Hard work pays off for Garden-Bachop

Securing a Hurricanes' contract is a dream come true for Wellington first five-eighth Jackson Garden-Bachop.

Wellington name formidable team to meet Northland.

Tora keen to tackle Wanganui in semifinal

Fijian Vatilaii Tora is proud to play for South Canterbury.

Fijian Vatiliai Tora could be the key to South Canterbury making the Meads Cup.

NZ Rugby board set for shake up

NZRU Chairman Brent Impey.

New Zealand Rugby's affiliate bodies have voted 84-8 in favour of constitutional changes.

Ainley looking forward to semifinal

Tasman lock and skipper Alex Ainley, shown here against Wellington, is feeling confident ahead of Saturday's semifinal.

Positive vibes for Tasman skipper Ainley ahead of Saturday's semifinal against Taranaki.

Stags on wrong side of the ledger

Southland players dejected after conceding a try in their loss to Wellington in the Mitre 10 Cup match this season.

ANALYSIS: The Southland Stags find themselves at the wrong end of several statistical categories after a forgettable 2017 season.

Mooloos muddled from the tee

Sam Christie didn't have a happy time with the tee in 2017.

Waikato used four different goal kickers against BOP and their poor record from the tee - by far the NPC's worst - shows why.

Coops captured on canvas

Jordan Barnes' portrait of Colin Cooper was commissioned by the TRFU as a farewell gift for the coach.

He's painted All Blacks and Anna Paquin and now, as a farewell present, outgoing Taranaki coach Colin Cooper.

Mo'unga bags award to cap AB call-up

Richie Mo'unga has been named Canterbury Rugby's supporters player of the year.

All Black call-up Richie Mounga has been named Canterbury Rugby's supporter's player of the year.

Lash pivotal for Buller

First five James Lash has broken all kinds of records in his short time with Buller.

James Lash will hold the key if Buller are to make the Meads Cup final forthe second year running.

Garden-Bachop comes home

Jackson Garden-Bachop, left, has signed a two-year deal with the Hurricanes.

Wellington Lions star departs the Rebels, signing a two-year deal with his hometown Hurricanes.

Wellington's words to live by

Wellington centre Wes Goosen, right, says last week's big win over Northland counts for nothing.

Lions not resting on their laurels now playoffs have arrived.

Another gong for Garden-Bachop

First five-eighth Jackson Garden-Bachop was a deserved winner of Wellington Lions player of the year award. Photo: GETTY ...

The best in Wellington rep rugby was celebrated on Monday night.

Full strength South Canterbury for semi

Fullback Liam Edwards could prove a trump card against Wanganui.

South Canterbury's horror injury run in the Heartland Championship could be coming right at the perfect time.

Where to now?

Southland Stags coach Hoani Macdonald before the Mitre 10 Cup game against Otago in Dunedin on Saturday.

Just what changes are required for the Stags is debatable, but what we do know is the numbers are alarming.

Cup semifinalists fall flat

North Harbour's Tevita Li breaks free on his way to one of five tries against Taranaki.

Taranaki rested players, while Tasman rested their defence ahead of the playoffs.

Double red cards in Magpies win video

Referee Cam Stone shows Hawke's Bay's Tony Lamborn and Manawatū's Newton Tudreu red cards for their roles in a brawl in ...

Two players red carded after a fight as Hawke's Bay beat Manawatū 36-31 to end Turbos' playoff hopes.

Enari's season over

Halfback Ere Enari, pictured playing Otago earlier this season, broke his leg against Auckland last Friday night.

Ere Enari had surgery to repair his broken leg on Saturday, but Canterbury have depth to cover the blow.

Recap: Hawke's Bay v Manawatū

Newton Tudreu scores a try for the Turbos.

The Turbos play for a place in the Championship semifinals in the final regular season game of 2017.

Tevita Li bags five video

North Harbour's Murphy Taramai charges upfield against Taranaki.

Wing scores five tries as North Harbour canter past a second string Taranaki team.

Recap: Harbour v Taranaki

North Harbour first-five Bryn Gatland.

North Harbour and Taranaki get a final hit-out ahead of the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership semifinals.

Botherway committed to Waikato

Sean Botherway has been Waikato coach for the last three seasons.

Mooloos coach says relegation is hard to take but he's keen to stay on following another desperately disappointing campaign.

Waikato stun Auckland to make Cup semis

Kendra Cocksedge of Canterbury scores a try during the Farah Palmer Cup match against Wellington in Christchurch.

The Mooloo women and Tasman had historic victories in round seven.

Defending champions scrape into Meads Cup

After a nervous wait Wanganui grabbed fourth spot in the Heartland Championships

Wanganui make Meads Cup semis after calculators called on.

Winning team thank superfan

Martin with the Bruce Steel trophy. "I tell you what, mate. They're playing bloody good rugby," he says of the ...

Bruce Martin has supported Horowhenua-Kāpiti for longer than he can remember.

Counties run riot against Makos

Sam Henwood, like other Counties players found it too easy to run through the Tasman defence in the second half.

With nothing to play for, Counties produce the best performance of their season.

Otago lock up playoff spot

Otago halfback Jonathan Ruru is tackled by Southland's Jay Renton during the Mitre 10 Cup game in Dunedin.

Otago score six tries to three against Southland to extend their season for at least another week.

Recap: Counties v Tasman

Tasman Makos back James Lowe on the break.

The Steelers run amok in Pukekohe to claim a 52-30 win over the Makos.

Waikato relegated with defeat

Tyler Campbell of Waikato competes with Terrence Hepetema and Richard Judd of Bay of Plenty for a high ball at Tauranga ...

The Mooloos go down to the second tier for the first time since 1986 after loss to BOP in Tauranga.

Recap: Otago v Southland

It's been a tough year for the winless Stags.

Otago give themselves every chance of making the semis as the Stags are sent packing with the wooden spoon.

Recap: BOP down Waikato

Sevu Reece finds his way to the try line.

Waikato relegated as the Steamers power into the Championship semifinals.

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