Rugby

Dalton Papalii of the Blues scores a try in the game between the Wild Knights and the Blues during the Global Tens Tournament at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia on February 09, 2018. Photo : Tertius Pickard / www.photosport.nz

Blues lose young flanker to fractured hand, expected to miss first six weeks of Super Rugby

Dalton Papali'i suffered the injury during Thursday's trial match loss to the Hurricanes.

Etene Nanai-Seturo breaks a tackle during the HSBC Sydney Rugby Sevens Quarter Final between New Zealand  and Australia at Allianz Stadium, Sydney,  Sunday 28th January 2018. Copyright Photo: David Neilson / www.photosport.nz

NZ Rugby agree on terms with Warriors over teen star Etene Nanai-Seturo's choice of union over league

Nanai-Seturo has been released from all his obligations to the Warriors.

Hurricanes celebrate a try

Brad Shields leads Hurricanes for Super Rugby tour

The flanker will captain the side in South Africa and Argentina in Dane Coles' absence.

Baby Blacks winger Caleb Clarke

Baby Blacks to face Australia in under-20 World Cup pool

Defending champions New Zealand will also face Wales and Japan in the tournament beginning May 30 in France.

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The Crusaders went down 42-26 in their final pre-season match against the Highlanders in Waimumu.

Matt Faddes pounces on loose ball, scores runaway try in Highlanders' win over Crusaders

The Crusaders went down 42-26 in their final pre-season match against the Highlanders in Waimumu.

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Eves suffered a neck injury in a trial match against the Blues in Warkworth.

Watch: Touching moment Hurricanes teammates help carry injured prop Chris Eves from the field

Eves suffered a neck injury in a trial match against the Blues in Warkworth this afternoon.

LONDON, ENGLAND - February 10: Gareth Anscombe of Wales catches the ball during a Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on February 10th, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Corbis via Getty Images)

Opinion: England and Wales showdown - the ultimate Twickenham fizzer

On the evidence of last weekend, Steve Hansen's charges would have put 25 on either team, writes Campbell Burnes.

The Wellington side are taking the pre-season tournament seriously this weekend.

Beauden Barrett to miss Hurricanes' final pre-season hit out against Blues

Barrett will skip the match due to personal commitments but will join his teammates in Pretoria next week.

Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders makes a break during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Chiefs, held at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand, on 24th February 2017. Credit: Joe Allison / www.photosport.nz

Highlanders name big guns for final pre-season clash against Crusaders

The Highlanders will unleash eight All Blacks in their final Super Rugby trial match against the Crusaders.

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Taniela Tupou said the media came up with his catchy nickname, and it stuck.

'We are grateful for anything' - Tongan Thor left heartbroken after family home destroyed by Cyclone Gita

Taniela Tupou said he found out his home was "gone" even before the cyclone reached land.

Scott Robertson says that his team's plan against the Lions worked in the 25-17 win.

Canterbury Rugby, Crusaders buy into new US rugby team set to compete in inaugural North America competition

The CRU and Crusaders have taken a minority ownership of the Seattle Seawolves.

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The Kiwi coach was furious after the TMO ruled out a try to Gareth Anscombe in the 12-6 loss.

World Rugby admits TMO made mistake in ruling against crucial Welsh try during Six Nations clash with England

The TMO ruled at the time that Wales fullback Gareth Anscombe failed to ground the ball properly.

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The Chiefs' fullback will wear the number 10 for the Maori All Blacks against the Lions tonight.

Damian McKenzie to start final pre-season game at first-five as Chiefs welcome back All Blacks to squad

All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick also returns to the team to face the Brumbies.

Ngani Laumape, TJ Perenara and Jordie Barrett of the Hurricanes celebrate a try. Western Force v Hurricanes, Round 15 of the 2017 Super Rugby season at NIB Stadium, Perth, Australia. 3 June 2017. Copyright photo: Daniel Carson / www.photosport.nz

Jordie Barrett packs on seven kilos for upcoming Super Rugby season - 'Yeah, I hope it's muscle!'

The young Barrett is doing his best to lose the "Udon" nickname given to him by his brothers.

Sam Whitelock of the Crusaders. Super Rugby Round Five. Crusaders vs. Western Force, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. Friday, 24 March, 2017. ©Copyright Photo: Martin Hunter / www.photosport.nz

All Blacks flood back for Crusaders' final pre-season match against Highlanders

The starting All Blacks are expected to play in the first half only.

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 15: Sonny Bill Williams of the Blues passes the ball to Rieko Ioane of the Blues during the round eight Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Hurricanes at Eden Park on April 15, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Blues put aside Tens triumph to focus on Super Rugby as star All Blacks return

The Auckland franchise will face the Canes in a pre-season match on Thursday.

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Hooker celebrates milestone as the Hurricanes look to bounce back from two losses against the Blues at Eden Park.

'I've decided to put my family first' - 'Canes prop Reggie Goodes retires after trio of concussions

The 26-year-old said he wasn't currently feeling the effects of concussion but didn't want to roll the dice on his future.

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Jones defended his fullback Mike Brown and gave a BBC reporter a piece of his mind.

'I'm sick of it mate' - Fired up England coach Eddie Jones unleashes verbal spray on English media

Jones defended his fullback Mike Brown and gave a BBC reporter a piece of his mind.

Joe Moody tackled by Will Genia

'There is that depth there so anyone can step in' - Joe Moody braced for Test prop selection fight

Moody underwent a shoulder operation last year and is hoping to return to rugby in April.

'We'll take any win!' Tana Umaga delighted with Blues' Super Rugby pre-season form

The Blues coach says there are still things the team needs to work on though.

Sonny Bill Williams of the Blues fends off Waratahs' Michael Hooper during the Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Blues at Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 6th May 2017. Copyright photo: David Neilson / www.photosport.nz

Aussie Super Rugby teams hopeful of better results against NZ rivals in 2018

The Aussie teams are looking to improve after failing to secure a single win last season.

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Duffie said while the strategies used in Brisbane probably won't help this season, the vibe the winning start has generated will.

'Hopefully that gives us a bit of momentum' - Matt Duffie stoked for young Blues after Brisbane 10s win

Duffie says the win has instilled a strong vibe in the team heading into this season.

Pair of late penalties seal comeback win for Scotland in Six Nations clash with France

Greig Laidlaw's eight-from-eight performance with the boot saw Scotland claw their way backand eventually win 32-26.

Roger Tuivasa Sheck makes a break: NRL rugby league, Warriors v Knights, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, Sunday 5 March, 2017. Photo: Renee McKay / www.photosport.nz

'It's news to me' - Tana Umaga shoots down Tuivasa-Sheck rumours

If the Warriors' skipper does switch to union, it appears he won't be in Auckland.

Watch: 'He's made a terrible mistake' – Warren Gatland rages over pivotal 'try or no try' call against England

Wales coach was furious that this try was disallowed in his side's 12-6 loss to England.

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