All Blacks skipper Sam Cane upbeat after successful surgery

Rugby Apr 13, 2021

All Blacks skipper Sam Cane upbeat after successful surgery

Sam Cane is looking forward to "coming back stronger" after successful surgery on his torn pectoral muscle, the All Blacks captain said on social media. Cane will miss most of the test season while sidelined for up to six months after suffering the injury during ...

Aaron Smith commits to All Blacks through 2023 Rugby World Cup

Rugby Mar 2, 2021

Aaron Smith commits to All Blacks through 2023 Rugby World Cup

All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby through to the 2023 World Cup in France. Smith, the most-capped New Zealand scrumhalf of all time with 97 test appearances, will also remain with his long-time provincial side Otago Highlanders as part of ...

Rugby becoming the next frontier for hungry sports investors

Rugby Feb 24, 2021

Rugby becoming the next frontier for hungry sports investors

Rugby's crown jewels are in the sights of investors seeking to exploit the untapped potential of the market as struggling governing bodies try to replenish their coffers. U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake is reported to be offering around $340 million for a 15% share ...

All Blacks legend Dan Carter retires at 38

Rugby Feb 21, 2021

All Blacks legend Dan Carter retires at 38

All Blacks legend Dan Carter, a three-time world player of the year and double World Cup winner, announced his retirement on Saturday. The fly-half, who remains the record points-scorer in both test and Super Rugby, said he was "sad" to call it quits. "I'm officially retiring ...

New Zealand expecting 47,000-strong crowd for second Bledisloe test

Rugby Oct 13, 2020

New Zealand expecting 47,000-strong crowd for second Bledisloe test

New Zealand Rugby is expecting a "near-capacity" crowd of some 47,000 to pack into Auckland's Eden Park for the second Bledisloe Cup international against Australia on Sunday. Pictures of 31,000 fans without masks cheering on the three-time world champions in the first test in Wellington ...

Wallabies coach backs New Zealand call for early finish

Rugby Sep 27, 2020

Wallabies coach backs New Zealand call for early finish

Australia coach Dave Rennie sided with New Zealand Sunday over a scheduling row threatening to derail the Rugby Championship, but he held back from saying it would be resolved. The stumbling block is New Zealand's demand that the tournament, which also involves South Africa and ...

Former All Blacks Ben Smith, Aaron Cruden bound for Steelers

Rugby Jul 31, 2020

Former All Blacks Ben Smith, Aaron Cruden bound for Steelers

Former All Blacks Ben Smith and Aaron Cruden will join the Kobe Kobelco Steelers in the Japan Rugby Top League next season, the club announced Friday. Smith, who boasts 84 caps for New Zealand, was a member of two consecutive World Cup sides, winning the ...