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Thursday, September 29 2022
Two Kiwis among five rugby players facing trial in connection to alleged gang rape in France

Two New Zealanders are among a group of five rugby players that were sent to trial overnight in connection with the alleged gang rape of a young woman in France in 2017.

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Thursday, September 29 2022
Northland stay alive in NPC after dramatic win over Bay of Plenty

Northland's season has been saved by a scrum.

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Thursday, September 29 2022
Rugby professionals in employment spat with franchise owners

A two-year long employment dispute involving two rugby professionals who say they weren't paid by their franchise has ended up in court.

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Tuesday, September 27 2022
All Blacks win Rugby Championship as South Africa beat Argentina

The All Blacks have won the Rugby Championship after South Africa couldn't chase them down despite beating Argentina in their final game.

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Tuesday, September 27 2022
Australian media reacts to All Blacks thrashing in second Bledisloe Cup test

World media reacts to the All Blacks' big win over the Wallabies and their Rugby Championship triumph.

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Tuesday, September 27 2022
Black Ferns star Ruby Tui on growing up around drugs and violence

Black Ferns star Ruby Tui has opened up about a turbulent childhood and seeing a woman overdose and die while visiting a house with her father as a 10-year-old.

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Sunday, September 25 2022
Northland Taniwha look to getting back to winning ways

All the stats bar one point in favour of Northland over Tasman ahead of their clash in what's perhaps the Taniwha's season-defining game this afternoon.

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Sunday, September 25 2022
Australia have what it takes to crack 'once proud All Blacks' at fortress Eden Park

The Wallabies laid down a marker in Melbourne with their courageous, rousing and spirited performance in Bledisloe I.

Posted by: AT 04:34 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, September 25 2022
BOP Steamers win: Hawke's Bay lose Battle of the Bays

The Hawke's Bay Magpies' quarter-final hopes took a hit as they dropped their second straight NPC match, 20-14, to Bay of Plenty in Tauranga on Saturday afternoon.

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Saturday, September 24 2022
Eden Park enlisting the help of volunteers ahead of huge weekend of sport

Organisers of this weekend's blockbuster triple-header of sport at Eden Park are using volunteers from churches and rugby clubs to help bolster the numbers of staff amidst the hospitality worker shortage.

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Saturday, September 24 2022
Dave Rennie says World Rugby backs Australia's stance on Mathieu Raynal's time-wasting decision

Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie says World Rugby agrees with Australia's point of view that his side should not have been punished for time-wasting during the conclusion of last weekend's test in Melbourne.

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Friday, September 23 2022
 Skipper Sam Cane ruled out of Rugby Championship decider

All Blacks skipper Sam Cane has been ruled out of this weekend's Bledisloe Cup test in Auckland due to injury.

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Friday, September 23 2022
Sevens stars set to start for Black Ferns against Japan

A strong Black Ferns side has been named for their last Test match before the Rugby World Cup, hosting Japan at Eden Park on Saturday.

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Friday, September 23 2022
Dave Rennie hits out at Rieko Ioane for 'mouthing off' in haka controversy

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has hit out at Rieko Ioane for "mouthing off" during the first test, saying the All Blacks midfielder accused Australia of disrespecting the haka.

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Thursday, September 22 2022
Springboks turn to veteran as they look to chase down All Blacks

South Africa were forced to select 35-year-old veteran Frans Steyn at first-five for the decisive final game of the Rugby Championship against Argentina.

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Thursday, September 22 2022
Te Awamutu Rugby Sub-Union finally celebrate centenary

Albert Park played host to two matches on Saturday in celebration of the Te Awamutu Rugby Sub-Union centenary.

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Thursday, September 22 2022
Shadows during rugby caused by light configuration

Yarrow Stadium's light configuration was to blame for the dimness during Friday night's National Provincial Championship match.

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Tuesday, September 20 2022
Referee Nigel Owens weighs in on controversial All Blacks-Wallabies ending

One of the top rugby referees has weighed in on the controversial Bledisloe Cup ending last week saying French referee Mathieu Raynal.

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Tuesday, September 20 2022
A dark Ranfurly Shield day ends with McLean Park floodlight left on

The lights may have gone out on Hawke's Bay's impressive Ranfurly Shield streak on Saturday night but not on their stadium's floodlight.

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Tuesday, September 20 2022
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck should start in second test against Australia, says John Kirwan

All Blacks legend John Kirwan believes the time has come for Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's first start in the black jersey.

Posted by: AT 03:55 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, September 19 2022
All Blacks lack of empathy over controversial decision 'ironic', says ex-Wallabies wing Drew Mitchell

Former Wallabies wing Drew Mitchell has noted the irony in Ian Foster's response to a controversial late call in the All Blacks win over the Wallabies on Thursday.

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Monday, September 19 2022
Wallabies closing gap on All Blacks but need to believe it, says John Eales

Wallabies legend John Eales believes the gap between the Australian team and the All Blacks is closing, but says a shift in mindset must happen for more progress to be made.

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Monday, September 19 2022
Waikato rocked by Otago intercept try in first NPC defeat

Waikato's unbeaten NPC season is over after they were stunned by a late blitz from Otago today.

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Sunday, September 18 2022
Josh Goodhue to lead Northland Taniwha against North Harbour

Athletic lock Josh Goodhue will wear the captain's armband for the Northland Taniwha, while Rivez Reihana and Rob Rush will play their blazer games (15 caps) against North Harbour.

