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Mtawarira starts on recovery

Springbok prop Tendai Mtawarira is recovering from a successful minor medical procedure to correct an intermittent irregular heart rhythm he experienced on tour.

Kieran Read to captain All Blacks for first time

The All Blacks team to play Italy at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, on Saturday November 17 in the second Test of the All Blacks European Tour has been named.

Ryan Jones breaks record

Ryan Jones will lead Wales for a record 29th time in the clash with Samoa at the Millennium Stadium on Friday night.

Steenkamp, De Jongh in for Scotland test

The Springbok team to face Scotland on Saturday has two changes from the one that beat Ireland last weekend, with Gurthrö Steenkamp and Juan de Jongh being included in the starting line-up at Murrayfield.

Lemi fit to lead Samoa

David Lemi has proved his fitness to captain Samoa against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Friday night (7.30pm Wales time).

McCartney citing not upheld

Auckland hooker Tom McCartney appeared at a New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) judicial hearing yesterday to answer to a citing of alleged foul play during the Canterbury v Auckland ITM Cup Premiership final on October 27.

Eleven Maori debutants named in tour opener

The Maori All Blacks team to play the opening match of their northern tour, against Leicester Tigers, has been named.

Heartland XV end Samoa tour with win

New Zealand's Heartland XV delivered a gutsy second-half performance, in the final match of their two game programme in Samoa, to earn a 17-13 victory over Samoa A at Apia Park.

Mehrtens to coach Beziers

Former All Blacks first five Andrew Mehrtens is now a coach.

Chris Gibbes reappointed for two more years

The Waikato Rugby Union has reappointed Chris Gibbes as head coach of the Waikato ITM Cup team for a further two years.

Three changes to Springboks for Ireland test

The Springboks have gone for continuity in selection in their team to face Ireland on Saturday in the opening test of their tour at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Heartland XV fall short against Apia

New Zealand's Heartland XV came agonisingly close, but in the end were three-points shy after losing 21-23 to Samoan NPC champions Apia at Apia Park yesterday.

Heartland XV named to face Samoa

Head Coach Grainger Heikell (Poverty Bay) has named the Heartland XV team to play the first of two matches in Samoa later this afternoon.

Draw announced for women’s 7s opener in Dubai

The IRB has announced the pools and match schedule for the opening round of the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series at the Dubai Rugby Sevens.

Betham: ‘Australia needs provincial comp.’

Waratahs wing Peter Betham would like the Australian Rugby Union to try again with its failed provincial competition.

Maitland Glasgow-bound

Crusaders and Canterbury wing/fullback Sean Maitland has signed with Glasgow.

Rugby knight Whineray passes away

Former All Blacks captain Sir Wilson Whineray died earlier today in Auckland Hospital.

Mealamu set for 100th test

Hooker Keven Mealamu will become the third All Black to play 100 tests when the side takes on the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday night.

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