Marc Hinton on Israel Dagg

All Blacks drop Cory Jane for England Test

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...

Call for change to 'silly season'

Dan Carter

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.

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Dagg running back into form

Israel Dagg

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.

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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Rugby

Off-colour All Blacks put away Pumas

Israel Dagg

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...

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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.

Rugby

Highlanders engage Gear to grind out tough victory despite clocking off early

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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.

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.