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    England star Nathan Hughes pays the price for most expensive tweet in rugby history

    England star Nathan Hughes pays the price for most expensive tweet in rugby history


    Mocking the verdict of an RFU disciplinary panel has led to former Auckland No 8 Nathan Hughes paying the price for sending perhaps the most expensive tweet in rugby...

    Mocking the verdict of an RFU disciplinary panel has led to former Auckland No 8 Nathan Hughes paying the price for sending perhaps the most expensive tweet in rugby history.
    Why Sam Warburton never asked for Richie McCaw's jersey

    Why Sam Warburton never asked for Richie McCaw's jersey


    Former Wales and British and Irish Lions flanker Sam Warburton says he never asked Richie McCaw to swap jerseys because he didn't want to show respect to the All Blacks'...

    Former Wales and British and Irish Lions flanker Sam Warburton says he never asked Richie McCaw to swap jerseys because he didn't want to show respect to the All Blacks' great.
    Liam Messam joins banned All Blacks brigade

    Liam Messam joins banned All Blacks brigade


    Liam Messam has been banned for four weeks - the second former All Black in as many days to face the wrath of the French rugby...

    Liam Messam has been banned for four weeks - the second former All Black in as many days to face the wrath of the French rugby judiciary.
    Salesi Rayasi's leap of faith with Auckland rugby looks set to reap the rewards

    Salesi Rayasi's leap of faith with Auckland rugby looks set to reap the rewards


    ​Salesi Rayasi offers a rueful smile when he thinks about how close he came to packing in rugby to pursue his other sporting love of basketball. Somewhere a Super Rugby coach is also beaming about that fateful...

    ​Salesi Rayasi offers a rueful smile when he thinks about how close he came to packing in rugby to pursue his other sporting love of basketball. Somewhere a Super Rugby coach is also beaming about that fateful decision.
    Dylan Hartley to co-captain England against All Blacks

    Dylan Hartley to co-captain England against All Blacks


    New Zealand-born Dylan Hartley and Owen Farrell will jointly lead England as Eddie Jones goes down the co-captaincy path for November's clash against the All...

    New Zealand-born Dylan Hartley and Owen Farrell will jointly lead England as Eddie Jones goes down the co-captaincy path for November's clash against the All Blacks.
    Cheika backs his team to pull the Wallabies back from the brink

    Cheika backs his team to pull the Wallabies back from the brink


    Michael Cheika is standing by his staff and players after one of the most disappointing periods in his time as Wallabies...

    Michael Cheika is standing by his staff and players after one of the most disappointing periods in his time as Wallabies coach.
    Crunch time for Stephen Larkham as Michael Cheika fronts his bosses

    Crunch time for Stephen Larkham as Michael Cheika fronts his bosses


    Wallabies coach Michael Cheika admits change is needed but he will stick by his assistants when he fronts the Rugby Australia board after a dismal 2018 domestic...

    Wallabies coach Michael Cheika admits change is needed but he will stick by his assistants when he fronts the Rugby Australia board after a dismal 2018 domestic season.
    Auckland's Robbie Abel is ready and willing to push on to the next level

    Auckland's Robbie Abel is ready and willing to push on to the next level


    Alama Ieremia identified Robbie Abel as just the sort of player he needed to help turn round the fortunes of Auckland rugby. The first-year coach  knew he required some hard-nosed buggers to provide the intrinsic qualities for this rebuilding...

    Alama Ieremia identified Robbie Abel as just the sort of player he needed to help turn round the fortunes of Auckland rugby. The first-year coach  knew he required some hard-nosed buggers to provide the intrinsic qualities for this rebuilding project.
    Brad Weber still gunning for World Cup spot after missing 51-man All Blacks squad

    Brad Weber still gunning for World Cup spot after missing 51-man All Blacks squad


    Brad Weber is still gunning for a place in next year's World Cup squad despite not hearing his name called out among the 51 players the All Blacks selected for their upcoming tour to Japan and...

    Brad Weber is still gunning for a place in next year's World Cup squad despite not hearing his name called out among the 51 players the All Blacks selected for their upcoming tour to Japan and Europe.
    Wallabies halfback Will Genia favourite to win John Eales Medal

    Wallabies halfback Will Genia favourite to win John Eales Medal


    Will Genia is a slight favourite to deny the inspirational David Pocock and land his first John Eales Medal as a raft of big-name Wallabies jostle for Australian rugby's highest individual...

    Will Genia is a slight favourite to deny the inspirational David Pocock and land his first John Eales Medal as a raft of big-name Wallabies jostle for Australian rugby's highest individual honour.
    Former Highlanders captain Nasi Manu diagnosed with cancer

    Former Highlanders captain Nasi Manu diagnosed with cancer


    Former Highlanders captain Nasi Manu will begin a cycle of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with testicular...

    Former Highlanders captain Nasi Manu will begin a cycle of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
    Why rugby and NFL are definitely not 'going soft'

    Why rugby and NFL are definitely not 'going soft'


    OPINION: The game's gone soft. You can barely tackle any more. It is too politically correct/a left-wing...

    OPINION: The game's gone soft. You can barely tackle any more. It is too politically correct/a left-wing conspiracy.