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Rugby: Only spiteful Kiwis will back Lions
August 03, 2017 (13:15) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
Sometimes in sport, a club builds the most impossibly compelling back story that wins the hearts of neutrals. Sometimes a club can be so deeply affected by adversity outside of their control that it can persuade fans of even their... More...
Rugby: Support of NZ fans takes South African champions by surprise
August 03, 2017 (13:15) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
Lions coach Johan Ackermann is surprised, but happy to accept the support of New Zealand rugby fans in the build-up to this weekend's big Super Rugby final in Johannesburg.After bowing to the home side in last Sunday's semifinal... More...
Rugby: Wallabies better with Hooper as skipper
August 03, 2017 (13:15) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
It has taken a while to get round to it, but at least the Wallabies have woken up to the fact that they were never going to get their hands on the Bledisloe Cup with Stephen Moore as captain.Moore, when he first became a regular,... More...
Rugby: South African media, Lions fans hit back at Super Rugby final controversy
August 03, 2017 (13:15) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
South African rugby media have hit back at their New Zealand counterparts for questioning the appointment of Jaco Peyper to referee Saturday's Super Rugby final between the Crusaders and Lions in Johannesburg.Peyper, a South African,... More...
Rugby: Out of the Box Podcast August 2
August 03, 2017 (13:15) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
Commentators Brian Ashby, Nigel Yalden and Daniel McHardy look at the All Blacks training squad, which has just been announced.We look at Sonny Bill Williams's suspension and whether the game of three halves count as one of the... More...
Smith: No qualms over sabbatical
August 03, 2017 (05:15) [ Indexed from Sky Sports - Rugby Union ]
Ben Smith has no qualms about surrendering his hold on the All Blacks No 15 jersey as he takes a total break from all rugby until the 2018 Super Rugby season. More...
Peyper to ref Super Rugby final
August 01, 2017 (06:00) [ Indexed from Sky Sports - Rugby Union ]
South Africa's Jaco Peyper has been named as referee for Saturday's Super Rugby final as officials shrugged off calls for a neutral whistle-blower and a yellow-card controversy in the semis. More...
WATCH: PRO12 expansion revealed!
August 01, 2017 (04:00) [ Indexed from Sky Sports - Rugby Union ]
A new era is about to dawn in rugby union with the announcement that two sides from South Africa will join their Celtic cousins to form the Guinness PRO14. More...
Rugby: All Blacks training squad could include some surprise names
August 01, 2017 (02:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
The All Blacks, minus the Crusaders contingent, head into training camp tomorrow and it will be worthwhile keeping an eye on who is invited as previous get-togethers have thrown out big clues about who the selectors are considering... More...
Rugby: Sanzaar drop another clanger in referee appointment for final
August 01, 2017 (02:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
The men running Super Rugby seem determined to metaphorically throw the competition in the microwave, set the thing on high and watch it explode in a hopeless, devastated mess.Sanzaar really had just the one job to take care of... More...
South African Jaco Peyper named as referee for Super Rugby final
August 01, 2017 (02:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
South African Jaco Peyper will take charge of the Lions v Crusaders Super Rugby final, with two of his countrymen getting key roles as his assistants.It's news that will not comfort Crusaders supporters, who are hoping their side... More...
Rugby: Crusaders contest seven of 10 best Super Rugby finals ever
August 01, 2017 (02:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
By Ben Coles Saturday's Super Rugby final looks set to be another classic, as the free-scoring Lions take on the Crusaders at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.Ahead of the showpiece event, Ben Coles of the Telegraph runs down the top... More...
Crusaders into Super Rugby final
July 29, 2017 (05:00) [ Indexed from Sky Sports - Rugby Union ]
Seta Tamanivalu grabbed two tries as the Crusaders beat the Chiefs 27-13 in Christchurch on Saturday to advance to their 12th Super Rugby final. More...
Rugby: All Blacks to appeal Sonny Bill Williams decision
July 28, 2017 (06:30) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
Sonny Bill Williams has appealed World Rugby's decision which has him set to miss the first Bledisloe Cup test.The World Rugby Judiciary Committee decided not to include the All Blacks match on August 11 in the four week suspension... More...
Rugby: Sonny Bill Williams call causes All Blacks midfield muddle
July 28, 2017 (06:30) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
The All Blacks would like to bring the midfield selection merry-go-round to a halt during the Rugby Championship. Ideally, they would like to see a combination emerge as obviously the strongest so they can build continuity and understanding... More...
Rugby: Busy Israel Dagg is hungry for more
July 28, 2017 (06:30) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
In playing every minute of all the three tests against the British & Irish Lions, plus 80 minutes for the Crusaders against the tourists, Israel Dagg has had the highest workload of any All Black recently.The 29-year-old admits... More...
Rugby: Stripper scandal still haunts Chiefs, admits assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge
July 28, 2017 (06:30) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
The reputation of the Chiefs has been tarnished by last year's stripper scandal, says assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge, and the franchise remains committed to setting the record straight.In the Chiefs' final media conference before... More...
Rugby: All Blacks ponder protest after SBW ruled out of Bledisloe opener
July 28, 2017 (06:30) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
The All Blacks are considering lodging an appeal, after Sonny Bill Williams was rubbed out of the opening Bledisloe Cup test by three Australians.It was initially hoped Williams' four-week suspension for his hit on Lions wing Anthony... More...
NZ Rugby to schoolboy players: Don't take supplements
July 28, 2017 (06:30) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand Rugby believes schoolboy players should not be taking supplements and, therefore, supports Drugfree Sport NZ's move to test those at first XV level for potential anti-doping breaches.While Drugfree Sport NZ (DFS) has... More...
'Japan inclusion not imminent'
July 27, 2017 (08:45) [ Indexed from Sky Sports - Rugby Union ]
Japan may one day be considered for inclusion in the Rugby Championship but the current focus is on improving the competitiveness of the Sunwolves in Super Rugby, CEO of the New Zealand rugby union Steve Tew has said. More...

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