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Chiefs Channel Emotional Loss Of Sione Lauaki To Take Out Brisbane Tens Title

Chiefs Channel Emotional Loss Of Sione Lauaki To Take Out Brisbane Tens Title

“The Chiefs have overcome the emotional loss of former star Sione Lauaki and an injury-ravaged final to take out the inaugural Brisbane Tens with a 12-5 victory over the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium,” writes…

Samoa Aims for Success With Gordon Tietjens

Samoa Aims for Success With Gordon Tietjens

After two decades as the most successful coach in rugby sevens history, Gordon Tietjens could be forgiven for easing his way into retirement, CNN World Rugby show reports. However, the veteran New Zealander is…

Scotland’s Sean Maitland Gets off to a Good Start

Scotland’s Sean Maitland Gets off to a Good Start

Sean Maitland, 28, rarely gives interviews and that is just the way he likes it. Since arriving in Scotland in 2012, the quietly-spoken Tokoroa-born wing has done his talking on the field, where his…

Rugby Boss Vern Cotter Says Scotland on the Up

Rugby Boss Vern Cotter Says Scotland on the Up

It is three years since 54-year-old New Zealander Vern Cotter arrived from French side Clermont Auvergne to take the reigns at Murrayfield. He recalls when his side was the one no one wanted to…

All Blacks Beat France 24-19

All Blacks Beat France 24-19

“World player of the year Beauden Barrett helped stretch New Zealand’s winning streak over France to 10 games with a hard-fought but ultimately comfortable 24-19 victory on Sunday (AEDT),” as reported in an article…

All Blacks Exact Immediate Revenge in Dublin Thriller

All Blacks Exact Immediate Revenge in Dublin Thriller

“Two weeks after their 18-game winning run was ended by a 40-29 defeat to Ireland in Chicago, New Zealand reasserted their hegemony with a victory that was a lot less convincing than the score…

Peter Duncan Takes up New Rugby Role in Hong Kong

Peter Duncan Takes up New Rugby Role in Hong Kong

New Hong Kong Rugby Union president New Zealander Peter Duncan is “honoured” to be in the job after a 16-year hiatus. Duncan was first involved with the union as Hong Kong’s coach in the 1970s…

Beauden Barrett Voted World Player of the Year

Beauden Barrett Voted World Player of the Year

“New Zealand flyhalf Beauden Barrett has been voted World Player of the Year as the world champion All Blacks swept the major awards at the end of a record-breaking rugby season,” as reported in…

Ireland End New Zealand’s Record Streak

Ireland End New Zealand’s Record Streak

It was “a great result for Ireland. And an even better one for New Zealand,” writes Mick Cleary for the Telegraph after Ireland beat the New Zealand All Blacks 40 to 29. “You…

ABs Beat Wallabies Again at Eden Park 37-10

ABs Beat Wallabies Again at Eden Park 37-10

Australia had the ball but New Zealand scored the tries as they set a new record for consecutive Test victories by a Tier 1 nation, reaching 18 but having come of age long before,…

Coloradan Finds Rugby Home Where the Sport Is King

Coloradan Finds Rugby Home Where the Sport Is King

Colorado native Chris Baumann, 29, has racked up plenty of miles over the last few years in his quest to play rugby. Now Baumann (pictured centre, tackling Eben Etzebeth of South Africa, 4) is…

Connacht Rugby’s Pat Lam Earns Honorary Degree

Connacht Rugby’s Pat Lam Earns Honorary Degree

New Zealander Pat Lam, head coach of Connacht Rugby, and former rugby international has received an honorary degree from NUI Galway for his achievements, which have significantly enriched both Connacht and the wider community. Lam…

Wasps Jimmy Gopperth Player of the Month

Wasps Jimmy Gopperth Player of the Month

Wasps inside centre/fly-half New Plymouth-born Jimmy Gopperth, 33, has capped a stellar start to the new season by being named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for September. Gopperth – who recently signed a…

