New Zealand

Michael Hobbs (left) beats Piri Weepu to the #10 shirt

Hobbs starts at 10 for Blues

Blues coach Pat Lam has named a starting line-up of players who earned their jerseys through solid pre-season performances and are in optimum shape to play the Crusaders in the…

Hard fall: Read recovers in time to start alongside McCaw for the first time this season

Crusaders name squad for opening match

The Crusaders will open the Super Rugby season this Friday night when they meet the Blues in Auckland.  Coming off a successful pre-season where they knocked off the Highlanders, Hurricanes…

Beale will sit out the final trail match

Rebels ready for huge Crusaders challenge

Melbourne Rebels will treat the third and final trial game of the pre-season program more like a Super Rugby game than he has for any of the other games so…

Captain DJ Forbes will be joining the squad for a seventh season

Tietjens names his Sevens side

New Zealand Sevens Coach Gordon Tietjens has named four new caps in his 2012 national contracted squad of 15 who are preparing for next weekend’s Hertz Sevens tournament in Wellington.…

Rene Ranger

Blues get muddy in pre-season training

MOST RUGBY teams prepare for a new season with lots of hard work on the training pitch, but the Blues decided to undertake a more unusual challenge as they gear…

Zac Guildford makes his first start after a four-week suspension

Zac Guildford suspended for four weeks

All Blacks and Crusaders winger Zac Guildford will be suspended from the first four weeks of the Crusaders’ 2012 Investec Super Rugby season, following a New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU)…

Kaino was named

Kaino named NZRU Player of the Year

Jerome Kaino’s massive contribution to the All Blacks’ 2011 campaign was rewarded when the powerhouse loose forward was named the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year at tonight’s…