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McKenzie not a Fullback

The Chiefs' capitulation against the mightily impressive Highlanders produced more evidence why Damian McKenzie got it wrong turning down the Blues. He should seriously...

McKenzie’s talents wasted at full back

  Free Damian McKenzie, which means the sharpest tool in the impressive New Zealand rugby shed needs to find a new home, writes Chris Rattue...

Richie McCaw Reveals The Identity Of The Best Side He Ever Played Against

Richie McCaw played against some great players during his 148 cap test career, writes the Pundit Arena. Having began his test career in 2001, Richie...

Hansen closer to sticking with ABs

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is likely to decide on his coaching future before the end of the year. He is contracted to the end...

NZ Super team of the week

The New Zealanders by  have picked there team of the week....by Campbell Burnes Round three of Super Rugby served up another hellacious New Zealand derby,...

Milner-Skudder withdrawal a blow for Hurricanes

It's too early in the season to talk about must-win games, but the match-up between last year's two finalists in Dunedin tomorrow is looming...

For what it is worth Hurricanes blow Crusaders away

The Hurricanes scored 12 tries in a 74-7 thrashing of the Crusaders in a pre-season game in Blenheim on Friday. Although Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd...

Milner-Skudder an enigma no more

Nehe Milner-Skudder proved last year that Forrest Gump's mother was right, life really is like a box of chocolates and you never quite know...

All Blacks and Ireland to play at Soldier Field in USA

New Zealand will play again this year at Soldier Field, Chicago this time against Ireland on the 5th November. This test match will form part...

Force keep Hurricanes pointless in warm-up match

Peter Grant had the perfect start with his new franchise when they played a pre-season match against the Hurricanes on Wednesday. The Force scored a...

Crusaders team to face Reds in pre-season friendly

The BNZ Crusaders will kick their pre-season off with a game against the Queensland Reds this Saturday. A raft of players are set to...

Mark Reason: Wellington Sevens final refereeing charade an embarrassment

OPINION: Brendan Venter, the former Springbok centre and current technical director of Saracens, has called for an investigation. And it is not cricket in...

SBW tough it out for Sevens

The day that Sonny Bill Williams entered the rugby union scene, people started talking, admiring and other players even started to change there game,...

Auckland appoint new head coach

Auckland have announced that Nick White will take over the reins as their new Head Coach for the 2016 ITM Cup season. White will take...

Blackadder’s reign to end

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder will step down at the end of the 2016 Super Rugby season, ending an eight-year tenure. Blackadder, who captained the Crusaders...

McCaw ‘hangs up his boots’

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has announced his retirement from professional rugby, saying he will now pursue his passion for flying. The world's most capped...

Sad to say goodbye R.I.P. #Legend Jonah Lomu

It is a sad day to say Goodbye to a rugby legend Jonah Lomu who past away this morning at the age of 40. Lomu,...

Foster, Cron re-sign with All Blacks

The All Blacks have retained the services of two key members of their coaching staff with assistant Ian Foster and scrum guru Mike Cron...

Blues sign Tanerau Latimer

All Blacks loose forward Tanerau Latimer will return to Super Rugby in New Zealand with the Blues in 2016, the franchise confirmed on Monday. The...

Richie McCaw to announce retirement on Thursday

By: Stuff NZ All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is expected to confirm the country's worst-kept secret on Thursday by announcing his retirement from rugby. Stuff understands...

The Strawbridge family say thank you

    Chiefs Assistant Coach and Manu Samoa Technical Advisor Andrew Strawbridge and his wife Laura have a very simple message and it is to say thank...

Don’t copy All Blacks game, copy their execution

      Brendan Venter writes for Vodacom Rugby Blog   The All Blacks’ dominance across the board is the reason why they were deservedly crowned world champions for...

All Blacks thrilled with rousing welcome as world champions return home

Captain Richie McCaw and coach Steve Hansen and their All Blacks were stunned by the rapturous welcome home they received in Auckland on Wednesday. More...

Williams given second RWC medal

New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams was given a second Rugby World Cup winners' medal at Sunday's World Rugby Awards. Williams famously handed his medal to...

Power in World Rugby stays due south

With rugby in the south going into hibernation for the next two months we can look back on what was 2015. For SANZAR it was...

