Too many players are being punished or cited for incidents which do not fall foul of the game’s law book.
It’s hard to escape the feeling that Dan Carter’s test career could come to an end sooner rather than later.
There are issues aplenty festering away in Australian rugby at the moment which are deeply hurting the game.
It’s difficult to know what the rugby landscape will look like in a couple of years’ time.
Rugby News decided to point out the positives and negatives of the new scrum engagement process.
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.
The Blues could've used the considerable amount of cash they will pay Benji Marshall to shore up their problem areas.
It will only be a matter of time before Dave Rennie is mentoring the All Blacks.
A number of Australian-born or -based players will play in the upcoming ITM Cup.
The time is nigh for those in Christchurch to let go of their animosity towards Quade Cooper.
The All Blacks second five is fast running out of Super Rugby franchises to play for.
These things are biggest problems new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie urgently needs to remedy
A disappointing crowd at the 2013 Sevens RWC does not bode well for the Olympics.
The All Blacks must do the right thing and play a test against Samoa in Apia.
Did Ali Williams really shed tears when he announced his retirement or was it one last prank on the media?
We reveal the 30 players who we think should make the team to play France.
Views on Wallabies coach Robbie Deans' recently named 25-man provisional squad for the series against the Lions.
Having lavished praise on the New Zealand Sevens team last week, it is only fair to do the same for the women's side.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen named a 38-man training squad and there are a couple of oversights worth highlighting
With Super Rugby entering round 13 this weekend, who is on track to make the playoffs?
Modern-day rugby is being ruined by the fact that there are too many players on the paddock
It’s hard to understand the stink being made in the UK about Chris Robshaw’s absence from the British and Irish Lions squad.
While much of the media glare was zoned in on Julian Savea, there were a couple of stories which slipped under their radar.
Losses to Australian opposition this year are proof that the NZ Super Rugby teams need to slightly re-think their attacking strategies
Deans has a history of feuds with players, so Cooper’s omission isn’t a surprise.
With Steve Hansen putting his ‘senior citizens’ on notice, it could spell bad news for Andrew Hore and Tony Woodcock.
Richard Kahui is quality on a stick as far as players go, but the All Blacks shouldn't pick him in June.
The chances of the Highlanders turning their wretched season around are slim.
For Treu to slate his men in such a public place was totally unacceptable.
The Hong Kong Sevens leaves the Wellington Sevens far, far behind.
The time has come for Kurtley Beale to give up alcohol.
Anyone who believes Dan Carter is not happy at the Crusaders is wide of the mark.
Some would argue, in Super Rugby terms at least, that Ma’a Nonu is a bad luck charm.
The New Zealand Rugby Union would’ve been viewed as hypocrites if it banned Zac Guildford.
It is too early to start reading the red and blacks their last rites.
Australia and South Africa are pushing for Super Rugby expansion, but it’s New Zealand that deserves a new team.
Some people are already worried the Hurricanes could bring up the rear in the New Zealand conference.
The Australian Rugby Union should be worried about the Force’s continued downward spiral.
Never mind Ewen McKenzie or Michael Cheika. Jake White should be the next Wallabies coach.
The results of the two New Zealand derbies certainly were suprising.
Tim Nanai-Williams' lack of size could hinder his progress in the No 13 jersey.
The opening round of Super Rugby was a fizzer in terms of what the Australian teams offered on the park.
It’s no coincidence that things tend to turn to custard for the Wallabies when Will Genia is not there.
Early in the season the All Blacks have plenty of questions over who will be in the outside backs division.
New Zealand has been the most consistent team on the 2012-13 Sevens World Series circuit.
These five players failed to gain any recognition from the IRB for their deeds this season.
This is perfect team based on players’ output in 2012.
Put some money on the Highlanders to go far in 2013.
Robbie Deans will coach Australia until at least the end of 2012, but his future beyond that is by no means certain.
The bigger Super Rugby grows, the worse things become for the ITM Cup.
The disciplinary procedure utilised by SANZAR is once again under the spotlight.
South Africa is in desperate need of a tactical rethink.
Sir Graham Henry has worn a lot of undeserved criticism for helping Argentina.
