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Friday, April 29 2022
All Blacks and Black Ferns announce blockbuster home test schedule

New Zealand Rugby has announced a 10-test international schedule as the Black Ferns and All Blacks prepare to defend their home turf this year.

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Friday, April 29 2022
Super round or shoddy?

On the latest edition of Rugby Direct, Elliott Smith (Newstalk ZB's lead rugby commentator) and Liam Napier (NZ Herald chief sports writer) look back on the first ever 'super round' in Melbourne.

 

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Friday, April 29 2022
Former Sevens coach Allan Bunting joins Black Ferns in newly created role after external review

Former Black Ferns Sevens coach Allan Bunting will join the Black Ferns in a newly created role.

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Monday, April 25 2022
Caleb Clarke confirms desire to play in NRL before career is over

Caleb Clarke has confirmed his desire to one day play in the NRL, noting it as a "life goal" of his.

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Monday, April 25 2022
Jonah Lowe bags four tries as Chiefs beat Waratahs

Chiefs 51
Waratahs 27

Super Rugby Pacific's transtasman resumption dished up a wild ride. Three cards, 10 tries. The result was predictable. The contest anything but.

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Monday, April 25 2022
'Totally different': Top coach gives warning to Black Ferns' male coaching trio

By Fiona Tomas, UK Telegraph

Simon Middleton, the England head coach, has warned the Black Ferns' new star-studded male coaching trio that leading a women's team will be "totally different" to anything they have experienced in the men's game.

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Thursday, April 21 2022
Between Two Beers podcast: The truth about playing against Jonah

Josh Kronfeld is an All Blacks legend who played at two Rugby World Cups across 54 games for the All Blacks and was a cult hero in Dunedin, where he played over 100 games for Otago and the Highlanders.

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Thursday, April 21 2022
 Scott Barrett hit with lengthy ban after red card

Crusaders captain Scott Barrett has been hit with a four week suspension following his red card in last Friday's defeat to the Blues.

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Thursday, April 21 2022
Former Otago prop Steve Cumberland dies suddenly in Japan

Tributes are flowing after the death of Otago prop turned respected coach Steve Cumberland.

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Monday, April 18 2022
Blues midfielder Rieko Ioane's match-saving tackle in win over Crusaders

All Blacks and Blues midfielder Rieko Ioane has been praised for a sensational match-saving tackle in the dying stages of his side's 27-23 win over the Crusaders.

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Monday, April 18 2022
Glenn Moore quits as Black Ferns head coach in major u-turn

Black Ferns head coach Glenn Moore has quit, effective immediately.

On Monday New Zealand Rugby revealed a damning review into the Black Ferns but, at that point, Moore was backed to guide the team through to their home World Cup in October-November.

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Monday, April 18 2022
Injuries a concern for Chiefs after big win over Moana Pasifika

With the transtasman fixtures of Super Rugby Pacific on the horizon, the Chiefs face a nervous wait.

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Saturday, April 16 2022
 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck returns to bench for Blues clash with Crusaders

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is set to return for the Blues after being named on the bench to face the Crusaders on Friday.Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is set to return for the Blues after being named on the bench to face the Crusaders on Friday.

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Saturday, April 16 2022
'Seismic' rugby transformation on the horizon with US the inspiration

World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin believes that the sport is on the brink of a "seismic" transformation after revealing that President Joe Biden has pledged his backing for the USA's World Cup bids.

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Saturday, April 16 2022
All Blacks hardman Ofa Tuungafasi to start for Blues against Crusaders six days after gruesome injury

Six days after suffering a brutal injury that required 28 stitches to his head, Blues prop Ofa Tuungafasi has been named to start against the Crusaders on Friday night.

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Thursday, April 14 2022
All Black Anton Lienert-Brown set to miss six months after surgery

All Blacks midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown is set for a six month stint on the sidelines after undergoing shoulder surgery.

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Thursday, April 14 2022
 The two controversial calls that cost the Hurricanes

On this week's Rugby Direct podcast, Elliott Smith (Newstalk ZB's lead rugby commentator) and Liam Napier (NZ Herald chief sports writer) debate the major issues of the weekend.

