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Mark Calverley Super Rugby - Not going to plan for NZ teams. Should we worry?

Not all our own way for NZ teams

By Mark Calverley

Mark Calverley Benji - Should he stay or should he go?

Pressure is on Benji, but shouldn't we remember SBW went to France (Toulon) for 2 years to learn the game.

By Mark Calverley

Mark Calverley Concussion

With all of the news around concussion do you think there should be safety measures in place for players to ensure they don't play on after a head know? How and who should police that?

By Mark Calverley

Mark Calverley Club Rugby - How to get the MOJO back

With the start of club rugby upon us, how can we maintain the value of the clubs in player pathways and community spirit.

By Mark Calverley

Mark Calverley Benji or Benchy

Big signing, big money, warm-up games... then the bench. Please explain.

By Mark Calverley

Mark Calverley Grassroots = The Heart of NZ Rugby

Despite the coverage on professional rugby in NZ is there still a place and an interest in grassroots rugby out there

By Mark Calverley

Rugby News Rugby is becoming soft

Too many players are being punished or cited for incidents which do not fall foul of the game’s law book.

By Rugby News

Rugby News Time ticking for Carter

It’s hard to escape the feeling that Dan Carter’s test career could come to an end sooner rather than later.

By Rugby News

Rugby News Australian rugby on brink of self-destruction

There are issues aplenty festering away in Australian rugby at the moment which are deeply hurting the game.

By Rugby News

Rugby News Rugby world facing uncertain future

It’s difficult to know what the rugby landscape will look like in a couple of years’ time.

By Rugby News

Rugby News Are the new scrum laws really that bad?

Rugby News decided to point out the positives and negatives of the new scrum engagement process.

By Rugby News

Lee Stace No pressure on McKenzie... yet

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie will be given a grace period during the Rugby Championship as he looks to bed in a new culture and style.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Marshall a waste of money

The Blues could've used the considerable amount of cash they will pay Benji Marshall to shore up their problem areas.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Rennie the next All Blacks coach

It will only be a matter of time before Dave Rennie is mentoring the All Blacks.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Aussies set to invade ITM Cup

A number of Australian-born or -based players will play in the upcoming ITM Cup.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Lay off Quade

The time is nigh for those in Christchurch to let go of their animosity towards Quade Cooper.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Taking on Nonu a risk

The All Blacks second five is fast running out of Super Rugby franchises to play for.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Wallabies beset with problems

These things are biggest problems new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie urgently needs to remedy

By Lee Stace

Keith Quinn A sign of what lies ahead in Rio?

A disappointing crowd at the 2013 Sevens RWC does not bode well for the Olympics.

By Keith Quinn

Keith Quinn All Blacks must play Samoa in Apia

The All Blacks must do the right thing and play a test against Samoa in Apia.

By Keith Quinn

Keith Quinn 'Comical Ali's' last laugh?

Did Ali Williams really shed tears when he announced his retirement or was it one last prank on the media?

By Keith Quinn

Rugby News Rugby News' All Blacks squad

We reveal the 30 players who we think should make the team to play France.

By Rugby News

Rugby News Flaws in Wallabies squad

Views on Wallabies coach Robbie Deans' recently named 25-man provisional squad for the series against the Lions.

By Rugby News

Keith Quinn Saluting success

Having lavished praise on the New Zealand Sevens team last week, it is only fair to do the same for the women's side.

By Keith Quinn

Rugby News Oversights in ABs' training squad

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen named a 38-man training squad and there are a couple of oversights worth highlighting

By Rugby News

Rugby News Super Rugby report card

With Super Rugby entering round 13 this weekend, who is on track to make the playoffs?

By Rugby News

Keith Quinn Rugby should be a 13-man game

Modern-day rugby is being ruined by the fact that there are too many players on the paddock

By Keith Quinn

Lee Stace Robshaw deserved to miss Lions cut

It’s hard to understand the stink being made in the UK about Chris Robshaw’s absence from the British and Irish Lions squad.

By Lee Stace

Keith Quinn The stories you might have missed

While much of the media glare was zoned in on Julian Savea, there were a couple of stories which slipped under their radar.

By Keith Quinn

Lee Stace NZ teams need to tweak tactics

Losses to Australian opposition this year are proof that the NZ Super Rugby teams need to slightly re-think their attacking strategies

By Lee Stace

Shaun Eade Deans needs to put personal issues aside

Deans has a history of feuds with players, so Cooper’s omission isn’t a surprise.

By Shaun Eade

Lee Stace Hore and Woodcock on notice

With Steve Hansen putting his ‘senior citizens’ on notice, it could spell bad news for Andrew Hore and Tony Woodcock.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace All Blacks shouldn't pick Kahui

Richard Kahui is quality on a stick as far as players go, but the All Blacks shouldn't pick him in June.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Highlanders are done and dusted

The chances of the Highlanders turning their wretched season around are slim.

By Lee Stace

Keith Quinn Treu blows his top

For Treu to slate his men in such a public place was totally unacceptable.