Pumas No Match for Unstoppable All Blacks

Pumas No Match for Unstoppable All Blacks

Title-holders New Zealand have made it five bonus-point victories out of five in this year’s Rugby Championship beating Argentina 36-17 in Buenos Aires in front of a 50,000-strong home crowd, South Africa’s Independent Online…

Japan’s Brave Blossoms Welcome Coach Jamie Joseph

Japan’s Brave Blossoms Welcome Coach Jamie Joseph

In his first press conference since taking charge of Japan national rugby team the Brave Blossoms, New Zealander Jamie Joseph warned fans to expect pain before pleasure as he builds toward the 2019 World…

Warren Gatland Looks to Dethrone the ABs

Warren Gatland Looks to Dethrone the ABs

Warren Gatland, 52, landed in New Zealand last week only two days after being given the job of overthrowing what may be the country’s most cherished institution: the All Blacks rugby team. Gatland has…

All Blacks Crush Wallabies in All Departments

All Blacks Crush Wallabies in All Departments

“It is always a pleasure to watch sporting greatness in action, so this was rugby ecstasy,” Sunday Telegraph rugby correspondent Steve James enthuses after the All Blacks thrashed the Wallabies 42-8 in the first…

Hurricanes Clinch 2016 Super Rugby Title

Hurricanes Clinch 2016 Super Rugby Title

“After 20 years of waiting, Hurricanes fly-half Beauden Barrett dived on a loose ball with little over 11 minutes remaining to score the winning try and secure his side’s first Super Rugby title with…

Steve Hansen Re-Signs with All Blacks

Steve Hansen Re-Signs with All Blacks

World Cup winning coach Steve Hansen has re-signed with the All Blacks through until 2019, as reported on Fox Sports. “New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said the board unanimously voted to…

NZ Super Rugby Teams Trouncing Australian

NZ Super Rugby Teams Trouncing Australian

“In the 20 years of Super Rugby, there has never been a weekend like the one just gone, with results that have shaken Australian rugby to its very foundations,” according to the Australian’s senior…

NZ WWII Rugby Jersey Helps Cash-Strapped Welsh Club

NZ WWII Rugby Jersey Helps Cash-Strapped Welsh Club

A forgotten post-war New Zealand rugby jersey found among old artefacts at a Welsh clubhouse has provided a massive financial boost to the side, which is run on a shoestring, according to Wales Online. Officials…

NZ Thrash Wales to Seal Series Whitewash

NZ Thrash Wales to Seal Series Whitewash

New Zealand has beaten Wales 46-6 to seal the three-Test series at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. This win was the 29th in a row for the All Blacks over the Welsh who not…

World Champion All Blacks Beat Wales

World Champion All Blacks Beat Wales

New Zealand’s All Blacks have beaten Wales 39-21 in the first test at Eden Park on Saturday, as reported in Fox Sports. The win “was achieved by a team beginning a new era…

More to Come from Brilliant Bundee Aki

More to Come from Brilliant Bundee Aki

Auckland-born Bundee Aki, 26, has been crowned both Connacht Player’s Player and Fans’ Player of the Season, as well as Guinness Players’ Player of the Season after a poll of all of the Pro12…

Dan Carter Helps French Club into Cup Final

Dan Carter Helps French Club into Cup Final

Dan Carter has rebuilt himself again, helping French club Racing 92 to the Champions Cup final on 14 May and proving the pain of rehab is worth enduring for continued success, the Observer’s Eddie…

Stunning NZ Super Rugby Stats Send Ominous Warning to Opponents

Stunning NZ Super Rugby Stats Send Ominous Warning to Opponents

Many believe that New Zealand “are as vulnerable as ever this summer,” after having lost their faction of hall of famers to international careers, writes Matthew Southcombe for Wales Online. Looking at New…

Mils Muliaina to Kick off in American PRO League

Mils Muliaina to Kick off in American PRO League

Helping kick start American rugby is former New Zealand fullback Mils Muliaina who played 100 tests for the All Blacks and who will play for San Francisco in the five-team league PRO Rugby tournament,…

