Rugby

Rugby: $130k bet on All Blacks to lose

Rugby: $130k bet on All Blacks to lose

A pessimistic Aucklander risks being branded the country's biggest traitor after betting $130,000 on the All Blacks to lose the Rugby World Cup.

Rugby: Wholesale changes for Scotland

Rugby: Wholesale changes for Scotland

Coach Vern Cotter has changed all but one of his starting team for his Scotland side's second successive Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Italy, with wing Sean Lamont the only survivor from last week's 16-12 win in Turin.

Rugby: Namibia announce World Cup squad

Saracens loose forward Jacques Burger will captain Namibia in the rugby World Cup in England after coach Phil Davies named a 31-man squad.

Rugby: Wales name near-full strength team for Ireland

Rugby: Wales name near-full strength team for Ireland

After being blown away by Ireland in Cardiff three weeks ago, Wales will travel to Dublin on Saturday looking for a marked improvement after coach Warren Gatland named a near full-strength team.

Rugby: Ireland name team to face Wales

Rugby: Ireland name team to face Wales

Ireland named the strongest side in their series of World Cup warmup matches so far as Jonathan Sexton and captain Paul O'Connell returned to the starting lineup to face Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Rugby: Franklin returns for key match

Rugby: Franklin returns for key match

Lock Tom Franklin is back in the Otago side for what is looming as a crunch match against Taranaki tomorrow.

Rugby: No frills – tight five just need to get job done

Rugby: No frills – tight five just need to get job done

The tight five - the blokes the experts believe,will win or lose the World Cup for the All Blacks. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at the players who roam in the dark places.

Rugby: OBHS No 7 big jersey to fill

Rugby: OBHS No 7 big jersey to fill

Every young lad who has pulled on the No 7 jersey for Otago Boys' High School in the past 14 years has been acutely aware of the bloke who came before him.

Rugby: Naming New Zealand's devastating dozen

Rugby: Naming New Zealand's devastating dozen

The New Zealand sevens side will hunt for Olympic glory at Rio de Janeiro next year. But what if it could name a team from all the All Blacks throughout history?

Rugby: England name final World Cup squad

Rugby: England name final World Cup squad

Midfielders Sam Burgess and Henry Slade, who have each played only one international, were included in England's rugby World Cup squad as coach Stuart Lancaster culled Six Nations regular Luther Burrell from his final 31-man group.

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