Sep 28, 2016

New Zealand rugby boss comes under fire

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) boss Steve Tew faced calls to resign Wednesday over off-field scandals that have damaged the sport’s reputation in the rugby-mad home of the All Blacks. Pundits turned on Tew after an embarrassing U-turn over a teenage star who escaped conviction ...

Sep 15, 2016

Savea awaits first All Blacks start

Rookie loose forward Ardie Savea has been named to make his first test start for the All Blacks against South Africa in their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday. Savea, who has played five tests off the bench since making his debut against Wales in ...

Sep 10, 2016

Ross guides NTT Communications past NEC

Isaac Ross may not have played for his country since 2009 but he showed Friday just why New Zealand is revered as the best rugby nursery in the world and the All Blacks one of the most successful teams in sports. The NTT Communications ...

Sep 7, 2016

All Blacks ready to face Pumas

New Zealand is planning to confound Argentina’s best efforts in their Rugby Championship clash this weekend and maintain the high tempo that has taken its game to new heights this season. The world champions will look to extend their latest winning streak to 14 ...

Aug 29, 2016

Barrett commits to All Blacks until after 2019 World Cup

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen’s hopes of winning a third successive World Cup have been boosted by flyhalf Beauden Barrett’s decision to commit his immediate playing future to New Zealand Rugby until after the 2019 tournament in Japan. The 25-year-old has been in career-best ...

All Blacks whip Australia in Rugby Championship clash

Aug 27, 2016

All Blacks whip Australia in Rugby Championship clash

Israel Dagg scored two tries as the All Blacks beat Australia 29-9 in their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday, which also ensured they retained the Bledisloe Cup for another year. Flyhalf Beauden Barrett also showcased his growing stature as the starting flyhalf with nine ...

Japan upsets Kiwis 14-12 in Olympic rugby sevens opener

Aug 10, 2016

Japan upsets Kiwis 14-12 in Olympic rugby sevens opener

First it was a World Cup upset for Japan. Now it’s the Olympics. For the second time in less than a year, Japan stunned a traditional rugby power at a global event — and it’s destined to keep people interested. Inspired by the win ...

Jun 30, 2016

Ex-All Blacks winger Jane joins Toshiba Brave Lupus

Former All Blacks winger Cory Jane has signed a two-year contract with theTop League’s Toshiba Brave Lupus, though he will return to play for the Wellington Hurricanes next year, his Super Rugby franchise said on Thursday. Jane will head to Japan at the conclusion ...

All Blacks too much for Wales

Jun 18, 2016

All Blacks too much for Wales

Israel Dagg and Ben Smith marked their 50th test matches with tries as New Zealand beat Wales 36-22 in the second rugby test on Saturday for a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Dagg and Smith were drummed into new roles in a ...