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World Rugby delays decision on July Tests

The fate of planned mid-year rugby union internationals will be decided this month, but the indications are they will be called off.

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5dSam Bruce

Resetting rugby: The options at home and abroad

The coronavirus pandemic has brought rugby to a screeching halt all over the globe. But administrators must not waste the unplanned opportunity to take stock, both in their own backyards and in conjunction with one another.

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NZ Super clubs get handout amid pandemic

New Zealand Rugby has offered a grant of $[NZ]250,000 to each of the country's five Super Rugby teams to help them get through the next three months while the game remains suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.


NZ Rugby announces staff pay cuts

New Zealand Rugby staff haven't taken the same hit as their Australian counterparts, agreeing to a 20 per cent pay cut across the board.

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McCaw puts positive rugby spin on virus pandemic

All Blacks great Richie McCaw says there are a number of learnings for New Zealand Rugby amid the coronavirus pandemic and that supporters may have just realised what they had been taking for granted.

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NZ rugby pay cuts 'inevitable' All Black says

All Blacks stars are bracing for pay cuts as an inevitable consequence of the sport's inactivity in rugby-mad New Zealand over the coming weeks and months.

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NZ Rugby to assess July Tests viability

New Zealand Rugby has been forced to suspend plans for a custom-built domestic competition after the country's alert status was raised to a more restrictive level to counter the coronavirus.

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26dLiam Napier

Credibility, retention key for NZ Rugby's All Blacks XV

Reviving a second-string "All Blacks XV" appears to be an intelligent move. But fans will demand credibility with its selections and a good place to start would be naming Scott Robertson as its coach, Liam Napier writes.

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Highlanders, SANZAAR explain jersey clash

Highlanders CEO Roger Clark and SANZAR have provided context following last weekend's farcical jersey clash that grabbed the headlines from their 38-13 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria.

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NZ Rugby launches 'All Blacks XV' squad

An All Blacks second-string team will tour the northern hemisphere this year in New Zealand Rugby's latest ploy to keep top-flight players in the country and raise revenue.

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40dBrittany Mitchell

Crusaders launch program to produce future Australian rugby stars

The Crusaders alongside the University of Wollongong have launched their Global Rugby Program in Sydney in a bid to foster young Australian and international rugby talent, with an aim to grow the game, not just produce future Crusaders.

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Code jumpers: How would Ponga & Savea fare?

Talk of players switching codes is in no way a new phenomenon. But the separate reports of Ardie Savea and Kalyn Ponga jumping ship got us thinking: How would each man fare in the other's code?

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40dLiam Napier

Why not? Savea's NRL project reflects shift in player power

Intentional or otherwise, Ardie Savea has backed NZ Rugby into a corner by recently stating "100 percent I want to play league" - indicating this move could happen as soon as next year. Welcome to the new world order of athlete power.

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Savea a potential NRL star: Tuivasa-Sheck

Game breakers from both rugby codes are convinced Ardie Savea would be a sensation if he makes the seldom-seen jump from the All Blacks to the NRL.

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41dBrittany Mitchell

Crusaders great sees life in Aussie rugby yet

All Blacks and Crusaders great Reuben Thorne believes Australian rugby has a bright future with Dave Rennie at the Wallabies and several young stars making an impression in the opening rounds of Super Rugby.

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All Blacks star Savea flags NRL switch

All Blacks star Ardie Savea has revealed he wants to play in the NRL and would consider a switch to the 13-man game as soon as next year.

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Wales to host All Blacks and South Africa

The Welsh Rugby Union has announced that it will play host to the All Blacks and South Africa in November as part of the 2020 Autumn Internationals.

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Highlander cops three weeks for Banks hit

Highlanders winger Sio Tomkinson has been slapped with a three-week suspension for his hit on Tom Banks, but that will be of little comfort to the Brumbies.

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Fatialofa takes first steps after spinal injury

Worcester lock Michael Fatialofa has taken his first steps in his medical rehabilitation from a neck injury that occurred less than a minute after coming onto the field in a match on Jan. 4.

54dLiam Napier

Is this the year Jordie Barrett achieves rugby acceptance?

Jordie Barrett's astonishing long-range penalty goal in the Hurricanes' win over the Jaguares rightly went viral. But it was his all-round performance that pointed to a maturing rugby mind, Liam Napier writes.

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56dSam Bruce

No All Blacks-style rest protocols for Wallabies

As the debate around player management policies and rest weeks continues across the Tasman, Wallabies management are taking a different approach to their All Blacks counterparts, writes Sam Bruce.

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Gatland, Brown take aim at All Blacks protocols

The debate over restricting playing time for All Blacks in Super Rugby has gone to another level after it was criticised by leading coaches Warren Gatland and Tony Brown.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

  • NZL3rd
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries Scored
  • NZL3rd
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points Difference