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Time right to coach Blues in rugby: Umaga

New Blues coach Tana Umaga is under no illusions about the challenge ahead after being charged with turning around the fortunes of the struggling Super Rugby side. But the former All Blacks captain says the time is right for him to take his coaching...

Tributes for rugby cult hero Berryman

Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has led the tributes for popular former rugby union star Norm Berryman, who has died at the age of 42. Berryman died on Tuesday of a heart attack in Australia, where he has been based for several years. A father...

Tana Umaga named Blues new head coach

Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga is bracing for a challenge after replacing Sir John Kirwan as head coach of the Blues. Umaga has signed a three-year deal with the struggling Super Rugby franchise following the resignation last week of Kirwan,...

Super 15’s Rugby Semi Finals Tips and Odds

The Super Rugby 2015 season is down to the business end with the finals taking place. We take a look at each of the finals matches and give our tips as well as look at the odds, match times and betting info.   RUGBY OFFER: Sign-up at...

Hurricanes’ All Blacks focused on Brumbies

Loose forward Victor Vito says World Cup thoughts have been pushed firmly to the back of the mind as the Hurricanes prepare for their Super Rugby semi-final against the Brumbies. The Hurricanes have provided 12 of the 41 players in the first All...

Waratahs have backs to the wall:Hoiles

Veteran back rower Stephen Hoiles has revealed the Waratahs will take a backs to the wall mentality into their Super Rugby home semi-final against the Highlanders on Saturday. Hoiles believes any of the four teams contesting the two trans-tasman...

Rio a real possibility for Quade Cooper

The Rio Olympics beckons for Quade Cooper after the Wallabies five-eighth’s long-running contract saga took yet another twist. The day after the Queensland Reds exited talks with Cooper’s management citing “unrealistic...

Waratahs eye farewell final for stars

Five-eighth Bernard Foley says the NSW Waratahs have extra motivation for Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final as they’re determined to farewell a clutch of key players only after another title-decider. Adam Ashley-Cooper, Sekope Kepu,...

AAP won’t seek accreditation for RWC

Australian Associated Press will not seek accreditation to cover October’s Rugby World Cup because the governing body’s terms unreasonably limit editorialised video match highlights. The decision to not send journalists or photographers...

Hurricanes focus on line-out for Brumbies

Coach Chris Boyd is confident the Hurricanes’ bye week has given them enough time to address line-out problems ahead of the Super Rugby semi-final against the Brumbies. The set piece looms as a key contest in Wellington on Saturday night. The...

Milner-Skudder surprised at early call-up

Four years after turning his back on league in Australia, Nehe Milner-Skudder’s switch to rugby union has paid dividends. The former Canterbury Bulldogs under-20s player, who was named in New Zealand’s first squad of the year, said his...

Kaino still hopeful about Samoa rugby Test

All Black Jerome Kaino faces a race against time, but remains hopeful he can play in a match he has circled for some time. New Zealand’s first Test of the World Cup year is in two-and-a-half weeks when they face Samoa in Apia. Kaino missed the...