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Friday, December 31 2021
Former All Black Terry Morrison dies while surfing in Australia

Former All Black and national sprint champion Terry Morrison has died while surfing on Christmas Eve.

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Thursday, December 30 2021
Record-breaking rugby legend dies in diving accident

A diving accident off the Te Araroa coastline has claimed the life of East Coast and heartland rugby hero Morgan Waitoa.

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Wednesday, December 29 2021
Gunshots callout in Whangarei; 3 new Covid cases in Hokianga

Semenoff Stadium in Whangārei is now hosting the Blues vs the Highlanders clash in 2022 Super Rugby Pacific in a rejigged draw.

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Wednesday, December 29 2021
Six Nations impact expected over new French rule on player vaccinations

A new vaccine mandate set to be introduced in France could have repercussions for the 2022 Six Nations series for teams visiting the nation.

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Friday, December 24 2021
Ex-Wales star Gwyn Jones blasts Kiwi coaches Warren Gatland and Wayne Pivac

That's the call from a former Welsh captain, who has blasted the style of rugby that former All Black Gatland promotes.

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Thursday, December 23 2021
Super Rugby Pacific front loaded with local derbies as revamped draw confirmed

New Zealand Rugby has confirmed the remodelled Super Rugby Pacific draw that will see the inaugural competition front loaded with local derbies due to Covid travel restrictions.

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Tuesday, December 21 2021
Kawa Leauma reportedly set for further surgery after Amsterdam accident

Auckland rugby player Kawa Leauma, critically injured in a fall after a European international, may require more surgery.

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Tuesday, December 21 2021
Kiwi rugby player Kawa Leauma dies after after multi-storey fall in Amsterdam

Auckland-born rugby player Kawa Leauma has died after being critically injured in a fall after representing Spain in a European international in Amsterdam.

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Monday, December 20 2021
Ex-Auckland rugby player Kawa Leauma in critical condition after multi-storey fall in Amsterdam

An Auckland-born rugby player has reportedly undergone surgery in Amsterdam after a fall following a Six Nations B match.

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Monday, December 20 2021
Malakai Fekitoa hoping to inspire a new generation of Pacific rugby players

Malakai Fekitoa is hoping to inspire a generation of under-30 players to switch their allegiance back to smaller rugby nations.

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Friday, December 17 2021
Ex-Wallabies captain David Pocock announces tilt for ACT Senate spot

Former Wallabies captain David Pocock will switch sport for politics after announcing he will run for the Senate in the next federal election.

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Thursday, December 16 2021
Former Blues and Tonga halfback Taniela Moa dies aged 36

Moa made his debut for Auckland in 2005 and played 58 times for the province, winning two NPC titles and lifting the Ranfurly Shield.

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Thursday, December 16 2021
Codie Taylor the latest All Black to sign long term deal with New Zealand Rugby

All Blacks, Crusaders and Canterbury hooker Codie Taylor has become the latest top player to recommit long term to New Zealand Rugby, inking a deal through to 2025.

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Wednesday, December 15 2021
Sarah Hirini claims top prize as women shine at NZ Rugby awards

Black Ferns Sevens captain Sarah Hirini has trumped her male counterparts to collect three major prizes at this year's New Zealand Rugby awards including the top honour

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Wednesday, December 15 2021
All Blacks and Hurricanes star Jordie Barrett reveals desire for future NRL switch

All Blacks and Hurricanes fullback Jordie Barrett admits he would love to have a crack at playing in the NRL sometime in the future, but insists his priority is still to win a Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks.

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Tuesday, December 14 2021
Former Black Ferns captain Fiao'o Fa'amausili makes history as new president of Auckland Rugby

Former Auckland and Black Ferns captain Seiuli Fiao'o Fa'amausili has been elected president of Auckland Rugby, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the union's history.

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Monday, December 13 2021
Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt to join All Blacks coaching team next year

Blacks during his seven-year tenure as Ireland coach, will replace Grant Fox as an independent selector and also act as a performance analyst.

