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Rugby: Devastated Black Ferns blindsided by 2021 Rugby World Cup announcement

Eloise Blackwell was among the Black Ferns blindsided on Wednesday morning by the revelation their World Cup, scheduled to be held in New Zealand from September, is likely to be postponed by a year. Auckland-based Blackwell, the...

Source: - Rugby | 3 Mar 2021 | 4:34 pm(NZT)

Rugby: Wellington Pride player Alice Soper expresses concerns over 2021 Rugby World Cup postponement

Wellington rugby player Alice Soper believes plans to postpone the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup to next year could give rugby officials an opportunity to do things right, but the news comes with concerns about player welfare.World...

Source: - Rugby | 3 Mar 2021 | 11:30 am(NZT)

World Rugby bombshell: 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand set to be postponed

The 2021 women's Rugby World Cup to be hosted in New Zealand later this year is set to be postponed, World Rugby has confirmed.World Rugby said in a statement that it is recommending the postponement of the competition to next year...

Source: - Rugby | 3 Mar 2021 | 8:28 am(NZT)

Rugby: All Blacks and Highlanders star Aaron Smith re-signs with NZ Rugby in major deal

All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith has signed a new contract with New Zealand Rugby that will keep him in the country until 2023.The 32-year-old Smith, who played his 151st game for the Highlanders on the weekend and is the most capped...

Source: - Rugby | 2 Mar 2021 | 12:02 pm(NZT)

Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021: The Hurricanes' lack of a formidable tight five is 'unforgivable'

By Hamish Bidwell of OPINON: Saturday spoke volumes for Beauden Barrett and TJ Perenara.To have achieved so much at the Hurricanes – while working with so very little – says plenty about what a fine first five-eighth...

Source: - Rugby | 2 Mar 2021 | 10:44 am(NZT)

Six Nations: England star Ellis Genge receives 'death threats' after video goes viral

By Ian Cameron for RugbyPass England prop Ellis Genge has revealed that he received death threats after a video appeared to show the loosehead not clapping during the post-match tunnel following England's Six Nations defeat at...

Source: - Rugby | 1 Mar 2021 | 1:43 pm(NZT)

Opinion: 2019 Rugby World Cup will answer if All Blacks have turned into Old Blacks

COMMENT The Japanese tapestry is about to undergo significant change, from an exotic weave of artefact and finery to the crunch and wallop of a Rugby World Cup as the tournament sets out to show that it is first and foremost compelling...

Source: - Rugby competitions | 21 Sep 2019 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Rugby World Cup 2019: Japan v Russia - How to watch, live streaming, kick-off time, starting lineups

All you need to know ahead of... Japan v Russia Home fans won't have to wait long to see their team in action, with host nation Japan meeting Russia in the first game of the Rugby World Cup. Japan, coached by Kiwi Jamie Joseph,...

Source: - Rugby competitions | 20 Sep 2019 | 10:13 am(NZT)

Rugby World Cup 2019: All Blacks move on after 2015 World Cup glory

Tony Woodcock will long be remembered by New Zealand rugby fans for his heroics in the 2011 World Cup. The loosehead prop scored the only All Blacks try in their 8-7 win over France in the final at Eden Park, leading the side to...

Source: - Rugby competitions | 20 Sep 2019 | 8:37 am(NZT)

Spark Sport and the Rugby World Cup, customers urged to test stream before cup opening

New Zealand rugby punters are being urged to trial Spark Sport before the Rugby World Cup kicks off to ensure they encounter no problems.The opening ceremony and first match between Japan and Russia will play live on Spark Sport...

Source: - Rugby competitions | 18 Sep 2019 | 8:15 am(NZT)

Rugby: Former Wales and Lions wing Gareth Thomas reveals he has HIV

Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas has revealed that he is HIV positive, declaring via Twitter that he wants to "break the stigma" around the condition.The ex-British & Irish Lions wing, who was captain for the second and...

Source: - Rugby competitions | 15 Sep 2019 | 11:22 am(NZT)

Skelton, White and why the Wallabies need 'winners'

The Premiership final pitted two Wallabies World Cup aspirants against each other. Whether Will Skelton joins Nic White in Michael Cheika's squad remains to be seen, but the value they can add is undeniable.

Source: - RUGBY | 3 Jun 2019 | 11:38 pm(NZT)

Super Rugby Round 16 review: How can we ignore Tokyo, Suva?

The Sunwolves and Tokyo have just six Super Rugby games to watch next year. That's it. The Chiefs' three-year deal with Fiji is over after yet another raucous Suva crowd. What's wrong with this Super Rugby picture?

Source: - RUGBY | 3 Jun 2019 | 7:27 pm(NZT)

England survive Barbarians comeback

The young England side overwhelmed the Baa-Baas for much of the match, and did just enough late on to avenge last year's Quilter Cup loss.

Source: - RUGBY | 3 Jun 2019 | 8:11 am(NZT)

Springboks' Warren Whiteley won't return in Super Rugby

Loose forward faces a race against time to be ready for the Rugby World Cup after announcing he will be sidelined for at least another two months with the knee injury he sustained in April.

Source: - RUGBY | 3 Jun 2019 | 6:02 am(NZT)

Saracens' dominance forges rugby's newest dynasty

Saracens' fourth Premiership title in five years was business as usual for the Champions Cup winners, who will expect to dominate for years to come.

Source: - RUGBY | 2 Jun 2019 | 10:55 am(NZT)

Saracens captain Barritt fit to face Exeter in Premiership final

Saracens captain Brad Barritt has recovered from a hamstring injury to start against Exeter Chiefs in Saturday's Premiership final, the club said on Friday.

Source: - RUGBY | 2 Jun 2019 | 1:43 am(NZT)

Lions tour: Audacious tap was all done on maths, says Aaron Smith

Don't fall asleep when All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith is around.

Source: - Rugby | 25 Jun 2017 | 1:16 am(NZT)

Lions tour: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen satisfied, but says job only half-done

Battle won, but not the war. The All Blacks are not reaching for any champagne bottles just yet, with coach Steve Hansen emphasising that a fine first-test effort against the British and Irish Lions in Auckland is worth nothing on its own.

Source: - Rugby | 24 Jun 2017 | 11:47 pm(NZT)

Lions tour: All Blacks surprise Lions by dominating up-front battle

Disappointed, deflated but also defiant, Lions coach Warren Gatland believes the series is far from over.

Source: - Rugby | 24 Jun 2017 | 11:41 pm(NZT)

Lions tour: Praise heaped on All Blacks on social media after beating British and Irish Lions

A professional, polished performance from the All Blacks, where they took their chances and the British and Irish Lions didn't.

Source: - Rugby | 24 Jun 2017 | 10:48 pm(NZT)

Lions tour: Worrying injuries to All Blacks Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty

Excitement of beating the British and Irish Lions first up has been tempered by injuries to backs Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty.

Source: - Rugby | 24 Jun 2017 | 10:40 pm(NZT)

Lions tour: Punters win big as All Blacks beat Lions in first test

As New Zealand celebrates the All Blacks' win over the Lions in the first test, two punters have more reason to cheer than most.

Source: - Rugby | 24 Jun 2017 | 10:25 pm(NZT)

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