Preview : 2015 Rugby World Cup final

  The script could not have been set more perfectly. After the final whistle blew at Twickenham the rest of the rugby fans were left...

Change is needed now!

Whether its the likely extension of Meyer’s contract or the miraculous finding of another quality coach to steer the Springboks it is high time...

Springboks against All Blacks…Scrum-half

  By: Bunny ( Jacques Nortier)   The one man that can be a decisive factor in any test team must be the almost always cocky scrum-halve. On...

Springboks vs All Blacks…Centre of attraction

  By: BC (Benedict Chanakira)     The new kids on the block will look to replicate their lesson to Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith when they dominated...

All Blacks vs Springboks…Left Wing

  By: BC (Benedict Chanakira)   Rookie in World Rugby, rookie at Super Rugby and yet the most exciting back in the World. Nehe Milner-Skudder will be...

All Blacks against Springboks…Locks

  By: Bunny (Jacques Nortier)   One of the great match-ups in Saturday semi-final between the All Blacks and the Springbok must be the locks of the...

All Blacks against Springboks…Fullbacks

  By: Bunny (Jacques Nortier)     The third head to head we will look at between the All Blacks and the Springboks before Saturday semi-final clash is...

Settled side to tackle Springboks

Steve Hansen has the luxury of replacing injured prop Wyatt Crockett with an in-form Joe Moody for the All Blacks' semifinal against South Africa...

All Blacks against Springboks… Eight-men

  By: Bunny (Jacques Nortier)     The second head to head we look at for Saturday important World Cup semi-final between the All Blacks and the Springboks...

All Blacks against Springboks… Fly-half’s

  By Bunny ( Jacques Nortier)     In itself any test match between the All Blacks and the Springboks are reason enough to make sure you do...

Can New Zealand be beaten?

The old enemies will be at it again and this time in the Rugby World Cup for the first time since 2003. In the...

France 13(13), All Blacks 62(29) (RWC)

When any person mentioned the All Blacks, France and World Cup in one sentence one go back to World Cup ’99 when the French...

Milner-Skudder standing tall in rugby’s land of giants

Partially obscured by the bulging biceps of his teammates on either side, Nehe Milner-Skudder wore a bewildered look as he was asked by the...

Northern vs Southern hemisphere

  The most exciting Rugby World Cup group stages ever. The Pool phase was full of upsets, great tries and lots of controversy from the...

Hansen not worried about his team

Steve Hansen was not concerned at New Zealand's struggles after they booked their place in the quarter-finals with a win over Georgia.....By Planet Rugby The...

Second string All Blacks miss out

It was supposed to be the second stringers' chance to shine, but the All Blacks' 58-14 win over Namibia mainly confirmed that the top...

Hansen – Don’t write off All Blacks, Boks

One unimpressive win and a shock loss involving two of the glamour World Cup sides is no indicator of how the tournament is shaping,...

All Blacks name strong side for opener!

    The defending World Champions will face fellow Rugby Championship side Argentina on Sunday and the All Blacks coach has named a full strength side....

Axed All Blacks given hope

Awkward conversations will be prevalent when 12 All Blacks that missed the World Cup cut arrive in Wellington on Thursday. While the 31-man squad disperse...

Agony and ecstasy for All Blacks halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow

Tawera Kerr-Barlow, pictured just days before he suffered a horrific leg injury in Johannesburg last year, has played 15 tests for the All Blacks. Almost...

Smith – SBW will shine at World Cup

All Blacks centre Conrad Smith has backed fellow midfielder Sonny Bill Williams to make an impact at the upcoming Rugby World Cup.  Williams has been...

Former All Black’s rugby pub ‘an insult to Maori culture’

Former All Black Byron Kelleher offends with rugby-themed alehouse in France. Byron Kelleher launched Haka Corner and promoted an online haka challenge. Photo / NZPA Former...

All Black Squad named for World Cup

The amazing thing about the All Black World Cup squad is how many holes there are in it. Four years in the making, it is...

Smith stays in New Zealand until 2019

New Zealand and the Highlanders have announced that scrum-half Aaron Smith has recommitted until the end of the 2019 season. Smith, 26, who has played...

New Zealand Legend Mealamu retire

New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu has confirmed that he will retire at the end of this year, bringing an illustrious career to an end. Mealamu...