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Monday, October 31 2022
Australia end losing run as Scotland miss chance to beat Wallabies

One match into the Wallabies’ end-of-season tour of the northern hemisphere and already it’s going better than last year’s trip to Europe.

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Monday, October 31 2022
 Sarah Hunter makes history as England storm past Australia to reach semifinals

Captain Sarah Hunter became the most-capped female player in test history, winning her 138th cap in England’s 41-5 quarter-final win over Australia at the Rugby World Cup.

Posted by: AT 03:33 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, October 31 2022
 Canada beat USA to progress to semifinals

Canada were rocked by an early try but rallied with four tries of their own to beat the United States 32-11 and advance to a semifinal against England at the Rugby World Cup.

Posted by: AT 03:30 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, October 30 2022
All Blacks narrowly avoid ultimate shock against Japan

All Blacks 38
Japan 31

The All Blacks have barely avoided yet more unwanted history, but on tonight's evidence Japan won't have to wait long for a breakthrough victory.

Posted by: AT 01:43 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, October 30 2022
Dominant France ease into semifinals with 39-3 win over Italy

Winger Joanna Grisez scored a try in the first two minutes and added two more late for a hat-trick which lifted France to a 39-3 win over Italy in the first quarter-final at the Rugby World Cup.

Posted by: AT 01:41 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, October 30 2022
Impressive Black Ferns thrash Wales to book spot semifinal spot

Black Ferns 55
Wales 3

The Black Ferns have punched their ticket to the World Cup semifinals in style.

Posted by: AT 01:39 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 29 2022
Wales call up NZ naval officer Kate Williams for Black Ferns clash

LockerRoom
By Suzanne McFadden

A warfare officer in the NZ Navy, Kate Williams has been called into the Welsh rugby side who'll face the Black Ferns in the RWC quarter-final this weekend. She tells Suzanne McFadden she knows some of the Black Ferns well.

Posted by: AT 02:58 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 29 2022
 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Stephen Perofeta get first start as Ian Foster names new-look side for Tokyo clash

Blues duo Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Stephen Perofeta have been handed their first starts for the All Blacks in Saturday’s clash against Japan in Tokyo.

Posted by: AT 02:57 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 29 2022
All Blacks coach Ian Foster weighs in on schedule clash with Black Ferns

All Blacks coach Ian Foster is disappointed by his side's fixture clash with the Black Ferns but says critics of the scheduling error need to move on.

Posted by: AT 02:57 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, October 27 2022
Between Two Beers podcast: Carlos Spencer on parenting, playing with Jonah and going viral on social media

Carlos Spencer is widely regarded as one of the best, and most exciting, rugby players of his generation.

Posted by: AT 03:55 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, October 27 2022
Whanganui bring fight but South Canterbury too good

Brought to you by Whanganui Rugby

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Thursday, October 27 2022
Leicester Fainga'anuku leaves All Blacks touring squad; Mark Telea called in

All Blacks winger Leicester Fainga’anuku has been forced to leave Japan just days after arriving with the squad for what the team is describing as family reasons.

Posted by: AT 03:47 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, October 24 2022
Emotional haka after rugby player dies during East Coast centennial celebration match

The only goal of a player who died during an East Coast rugby club's celebratory centennial match today was to score a try, he told his teammates during a party last night.

Posted by: AT 04:22 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, October 24 2022
England thrash South Africa to romp into quarter-finals

Top-ranked England muscled their way into the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup with a 75-0 win over South Africa which stretched their record winning streak to 28 test matches.

Posted by: AT 04:19 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, October 24 2022
Black Ferns claim top seed and book rematch with Wales in quarter-final

A familiar foe awaits the Black Ferns.

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Sunday, October 23 2022
All Blacks star Aaron Smith drops major international retirement hint

First-choice All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith has signalled a likely departure from international rugby following next year's World Cup.

Posted by: AT 02:08 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, October 23 2022
Australia clinch quarter-final spot, Wales have to wait

Lori Cramer's penalties on the tick of halftime and just before fulltime were enough to secure Australia a 13-7 win over Wales on Saturday and advance to the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.

Posted by: AT 02:07 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, October 23 2022
Black Ferns shine in crushing win over Scotland

Black Ferns 57
Scotland 0

The Black Ferns will go into the business end of the World Cup on top.

Posted by: AT 02:06 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 22 2022
All Blacks pitch invader 'Jarvo' gets two year ban and prison warning

A YouTube prankster who invaded the pitch to line up with the All Blacks for the national anthem in Wales last year has been banned from all sporting events in England and Wales for two years.

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Saturday, October 22 2022
Black Ferns make raft of changes for final pool match

The Black Ferns head into their final pool game without their top two try scorers, with Portia Woodman and Ruby Tui both out of the squad to play Scotland in Whangārei on Saturday.

