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Burnout: The invisible affliction

Burnout is not just about a professional rugby player feeling fatigued after 35 games in a season. It also affects the mental side of players and is no straightforward condition. BY DR NICOLA DAVIES

Vickerman’s career over

Former Wallabies lock Dan Vickerman has announced his retirement from all rugby due to a persistent leg injury.

Golden Oldies set for Argentina

The Air New Zealand Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival will make its South American debut in 2014, with Argentina set to host the tournament for the first time.

Female membership welcomed by RUPA

The Australian Rugby Union Players’ Association has voted unanimously to expand its membership to include women’s national sevens and 15s players.

Bowden considers England switch

Former Highlanders and Crusaders five-eighths Daniel Bowden says he may pledge his international allegiance to England when he qualifies on residency grounds at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Counties-Auckland hitout for ABs

The All Blacks will have a hitout against Counties Manukau and Auckland in Pukekohe on Friday night.

Nonu, Savea set for Ories

All Blacks Ma’a Nonu and Julian Savea will play club rugby in Wellington tomorrow, but it is not yet known if Piri Weepu or Victor Vito will do the same.

Sponsors won’t be turned off by SBW departure

The New Zealand Rugby Union will welcome back departing poster boy Sonny Bill Williams “in a heartbeat”, but the national body is not expecting to experience any significant financial fallout from the loss of one of its most marketable players.

All Blacks with odd jobs

The vocations aren’t necessarily all that odd, and neither are (or were) the players, for that matter, but these All Blacks all had ‘real’ jobs that set them apart from the rest of the pack. BY DAVE CAMPBELL

SBW explains his decision

A handshake agreement he made with an unnamed NRL club prior to switching to rugby is the reason why Sonny Bill Williams has decided to turn his back on the All Blacks.

SBW confirms departure

Sonny Bill Williams will head to Japan at the end of the Super Rugby season.

NZ Under 20 player named

The New Zealand Under 20 player accused of raping a woman while the team was in South Africa has revealed his identity.

Where are they now: Matene Love

Former Junior All Black Matene Love has not sat still since his footy career ended.  BY LEE STACE

2012-13 sevens draw confirmed

Argentina has become a destination on the HSBC Sevens World Series circuit.

Tew: Player won’t be named

New Zealand Rugby Union boss Steve Tew says the New Zealand Under 20 player at the centre of rape allegations in South Africa will not be named.

NZRU HQ an earthquake risk

The New Zealand Rugby Union needs to find a new base before next year after being told its existing abode is an earthquake risk.

SBW decides future

All Blacks second five Sonny Bill Williams has decided where and in what sport he will play, but is remaining tight-lipped on the matter.

ABs spoilt for choice

Loose forward, lock and wing.

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