Rugby Championship/Bledisloe Cup

Rugby Championship/Bledisloe Cup

Ben Smith re-signs with NZRU

All Blacks and Highlanders utility back Ben Smith has committed to New Zealand rugby for another four years.

Williams retires from All Blacks

Blues captain Ali Williams has announced he is retiring from international rugby, but will keep playing for the Blues.

Burgess back in time for Lions

Former Wallabies halfback Luke Burgess has confirmed he will return to Australia in time to be considered for the British and Irish Lions series in June and July.

Cooper, Beale and Mitchell on the outer

Quade Cooper, Kurtley Beale and Drew Mitchell are just three of a long list of top Australian players who have missed out on the Wallabies training squad for their series against the British and Irish Lions in June.

Meyer springs surprises in Bok squad

Junior World Championship-winning  South African Under 20 stars Pieter-Steph du Toit and Jan Serfontein are the surprise inclusions in Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s training squad.

Retallick, Crockett commit until 2015

All Blacks tight forwards Brodie Retallick and Wyatt Crockett have re-signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union for two more years.

Sharpe mulls over more rugby

Nathan Sharpe says he wants a few days to decide whether he will again delay his retirement plans to help Australia out.

Relieved Deans hails performance

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has labelled his injury-hit side’s victory over Argentina in Rosario as one of the gutsiest of his tenure.

Meyer: All Blacks in a league of their own

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer says the All Blacks are the best team in the world by a considerable distance at the moment.

Cummins, Tapuai to fill holes

Nick Cummins and Ben Tapuai have been included in a heavily-altered Wallabies team to take on Argentina in Rosario on Sunday afternoon (NZT).

Gear given golden opportunity against Boks

Hosea Gear has been surprisingly selected on the left wing ahead of Julian Savea for the All Blacks’ clash against the Springboks in Soweto on Sunday morning (NZT).

Meyer: Beating All Blacks vital

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer is chasing consistent wins over the All Blacks between now and the 2015 Rugby World Cup, saying it is vital to the side’s psychological state.

Wallabies face test of character

Australian skipper Nathan Sharpe says his battered and bruised side needs to prove it has character by rebounding against Argentina in Rosario this weekend.

ABs unsure of Boks tactics

The All Blacks are in two minds as to what type of approach South Africa will utilise when the two teams collide in Soweto this weekend.

Eagle speaks on Argentine mugging

New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Mike Eagle says his mugging in Buenos Aires last weekend was a “bit of a blur”.

Wallabies hit bottom of talent pool

Under-siege Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has called for reinforcements as his battered and bruised side gets set to take on Argentina in Rosario this weekend.

Hansen wary of rejigged Boks

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says slight alterations made by the Springboks have improved their game.

Boks lose Steyn as injuries mount

Springboks midfielder Francois Steyn is out for the remainder of the season and will undergo surgery on his damaged ankle later this week.

Carter, Smith back for All Blacks

The return from injury of first five Dan Carter and the reinstatement of halfback Aaron Smith are the only changes to the All Blacks side to face Argentina in La Plata on Sunday (NZT).

Beale at 10 for Ockers

Kurtley Beale will line up at flyhalf for the first time at test level against South Africa in Pretoria this Saturday in what is the only change to the Wallabies’ starting side.

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