Andrew Hore

All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore to retire

ANdrew Hore

Veteran All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore confirmed his international retirement on Wednesday after 83 Test appearances for New Zealand.

Andrew Hore joins Ma'a Nonu as All Black without a Super deal


Andrew Hore joined Ma'a Nonu on Tuesday as an All Black without a Super Rugby home, fuelling speculation he is on the verge of retirement.


Mark Hammett standing down as Hurricanes coach

Standing down: Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett.

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett is standing down at the end of the 2014 Super Rugby season.


Keven Mealamu forced to return home with calf injury

Blues hooker Keven Mealamu is out of action with a calf injury.

WELLINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - Auckland Blues hooker Keven Mealamu has been forced to return home early from South Africa with a calf injury that is likely to cause Steve Hansen some concern as the...

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Adder boy! 100 up for Hurricanes captain 'Snake' Smith

Greg Stutchbury Conrad Smith has been approached about leaving the Hurricanes during his long rugby career but he said he never had any intention of quitting the capital club.

Highlanders v Blues

Richard Shute Highlanders v Blues at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Saturday 5.35pm

Cory Jane one of three changes to All Blacks team

Cory Jane.

Daniel Gilhooly Cory Jane makes a rapid-fire return to the All Blacks wing while there are two unexpected changes in the forward pack to face Australia in Dunedin.

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Experimental All Blacks to face Japan

Dan Carter.

The All Blacks will field an experimental team underpinned by two greats when they play their first official Test on Japanese soil.

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Charles Piutau poised to face France

Charles Piutau

Charles Piutau's debut All Blacks Test season continues to blossom, with the 22-year-old likely to replace an ill Julian Savea on the wing against France in Paris.

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Clock ticking on All Blacks rugby for Hore

Andrew Hore

Daniel Gilhooly All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore has dropped a hint that retirement from rugby may not be far away.

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Lack of depth leaves weary Wallabies with little in tank

Paul Cully dinkus

Paul Cully When Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie replaced Quade Cooper after 59 minutes of the Test against Italy in Turin, it was a sensible bit of squad management he probably longs he could do a bit more of.

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Kieran Read passes Go and collects plaudits

Kieran Read.

Daniel Gilhooly It was appropriate that an affluent London suburb was the setting as No.8 Kieran Read acknowledged he's come a long way from the player ranked last on an All Blacks' monopoly board.

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...


All Blacks change seven for Irish Test

Aaron Cruden of New Zealand.

Daniel Gilhooly The All Blacks selectors have made seven changes to their starting team to face Ireland, explaining that a gruelling two months has caught up with them.

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Rebels v Highlanders

AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday 7.35pm (AEST)

Rugby Union

Rebels lick wounds and brace for future

Cooper Vuna.

Stathi Paxinos There has been a changing of the guard every year of the Melbourne Rebels' existence.


Richie McCaw returns in All Blacks training squad

Richie McCaw.

Veteran flanker Richie McCaw has been included in a 30-man All Blacks squad to train in Auckland this week.

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Crusaders v Highlanders


AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)


Lions in the sand: Hansen praises Australian sides

Paul Cully.

Paul Cully The strong form of the Australian Super Rugby sides has been recognised at the highest level across the ditch, with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admitting on Monday: "This is a tricky year for us."

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Kings v Highlanders

Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith.

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)