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Thursday, June 30 2022
Hawke's Bay Magpies fend off first challenge of season

The Hawke's Bay Magpies won their 10th straight Ranfurly Shield defence on Wednesday evening at McLean Park, defeating South Canterbury 38-20.

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Thursday, June 30 2022
Māori All Blacks and Ireland pay tribute to late rugby star Sean Wainui

The Māori All Blacks and Ireland paid tribute to late Kiwi rugby star Sean Wainui ahead of their clash in Hamilton on Wednesday evening.

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Thursday, June 30 2022
 Māori All Blacks stun sloppy Ireland in their tour opener

If Ireland had been hoping to send a message ahead of Saturday's first test, only one side would have been smiling about the content conveyed.

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Monday, June 27 2022
 Caleb Clarke re-signs with Blues, New Zealand Rugby

Exciting and explosive winger Caleb Clarke has extended his stay with the Blues.

The Blues today confirmed that Clarke will continue with the Blues and New Zealand Rugby until at least 2024.

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Monday, June 27 2022
Grant Fox on lessons in fatherhood, caddying for Ryan and leaving the All Blacks

Grant Fox is one of the best to have ever worn the All Blacks No10 jersey and is still regarded as one of the finest goal-kickers of all time.

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Monday, June 27 2022

Three coaches and two players struck down with Covid. Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt answering an SOS to help man the helm against his former team. The test season could hardly have started on a more dramatic note for the All Blacks – and we are still five days out from kickoff at a sold-out Eden Park.

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Saturday, June 25 2022
ABs land in Kerikeri for three-day training mission

One of the warmest airport welcomes the All Blacks have ever received — that was the verdict of captain Sam Cane after the team touched down in Kerikeri at the start of a three-day Northland visit.

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Saturday, June 25 2022
New Zealand Rugby's big new strategy looks sadly familiar

New Zealand Rugby announced its "Reimagining Rugby" strategy on Tuesday. An underwhelmed Madeleine Chapman reports.

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Thursday, June 23 2022
 The big Super Rugby Pacific final review

On this week's edition of Rugby Direct, Elliott Smith (Newstalk ZB's lead rugby commentator) and Liam Napier (chief sports writer at the NZ Herald) break down the Crusaders' emphatic Super Rugby Pacific grand final win over the Blues at Eden Park.

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Thursday, June 23 2022
TAB ad campaign seeks to stir pot by poking fun at Irish record

Ireland's touring rugby side are set to be reminded at every turn they have never won in New Zealand as part of a controversial marketing campaign likely to rile a few feathers.

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Thursday, June 23 2022
'Warmest welcome ever': ABs land in Kerikeri for three-day training mission

One of the warmest airport welcomes the All Blacks have ever received — that was the verdict of captain Sam Cane after the team touched down in Kerikeri at the start of a three-day Northland visit.

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Monday, June 20 2022
 Black Ferns save best for last in crushing win over USA in Pacific Four series

Black Ferns 50
United States 6

The Black Ferns saved their best for last.

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Monday, June 20 2022
Blues given boost ahead of final against Crusaders as Dalton Papalii passed fit

The Blues have been given a huge boost ahead of tonight's Super Rugby Pacific final, with captain Dalton Papalii cleared to come off the bench.

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Monday, June 20 2022
 Clinical Crusaders crush Blues' dreams

Crusaders 21
Blues 7

The red and black dynasty reigns supreme – again. Six titles in six years. Thirteen in total. This one is sure to leave lingering scars for the Blues, too.

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Friday, June 17 2022
Eden Park sell-out for Super Rugby final a boon for local businesses

A sold-out Eden Park for this weekend's Super Rugby final will be a "life saver" for local businesses after a quiet 10 months at the stadium.

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Friday, June 17 2022
Blues v Crusaders Super Rugby Pacific final: Teams revealed for Eden Park showdown

Blues captain and All Blacks flanker Dalton Papalii faces a fitness test today after being named on the bench for Saturday's Super Rugby Pacific final at Eden Park.

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Friday, June 17 2022
Former Hamilton Old Boys player Ravutaumada's debut Super Rugby season

After leaving the New Zealand Warriors NRL side, Selestino Ravutaumada says he felt lost before Hamilton Old Boys threw him a lifeline - this year he became part of the inaugural Swire Shipping Fijian Drua side in DHL Super Rugby Pacific.

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Monday, June 13 2022
All Black and Blues rugby star Dalton Papalii sidesteps charge due to 'technicality' after 'extremely excessive' speed

All Black Dalton Papalii has sidestepped a court charge after police accused him of driving at "extremely excessive" speeds on an Auckland motorway.

