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England rugby coach Eddie Jones

'We don't take much notice' - Scotland play down Eddie Jones' Six Nations mind-games

England's Aussie coach has played nice with his opposition going into tomorrow's match at Murrayfield.

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Scott Higginbotham was shown a red card as Melbourne strolled to a 45-19 win.

Reds skipper sent off for shoulder charge in season opening loss to Rebels

Scott Higginbotham was shown a red card as Melbourne strolled to a 45-19 win.

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Rob Thompson took off and left the Blues defenders for dead scoring an excellent try in his side's 41-34 win in Dunedin.

Highlanders sting Blues with mesmerising set play, Rob Thompson scores sensational double in gripping Highlanders win

Rob Thompson took off and left the Blues defenders for dead in his side’s 41-34 win in Dunedin.

Teihorangi Walden crosses for his second try during the Highlanders and Blues Super Rugby match. week 2 game held at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. 23 February 2018. Copyright Image: Derek Morrison / www.photosport.nz

Highlanders secure sensational win over gutsy Blues after thrilling NZ derby match in Dunedin

The Highlanders have defeated the Blues 41-34 at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

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The Blues skipper is backing his team in their Super Rugby opener in Dunedin.

Super Rugby: Campbell Burnes' picks for the opening round of Super Rugby action

Burnes has broken down this week's two local derbies and the Hurricanes' long flight to South Africa.

New Zealand's Portia Woodman goes on the attack against France at the HSBC Sydney Sevens, 03 February, round two of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series. Photo credit: Michael Lee - Taiwan Mike Photography - KLC fotos for World Rugby

NZR bidding to host round of women's Sevens World Series

New Zealand Rugby has confirmed it will tender for Hamilton to become a regular venue.

All Blacks doctor Deb Robinson speaks at a press conference about the injuries to skipper Richie McCaw, Mils Muliaina and Israel Dagg, which means they will not play in IRB RWC match against Japan tomorrow, at the team Novotel Tainui hotel, Hamilton, New Zealand, Thursday 15 September 2011. Photo: Stephen Barker/PHOTOSPORT

Respected team doctor Deb Robinson named representative for NZ on World Rugby Council

Robinson joins CEO Steve Tew and board member Mark Robinson on the Council.

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Ko jumped to three under par with her last stroke of the day in Chon Buri.

Eagle! Lydia Ko nails huge putt to rocket into contention at LPGA Thailand

Ko jumped to three under par with her last stroke of the day in Chon Buri.

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Andrew Saville and Stephen Stuart are back for another year to break down the weekly Super Rugby match-ups for Kiwi sides.

Super Rugby Round 1 Picks: Two local derbies and a long flight to South Africa for the Hurricanes kicks off the 2018 season

Andrew Saville, Stephen Stuart and all the TVNZ rugby oracles are back with crystal balls in hand to pick apart another season of Super Rugby action.

Crusaders prop Andrew Makalio.
Crusaders v Hurricanes. Brisbane Global Rugby 10s, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. Day 1, Friday 9 February 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Crusaders boosted by nine All Blacks for Chiefs clash

Nine All Blacks with 281 Test caps among them will provide an experienced core for the Crusaders in their opening Super Rugby match against the Chiefs.

The Auckland side finished bottom of the New Zealand conference last year.

'Make better decisions' – Blues coach Tana Umaga hoping for local derby success in 2018

The Auckland side finished bottom of the NZ conference last year.

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Aaron Mauger will take charge of his first competitive match against the Blues on Friday.

'Pretty easy to adapt to' - Highlanders unfazed by new scrum and breakdown rules

Coach Aaron Mauger doesn't think the rules will hamper his team.

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Umaga's Blues will come up against the Highlanders, coached by his former teammate.

'He wants to make a statement' – Tana Umaga praises Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger

The former teammates will be coaching rival sides for the first time.

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Augustine Pulu believes his side have what it takes to be the best of the best in 2018.

'It's going to be a tough road' – Blues skipper targeting top of NZ Super Rugby conference

Augustine Pulu believes his side have what it takes to be the best of the best in 2018.

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The youngster will start at number 10 for the Blues against the Highlanders.

'He's taken every opportunity' – Tana Umaga backs Bryn Gatland as Blues' first-five

The youngster will start at number 10 for the Blues against the Highlanders.

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Aaron Mauger will take charge of his first competitive match against the Blues on Friday.

Watch: New Highlanders coach targeting Super Rugby title – 'We can go deep'

Aaron Mauger will take charge of his first competitive match against the Blues on Friday.

Highlanders captain Ben Smith in action during the Super Rugby match between Hurricanes v Highlanders, Westpac Stadium, Saturday 18th March 2017. Copyright Photo: Raghavan Venugopal / www.photosport.nz

Highlanders name strong side to face Blues in Super Rugby opener

Eight All Blacks have been included, with co-captain Ben Smith returning from his sabbatical.

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Aumua showed he could keep up with the veterans in the team, squatting some serious weight in the gym.

Opinion: Hurricanes' Asafo Aumua needs to shape up - and he will

Aumua has learned his first harsh lesson of his young professional life, writes Campbell Burnes.

2017 British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand
British & Irish Lions Squad Training, Vale Of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales 16/5/2017
Ben Te'o
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Ben Te'o ready for 'hostile' Murrayfield crowd for Six Nations clash with Scots

"You're always going to have an away fixture with a hostile crowd, that's part of the game. You've seen one, you've seen them all."

Augustine Pulu of the Blues celebrates after scoring a try. Super Rugby match, Blues v Bulls at QBE Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 25 March 2017 © Copyright Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / www.photosport.nz

Blues name potent backline for Super Rugby opener against Highlanders

New captain Augustine Pulu leads a strong pack featuring Rieko Ioane, Matt Duffie, George Moala and Sonny Bill Williams.

Adam Thomson posts on social media after overcoming a spinal infection.

'Feels good man!' Former All Black Adam Thomson out of hospital after two-month battle with spinal infection

Thomson was admitted last December after finding it inexplicably a struggle to walk.

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The playmaker will make his return to Super Rugby against the Hurricanes after beating cancer.

Leukemia survivor Christian Lealiifano pumped for Super Rugby after Ireland stint

"I'm glad I've got the 16 games under my belt," the Brumbies star said.

'It's what the island nations need' - former Crusaders star backs Pacific Super Rugby side

Nemani Nadolo says that it's time for SANZAAR to give back to Pacific nations.

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With Aaron Cruden leaving the Chiefs, McKenzie will move from fullback to number 10.

'It's about embracing the pressure' - Damian McKenzie ready for Super Rugby challenge at first-five

The departure Aaron Cruden leaves McKenzie relishing the extra responsibility.

Chiefs reserve Shaun Stevenson looks to break a tackle during the Super Rugby match - Chiefs v Brumbies played at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand on Saturday 15 July 2017.  Copyright photo: © Bruce Lim / www.photosport.nz

'If I get an opportunity, I'll look to take it with both hands' - Shaun Stevenson eyeing vacant Chiefs' No.15 jersey

With Damian McKenzie shifting to first-five and Tim Nanai-Williams injured, a door has opened for Stevenson.

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