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Tuesday, April 12 2022
Hurricanes lose to Crusaders in controversial finish

Crusaders 24
Huricanes 21

Ardie Savea wants the referees to raise their game, after a controversial finish to the Hurricanes' 24-21 loss to the Crusaders on Saturday night.

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Tuesday, April 12 2022
Blues shut out Chiefs for sixth straight win

Blues 25
Chiefs 0

A defiant shutout in the Tron.

The highlight reels will replay the Blues' length of the field try, sparked from Mark Talea and Rieko Ioane, finished by Beauden Barrett's cross-field kick for Tom Robinson's double, all week.

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Tuesday, April 12 2022
New Zealand Rugby reveals findings from Black Ferns 'culture and environmental' review

New Zealand Rugby has today shared the findings and recommendations from the Black Ferns "cultural and environmental" review.

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Monday, April 11 2022
Dan Carter reaches halfway line of epic charity kickathon

In a deserted Eden Park with only a couple of cameramen and a handful of ballboys for company, Dan Carter was worried the night would break him.

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Monday, April 11 2022
Highlanders drive past Moana Pasifika for first win of season

Highlanders 37
Moana Pasifika 17

The Highlanders are winless no more.

After a rough start to their Super Rugby Pacific campaign, the Southerners got off the mark at home against Moana Pasifika, leaning on a familiar attacking feature to claim the 37-17 win.

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Monday, April 11 2022
Hurricanes lose to Crusaders in controversial finish

Crusaders 24
Huricanes 21

Ardie Savea wants the referees to raise their game, after a controversial finish to the Hurricanes' 24-21 loss to the Crusaders on Saturday night.

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Wednesday, April 06 2022
NZME secures exclusive radio rugby commentary rights

Continuing to cement its strong sport offering, New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) has today announced an exclusive arrangement with Sky Sport that will see it continue to deliver rugby radio commentary across multiple platforms.

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Wednesday, April 06 2022
Australia backed to host men's, women's World Cups

World Rugby says Australia could become "the heart of the rugby universe" by hosting the men's and women's World Cups respectively in 2027 and 2029.

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Wednesday, April 06 2022
 Can Jordie Barrett succeed in the All Blacks midfield?

On the latest edition of Rugby Direct, Elliott Smith (Newstalk ZB's lead rugby commentator) and Liam Napier (NZ Herald chief sports writer) debate the rugby topics from another intriguing weekend of Super Rugby, with three red cards dished out in the last four games involving New Zealand sides.

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Monday, April 04 2022
Blues overcome red card to Caleb Clarke to beat Moana Pasifika

Blues 46
Moana Pasifika 16

The Blues could be sweating on the availability of Caleb Clarke in the coming weeks, after the star wing was shown a red card for a reckless challenge in their 46-16 win over Moana Pasifika on Saturday night.

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Monday, April 04 2022
Josh Ioane shines as Chiefs hold off Hurricanes

Chiefs 30
Hurricanes 29

Week by week, Josh Ioane's decision to move north looks more like a masterstroke.

The one-test All Blacks first five-eighth has been impressive in every appearance for the Chiefs this season, but none more than in their 30-29 win over the Hurricanes on Sunday.

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Saturday, April 02 2022
Crusaders cling on for disjointed victory over Highlanders

Crusaders 17
Higlanders 14

It doesn't matter how the result comes, just as long as it does.

For the Crusaders, their 17-14 win over the Highlanders in Christchurch on Friday night fit that notion perfectly.

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Saturday, April 02 2022
President Joe Biden to lead United States bid for 'biggest ever' Rugby World Cups

US President Joe Biden will write to World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont next week confirming his government's support for what he promises to be the biggest ever men's and women's Rugby World Cups.

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Saturday, April 02 2022
Fijian Drua hit by flooding and Covid-19 ahead of Waratahs clash

The Fijian Drua have had two setbacks ahead of Friday's Super Rugby Pacific match against the Waratahs, with flooding forcing them to evacuate their Australian training base and then head coach Mick Byrne testing positive for Covid-19.

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Friday, April 01 2022
Blues stave off spirited Moana Pasifika fightback

Moana Pasifika 19
Blues 32

Four days on from their historic golden point Super Rugby success, Moana Pasifika delivered another stirring display to seriously rattle the Blues in the first edition of the cross-town rivalry.

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