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Monday, June 13 2022
Crusaders shut down Chiefs to move into final

Crusaders 20
Chiefs 7

The Chiefs picked a bad night to have a bad night.

Heading into their Super Rugby Pacific semifinal against the Crusaders in Christchurch, they needed to be at their best. The Crusaders had an immaculate 26-0 record in home playoff games, but the Chiefs had beaten them down south earlier in the season, leaving plenty of intrigue as to whether the Chiefs could snap that streak.

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Monday, June 13 2022
Blues survive huge scare to beat Brumbies and reach final

Blues 20
Brumbies 19

Super Rugby Pacific's inaugural season has its dream final - but only just.

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Saturday, June 11 2022
All Black and Blues rugby star Dalton Papalii sidesteps charge due to 'technicality' after 'extremely excessive' speed

All Black Dalton Papalii has sidestepped a court charge after police accused him of driving at "extremely excessive" speeds on an Auckland motorway.

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Friday, June 10 2022
Sam Cane makes timely return as Chiefs eye semifinal against Crusaders

Clayton McMillan sees the value in short turnarounds at the end of a campaign.

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Friday, June 10 2022
Senior Crusaders coach blasts delays and claims city mayor has 'never wanted it'

A senior Crusaders rugby coach has blasted Christchurch's mayor over the ongoing delays in building a new stadium, alleging: "She never wanted it."

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Friday, June 10 2022
Crusaders and All Blacks flanker Ethan Blackadder ruled out for rest of the year

Crusaders and All Blacks flanker Ethan Blackadder has been ruled out for the rest of the year with a shoulder injury.

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Thursday, June 09 2022
Who impressed in the Super Rugby quarters?

Elliott Smith and Liam Napier dissect the Super Rugby Pacific quarter-finals that went exactly to the formbook, at least on the scoreboard.

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Tuesday, June 07 2022
New era for Black Ferns starts on winning note against Australia

Black Ferns 23
Australia 10

A new era for the Black Ferns started on a sodden and ultimately successful note on Monday with a gritty comeback victory against the Wallaroos to open their pre-World Cup campaign.

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Monday, June 06 2022
Clinical Chiefs produce commanding win over Waratahs

Chiefs 39
Waratahs 15

After easing past the Waratahs in today's quarter-final, the Chiefs will now face one of the most difficult challenges in Super Rugby.

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Monday, June 06 2022
 Beauden Barrett steals show as Blues cruise into semifinals with win over Highlanders

Blues 35
Highlanders 6

One down, two hurdles to clear for the Blues.

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Monday, June 06 2022
 Brumbies overpower Hurricanes to claim another Kiwi scalp

Brumbies 35
Hurricanes 25

The Hurricanes have been unable to complete a perfect quarter-final weekend for New Zealand teams, knocked out by the Brumbies in Canberra tonight.

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Saturday, June 04 2022
Blues legend Keven Mealamu hails Leon MacDonald for unlocking team's talent

All Blacks legend Keven Mealamu believes he has cracked the code as to why Leon MacDonald's Blues are the best in nearly 20 years.

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Saturday, June 04 2022
New Zealand Rugby's $200m deal with Silver Lake approved

New Zealand Rugby's provincial unions have signed off the $200 million Silver Lake deal.

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Saturday, June 04 2022
Sole dissenting mystery vote casts shade on Silver Lake deal

A jubilant mood encompassed New Zealand Rugby's Auckland headquarters yesterday as the provincial unions signed off the fraught Silver Lake deal — yet one lone objection left a lingering question hanging in the air.

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Thursday, June 02 2022
Northland physiotherapist Skye Renes refused chance at Supreme Court appeal

Former New Zealand women's rugby league team physiotherapist Skye Renes has been refused a shot at a Supreme Court appeal against her convictions for Accident Compensation Corporation fraud.

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Thursday, June 02 2022
Hamilton welcomes back HSBC NZ Sevens after pandemic stopped play for two years

New Zealand's biggest sporting party is returning to Hamilton's FMG Stadium Waikato in January. NZ Rugby and event partner 37 South has confirmed the HSBC New Zealand Sevens will take place at FMG Stadium Waikato on January 21 and 22, after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19.

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Thursday, June 02 2022
Otaki girl Pounamu Mackay adjusts to life in Japan on rugby scholarship

You would think moving from small-town Ōtaki to Kashiwa, a city of 414,000 people an hour out of Japan's capital, would be a big culture shock.

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