Feb 15

Wynne Gray: Dunce’s hat good World Rugby fit

Warren Gatland complained about a TMO’s “terrible mistake” in the Six Nations and World Rugby compounded the situation — but the Wales coach should let his disapproval drift back six months to Eden Park.The Lions had drawn the test…

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Feb 13

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says he did speak to Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd

Steve Hansen has moved to explain the controversial All Blacks training camps and insisted he did, in fact, speak with Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd over the past three years.Boyd caused something of a stir last month when he suggested…

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Feb 13

Gregor Paul: Let the Super Rugby moaning end

Huff, puff, moan, groan life’s not fair say New Zealand’s Super Rugby coaches as they come to terms with a landscape that looks exactly like it has almost every year since 2012.Like children indignant with rage at the nightly discovery…

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Feb 13

England Rugby planning to charge fans a hefty $372 for premium tickets when England face All Blacks

England’s long-awaited showdown with the All Blacks in November is destined to be the most expensive one-off test in history — with the RFU planning to charge £195 (NZ$372) for top tickets.The premium seats will cost £34 more than…

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Feb 11

NZ herald editorial: Rugby’s plan to vet foreign clubs is smart

A wet weekend is a reminder that summer has passed its peak and another rugby season is about the begin. It starts as it often does, with angst about the number of good players who have gone, or announced their intention to go, to…

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Feb 11

Chris Rattue: Grow up Warren Gatland and try learning from American sport

Warren Gatland needs to grow up, but he’s not alone when it comes to the football codes.Some headlines, and Gatland’s comments, indicate that a match official cost Wales victory over England, in their Six Nations rugby clash over…

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Feb 10

Rugby: Shields and Fifita could settle old score

There is a chance, greater than may currently be apparent, that later this year long-term Hurricanes teammates Brad Shields and Vaea Fifita will find themselves opposing each other in a test.And should Shields, who is already qualified…

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Feb 10

Jordie Barrett bulks up ahead of return

His older brother hogs headlines but last year’s wonderkid Jordie Barrett could garner just as much attention this season. Already taller and broader than Beauden, Jordie has bulked up to put on around six kilograms as he continues…

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Feb 09

Gregor Paul: Decisions loom for NZR and ‘The Bus’

There’s no scope to be wise after the event and ask why New Zealand Rugby signed Julian “The Bus” Savea on a four-year contract worth an estimated $800,000 a season.It was good business and a significant signing that showed New…

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Feb 09

Rugby: The $800,000 Julian Savea question …

New Zealand’s fragile player market could take a potentially precedent-setting blow if Julian Savea pushes to quit his contract after Super Rugby and head to France.In the past two years, nine regular All Blacks have left for overseas…

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