Rugby Union

Union Match Report

Ben Smith injured as Chiefs end losing streak to Highlanders

Aerial contest: Ben Smith and Damian McKenzie compete for the high ball.

James Lowe pounced on two wayward passes while Hika Elliot took advantage of a day-dreaming defence to give the Waikato Chiefs a 24-15 victory over a wasteful Otago Highlanders side who lost All Blacks fullback Ben Smith to a head injury on Friday.

Scotland wilt in the face of French power

Try time: Gael Fickou of France dives over to score his team's opening try.

With the power came the glory. A week after withstanding a second-half shellacking against Ireland, Scotland were blown away in a brutally confrontational second half by a pack which exposed their vulnerability to sheer muscle.

Italy deserves spot, says coach after nine-try rout

Conor Murray unleashes a box kick against Italy.

Italy coach Conor O'Shea fended off suggestions on Saturday that his team were out of their depth in the Six Nations and said the tournament's experiment with attacking bonus-points encouraged opponents to "go for the jugular" this year.

Hurricanes crowned Super Rugby champions

Long time coming: The Hurricanes have finally taken out the big prize.

Five-eighth Beauden Barrett dived on a loose ball with a little over 11 minutes remaining to score a try that sealed the Wellington Hurricanes' first Super Rugby title.