Top 5 New Zealand Rugby Players in Europe

Top 5 New Zealand Rugby Players in Europe

The top five New Zealand rugby players, who are currently playing in Europe, have been ranked by Bleacher Report, based on the impact they are having or will have this season for…

Iron Maiden Release All Blacks T-Shirt For NZ

Iron Maiden Release All Blacks T-Shirt For NZ

Iron Maiden have released a special edition All Blacks t-shirt as a tribute to their Rugby World Cup victory. Fans will be able to purchase the shirt during the band’s  tour in New Zealand. “The…

All Blacks South Africa Rebel Tour 30 Years On

All Blacks South Africa Rebel Tour 30 Years On

It has been 30 years since the All Blacks rebel tour forced a split in the New Zealand public, Huw Richards writes for ESPN. “The match between the New Zealand Cavaliers and the Junior…

Richie McCaw Honored with Order of New Zealand

Richie McCaw Honored with Order of New Zealand

All Blacks legend Richie McCaw has received New Zealand’s top civil honor – the Order of New Zealand (ONZ), which recognizes “outstanding service” to the country and is restricted to 20 living members at…

All Blacks Named Laureus World Sports Team of 2015

All Blacks Named Laureus World Sports Team of 2015

The All Blacks have been named team of the year of 2015 at the Laureus World Sports awards on Tuesday in Berlin. Dan Carter, who suffered what could have been a career-ending injury in…

All Blacks Re-Sign Wayne Smith

All Blacks Re-Sign Wayne Smith

All Blacks defence coach Wayne Smith has signed a two-year contract extension with New Zealand Rugby. Head Coach Steve Hansen persuaded him to return to the All Blacks after taking a break following the World…

Andrew Hore Named Waratahs CEO

Andrew Hore Named Waratahs CEO

New Zealander Andrew Hore has been appointed chief executive of the Waratahs and New South Wales Rugby, replacing Greg Harris in April. Hore has spent the last four years at the helm of Welsh club…

Captaincy Will Be the Making of Dylan Hartley

Captaincy Will Be the Making of Dylan Hartley

Sean Fitzpatrick, the former All Black captain who was asked by Eddie Jones to give advice to his newly appointed captain, Rotorua-born Dylan Hartley, 29, believes that the captaincy will turn out to be…

Kieran Read Confirmed As New All Blacks Captain

Kieran Read Confirmed As New All Blacks Captain

Coach Steve Hansen has confirmed that Kieran Read will replace Richie McCaw as captain of the All Blacks. He will also captain the Crusaders in this year’s Super Rugby competition. “We have known for quite…

Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko Win New Zealander of Year Awards

Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko Win New Zealander of Year Awards

Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko have been honoured at the New Zealander of the Year Awards. McCaw was voted ‘New Zealander of the Year’, while golfer Lydia Ko was named ‘Young New Zealander of…

New Zealand Top Women’s World Rankings

New Zealand Top Women’s World Rankings

New Zealand’s Black Ferns have been ranked #1 on the first rankings for women’s Test rugby. “It’s a positive step for one of the fastest growing team sports in the world, as it brings parity…

Jonah Lomu: A Gentle Giant

Jonah Lomu: A Gentle Giant

For many the defining image of gentle giant Jonah Lomu, who died in November, aged 40, is the sight of the New Zealand rugby star swatting aside England players in the semi-final of the 1995…

All Blacks Add Spice to European Champions Cup

All Blacks Add Spice to European Champions Cup

New Zealand’s All Black stars are the big prizes in rugby’s global talent pool, particularly only a few months after winning a second consecutive World Cup, the New York Times reports. Like Ma’a Nonu,…

New Zealanders Helping Racing 92 to the Top

New Zealanders Helping Racing 92 to the Top

The experience of former All Blacks is helping Paris club Racing 92 with long-term ambitions, both nationally and internationally, said club president Jacky Lorenzetti. French clubs often give priority to their own national…

Ben Franks up for London Irish Challenge

Ben Franks up for London Irish Challenge

Ben Franks, 31, knew what he was getting himself in for when he joined London Irish. The double World Cup winning prop from Christchurch received far more lucrative offers from French clubs, but he…

