Marc Hinton on Issues

Why Australia may be the saviour of SANZAR

Marc Hinton With the southern hemisphere alliance facing increased pressure to gain a bigger slice of the broadcasting pie, it's worth asking what Australian rugby brings to the table.

All Blacks drop Cory Jane for England Test

Cory Jane.

Marc Hinton It was a no-brainer for Steve Hansen to pick Dan Carter to brings up his ton against the Poms at Twickenham, and almost as easy for him to restore Julian Savea to the left wing and give Cory Jane a...

Rugby Union

Crusaders blow Reds away

Away: Matt Todd of the Crusaders offloads as he is tackled by Queensland's Will Genia and Dom Shipperley.

Marc Hinton, Christchurch Crusaders through to their 12th straight semi-final as they chase an eighth crown.

Rugby

Reds blown away by Crusaders on the march for another title

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Marc Hinton For a team that's a perennial contender, it's been a while since the Crusaders have finished a Super Rugby season how they'd like to. On the evidence of this, that could be about to change.

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Rugby

Taylor made to start for All Blacks as Hansen flips conservative script

Tom Taylor

Marc Hinton The bold and brave new era of All Blacks rugby continues apace with Wednesday's dramatic promotion of uncapped 24-year-old Tom Taylor to his first Test start.

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Francis Saili ready for All Blacks debut

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Marc Hinton It's been a managed apprenticeship, but the All Blacks finally believe talented North Harbour and Blues youngster Francis Saili is ready to be thrown in at the deep end of Test rugby.

Rugby

Graham Henry hits out at referees

Graham Henry.

Marc Hinton Graham Henry is not afraid to call it as he sees it, and at the moment he sees some of the officiating going on in Super Rugby as, to use his vernacular, "bullshit".

Rugby

Smith erases black mark in style

Israel Dagg.

Marc Hinton FROM the doghouse to the penthouse, Aaron Smith ended his Test match week significantly better than the way he started it.

Coach welcomes week off after opening loss

Jamie Joseph

Marc Hinton IT SOUNDS bizarre, but Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph is glad he's got a bye just one week into the new Super Rugby season to address a growing list of issues that confront him.

Blues midfielder latest star in trouble

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Marc Hinton Talented Blues midfielder Francis Saili has become the latest New Zealand professional rugby player to face the courts as a result of his actions away from the game.

Match report

Champagne Blacks flatten France

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Marc Hinton AUCKLAND: Tres bon. No, no, make that tres magnifique. The All Blacks celebrated their captain's special night the best way they know - by expressing themselves on the rugby field as only they can.