It's the new age Rugby World Cup which poses one of the sport's oldest questions - will a good big man beat a good little man?
Highlanders flanker Shannon Frizell has received a late call up to the All Blacks World Cup squad as an injury replacement.
When the Rugby World Cup kicks off on September 20 there will be a strong Canterbury presence at the tournament – and not just with the All Blacks.
The Canterbury Bulls face a tough task when they open their National Premiership campaign with a trip to the defending champion Akarana Falcons on Saturday.
Seven Canterbury players have been selected in the New Zealand secondary schools' rugby team announced on Thursday afternoon.
All Blacks reject Owen Franks will play his first game for Canterbury in nine years as he looks to stay sharp and remain an injury replacement option for the World Cup.
If the All Blacks clinch a third successive World Cup title in Japan, Steve Hansen is almost certainly going to be regarded as the team's greatest coach.
Rugby World Cup favourites New Zealand have had their first training run in Japan, the players having to adjust from the winter temperatures of home.
A Southland Stags player has been charged in relation to an incident where a man had his jaw fractured.
The All Blacks' decision to finish their 92-7 win over Tonga with just 14 men created plenty of interest, but the Springboks have also been trialling some tricky tactics.
World Cup winner Chester Williams, who broke racial barriers to emerge a national hero as one of South Africa's first black rugby union internationals, died after a suspected heart attack on Friday. He was 49.
Mike Webster’s service behind the scenes and on the sidelines at the Linwood Rugby Club has been honoured with life membership.
After seven years at the helm, a title and three grand-final appearances, New Brighton premier coach Scott Pawson has ended his tenure.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has revealed that Ben Smith's form slump has had less to do with his recovery from a hamstring strain and more to a loss of self-belief and confidence.
Canterbury will look to keep the steam train rolling when they head to Eden Park for their fifth round Mitre 10 Cup match on Sunday against Auckland.
Hooker Siua Maile will start for Tonga against the All Blacks this weekend on his test debut, capping a meteoric rise for the Christchurch-based roofer, who is yet to play a first class match.
Former All Blacks captain Wayne (Buck) Shelford has praised Liam Squire for speaking publicly about his recent mental health struggles.