A move by Highlanders playmaker Lima Sopoaga to take up a lucrative contract with English club Wasps has starkly highlighted the growing commercial power of northern hemisphere rugby.
Former All Blacks coach Wayne Smith has revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year.
Former All Blacks, Highlanders and Otago loose forward Adam Thomson has regained mobility and is expected to make a full recovery from the illness that has kept him hospitalised for more than a week.
Is this the beginning of the end or did the beginning of the end start at the beginning of this year when it was supposed to be the start of the rise?
All Blacks captain Kieran Read is to have back surgery at the weekend and will miss the early rounds of next year's Super Rugby competition.
The All Blacks will face South Africa next year at a ground they haven't lost at since 1970.
The All Blacks Sevens side have won their first title in 21 months after defeating Argentina 38-14 in the Cape Town Sevens today.
All Blacks veteran Jerome Kaino has been linked with a move to French side Toulon, according to a French publication.
The All Blacks are set to challenge all of the world's best teams in 2018.
The All Black season has come to an end. It was not vintage but was better than average with 11 victories, two losses and a draw. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks back at the season.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says Rieko Ioane can achieve whatever he wants "if we keep his feet on the floor" after the winger produced another standout performance in the 33-18 win over Wales.
The All Blacks have done enough to see off Wales 33-18 and complete their European tour with a perfect record.
Whatever way you look at it a strong Whitelock current flows through the All Blacks final test of the year in Cardiff.
Wales coach Warren Gatland has revealed that regular matches against the All Blacks has taken away a fear factor for opponents.
Sam Whitelock will lead the All Blacks against Wales after Kieran Read succumbed to a troublesome hip flexor issue that has plagued him for the past two weeks.
A Spark and TVNZ consortium could bid for rights to New Zealand Rugby fixtures when they are renewed after the 2020 season.
There's an element of foxing, with Warren Gatland attempting to take heat off his under-pressure team, but it does appear Wales are attempting to evolve.
New Zealand club rugby's greatest debate has resurfaced - although it appears there is now agreement from both sides.
Mumps has again struck the All Blacks.
Sitting out the first field session of the week is never a good sign.