'Mum broke down, and got quite a long hug from her' - fringe All Blacks reveal that phone call

Wingers Waisake Naholo and Nehe Milner Skudder said they were still in shock at the prospect of playing in their first World Cup.


All Blacks banking on x-factor, says selector Grant Fox

All Black selector Grant Fox says Nehe Milner-Skudder and Waisake Naholo could end up being the All Blacks big World Cup difference-makers.


Grant Fox: X-factor the key ingredient for ambitious All Blacks at Rugby World Cup

Eyes will feast on unknown qualities of Nehe Milner-Skudder and Waisake Naholo.

Crusaders seek cross-code help from Brisbane Broncos

The doyen of league coaches, Wayne Bennett has hosted the Crusaders coaches for a spot of coaching.


How far could All Blacks' Second XV go at RWC?

The 'best of the rest' could quite possibly go deep at the World Cup in their own right.

Springboks could be kicked out of Rugby World Cup for being too white

The Springboks could be banned at participating at next month’s Rugby World Cup.


Nehe Milner-Skudder felt 'numb' and 'in shock' at All Blacks selection

Milner-Skudder was picked ahead of Israel Dagg, Cory Jane and Charles Piatau.


Waisake Naholo’s surprise call up in All Blacks RWC squad

The 24-year-old made a remarkable recovery from his leg fracture to be included in the 31-man squad.


As it happened: All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad announcement

All the key moments from tonight's big announcement in Wellington.


'They may be old, but our veterans are playing their best rugby' - Steve Hansen on All Blacks World Cup squad

Hansen points out that Ma'a Nonu, Richie McCaw and Dan Cater have played outstanding rugby in recent outings.


'It's not handy when I'm on live TV': Jerome Kaino and Liam Messam's selfie during broadcast

The All Black flankers just couldn't help themselves when being interviewed at the World Cup squad announcement.


'Don't give up, look at 'Beaver': Liam Messam tells unwanted All Blacks to stay ready

The likes of Israel Dagg and Charles Piutau could be called in as injury cover for the World Cup.


'I got the longest ever hug from my mum': All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder headed for the World Cup

The Hurricanes winger has been picked over the more experienced Cory Jane.

Waisake Naholo the stunning surprise in strong All Blacks squad

The Highlanders flyer was ruled out with a broken leg six weeks ago but made a miraculous recovery using traditional medicine in Fiji.

Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Charles Piutau miss All Blacks RWC cut

The 31-man World Cup squad has been revealed in Wellington.


All Blacks World Cup squad revealed

The All Blacks squad has been revealed in Wellington.


Highlights: Bay of Plenty v Waikato

Bay of Plenty hosted Waikato in their ITM Cup clash.

Scotland dominate Italy in RWC warm-up match

Scotland finally injected some momentum into its World Cup preparations by following up last week's win over Italy with a 48-7 triumph in Edinburgh.

Wales defeat Ireland in Rugby World Cup warm-up game

Leigh Halfpenny kicked Wales to a 16-10 victory over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in a high-octane World Cup preparation game.


Former AB's haka challenge taken up by French journo

Byron Kelleher's venture is in support of children suffering from dire illnesses in hospital.

Former All Black Francis Saili recovering after suspected concussion

Saili was reportedly concussed during his second game for the Irish side Munster.


Wellington hold Northland scoreless in sodden clash

Wellington ran in four tries as Cory Jane and Victor Vito used their last chance to prove they're worthy of a World Cup spot.


Highlights: Taranaki v Otago

Taranaki hosted Otago in their ITM Cup clash in New Plymouth.


Otago pip Taranaki at the death in New Plymouth

A try in extra time handed Otago a famous win over Taranaki in New Plymouth.


Charge down! Fend! Offload! Try! Taranaki No 8 Iopu-Iopu Aso turns blunder into gold

The Hurricanes loose forward busts into open field and shows some impressive speed and skills.

Canterbury hang on to down Auckland at Eden Park

Auckland blew a late chance to pip Canterbury at Eden Park.

Wallabies take off on World Cup campaign

Australia will play the US in Chicago next weekend before heading to Britain where the World Cup will be staged from mid-September.

Springboks coaches select three centurions in Rugby World Cup squad

Jean de Villiers will captain South Africa at the Rugby World Cup despite fracturing his jaw in a test three weeks ago.

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