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Cruden ruled out of Rugby World Cup for All Blacks

Evan Pegden   The All Blacks have never lost when Aaron Cruden has started at five-eighth. They will have to do without him to defend their World Cup crown.

Cruden's Rugby World Cup campaign in doubt

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 17:  Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs leaves the field during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Chiefs at AMI Stadium on April 17, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Even Pegden   All Blacks and Chiefs five-eighth Aaron Cruden is understood to have suffered a serious knee injury which could threaten his Rugby World Cup participation.

All Blacks face Rio sevens hurdle

Sticking with the larger format: Aaron Cruden.

Marc Hinton   All Blacks coach Steve Hansen may have won a significant battle, but the war is set to rage over the availability of key All Blacks for a 2016 season that will take a back seat to the quest for sevens gold at the Olympics.

Slade continues All Blacks' post World Cup exodus

France bound: Colin Slade of the Crusaders.

All Blacks flyhalf Colin Slade has joined the exodus from New Zealand rugby after this year's World Cup by signing a contract until 2018 with French club Pau.

Brad Thorn calls time on stellar career

Serial winner: Brad Thorn

Former New Zealand lock Brad Thorn is retiring at the end of the season following a glittering 21-year career in which won the biggest prizes in rugby league and union.

Hansen echoed Campo's fears

Knows what he is doing: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is a canny operator.

Paul Cully   David Campese says Steve Hansen's comments about rugby becoming 'boring' were nothing different to what he himself has been pointing out for a decade.

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Dynamic duo still in doubt for date with Chiefs

In doubt: No decision has been made on whether Crusaders stars Israel Dagg, left, and Dan Carter, centre, will return from injury for Saturday night's Super Rugby clash with the Chiefs.

Richard Knowler   The clock is ticking for Dan Carter and Israel Dagg to be fit in time for Saturday's clash with the Chiefs.

Is this the end for Richie McCaw

The end is nigh: Richie McCaw will make a decision on whether to play on after this year's World Cup in the coming weeks.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has given the clearest indication yet that this rugby season will be his last after media reports in France suggested he may be headed there after the World Cup later this year.

Woodman inspires NZ to win over Australia

Lucky 13: Portia Woodman scored 13 tries at the Brazil Sevens, including two in the final, to help New Zealand claim the title.

Ben Strang   The New Zealand women's side have beaten Australia to take out the Brazil Sevens title in São Paulo.

Rugby-All Black Smith to join post-World Cup exodus

'It feels like the right time for me move on and try something different': Conrad Smith.

New Zealand's most capped centre Conrad Smith has joined the growing ranks of experienced All Blacks leaving to play abroad after this year's World Cup.

Family comes first for All Black Ma'a Nonu

Family first: Hurricanes midfielder Ma'a Nonu will skip the start of the season to await the birth of his third child.

Toby Robson   Ma'a Nonu will skip the Hurricanes' season-opener against the Lions as he stays home in Wellington to await the birth of his third child.

Baby punching above weight puts Williams back in the ring

Fight time: Sonny Bill Williams.

Brad Walter   She may only be nine weeks old but Sonny Bill Williams daughter is the reason he is returning to the boxing ring on Saturday night and she will be a driving force in his bid to win back-to-back Rugby World Cup later this year.

Dan Carter on bench for Crusaders

All Blacks star Dan Carter shares a laugh at training with Crusaders team-mate Colin Slade.

All Blacks great Dan Carter will come off the reserve bench for the Crusaders in their pre-season game against the Hurricanes in Eketahuna on Saturday.

Giant winger Halai set to join exodus to Britain

Overseas experience: Blues winger and one-Test All Black Frank Halai has been linked with glamour British club Wasps.

One-Test All Black Frank Halai to leave New Zealand after inking a deal at glamour British club Wasps.

Former All Black Ali Williams hangs up his boots

Champion: Former All Blacks lock Ali Williams has announced his retirement from rugby at the age of 33.

Duncan Johnstone   Ali Williams' battered body says "enough is enough" as he announces his departure from French giants Toulon.

Hoeata cops heavy ban for ugly high tackle

Banned: Former All Black Jarrad Hoeata has been handed a six-week ban for an ugly high shot on Irish fullback Rob Kearney while playing for Cardiff.

Former All Black banned for six weeks after an ugly high tackle in European rugby competition.

All Black Franks to join post-World Cup exodus

Heading north: All Blacks prop Ben Franks has been linked with a move to London Irish after the World Cup.

Duncan Johnstone   Versatile All Blacks prop Ben Franks is tipped to join British club London Irish after this year’s World Cup.

Carter becomes rugby's first $2 million man

Riding off into the sunset: Dan Carter.

Daniel Schofield   Racing Metro are poised to announce the signing of the All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter as the world's first $2 million player at a press conference in Paris on Thursday.

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Carter poised to announce deal

Heading off after World Cup: All Blacks five-eighth Dan Carter.

Richard Knowler   All Blacks first five-eighth expected to announce today he has signed a multimillion-dollar deal with a French club.

Probe into NZ crew cuddles for All Blacks

Air New Zealand

It's a given that New Zealanders really, really love their world champion All Blacks but some Air New Zealand crew may have been a wee bit too demonstrative.