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Sunday, September 18 2022
Two Birds, one Shield: Magpies stalwart John Bird's advice to Ranfurly-hopeful son

Hawke's Bay rugby icon John Bird would prefer towering son and Wellington Lion Dominic Bird didn't knock the Magpies from their perch in Saturday's Ranfurly Shield clash. He chats to Mark Story about divided loyalties, playing days and Shield sanctity.

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Sunday, September 18 2022
Wallabies great Tim Horan claims referee Mathieu Raynal didn't communicate during controversial call

Former Wallabies centre Tim Horan has weighed in on the controversial refereeing decision that helped hand the All Blacks victory over Australia on Thursday, claiming Bernard Foley couldn't have heard the referee's pleas to kick the ball, given "he was 15, 20 metres away".

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Saturday, September 17 2022
Pumas and Springboks must win to stay in Rugby Championship race

Argentina and South Africa don't have a choice on Sunday.

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Saturday, September 17 2022
Kendra Cocksedge reflects on overcoming hurdles in earliest days on rugby pitch

Overcoming hurdles is nothing new for Kendra Cocksedge.

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Saturday, September 17 2022
Bernard Foley denies wasting time, hits back at Ian Foster's comments

Wallabies playmaker Bernard Foley has denied deliberately wasting time in his side's loss to the All Blacks and hit out at Ian Foster for his "disappointing" comments.

Posted by: AT 01:26 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, September 15 2022
Kickoff time, how to watch in NZ, live streaming, teams, odds - all you need to know

All you need to know ahead of the first test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne (kickoff at 9.45pm):

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Thursday, September 15 2022
All Blacks great John Kirwan says Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 'running out of time' for his World Cup break

An All Blacks great hopes Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is given a chance to show his World Cup class on this year's northern tour.

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Thursday, September 15 2022
The Conversation: NZ 'rugby religion' - How should its high priesthood respond to a crisis of faith?

Rugby football was the best of all our pleasures: it was religion and desire and fulfilment all in one - John Mulgan, Report on Experience (1947)

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Tuesday, September 13 2022
Heartbreak for New Zealand sevens sides at World Cup

New Zealand's run atop of the sevens world is over after both the Black Ferns Sevens and All Blacks Sevens fell short of winning third straight World Cup titles.

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Tuesday, September 13 2022
Hamilton Boys' High win dramatic First XV Championship title

Hamilton Boys' High snatched a dramatic 17-15 last-gasp win over Napier Boys' High in the final of the New Zealand Barbarians National First XV Championship in Palmerston North on Sunday.

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Tuesday, September 13 2022
Why next month's Rugby World Cup will only be played in New Zealand's north

With under a month to kick-off in the Rugby World Cup, tournament head Michelle Hooper tells Jim Kayes why all games will be played in NZ's north, and how this will be the tipping point for change in the women's game.

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Sunday, September 11 2022
Hawke's Bay roll past Southland to extend Ranfurly Shield reign

Hawke's Bay have kept their Ranfurly Shield defence rolling, producing their most dominant performance of the year to leave Southland staggering.

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Sunday, September 11 2022
Kendra Cocksedge leads Canterbury to final victory over Auckland

In her last Farah Palmer Cup outing, it was only fitting that Kendra Cocksedge put on one final masterclass to help her side lift the premiership trophy in her 100th appearance.

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Sunday, September 11 2022
Hawke's Bay Tui leave it late in historic FPC final win

By Doug Laing

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Friday, September 09 2022
Cardiac problem forces France centre Virimi Vakatawa to retire

A cardiac problem that jeopardises Virimi Vakatawa's health when playing elite rugby has forced the France centre to end his career.

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Friday, September 09 2022
TMO howler helps Wellington to first win over Tasman in 12 years

Wellington's first win over Tasman in 12 years on Wednesday night was overshadowed by a shocking TMO howler.

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Friday, September 09 2022
Former rugby international and commentator Willie Los'e dies aged 55

Former rugby international and sports broadcaster Willie Los'e has died at the age of 55.

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Tuesday, September 06 2022
History in the making as Northland pip Auckland

There is something frighteningly good about this Northland Taniwha side, given the way they have been putting quality sides to sleep.

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Tuesday, September 06 2022
Ardie Savea and Shannon Frizell to miss Australia test in Melbourne

The All Blacks will be without Ardie Savea and Shannon Frizell for the first Rugby Championship test against the Wallabies in Melbourne.

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Monday, September 05 2022
Northland stun Auckland to make NPC history

Season after season, Northland have been among the minnows of the National Provincial Championship. In 2022, they have shed that tag.

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Monday, September 05 2022
Ruthless All Blacks earn revenge over Argentina

One emphatic victory doesn't save a season but it sure beats another defeat.

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Monday, September 05 2022
 Fight explodes as Boks get revenge on woeful Wallabies

The Wallabies have crashed back to earth in 24-8 loss to South Africa as the Springboks exacted revenge for last week's defeat.

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Friday, September 02 2022
 Michael Cheika reacts to fan's tattoo as Pumas make four changes for rematch

A passionate Pumas fan has made good on his promise to get a Michael Cheika tattoo after Argentina pulled off their historic upset against the All Blacks.

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Friday, September 02 2022
Big names return as Ian Foster keeps faith with starting XV for Pumas rematch

Ian Foster has kept the faith with the starting XV that lost to the Pumas for the rematch in Hamilton on Saturday.

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Friday, September 02 2022
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck among eight All Blacks released for NPC duty

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck could be in line for some game time this weekend, with the midfielder among eight players released back to their NPC teams by the All Blacks.

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