateur hour (and a bit)

Police officers Fiao'o Faamausili and Selica Winiata celebrate their World Cup win.

OPINION: Black Ferns odd-jobbers do better work than the professionals, writes Kevin Norquay.

Did Wallabies drop the Bledisloe?

Wallabies first five-eighth Bernard Foley missed three conversions and a penalty that would've secured his side a win.

OPINION: There's no doubt they improved, but they should've had the All Blacks buried in Dunedin.

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