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Big win for NZ Under 20s

The New Zealand Under 20 side opened its IRB Junior World Championship campaign by thrashing Samoa 63-0 in Stellenbosch this morning (NZT).

De Villiers to skipper Boks

Second five Jean de Villiers will captain South Africa during its three-test series against England this month.

Teams named for North-South match

A number of high profile players will take no part in the North v South game in Dunedin this Sunday.

Arise, Sir John

Former All Blacks wing John Kirwan has received a knighthood for services to rugby and supporting mental health.

Brüssow dropped from Boks

Heinrich Brüssow is the surprise omission from a captain-less Springboks squad which contains nine uncapped players.

Pocock to captain Wallabies, Barnes at 10

Flanker David Pocock will captain a Wallabies side which contains five new caps for the one-off test against Scotland in Newcastle on Tuesday.

Ellis overlooked by ABs selectors

In-form Crusaders halfback Andy Ellis has surprisingly missed out on the All Blacks squad, with the selectors maintaining their faith in the struggling Piri Weepu.

All Blacks name extended to sevens, Maori teams

The New Zealand Sevens and New Zealand Maori teams will now carry the All Blacks name as the New Zealand Rugby Union looks to increase its offshore revenue stream.

O’Connell ruled out

Veteran Ireland lock Paul O’Connell will miss his side’s tour of New Zealand this month.

Ioane making up for lost time

Digby Ioane is one of the prime attacking threats in Super Rugby and for the Wallabies. He speaks with CAMPBELL BURNES.

Ireland lose to UK Barbarians

Ireland has hit a speed bump ahead of its June tour of New Zealand after losing to the UK Barbarians this morning (Australasian time).

Beale out of June internationals

Kurtley Beale has been ruled out of the Wallabies’ tests against Scotland and Wales with a shoulder injury.

Matu’u signs on for more

Wellington and Hurricanes fans better get used to seeing Motu Matu’u flatten even more of his opponents as the big-hitting hooker has re-signed with their sides for another year.

Hansen: Perenara too young

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says youth is the only thing preventing TJ Perenara from making the national team.

Cooper included, Pocock to lead

Quade Cooper has been included in Wallabies’ training squad due to an injury concern over Kurtley Beale, while David Pocock is shaping as skipper with James Horwill incapacitated.

Mike Harris included in Wallabies training squad

New Zealand-born five-eighths Mike Harris has been included in the Wallabies’ first training squad, according to a newspaper report in Australia.

Gear, Elliot added to ABs squad

Highlanders wing Hosea Gear and Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot have been added to the All Blacks’ wider squad as injury cover for the second training camp in Wellington.

Boks name training squad

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has named a 42-man squad for a training session in Durban ahead of the three-test series against England.

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