Opinion

Cheika must envy Hansen video

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika believes the Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks will take some players minds off ...

OPINION: Wallabies coach must be a shade green at the depth of talent his All Blacks counterpart Steve Hansen has.

ABs bench gives Wallabies chance

Weak link: Ofa Tu'ungafasi has already suffered at the hands of the Wallabies.

ANALYSIS: Hang tough for the first hour, keep the scores close and wait for the second wind. This should be the Wallabies' plan.

Hot topics: All Black bugbears video

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OPINION: Aaron Smith's right to play, hotel bugs and surprise selections - Marc Hinton tackles it all.

Writing on the wall for Kaino video

Jerome Kaino's time with the All Blacks could be up after being left out of the playing side for the first Bledisloe test.

OPINION: Axed from the Bledisloe Cup team, time appears to be running out for ABs' champion forward.

Turbos' foreign legion

Joggie Viljoen was one of the Turbos' original overseas reinforcements.

OPINION: Manawatu's rugby team is never shy to look overseas to fill its roster.

Dominant ABs gone missing

The All Blacks still look good on paper, but their on-field dominance has at times gone missing.

OPINION: The Lions did not find flaws, they confirmed them, writes Paul Cully.

Whitelock should be captain video

All Blacks captain Kieran Read may have some lessons to learn from Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock.

OPINION: All Blacks lock has an impressive mana that perhaps Kieran Read lacks, writes Mark Reason.

Hansen lights biscuit timebomb video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is the star of an Arnott's advertising campaign for Tim Tam biscuits.

OPINION: It's a health war out there, with Steve Hansen acting as a double agent.

Payback time for SBW

The second test against the Lions was not Sonny Bill Williams' finest moment in the test arena.

OPINION: Sonny Bill Williams owes a big Bledisloe performance, not so much for his country, but for himself.

Five roles perfect for Steve Hansen

Steve Hansen is set to star in a big-screen biscuit ad campaign.

From Vito "Don" Corleone to Shrek: the quintet of movie characters that could easily be recast with the current All Black coach.

Aussie rugby on brink

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is sure to have plenty to say in Sydney over the next week.

OPINION: The last thing the 15-a-side code in Australia needs is another Bledisloe bashing for the Wallabies, writes Marc Hinton.

Ioane a threat to Wallabies

Rieko Ioane looms as a big problem for the Wallabies.

OPINION: Rieko Ioane is the try-scoring All Black the Wallabies will have to shut down, writes Paul Cully.

If Parliament were a rugby team

Jacinda Ardern's chirp as Labour leader will come in handy as halfback in this Parliament XV.

OPINION: In the lead up to the election, Kevin Norquay combines physique and policies to select a cheeky MPs XV.

A new stadium for Christchurch

The AMI stadium at Addington was only designed to be used until this year.

OPINION: Building a stadium seems to be the dream that dare not speak its name in Christchurch, writes Phil Gifford.

Key Lions threaten Crusaders

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OPINION: Forget the ref, it's the gain-line the Crusaders must control, writes Paul Cully.

Why Crusaders crowds shrunk

A general view of AMI Stadium during the Super Rugby semifinal match between the Crusaders and the Chiefs with only ...

OPINION: Super Rugby format and post-Lions tour fatigue are key to decline in Crusaders' crowd numbers.

Peyper no Crusaders problem

South African referee Jaco Peyper, pictured during the semifinal between the Lions and Hurricanes last weekend, is the ...

OPINION: The Crusaders have in recent times had little to fear from the man who will ref their final.

Hinton: Absent fans send message

AMI Stadium in Christchurch was far from a sell out for the Super Rugby semifinal between the Crusaders and Chiefs.

OPINION: So many empty seats for the Super semifinals paint a pretty sad picture, writes Marc Hinton.

How Rennie changed the Chiefs

Dave Rennie turned the Chiefs round from underperformers to title-winners in his first season in charge.

OPINION: Dave Rennie immediately transformed the franchise from battlers to winners, and will be missed.

Barrett yellow 'harsh call' - Cully video

Beauden Barrett on the burst during the Hurricanes' semifinal clash with the Lions at Ellis Park, Johannesburg.

OPINION: June test window is killing Super Rugby crowds and neutral refs are needed, writes Paul Cully.

ABs fume over decisions

Sonny Bill Willams is barred from the opening Bledisloe test because an All Blacks warm-up game is not considered a ...

OPINION: SBW being rubbed out of Bledisloe adds insult to injury after Lions ref shocker, writes Marc Hinton.

Where was ABs' love for exiles?

Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs eludes Richie Mo'unga of the Crusaders during the Super Rugby Semi Final, Crusaders v Chiefs, ...

OPINION: Perhaps the culture is not as great as we have been told, writes Mark Reason.

Dump South Africa from Super Rugby

Australia's players want more trans-Tasman fixtures instead of Super Rugby games played in the middle of the night that ...

OPINION: New Zealand must ditch South Africa, writes Australian players' union boss Ross Xenos.

Hot topics: Analysing the SBW call video

Sonny Bill Williams' four-week suspension will include the opening Bledisloe, World Rugby has decreed.

OPINION: World Rugby dishes out justice, but who was pulling a swifty? And why the Aussies shouldn't have made the call, writes Marc Hinton.

Highlanders wrong to bag ref video

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OPINION: Angus Gardner showed his strength in giving Liam Squire his well-deserved yellow card, writes Paul Cully.

Not so super

Peter Lampp develops a similar facial expression to Vince Aso, of the Hurricanes, when contemplating Super Rugby.

OPINION: Weary rugby competition needs shortening before we all fall asleep.

Barrett's season needs kick-start

Beauden Barrett has found his second season as Dan Carter's successor a bit tougher than his first.

OPINION: When is the real Beauden Barrett going to show up in 2017, asks Marc Hinton.

Schoolboy rugby too great a risk?

Isaiah Papalii of Mt Albert Grammar is tackled by Tanielu Tele'a of St Kentigern during a First XVs match last August.

OPINION: The number of head injuries is likely to be hugely under-reported, writes Mark Reason.

Super 'Nearly Men' eye final step

New coach Scott Robertson has the Crusaders back in a familiar place, contending for an eighth Super Rugby title.

OPINION: Don't call 'em chokers, but it's been a while since the Crusaders lifted the trophy, writes Marc Hinton.

Stick with SBW - for now

Sonny Bill Williams breaks a tackle in the first test against the British and Irish Lions.

OPINION: Despite that red card SBW's underlying form was improving, writes Paul Cully.

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