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All Blacks prepare for possible Hansen absence

The All Blacks say they have plans in place should coach Steve Hansen be unable to accompany them to Brisbane for the dead-rubber Bledisloe Cup clash against the Wallabies on Saturday.

Tietjens looks on bright side of loss

New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens is looking at the positive side of his young team’s 32-14 loss to Fiji in the final of the Gold Coast Sevens last night.

Ioane in doubt

The Wallabies are sweating on the fitness of wing Digby Ioane for their dead-rubber Bledisloe Cup clash against the All Blacks in Brisbane this Saturday.

AIG jersey sponsorship confirmed

The New Zealand Rugby Union has confirmed that the logo of insurance company American International Group will appear on the All Blacks jersey.

O’Neill steps down

Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O’Neill will stand down from his post at the end of this month.

Jackson set for international duty

The refereeing career of Glen Jackson continues to rise.

Report: Sharpe asked to play on

Veteran Wallabies lock Nathan Sharpe has been asked to once again delay his retirement to lead an inexperienced Australian side on its end of year tour to Europe.

Nonu to decide future

Will he stay or will he go?

McCaw spills the beans

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has shed some light on a number of topics in his new book.

Starting all over again

It’s yet another case of Groundhog Day for NZ Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens as he starts a new campaign without all of the best talent he helped unveil in the last Sevens World Series. BY DAVE CAMPBELL

NZRU to assist development in Middle East

Two New Zealand Rugby Union coaches will aid in the development of the sport in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory during a week-long visit in October.

From wilderness to Wallabies

Four years ago Melbourne Rebels lock Cadeyrn Neville had never picked up a rugby ball. Now he is on the verge of selection for the Wallabies. BY JOHN DAVIDSON

Felling a giant

Thames Valley is this weekend preparing to toast one of the finest victories in the 90-year history of this small union. BY CAMPBELL BURNES

The lost game

A forgotten piece of rugby history was today recalled across the other side of the world. BY GORDON FLORENCE

Gatland named British Lions coach

Warren Gatland has officially been confirmed as coach of the British Lions squad for its tour of Australia next year.

Beale back for Wallabies

Kurtley Beale will return at fullback and wing Dom Shipperley will make his test debut when the Wallabies tackle the Springboks in Perth on Saturday night.

NZ Maori tour schedule confirmed

The New Zealand Maori will undertake a three-match tour of England in November, with Jamie Joseph to once again coach the side.

Overseas an option for Thomson

All Blacks flanker Adam Thomson says he is weighing up a move offshore.

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