Steve Hepburn

Rugby: Key trio if NZ is to win fifth cup in a row

The Black Ferns kick off their tilt for a fifth straight World Cup in France tonight. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at three key players who can help the side win the title.

Rugby: Otago to step up a notch

Rugby: Otago to step up a notch

Otago will be looking to up its intensity when it plays Tasman in a pre-season match at Forsyth Barr Stadium tomorrow.

Rugby: Five who have what it takes to steer NZ to gold in Rio

Rugby: Five who have what it takes to steer NZ to gold in Rio After New Zealand's sevens silver in Glasgow, thoughts now turn to Rio de Janeiro. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn picks five players who could well make a difference in Brazil in two years.

Rugby: Smith yet to re-sign for Highlanders

Rugby: Smith yet to re-sign for Highlanders

Aaron Smith has signed a new two-year deal with the New Zealand Rugby Union but he still has to put pen to paper with the Highlanders.

Olympics: Otago Olympians set to celebrate

Olympics: Otago Olympians set to celebrate

The Commonwealth Games are front and centre at the moment but the Olympics will come into focus tomorrow night in Dunedin.

Equestrian: Community funds trip to France - and back

Equestrian: Community funds trip to France - and back

The Strath Taieri community is one that rolls its sleeves up and gets things done.

Rugby: Standout forwards rewarded

Rugby: Standout forwards rewarded

The three Highlanders backs picked for the All Blacks will be joined this week by a couple of the franchise's standout forwards.

A night without sleep? That's gold!

A night without sleep? That's gold!

Most Mondays start slowly.

Rugby: Positives to take from effort of shadow Otago side

Rugby: Positives to take from effort of shadow Otago side

There were some encouraging signs from the shadow Otago team which won a match over a Southland XV at Forsyth Barr Stadium yesterday.

Rugby: Key players and who wants what in the semis

Rugby: Key players and who wants what in the semis

Super rugby is finally getting to the business end. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at tomorrow night's semifinals and what the four teams have to do to win.