By Keith Quinn

Keith Quinn Hong Kong better than Wellington Sevens

The Hong Kong Sevens leaves the Wellington Sevens far, far behind.

By Keith Quinn

Lee Stace Troubled Beale needs to seek help

The time has come for Kurtley Beale to give up alcohol.

By Lee Stace

Keith Quinn Red and black forever

Anyone who believes Dan Carter is not happy at the Crusaders is wide of the mark.

By Keith Quinn

Lee Stace Is Ma'a Nonu cursed?

Some would argue, in Super Rugby terms at least, that Ma’a Nonu is a bad luck charm.

By Lee Stace

Keith Quinn Guildford deserves another chance

The New Zealand Rugby Union would’ve been viewed as hypocrites if it banned Zac Guildford.

By Keith Quinn

Lee Stace Don't write off the Crusaders

It is too early to start reading the red and blacks their last rites.

By Lee Stace

Shaun Eade NZ deserves new team

Australia and South Africa are pushing for Super Rugby expansion, but it’s New Zealand that deserves a new team.

By Shaun Eade

Keith Quinn Are the Hurricanes the new Blues?

Some people are already worried the Hurricanes could bring up the rear in the New Zealand conference.

By Keith Quinn

Lee Stace Force, a team in tatters

The Australian Rugby Union should be worried about the Force’s continued downward spiral.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace White the next Wallabies coach?

Never mind Ewen McKenzie or Michael Cheika. Jake White should be the next Wallabies coach.

By Lee Stace

Keith Quinn Upsets aplenty

The results of the two New Zealand derbies certainly were suprising.

By Keith Quinn

Lee Stace Nanai-Williams a risk at centre

Tim Nanai-Williams' lack of size could hinder his progress in the No 13 jersey.

By Lee Stace

Keith Quinn Modest endeavour shown by Aussie teams

The opening round of Super Rugby was a fizzer in terms of what the Australian teams offered on the park.

By Keith Quinn

Lee Stace Wallabies stuffed without Genia

It’s no coincidence that things tend to turn to custard for the Wallabies when Will Genia is not there.

By Lee Stace

Shaun Eade ABs have holes in the back three

Early in the season the All Blacks have plenty of questions over who will be in the outside backs division.

By Shaun Eade

Keith Quinn In a league of their own

New Zealand has been the most consistent team on the 2012-13 Sevens World Series circuit.

By Keith Quinn

Lee Stace Unsung heroes

These five players failed to gain any recognition from the IRB for their deeds this season.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace 2012 World XV

This is perfect team based on players’ output in 2012.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Highlanders shaping as Super Rugby contenders

Put some money on the Highlanders to go far in 2013.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Deans’ job far from safe

Robbie Deans will coach Australia until at least the end of 2012, but his future beyond that is by no means certain.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Super Rugby expansion destroying ITM Cup

The bigger Super Rugby grows, the worse things become for the ITM Cup.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace SANZAR disciplinary procedure needs fixing

The disciplinary procedure utilised by SANZAR is once again under the spotlight.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Boks out of touch with modern game

South Africa is in desperate need of a tactical rethink.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Henry not a traitor

Sir Graham Henry has worn a lot of undeserved criticism for helping Argentina.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Pressure on recalled Cooper

Quade Cooper needs to fire for the Wallabies this Saturday night.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Make or break for Wallabies

Australia needs to win this Saturday's test against the All Blacks.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Selection headaches for Deans

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans needs to get his backline selections right.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Nonu and SBW not compatible

SBW and Ma’a Nonu are only a dangerous midfield combination on paper.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Force a franchise in tatters

It’s going to take more than a new coach to turn this struggling team around.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace ARU leading by example

The ARU should be commended for appointing a female board director.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace More heads need to roll at Blues

Pat Lam should not be the only person to lose his Blues job.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Hammett has the last laugh

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has proved his doubters wrong this year.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Super Rugby is broken

The SANZAR competition no longer works in its current format.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Last chance for Henson

Gavin Henson would be a fool to blow his latest rugby lifeline.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Australian rugby has major problems

Australian rugby is currently standing on very shaky soil.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace SBW throwing away chance at greatness

It would be a shame if Sonny Bill Williams left rugby without realising his full potential.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Barnes must play 10

Berrick Barnes, not Quade Cooper, is the man to run the cutter for the Wallabies.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Trouble-maker Hartley no captain

What was Stuart Lancaster thinking in appointing Dylan Hartley as skipper?

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Williams' career is over

It's hard to see Ali Williams regaining his All Blacks spot when he returns from injury.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Pocock not the best

Robbie Deans was wrong when he labelled David Pocock the best No 7.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Shambolic disciplinary decisions

SANZAR needs to impose suspensions that sees players miss matches instead of weeks.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Is it all over for Deans?