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Friday, December 10 2021
All Blacks prop Joe Moody re-signs until 2024

All Blacks and Crusaders prop Joe Moody is the latest player to extend his contract, re-signing with New Zealand Rugby through to 2024.

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Friday, December 10 2021
Antoine Dupont, Zoe Aldcroft win rugby's player of the year awards

France halfback Antoine Dupont has been named World Rugby's men's player of the year and England lock Zoe Aldcroft won the women's award.

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Thursday, December 09 2021
Young Waikato rugby player Havila Molia avoids conviction after slapping baby

A promising Waikato rugby player has sidestepped a conviction after a drunken assault on his baby.

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Wednesday, December 08 2021
Three All Blacks and one Black Fern make World Rugby Teams of the Year

Three All Blacks and one Black Fern have been named in 'Dream Teams of the Year' as part of the World Rugby awards.

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Tuesday, December 07 2021
All Blacks wing Will Jordan scoops World Rugby award, history made for top coach

All Blacks winger Will Jordan has been named World Rugby's Breakthrough Player of the Year.

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Tuesday, December 07 2021
Black Ferns player alleges coaching comments led to mental breakdown

That's among the examples of alleged verbal abuse Black Fern Te Kura Ngata Aerengamate claims were levelled against her by the team's coaching staff.

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Tuesday, December 07 2021
All Black Ardie Savea signs on with Jay-Z's sports agency Roc Nation Sports

All Blacks star flanker Ardie Savea has signed on with Roc Nation Sports, the sport agency owned by rap legend Jay-Z.

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Tuesday, December 07 2021
New Zealand Rugby to investigate 'serious allegations' against Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore

New Zealand Rugby is investigating allegations against Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore that veteran hooker Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate says contributed to her mental breakdown on the team's recent European tour.

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Monday, December 06 2021
The power play behind Ardie Savea's new contract with New Zealand Rugby

All Blacks superstar Ardie Savea has revealed why he negotiated a new four-year deal with New Zealand Rugby by himself saying it was a powerplay after admitting players have felt shortchanged in the past when comparing contracts.

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Saturday, December 04 2021
How I changed Dunedin 'sex-wise'

England rugby star James Haskell received numerous emotional farewells when he departed Dunedin after a one-season stint with the Highlanders.

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Friday, December 03 2021
New design plans released

The latest design images of Christchurch's new half-billion-dollar covered stadium have been revealed today. Work on the new 30,000-seater rectangular-turf Canterbury multi-use arena (CMUA) is due to be finished by mid-2025.

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Thursday, December 02 2021
Damian McKenzie says Rieko Ioane is the fastest All Black across 100 metres

The fastest All Black in a 100 metre sprint would be Rieko Ioane, according to teammate Damian McKenzie. Ioane has long been recognised as one of the quickest members of the All Blacks squad and showcased his speed once again in his individual try during the team's loss to France last month.

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Thursday, December 02 2021

Hicks Bay 16-year-old Liam Henderson has been offered a $400,000 rugby scholarship at Yamanashi Gakuin high school in Japan.

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Thursday, December 02 2021
Ardie Savea and Sarah Hirini headline NZ Rugby award nominations

All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea and Black Ferns sevens captain Sarah Hirini headline the list of nominations for this year's New Zealand Rugby awards.

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Wednesday, December 01 2021
'Challenging the system' - All Black Ardie Savea reveals how he negotiated his own deal with New Zealand Rugby

All Blacks superstar Ardie Savea has revealed how he cut out the middle man to sign his new four-year deal with New Zealand Rugby, in what he calls "something nobody has done before in New Zealand".

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Wednesday, December 01 2021
All Black Scott Barrett and partner welcome baby boy

Another All Black baby has arrived in 2021. Forward Scott Barrett is the latest member of the All Blacks to become a father after the arrival of son Dougal last month. It's the first child for Barrett and his partner Hannah.

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