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'Back-to-back World Cups are All Blacks' goal', says Dan Carter

A sabbatical would once have seemed an alien concept to Dan Carter, an affront to the immersive experience of being an All Black.

Weepu fully recovered; returns to Blues

Veteran halfback Piri Weepu is to resume training with the Blues after making a full recovery from his stroke and minor heart surgery.

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New Zealand Rugby begins anti-corruption drive

240813 Sport. Photo : Chris Skelton / Fairfax Media
All Black Ben Smith runs down the side line to score during the Championship rugby match between The New Zealand All Blacks and Australia held at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand.

Around 2000 players, coaches and managers involved in New Zealand professional rugby are being asked to sign a pledge to abide by new anti-corruption regulations.

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Blues beat Highlanders in Super Rugby

Blues veteran Ma'a Nonu makes a break during the round seven Super Rugby match against the Highlanders at Eden Park.

The Blues have gone top of the New Zealand Conference with a comfortable 30-12 Super Rugby win over the Highlanders in Auckland.

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Where has Crusaders' try-scoring ability gone?

Richard Knowler Six tries in four matches. It's a grotesque statistic the Crusaders won't like to be reminded of.

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Chiefs' coaches swing the selection axe

Nearly half of the Chiefs' Super Rugby team have been dropped for their clash with the Bulls in Pretoria on Sunday.

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Bulls v Chiefs

Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Saturday 11.55pm (AEDT)

Blues v Highlanders

Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 5.35pm (AEDT)

Crusaders v Hurricanes

AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Friday 5.35pm (AEDT)

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All Black Weepu sidelined after stroke

Out for a month: Piri Weepu

All Blacks and Blues halfback Piri Weepu has been ruled out of Super Rugby for at least a month after suffering a minor stroke.

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Dan Carter's World Cup itch not satisfied

Duncan Johnstone All Blacks great Dan Carter says he has unfinished "personal" business at the World Cup and is hell bent on making next year's tournament in England.

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All Black enforcer Kieran Read to play 100th Super game

Crusading for 100 games: Kieran Read.

New Zealand forward Kieran Read will play his 100th Super Rugby match as the Crusaders look to continue their resurgence against New Zealand rivals, the Hurricanes, in Christchurch on Friday.

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All Blacks veterans on notice, says Steve Hansen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Monday he will not shy away from axeing his ageing superstars if it boosts New Zealand's chances of defending next year's Rugby World Cup.

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Force v Chiefs

nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 10pm (AEDT)

Blues v Cheetahs

Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 5.35pm (AEDT)

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Shock death of former All Black captain Frank Oliver

One of the rugged men of Manawatu and All Blacks rugby, Frank Oliver, has died suddenly at home in Palmerston North aged 65.

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Boshoff boots Lions to victory over Blues

Super boot: Marnitz Boshoff of the Lions.

Marnitz Boshoff continued a fairy tale first Super 15 season with 24 points for Golden Lions in a 39-36 victory over Auckland Blues Saturday.

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Marcel try earns Bulls bonus-point win over Blues

Jacques-Louis Potgieter.

Prop Marcel van der Merwe barged over for a late try to give the Bulls a bonus-point 38-22 victory over the Blues in the Super Rugby on Saturday.

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Richie McCaw out for two months with broken thumb

Richie McCaw.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will miss about half of the Crusaders' Super Rugby season after breaking a bone in his thumb.

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Zac Guildford signs for Top 14 leaders Clermont

Zac Guildford

Former All Blacks winger Zac Guildford has signed a two-year deal with an option for a third with Top 14 leaders Clermont, the French club confirmed on Thursday.