Dan Carter BBC Overseas Sports Personality of 2015

Dan Carter BBC Overseas Sports Personality of 2015

New Zealander Dan Carter has beaten tennis champion Serena Williams and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to take the title of BBC Overseas Sports personality of the Year. The Paris Racing 92 fly-half was crowned World…

Richie McCaw Set for Adventure Race

Richie McCaw Set for Adventure Race

Recently-retired All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will test his outdoor skills in the GODZone – a 550km adventure race in early April 2016 – alongside NZ Rugby Players Association chief executive Rob Nicol. “We know…

New Zealand Bids Farewell to Jonah Lomu

New Zealand Bids Farewell to Jonah Lomu

“Thousands of New Zealanders have visited Eden Park to honour the memory of legendary All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu at a public memorial service hosted at the hallowed Auckland rugby venue”, writes Rory Keane…

Dan Carter Says Future of NZ Rugby Bright

Dan Carter Says Future of NZ Rugby Bright

All Blacks great Dan Carter, 33, is unsure of his own plans once the time comes to hang up his boots but he is confident the game in New Zealand is in safe hands….

Ma’a Nonu Ready for Adventure With Toulon

Ma’a Nonu Ready for Adventure With Toulon

Ma’a Nonu has arrived at Toulon – fresh from helping New Zealand retain the Rugby World Cup last month. “I want to thank the club and especially (president) Mourad Boudjellal for this opportunity and I’m looking forward…

Auckland Schoolboys Perform Powerful Haka in Honour of Jonah Lomu

Auckland Schoolboys Perform Powerful Haka in Honour of Jonah Lomu

Students from Wesley College in South Auckland have performed an incredible haka outside the college in honour of former student Jonah Lomu, who passed away on November 18. According to Fox Sports it could be…

Jonah Lomu: Rugby Superstar Melded Power and Speed

Jonah Lomu: Rugby Superstar Melded Power and Speed

“Jonah Lomu, whose size, strength and speed made him one of rugby’s most fearsome wings, a record-setting, nearly unstoppable scorer for the All Blacks” has died aged 40, writes Bruce Weber in an obituary…

Assistant Coaches Extend All Blacks Contract

Assistant Coaches Extend All Blacks Contract

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster and All Blacks forwards coach Mike Cron have extended their contract with New Zealand Rugby through to 2017. “Ian has provided outstanding coaching of the All Blacks over the…

Richie McCaw Announces New Zealand Retirement

Richie McCaw Announces New Zealand Retirement

Richie McCaw, the most capped All Black in history, has announced his retirement. “This is the end of my rugby days, the reality of hanging up my boots,” said Richie McCaw at a press conference. “This…

All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu Dies

All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu Dies

Former New Zealand rugby star and All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu has passed away in Auckland today, aged 40. “We’re lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah’s family”, said…

How a Tiny Island of 4.5m People Came to Dominate Rugby Worldwide

How a Tiny Island of 4.5m People Came to Dominate Rugby Worldwide

With their 34-17 win at Twickenham against Australia, the New Zealand All Blacks became the first team to ever retain their World Cup trophy. Their back-to-back World Cup wins and their more than 75%…

New Zealand’s All Blacks: Rugby’s All-Time Greats

New Zealand’s All Blacks: Rugby’s All-Time Greats

“The New Zealand All Blacks made it clear this weekend that there isn’t a rugby team in the world that compares with them”, writes Joshua Robinson for the Wall Street Journal. With their winning percentage…

Magnificent All Blacks Beat Wallabies to Become First Team to Win Back-to-Back World Cups

Magnificent All Blacks Beat Wallabies to Become First Team to Win Back-to-Back World Cups

The New Zealand All Blacks have beaten Australia’s Wallabies 34-17 in the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham with a magnificent performance. With their back-to-back World Cup wins they have become the first team…

How to Defend Against the Haka

How to Defend Against the Haka

“Watching 23 burly New Zealanders perform the iconic dance before kickoff is one of rugby’s unwritten rules. The All Blacks, the greatest team ever to play the game, have earned that right over a…