The end could be nigh for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Wales devaluing test rugby

Wales' decision to yet again award caps against the UK Barbarians is an insult.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace The Beale quandary

Where in the backline to play Kurtley Beale is the biggest issue for Robbie Deans.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Lam the scapegoat

Pat Lam’s head should not be the only one to roll at the Blues.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Major problems for Force

The Force are struggling to attract world-class players to Perth.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Bitter 'P-Divvy' own worst enemy

Peter de Villiers has only got himself to blame for being jobless.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Force teetering on the edge

Whoever the Force picks as their new coach could decide the side's future.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Henson’s career is over

Rugby fans have seen the last of Gavin Henson after his latest indiscretion.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Rugby racism rears ugly head

Pat Lam should be judged on his coaching ability, not the colour of his skin.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Hartley gets off lightly

Dylan Hartley's eight-week ban for biting is a joke.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Crisis at the ‘Tahs

The Waratahs are facing pressure to perform against the Sharks.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Socialising losses

Ratepayers are the biggest losers from the Otago rescue package.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Where is the accountability?

No-one has taken responsibilty for the Otago Rugby Union’s woes.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace False advertising

The Waratahs stretched the truth when they said they beat Samoa and Tonga recently.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Barrett should play fullback

Beauden Barrett should wear the No 15 shirt for the Hurricanes this season.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Why is Smith not playing?

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith is in desperate need of game time.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace The ‘Con in the Tron’

The Sonny Bill Williams v Clarence Tillman III boxing bout was a non-event.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Tough decision for SARU

SARU faces the prospect of cutting one of its Super Rugby teams.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Elsom a poor choice

The Waratahs have made a mistake appointing Rocky Elsom as their captain.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Black Ferns loss a wake-up call

The NZRU needs to pour more money into the women’s game.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Campese’s criticism warranted

The Wallabies great was bang on the money with his Robbie Deans remarks.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Sharing the Super Rugby love

More Super Rugby games should be played in the provinces.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Hiding to nothing

Don’t be surprised if Australia loses both its UK tour games.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Boring Super Rugby announcement

There were few surprises when the New Zealand franchises named their squads.

By Lee Stace

Rugby News RWC tournament XV

The Rugby News team names its form RWC XV

By Rugby News

Lee Stace New Zealand ripped off

New Zealand was short-changed at this year’s IRB Awards ceremony.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Lay off Lawrence and Rolland

The criticism of Bryce Lawrence and Alain Rolland has got to stop.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Samoa and Tonga’s RWC regrets

These two teams will be disappointed with their campaigns in 2011.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace O'Gara overtakes Sexton

Ronan O’Gara has moved past Jonathan Sexton in the race for the Ireland No 10 shirt.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Barnes got it right

Wayne Barnes is copping unfair criticism following the South Africa v Wales game.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Time to grow up

Kiwis need to embrace the RWC, regardless of whether the All Blacks win or lose.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace The new joke in town

The Hurricanes are sadly becoming a Super Rugby laughing stock.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Recruitment policy all wrong

The Western Force will get nowhere signing middle of the road Kiwi players.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace It wasn't meant to be

The Crusaders fell short of the fairytale finish they were hoping for in 2011.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Communication is the key

Piri Weepu’s contract tantrum yesterday could have been easily avoided.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Carter v Cooper

Dan Carter’s match-up against Quade Cooper will be a match-deciding humdinger.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace The loss of a basic art

The lineout throwing of some top-level hookers is becoming a worry.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace What a pity

SBW's injury has denied the rugby public the match-up they've been waiting to see.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace PC gone mad

Capping scores in junior rugby will do more harm than good.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace What have the 'Canes done?

The Hurricanes have made a huge mistake by giving Ma’a Nonu the flick.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Stick to rugby, SBW

Sonny Bill Williams has a long way to go as a boxer.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Boxing match or circus?

No one will take SBW seriously as a boxer if he continues to fight nobodies.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace It just gets better

The rugby situation in Fiji is boarding on comical at the moment.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace NZ Govt standing firm

Political sanctions against Fiji should not be relaxed for the Rugby World Cup.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace Oh Danny Boy

The sooner the Rebels wave bye-bye to Danny Cipriani the better.

By Lee Stace

Lee Stace McKenzie pushes Wallabies claim

Reds mentor Ewen McKenzie will be Australia's next coach.

By Lee Stace

Mark Calverley Super Rugby Bolters

Who, if anyone, will make it to the AB's squad for the June international series?

By Mark Calverley

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Mark Calverley Super Rugby - Not going to plan for NZ teams. Should we worry?

Not all our own way for NZ teams

By Mark Calverley

Mark Calverley Benji - Should he stay or should he go?

Pressure is on Benji, but shouldn't we remember SBW went to France (Toulon) for 2 years to learn the game.

By Mark Calverley

Mark Calverley Concussion

With all of the news around concussion do you think there should be safety measures in place for players to ensure they don't play on after a head know? How and who should police that?

By Mark Calverley

Mark Calverley Club Rugby - How to get the MOJO back

With the start of club rugby upon us, how can we maintain the value of the clubs in player pathways and community spirit.

By Mark Calverley

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