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OPINION: Mo’unga and Barrett brothers star

Richie Mo’unga and Jordie and Beauden Barrett were the All Blacks to demonstrate their special gifts in the latest round of Super Rugby last...

Swan turns ugly duckling

As rush defences continue to strangle what was once enterprising back play, rugby’s beautiful swan is turning into an ugly duckling. That, and the horrendous...

OPINION: Crusaders hone champions

No Super Rugby team can match the Crusaders for identifying player talent and honing it to All Black status. That’s why they’ve got about a...

OPINION: Fans singing the Blues

Three consecutive Super Rugby wins have Blues fans singing their praises, with none better than their gutsy 24-9 home win against the Stormers. That latest...

Irish expose All Blacks’ weaknesses

Ireland have done the All Blacks a favour in inflicting upon them their second defeat in their last three clashes under the expert guidance...

No World Cup certainty

Two Great Escapes by the All Blacks and Australia over the weekend showed how foolhardy it is to nominate any one team hot favourite...

Springboks still pack a wallop

With the Springboks showing their old steely resolve to prick the All Blacks' winning bubble 36-34 in Wellington on Saturday night, world rugby was...

These Wallabies are no bunnies

The overwhelming Super Rugby success of New Zealand teams against Australian franchises won’t necessarily translate to an All Blacks Bledisloe Cup whitewash of the...

Dr Jekyll inspires Warriors

Having played Mister Hyde in being thrashed by the Penrith Panthers in the NRL the previous week, the Warriors took on the mantle of...

Laumape the toughest

Surely the toughest back in world rugby to tackle is juggernaut Ngani Laumape who scored four stunning tries in the Hurricanes 42-24 triumph against...