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Kiwis keep two prized assets

NEWS: The New Zealand Rugby Union retained two more of their prized assets and rising stars on extended contracts.

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Matfield backing Carter and McCaw

Victor Matfield is backing fellow Test centurions Richie McCaw and Dan Carter to shine for the All Blacks at the World Cup.

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NZR wade into Blues saga

New Zealand Rugby has been forced to mediate a dispute between the Auckland Rugby Union and private owners for control of the Blues.

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Cruden surgery a success

All Black flyhalf Aaron Cruden's knee reconstruction surgery, which took place on Friday, was successful and he is expected to make full recovery.

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Residency rule under scrutiny

Brett Gosper has said the three-year residency rule, which allows  foreign-born players to be selected for national teams, could be reviewed.

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Hayman laments Armitage 'politics'

All Black Carl Hayman has hit out at the "political decisions" that could end up barring Steffon Armitage from England duty at this year's World Cup.

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NZ happy to keep it 'in-house'

NEWS: The NZRU said they had no plans to emulate Australia and relax eligibility rules so overseas-based players can represent the All Blacks.

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Tigers snap up Chiefs lock

Leicester Tigers have agreed a move for second row forward Mike Fitzgerald from the Chiefs.

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Sopoaga in the spotlight

Aaron Cruden's World Cup hopes have been diminished severely, while Highlanders in-form flyhalf Lima Sopoaga has played himself into All Blacks' contention.

Target on Hurricanes' back

The Hurricanes need to get used to being targeted as the team to beat according to Assistant Coach Clark Laidlaw.

Cruden wants dead man's ligaments

Hope may not be lost for the Chiefs and All Blacks should Aaron Cruden's knee injury turn out to be a severe ACL problem.

Retirement awaits McCaw, Read...

All Black stars Richie McCaw and Kieran Read have said they a ready for when the time comes to walk in the rugby sunset.

Concussion tests under review

The NZRU are reconsidering their concussion procedures after a Highlanders player remarkably returned to the field in a Super Rugby game last weekend.

Read declines Rio offer

Kieran Read has changed his mind and declined the opportunity to play at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Hansen feeling the exodus sting

The decision of Colin Slade to head to Europe after the World Cup has made coach Steven Hansen very aware that the exodus of players is not yet over.

Slade: I'm committed, till I leave

INTERVIEW: All Black and Crusaders back Colin Slade said he "remains committed" to New Zealand, until he leaves for France later this year.

All Black flyhalf signs for Pau

NEWS: All Black flyhalf Colin Slade has signed a three-year contract with Pau, who have just won promotion to the Top 14.

Concussion forces All Black to retire

NEWS: Chiefs prop player Ben Afeaki has decided to retire from the game due to medical reasons.