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MLR receives official Hawai'i bid

An expansion bid from Kanaloa Hawai'i has officially been submitted to Major Rugby League officials with five former All Blacks players said to be backing the team.

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NZ derbies taking their toll on players: Hurricanes' Holland

The constant stream of New Zealand derbies in Super Rugby Aotearoa is taking a heavy physical toll on players, and teams are having to prioritize recovery during the week, Wellington Hurricanes coach Jason Holland has said.


NZR not 'actively' working on hybrid clash

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) is no longer "actively" working on the proposed hybrid match between the All Blacks and the rugby league world champion Kangaroos while they await a response from Australia, chief executive Mark Robinson said on Thursday.

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5dSam Bruce

NZ review to recommend trans-Tasman rugby comp - report

The future of the SANZAAR alliance has been cast into further doubt after a leaked report suggested New Zealand's Aratipu review will recommend the country pursues a trans-Tasman provincial competition from 2021.

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Sotutu re-signs with Blues in strong ABs hint

Rising No. 8 Hoskins Sotutu has committed his immediate future to the Blues and New Zealand rugby, removing almost any chance England coach Eddie Jones could make an audacious bid for the 22-year-old.

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6dSam Bruce

RA racing clock on broadcast deal, 2021 comps

Having successfully commenced its Super Rugby AU competition over the weekend, Rugby Australia is now in a race against the clock to finalise its competition plans for 2021 and secure a broadcast deal beyond this season.

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Survey paints uneasy picture for All Blacks coach

Almost half of New Zealand's top flight rugby union players believe New Zealand Rugby had not made the right choice in appointing Ian Foster as the All Blacks coach, according to a survey released on Monday.

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Carter wows locals, says he was 'a bit rusty'

Dan Carter gave himself a pass mark after his first game of rugby in New Zealand since 2015 but was not expecting to make a marketers' dream debut for the Blues next week against the Crusaders.

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Barrett signs in Japan, miss Super Rugby in 2021

New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett will miss Super Rugby next year and play for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan's Top League, but he will be available for the three-times world champions' international programme, the Blues said on Friday.

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World Sevens Series off, New Zealand named champs

New Zealand were awarded the men's and women's World Sevens Series titles on Tuesday after World Rugby cancelled the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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7dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R4: The Crusaders can make you look very silly

Just how good do you have to be to beat the Crusaders right now? Well you have to take every opportunity that comes your way for a start. Meanwhile, something is just not quite right with the Chiefs.

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13dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R3: New Zealand production line in full swing

The results in Round 3 of Super Rugby Aotearoa went to plan, but the games were closer than many thought they would be. It also showcased two rising talents in New Zealand rugby, and the importance of good decision-making.

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Blues stay unbeaten after Highlanders blow late opportunity

The Highlanders could have brought on the first golden-point of Super Rugby Aotearoa, but they instead kicked for the corner and then turned the ball over from the lineout to let the Blues off the hook on Saturday night.

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18dSam Bruce

RA boss tempts New Zealand with World Cup carrot

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan has dangled the carrot of a Rugby World Cup pool being hosted in New Zealand in 2027 as negotiations continue around a potential trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition in 2021.

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Assistant coach Hammett to leave Highlanders

Former All Blacks hooker Mark Hammett will leave his role as assistant coaching at the Highlanders at the end of the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.

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21dSam Bruce

Is this the next great All Blacks No. 8?

Super Rugby Aotearoa again produced a heap of penalties as players continue to adapt to a greater focus on the game's laws at the breakdown. But the Blues are two from two, and their big No. 8 continues to impress right across the paddock.

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Crusaders push on late to beat Hurricanes

Richie Mo'unga was gifted a fortuitous try to ensure the Crusaders opened their Super Rugby Aotearoa campaign with a 39-25 victory over the Hurricanes on Sunday.

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Barrett gives Blues breathing room to beat Chiefs

Beauden Barrett sparked a final quarter resurgence by the Blues that carried them to a 24-12 win over the Chiefs in New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa competition on Saturday.

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26dSam Bruce

Trans-Tasman comp has support of All Blacks great

Australia's Super Rugby chief executives have been invited to be part of a conference call with their New Zealand counterparts as All Blacks great Justin Marshall says both nations need each other moving forward.

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Wallabies' Ainsley to return to New Zealand

Melbourne Rebels prop Jermaine Ainsley has signed a two-year deal with the Highlanders that will see him return home from Australia and become ineligible for selection in Dave Rennie's Wallabies squad.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

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