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Hurricanes prep for scrum battle with Reds

Injuries that decimate propping stocks in any rugby side are frustrating but the Hurricanes are confident they have the resources to ensure they can compete with the solid Reds scrummaging unit at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
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Highlanders thrive on Smith's boost

Acknowledging All Blacks half Aaron Smith's 100th game for the Highlanders against the Rebels in Dunedin on Friday was one thing but building on winning momentum would be another.
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New Zealand Under 20 squad named for Oceania tournament

The New Zealand Under 20 squad to travel to the Gold Coast, Australia next month for the Oceania Under 20 tournament, has been named.

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Blues need to build on Bulls' second half

Blues double try scorer in the 38-14 win over the Bulls in Albany at the weekend Matt Duffie believes the side need to continue to look to improve by backing up their better performances.
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All Blacks have little to fear from Lions- UK view

In spite of progress made in Six Nations rugby one leading British commentator believes there was nothing on display in the competition to cause the All Blacks to fear the Lions.
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Super Rugby Review: Round 5

New Zealand sides might have been knocking each other around in their competitive Investec Super Rugby conference but they are still dominating the top end of the points table after five rounds.
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Win was vital for Blues' aspirations

A relieved Blues coach Tana Umaga acknowledged his side's 38-14 win over the Bulls was vital if they were to stay in touch in the Investec Super Rugby competition.
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Highlanders dig deep in Canberra

It took until the 72nd minute for the Highlanders to take the lead, but once they did there was no relinquishing it against a determined Brumbies side in Canberra.
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Blues get bonus point win over Bulls

Sixty minutes of patience, and solid defence, opened up an opportunity which the Blues seized with rare, and deadly, effect to score a bonus try 38-14 win over the Bulls at QBE Stadium in Albany on Saturday.
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Jones' captaincy suggestion dismissed

England coach Eddie Jones' suggestion that Warren Gatland select the four captains of England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017, and then choose the best as leader for the Test series in New Zealand, has been rubbished by former Lion Stuart Barnes.
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