Quade Cooper needs to fire for the Wallabies this Saturday night.
Australia needs to win this Saturday's test against the All Blacks.
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans needs to get his backline selections right.
SBW and Ma’a Nonu are only a dangerous midfield combination on paper.
It’s going to take more than a new coach to turn this struggling team around.
The ARU should be commended for appointing a female board director.
Pat Lam should not be the only person to lose his Blues job.
Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has proved his doubters wrong this year.
The SANZAR competition no longer works in its current format.
Gavin Henson would be a fool to blow his latest rugby lifeline.
Australian rugby is currently standing on very shaky soil.
It would be a shame if Sonny Bill Williams left rugby without realising his full potential.
Berrick Barnes, not Quade Cooper, is the man to run the cutter for the Wallabies.
What was Stuart Lancaster thinking in appointing Dylan Hartley as skipper?
It's hard to see Ali Williams regaining his All Blacks spot when he returns from injury.
Robbie Deans was wrong when he labelled David Pocock the best No 7.
SANZAR needs to impose suspensions that sees players miss matches instead of weeks.
The end could be nigh for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.
Wales' decision to yet again award caps against the UK Barbarians is an insult.
Where in the backline to play Kurtley Beale is the biggest issue for Robbie Deans.
Pat Lam’s head should not be the only one to roll at the Blues.
The Force are struggling to attract world-class players to Perth.
Peter de Villiers has only got himself to blame for being jobless.
Whoever the Force picks as their new coach could decide the side's future.
Rugby fans have seen the last of Gavin Henson after his latest indiscretion.
Pat Lam should be judged on his coaching ability, not the colour of his skin.
Dylan Hartley's eight-week ban for biting is a joke.
The Waratahs are facing pressure to perform against the Sharks.
Ratepayers are the biggest losers from the Otago rescue package.
No-one has taken responsibilty for the Otago Rugby Union’s woes.
The Waratahs stretched the truth when they said they beat Samoa and Tonga recently.
Beauden Barrett should wear the No 15 shirt for the Hurricanes this season.
Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith is in desperate need of game time.
The Sonny Bill Williams v Clarence Tillman III boxing bout was a non-event.
SARU faces the prospect of cutting one of its Super Rugby teams.
The Waratahs have made a mistake appointing Rocky Elsom as their captain.
The NZRU needs to pour more money into the women’s game.
The Wallabies great was bang on the money with his Robbie Deans remarks.
More Super Rugby games should be played in the provinces.
Don’t be surprised if Australia loses both its UK tour games.
There were few surprises when the New Zealand franchises named their squads.
The Rugby News team names its form RWC XV
New Zealand was short-changed at this year’s IRB Awards ceremony.
The criticism of Bryce Lawrence and Alain Rolland has got to stop.
These two teams will be disappointed with their campaigns in 2011.
Ronan O’Gara has moved past Jonathan Sexton in the race for the Ireland No 10 shirt.
Wayne Barnes is copping unfair criticism following the South Africa v Wales game.
Kiwis need to embrace the RWC, regardless of whether the All Blacks win or lose.
The Hurricanes are sadly becoming a Super Rugby laughing stock.
The Western Force will get nowhere signing middle of the road Kiwi players.
The Crusaders fell short of the fairytale finish they were hoping for in 2011.
Piri Weepu’s contract tantrum yesterday could have been easily avoided.
Dan Carter’s match-up against Quade Cooper will be a match-deciding humdinger.
The lineout throwing of some top-level hookers is becoming a worry.
SBW's injury has denied the rugby public the match-up they've been waiting to see.
Capping scores in junior rugby will do more harm than good.
The Hurricanes have made a huge mistake by giving Ma’a Nonu the flick.
Sonny Bill Williams has a long way to go as a boxer.
No one will take SBW seriously as a boxer if he continues to fight nobodies.
The rugby situation in Fiji is boarding on comical at the moment.
Political sanctions against Fiji should not be relaxed for the Rugby World Cup.
The sooner the Rebels wave bye-bye to Danny Cipriani the better.
Reds mentor Ewen McKenzie will be Australia's next coach.
With the series level, expect both teams to put it all on the line as they seek to win the deciding test in Sydney on Saturday night.