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Nadolo re-signs with Crusaders

Giant Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo, having brushed aside a racist taunt in a Christchurch bar earlier this week, has re-signed with the Crusaders for another two years of Super Rugby. Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach said on Friday that Nadolo...

All Blacks prop Woodcock out for season

All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the international season, coach Steve Hansen said on Friday. Hansen said the 110-Test veteran would be sidelined for five months, while lock Dominic Bird was out for...

White’s got the nudge on me, admits Phipps

Despite his recent surge in form for the NSW Waratahs, Nick Phipps concedes Nic White is still in pole position for the Wallabies’ No.9 jersey. The Brumbies’ White started at halfback for Australia’s clashes with France in June,...

SBW eyes All Blacks return

Dual international Sonny Bill Williams already has his eyes set on the All Blacks’ defence of their Rugby World Cup title next year as his days in rugby league near an end. The Sydney Roosters back-rower is sidelined with a thumb injury for...

McKenzie poised to resist changes for ABs

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie looks poised to resist wholesale changes to the side that swept France, with Pat McCabe looming as the man to lock down the vacant wing spot for next week’s Bledisloe Cup opener against the All Blacks. The squad...

ABs rivalry trumps all domestic: Foley

The need to reclaim the Bledisloe Cup from New Zealand after 11 straight series losses has kyboshed any simmering tensions between the Brumbies and NSW Waratahs players, says Wallabies flyhalf Bernard Foley. The All Blacks are on the cusp of...

Workhorse Carter up for second Test crack

It must be one of the gutsiest feel-good rugby stories in recent memory. Wallabies workhorse lock Sam Carter badly sprained his ankle seven minutes into his Test debut against France in June, battled on for the full 80, and earned man-of-the-match...

Springboks bring back veteran Juan Smith

South Africa have recalled veteran flanker and 2007 World Cup winner Juan Smith, continuing his remarkable comeback after he retired 18 months ago because of injury. Smith was drafted into the Springboks’ squad on Wednesday for the Rugby...

Dennis aims to be fit for 2015 Super Rugby

Injured NSW captain Dave Dennis says he’s on track to be back for the start of the Waratahs’ Super Rugby defence as they strive to become the first Australian franchise to win back-to-back titles. Dennis suffered a season-ending knee...

Wallaby backline headaches hit McKenzie

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie admits the NSW Waratahs’ Super Rugby title win has given him “selection headaches” over his backs, but has stopped short of indicating whether he’ll tweak things. Besides No.10 Bernard Foley, the...

Dennis tips Burgess to make great No.8

Former Wallaby back-rower Dave Dennis reckons Sam Burgess would make a great rugby union No.8, but has tipped the English rugby league star to make a successful transition as either a forward or back. The powerful South Sydney forward is scheduled...

Wallabies’ scrum ready to pressure Kiwis

Test prop James Slipper insists the Wallabies’ scrum has improved since it was dismantled by the All Blacks last year, and might just be ready to put their Kiwi tormenters “under pressure”. The Wallabies won just 60 per cent of...