Paul Cully Richie McCaw has revealed that he told the NZRU that the Graham Henry-led ticket was the better option than appointing Robbie Deans after the All Blacks' 2007 World Cup failure.
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
David Polkinghorne Would the Socceroos qualify for the World Cup if they only used A-League players? That's what the ARU's current policy is.
Spiro Zavos A FEW days before NSW played their first rugby match against a British rugby side, on June 2, 1888, a Probables- Possibles match was contested in Sydney to work out a starting XV.
Paul Cully It would be easy to imagine Wallabies coach Robbie Deans with a look of contentment as he surveyed the state of play after the weekend.
Paul Cully Remember the name of Bulls inside-centre Jan Serfontein. The outstanding young midfielder - big, strong, fast but with skills and vision- has the ability to change the way the Bulls attack and be a...
David Polkinghorne Is boom ACT Brumbies five-eighth Matt Toomua ready for a Wallabies cap?
Chris Dutton The ACT government has revealed it will consider immortalising Brumbies flanker George Smith with a statue.
Matthew Burke Sitting back on Monday night watching the news unfold for the day, I caught an interview from Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter and his comment about how their loss to the Storm was directly related to...
Paul Cully There are a few dark clouds in the land of the long white one.
Paul Cully If you intend to have your happiness levels influenced by the outcome of Bledisloe Cup encounters over the next decade, there are two tasty duels in the next two rounds that cannot be missed.
David Polkinghorne Former Brumbies coach Eddie Jones says Jake White is the man to take Australia to the next World Cup.
Influential Crusaders skipper Kieran Read will miss at least four weeks of Super Rugby because of toe ligament damage.
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, Sunday 4.10pm (AEDT)
The Crusaders survived a late Stormers onslaught to win a Super Rugby thriller 19-14 at Newlands on Saturday.
Paul Cully Adam Ashley-Cooper is growing each week in the No.13 jersey.
The Blues demolished arch-rivals the Crusaders 34-15 on Friday to maintain their early season momentum and show they will be a force to be reckoned with in this year's Super Rugby.
Eden Park, Auckland, Friday 5.30pm (AEDT)
All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg has been shifted to the left wing to accommodate Tom Taylor in the Crusaders' side to face the Blues.
Chris Dutton Eddie Jones is convinced George Smith can be a potential championship-winning recruit for the ACT Brumbies.