Posted by: AT 10:08 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 22 2022
What a difference a decade makes - Sports professor Toni Bruce on the exciting rise of women's rugby

LockerRoom
By Toni Bruce

From being 'invisible' a decade ago, women's rugby is finally on a roll, Auckland University professor Toni Bruce finds in her research into what Rugby World Cups mean to Kiwis.

Posted by: AT 12:45 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, October 20 2022
All Black Rieko Ioane extends deal with New Zealand Rugby to end of 2023

All Blacks midfielder Rieko Ioane has extended his contract with New Zealand Rugby until the end of 2023.

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Thursday, October 20 2022
Tears shed as men fall for women's rugby

LockerRoom
By Jim Kayes

Witnessing the Black Ferns' magic has made dyed-in-the-wool men's rugby aficionado Jim Kayes fall for the women's game in this Rugby World Cup. And he's not alone, he writes.

Posted by: AT 07:53 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, October 20 2022
Wasps players and coaches made redundant as club enters administration

The entire squad of English rugby giants Wasps has been made redundant after the club was placed into administration.

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Sunday, October 16 2022
USA fire late to take down Japan

The United States finally clicked into gear with almost three quarters of the match behind them to beat Japan 30-17 and boost their Rugby World Cup quarter-final hopes.

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Sunday, October 16 2022
 Canterbury overcome determined Steamers defence in NPC semifinal

Canterbury 24
Bay of Plenty 10

Canterbury will chase their 15th NPC title after slowly but surely breaking down a stubborn Bay of Plenty in Christchurch tonight.

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Sunday, October 16 2022
England hold on to beat France in heavyweight battle

England 13
France 7

Billed as an early clash of the titans, the World Cup pool play match between England and France lived up to its tag.

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Saturday, October 15 2022
Former All Blacks wing George Bridge to join French Top 14 club Montpellier

After six seasons with the Crusaders and 19 tests with the All Blacks, George Bridge is set for a change of scenery.

Posted by: AT 02:27 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 15 2022
Black Ferns make wholesale changes for Wales clash

Black Ferns coaches have made a raft of changes ahead of their second Rugby World Cup fixture against Wales at Waitakere Stadium this Sunday (kick off 3.15pm).

Posted by: AT 02:26 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 15 2022
Wellington destroy Auckland to make NPC final

Wellington have earned another chance to finally shed their tag as the greatest losers in New Zealand rugby.

Posted by: AT 02:25 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, October 14 2022
English rugby in turmoil with Wasps close to bankruptcy

The financial crisis gripping English rugby deepened today when Wasps, one of the nation's most storied clubs, said it was likely to enter into administration because of its debts.

Posted by: AT 03:33 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, October 14 2022
New Zealand Rugby awaiting verdict in corruption trial of founder of All Blacks sponsor

New Zealand Rugby is awaiting the verdict of a corruption trial involving the founder of the All Blacks jersey sponsor.

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Thursday, October 13 2022
2023 Rugby World Cup CEO fired over improper management

The 2023 Rugby World Cup chief executive Claude Atcher has been fired following an investigation by French labour inspectors into his workplace conduct.

Posted by: AT 01:33 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 12 2022
All Black Jordie Barrett on Springboks, scones and why you won't see him in the 10 jersey

Jordie Barrett knows he's New Zealand's second-favourite Barrett brother but he wants you to know, he doesn't care.

Posted by: AT 03:49 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 12 2022
Patrick Tuipulotu named captain as All Blacks XV squad announced for two-match tour against Ireland A and Barbarians

Auckland and Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu will captain the inaugural All Blacks XV squad selected for two matches against Ireland A and the Barbarians next month.

Posted by: AT 03:47 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 12 2022
Former Black Ferns captain Les Elder joins in on haka from pitch side

Former Black Ferns captain Les Elder may have missed out on the Rugby World Cup squad, but she was still passionately supporting the team from the sidelines.

Posted by: AT 03:46 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, October 10 2022
Women's Rugby World Cup: Canada cruise to victory over Japan

England-based hooker Emily Tuttosi scored three tries as Canada showed they could be Rugby World Cup title contenders with a 41-5 win over Japan.

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Monday, October 10 2022
No major changes as Anton Lienert-Brown returns for end of year tour

The bulk of the Rugby Championship squad has been retained as the All Blacks set their sights on the Northern Tour.

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Monday, October 10 2022
Rugby World Cup: Wales beat Scotland in thriller

Keira Bevin kicked a penalty five minutes after the fulltime siren to give Wales a narrow win over Scotland in the most thrilling match of the World Cup so far.

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Sunday, October 09 2022
Settled weather for Women's Rugby World Cup opening day in Auckland, mixed bag for school holidays

Fortune is favouring rugby fans at Eden Park today with a low chance of a light shower as they soak up the action at the women's Rugby World Cup opening day extravaganza.

