Marc Hinton on Israel Dagg
Marc Hinton Steve Hansen has sprung a Bledisloe selection surprise of his own, picking the in-form Ben Smith at fullback and dropping a fully fit Israel Dagg for the first time since he became the first-choice...
Marc Hinton There is a spring in the step of the record-chasing All Blacks as they prepare for a Bledisloe Cup opener of monumental proportions – a situation assistant coach Ian Foster takes as a very good...
Marc Hinton Dan Carter is back, as is Charles Piutau, but it is the selection of Sam Cane ahead of unlucky Crusader Matt Todd that might be considered the chief talking point of Steven Hansen's Rugby...
Marc Hinton A scratchy All Blacks side have survived a scare to down England 20-15 in Auckland in the opening match of their three-Test rugby series.
Marc Hinton As expected, multi-faceted Blues second-rowforward Patrick Tuipulotu and powerhouse Highlanders midfielder Malakai Fekitoa have been rewarded for standout rookie Super Rugby campaigns with promotion...
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.
Marc Hinton The All Blacks remain undefeated this year, but at what cost? Their captain looks in major doubt to face the Springboks on Saturday in Auckland, with Richie McCaw just one of several New Zealanders...
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...
Marc Hinton FROM the doghouse to the penthouse, Aaron Smith ended his Test match week significantly better than the way he started it.
Marc Hinton Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder believes there has to be a better way of contracting players than the "silly season" situation that is confronting New Zealand's five Super Rugby franchises now.
Marc Hinton The week Israel Dagg decided to stay put also turned out to be the same one he made his biggest move in 2013. The All Black fullback is well and truly back on his game, as indeed are his Crusaders.
Marc Hinton, Christchurch Crusaders through to their 12th straight semi-final as they chase an eighth crown.
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.
Marc Hinton The Highlanders put the financial woes of the Otago rugby union to one side with a superb 27-24 win over the Crusaders in their Super Rugby match in Dunedin on Saturday.
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.