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    Sir Clive Woodward: Steve Hansen made 'huge mistake' announcing All Blacks departure

    Sir Clive Woodward: Steve Hansen made 'huge mistake' announcing All Blacks departure


    World Cup-winning England coach Sir Clive Woodward believes Steve Hansen has made a "huge mistake" in announcing he will quit the All Blacks after the Rugby World Cup in Japan next...

    World Cup-winning England coach Sir Clive Woodward believes Steve Hansen has made a "huge mistake" in announcing he will quit the All Blacks after the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.
    Racing 92 fear Kieran Read cooling on French move with Japan looking likely

    Racing 92 fear Kieran Read cooling on French move with Japan looking likely


    Kieran Read's supposed move to glamour Paris club Racing 92 appears to be cooling with French reports suggesting Japan might now be a more likely destination for the All Blacks...

    Kieran Read's supposed move to glamour Paris club Racing 92 appears to be cooling with French reports suggesting Japan might now be a more likely destination for the All Blacks captain.
    New Blues coach Leon MacDonald: 'Selfless' Ma'a Nonu looking to grow his game

    New Blues coach Leon MacDonald: 'Selfless' Ma'a Nonu looking to grow his game


    The buzz around the Blues is that Ma'a Nonu is in the shape of his life and believes he can challenge for an All Blacks spot nearly four years after he last squeezed into that tight black...

    The buzz around the Blues is that Ma'a Nonu is in the shape of his life and believes he can challenge for an All Blacks spot nearly four years after he last squeezed into that tight black jumper.
    All Blacks and Hurricanes loose forward Vaea Fifita ties the knot

    All Blacks and Hurricanes loose forward Vaea Fifita ties the knot


    All Blacks and Hurricanes loose forward Vaea Fifita has posted a heartfelt message on social media after tying the knot at the...

    All Blacks and Hurricanes loose forward Vaea Fifita has posted a heartfelt message on social media after tying the knot at the weekend.
    Has rugby become too dangerous, too big, too brutal for its own good?

    Has rugby become too dangerous, too big, too brutal for its own good?


    OPINION: For the first time in 50 years of playing and reporting on rugby, I have reservations about encouraging children to take up the sport. For many years, I would shrug after a catastrophic injury such as afflicted the likes of former England and...

    OPINION: For the first time in 50 years of playing and reporting on rugby, I have reservations about encouraging children to take up the sport. For many years, I would shrug after a catastrophic injury such as afflicted the likes of former England and Leicester prop Matt Hampson, sympathise, of course, but conclude that the good bits in rugby outweigh the bad by a factor of 99 per cent. That position, some might call it naive, is now more difficult to maintain.
    Ireland captain Rory Best unequivocally backs Joe Schmidt to lead Lions in 2021

    Ireland captain Rory Best unequivocally backs Joe Schmidt to lead Lions in 2021


    Ireland captain Rory Best has unequivocally backed his national coach Joe Schmidt as the right man to next lead the British and Irish Lions for their tour to South Africa in...

    Ireland captain Rory Best has unequivocally backed his national coach Joe Schmidt as the right man to next lead the British and Irish Lions for their tour to South Africa in 2021.
    Big questions arise out of Wallabies coaching changes as Michael Cheika survives again

    Big questions arise out of Wallabies coaching changes as Michael Cheika survives again


    ANALYSIS: We're starting to get a feel for what the 2019 Wallabies coaching team will look like, but the big question is how will it function in a high-stakes World Cup...

    ANALYSIS: We're starting to get a feel for what the 2019 Wallabies coaching team will look like, but the big question is how will it function in a high-stakes World Cup year?
    Michael Cheika keeps Wallabies job but has a new boss

    Michael Cheika keeps Wallabies job but has a new boss


    Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will report to Rugby Australia's new director of rugby Scott Johnson in a major shakeup to the coaching structure of the under-performing test...

    Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will report to Rugby Australia's new director of rugby Scott Johnson in a major shakeup to the coaching structure of the under-performing test team.
    Hosting Super Rugby finals hits Crusaders in the pocket

    Hosting Super Rugby finals hits Crusaders in the pocket


    Hosting, and winning, the Super Rugby final hasn't translated into a memorable financial windfall for the...

    Hosting, and winning, the Super Rugby final hasn't translated into a memorable financial windfall for the Crusaders.
    Tat's that then, Japan resorts prepare to lay out welcome mat for inked visitors

    Tat's that then, Japan resorts prepare to lay out welcome mat for inked visitors


    Japanese public bath houses are preparing to suspend their traditional distaste for tattoos and open their doors for inked-up visitors during next year's Rugby World...

    Japanese public bath houses are preparing to suspend their traditional distaste for tattoos and open their doors for inked-up visitors during next year's Rugby World Cup.