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Sunday, October 09 2022
Black Ferns storm back to take down Australia

In their opening match of the World Cup, the Black Ferns have shown there is sometimes more than meets the eye than just the final result.

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Saturday, October 08 2022
American team enjoy feast of pies at Northland cafe

For once in a long time, Julie Sands didn't have to worry about how many pies she would sell on a nippy evening.

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Saturday, October 08 2022
Rugby exhibition Herstory tells tales of extraordinary women in the sport

It's a tribute to women in sport and their fight to overcome prejudice and convention in a male-dominated world.

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Saturday, October 08 2022
Auckland survive chaotic game to beat North Harbour, move into NPC semifinals

Auckland have survived the chaos and live to fight another day.

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Friday, October 07 2022
Black Ferns continue to tinker as World Cup opener awaits

The Black Ferns search for their best team continues, with several tweaks made for their World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday at Eden Park.

Posted by: AT 03:47 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, October 07 2022
 Waikato's Taha Kemara impresses in rookie season

Te Awamutu Sports' latest Waikato representative Taha Kemara, 19, has had a full-on year after being named Sports' premier co-captain, playing for Chiefs Under 20 and making his Mooloos debut.

Posted by: AT 03:44 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, October 07 2022
Black Ferns couples' incredible journey to World Cup

Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei Seek the treasure that you value most dearly, if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

Posted by: AT 03:41 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 05 2022
All Black Jordie Barrett signs new deal with New Zealand Rugby

Jordie Barrett has officially put pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him in the capital with the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby (NZR) through till the end of 2025.

Posted by: AT 04:13 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 05 2022
Sparkplug Kendra Reynolds ignites Black Ferns

After years of knock-backs and disappointment, Kendra Reynolds has powered her way into the Black Ferns to defend the Rugby World Cup. And the resilient No.7, whose job off the field was to ignite a fire for rugby in women and girls, is now leading by example.

Posted by: AT 04:11 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 05 2022
LockerRoom: Women's Rugby World Cup - Team liaisons keep things running smoothly

When the best female rugby players on the planet depart Aotearoa after the Rugby World Cup, the enduring legacy of their time here won't just be whether they won or lost. It will also be the people they met, cultures they glimpsed, and experiences they shared.

Posted by: AT 04:09 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, October 04 2022
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck makes surprise switch for Auckland in NPC

A shift to the right wing for Roger Tuivasa-Sheck served as little more than a surprise for viewers in Auckland's 38-24 win over Taranaki on Saturday, with atrocious conditions dictating the game.

Posted by: AT 03:36 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, October 04 2022
Northland take final playoff spot as NPC quarter-finals confirmed

Northland have kept alive their shot at history with a second win in five days - but now face the toughest task in provincial rugby.

Posted by: AT 03:35 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, October 02 2022
Games, events and performances: What you need to know about the Rugby World Cup

The players are ready, the music is sorted and excitement is ramping up as we count down the days to Rugby World Cup 2021.

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Sunday, October 02 2022
All Black Quinn Tupaea breaks silence on 'pretty tough' injury

All Blacks midfielder Quinn Tupaea has revealed what was running through his mind the moment he suffered a season-ending knee injury at the hands of Wallabies lock Darcy Swain and says he's still keeping his 2023 World Cup hopes alive.

Posted by: AT 02:34 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 01 2022
All Blacks midfielder Quinn Tupaea ruled out for nine months following ugly incident

All Blacks and Chiefs midfielder Quinn Tupaea has been ruled out of rugby for nine months following the ugly cleanout by Wallabies lock Darcy Swain in the first Bledisloe test.

Posted by: AT 09:08 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 01 2022
Warren Gatland says All Blacks' defeats came at ideal time

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland says he's never seen public morale so low following the All Blacks' run of defeats this season.

Posted by: AT 09:07 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 01 2022
Is Black Ferns veteran Portia Woodman on the verge of GOAT status?

Try-scoring missile Portia Woodman is already one of the great Black Ferns - but this Rugby World Cup could elevate her to the top. And then she still has more to give.

Posted by: AT 09:05 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 01 2022
Black Ferns legend Fiao'o Fa'amausili to be inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

Former Black Ferns captain Fiao'o Fa'amausili will be inducted into World Rugby's Hall of Fame at a special ceremony during the World Cup in November.

Posted by: AT 01:22 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 01 2022
Rugby World Cup teams start arriving in Whangārei on Monday

Teams playing their pool matches in Whangārei during the women's Rugby World Cup will start arriving into the city from Monday and organisers are on track to meet attendance targets for all games.

Posted by: AT 01:21 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 01 2022
Clinical Hawke's Bay set to march on at expense of Tasman Mako

Hawke's Bay have secured the result they required to put one foot in the NPC quarter-finals - and likely end a golden run for Tasman.

Posted by: AT 01:20 am   |  Permalink   |  Email