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All Blacks preparing to unleash revamped game on the fast-chasing rugby world

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Steve Hansen has been plotting furiously, with his All Blacks set to unleash a bold, innovative new playing style in June that they hope will continue to keep them a step ahead of their rivals.

Crusaders-Hurricanes tensions provide unique test for All Blacks brotherhood

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They're the best of enemies, these All Blacks.

Brad Shields does his best to remain oblivious to Steve Hansen's jab

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Ignorance may well be bliss for Brad Shields.

Colin de Grandhomme joins Northern Districts for coming domestic cricket season

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Northern Districts have added yet another Black Caps weapon to their over-flowing arsenal in all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme.

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Send-off saga: Why the ANZ Premiership umpires have got it wrong this year

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OPINION: One small step over the line, one giant leap into uncharted netball territory.

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Golden State Warriors thrash Houston Rockets as Stephen Curry finds form

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Stephen Curry got his groove back to score 35 points as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half statement to crush the Houston Rockets 126-85 in the NBA playoffs.

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Blues' Mr Fixit Rieko Ioane adding to his arsenal as he fires up for All Blacks

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Amid the gloom, there is always a bright light. Rieko Ioane has most certainly been that for the Blues during their continued descent into Super Rugby ignominy.

Jono Gibbes non-committal when asked whether he'll coach Waikato or La Rochelle

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An under-fire Jono Gibbes wouldn't confirm his next destination after his final match in charge of Ulster.

Scott Dixon qualifies ninth for Indy 500

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New Zealand driver Scott Dixon has qualified ninth for next weekend's Indianapolis 500.

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Calls for Naas Botha and Nick Mallett to be suspended as race row escalates in SA rugby

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South African Minister of Sport and Recreation Tokozile Xasa wants Nick Mallett and Naas Botha suspended from their television rugby presenting jobs as the latest race row to hit the troubled sport escalates.

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Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O'Gara could help England, says Stuart Barnes

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Former England first-five Stuart Barnes believes Eddie Jones should turn to Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O'Gara if defence coach Paul Gustard departs ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Todd Carney signing set to split NRL deal

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North Sydney have defied the wishes of South Sydney and signed Todd Carney in a move that will almost certainly end their 11-year relationship.

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New Zealand paddlers bag four gold medals at World Cup regatta

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New Zealand's women's paddlers have combined to win four gold medals in the opening World Cup regatta in Hungary.

Rafael Nadal beats Alexander Zverev for eighth Rome title and world No 1 again

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Rafael Nadal came out on top in a matchup of this year's top two clay-court players, beating defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 to win a record-extending eighth Italian Open title.

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Moohoo: Where have all Waikato's All Blacks gone?

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Stuff investigates why there has been a decline of home-grown Waikato players in the All Blacks. Joseph Pearson reports.

All Blacks squad naming: Five talking points ahead of French series

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Thirty-three men have been officially named in the first All Blacks squad of the year. A new captain in Sam Whitelock, with Sam Cane and Ben Smith as his deputies. The cat might be out of the sack in terms of selection, but there is still…

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Owen Franks gets two-match ban, back for All Blacks tests

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Crusaders prop Owen Franks has been handed a two-match ban for striking, which ends in time for the All Blacks' first test against France.

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Tricky week beckons as Crusaders plan for a fortnight without Owen Franks

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Dealing with the absence of Owen Franks could be just the tip of Scott Robertson's problems.

Fifa blunders in congratulating Team Wellington on reaching Club World Cup

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Fifa made a mighty blunder in congratulating Team Wellington on becoming the third New Zealand team to qualify for the Club World Cup.

Sunday, May 20

Steve Hansen on ABs props: They need to give themselves an uppercut

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The recalcitrant behaviour of his props over the last fortnight has not escaped the attention of Steve Hansen - and the All Blacks coach is not pleased about it.

All Blacks peek at future with selections of Shannon Frizell, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi

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Steve Hansen has learned to trust his instincts in the complex business mining the rich seam of New Zealand rugby talent, and in new All Blacks Shannon Frizell and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi he has a couple of prospects that definitely set his…

Steve Hansen names three new players in his All Blacks squad to face France

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named three new faces into his 33-man squad to play France in three home tests next month.

Saturday, May 19

Tevita Nabura's red card costs Highlanders as Waratahs snap Australia's losing streak

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It's finally happened – an Australian Super Rugby side has defeated a New Zealand team.

Crusaders continue dominance over Blues with win in Auckland

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Forget Laurel or Yanny. The biggest head-scratcher has to be when the Blues are going to ever beat a fellow New Zealand side in Super Rugby.

Premature end in Rally de Portugal a bitter blow for Hayden Paddon

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Hayden Paddon's hopes of a podium finish in Portugal have come to a bone-crunching end.

It's over: Super Rugby is dead and Australia should go it alone

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OPINION: Once upon a time when Australians were interested in Super Rugby, the Joe Moody-Kurtley Beale incident would have been a big story.

Friday, May 18

Shannon Frizell and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi set for All Blacks call-ups

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OPINION: The Ben Lam Brigade are probably going to have to wait.

NZ Warriors battle back to defeat Parramatta Eels in Sydney

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The Warriors are back to winning ways with a 24-14 victory over the Eels in Sydney on Friday night.

Burning questions All Blacks selection special: Who makes cut at 8 and midfield?

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Stuff's Rugby writers tackle the burning questions ahead of this weekend's first All Blacks squad of the year.

Kiwi IPL catching calamities as RCB defeat Kane Williamson and Hyderabad

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NZ paceman Tim Southee has been denied a special catch in the Indian Premier League after the third umpire ruled not out.

Thursday, May 17

ICC considers scrapping coin toss in test cricket

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The International Cricket Council is considering scrapping the coin toss in test matches.

Highlanders co-captain Ben Smith to stay in NZ after All Blacks camp

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There's no rest for fullback Ben Smith on Saturday night, but the Highlanders' co-captain will miss the team's game against the Reds next weekend.

The Blues coaching shakeup – all you need to know about the Tana and Leon show

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OPINION: Tana Umaga has one year to turn round the Titanic of Super Rugby under-achievers, or he can start scanning the Situations Vacant files.

Should Ben Lam be named in the All Blacks for test series against France?

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OPINION: Ben Lam is the leading try scorer in Super Rugby this season. Should he be in the All Blacks squad to take on France? Ben Strang and Aaron Goile debate.

Wednesday, May 16

Michael Cheika's advice to unwanted Queensland Red Quade Cooper

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has delivered Quade Cooper an ultimatum: leave the Queensland Reds or forget playing for Australia again, on his watch.

Kelly Jury hurt as Southern Steel edge Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic in thriller

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Silver Ferns defender Kelly Jury suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder as the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic lost a thriller to the Southern Steel 64-60.

Former Crusader Leon MacDonald to join Tana Umaga at Blues next season

The last time the Blues won Super Rugby, Leon MacDonald was playing fullback – for the opposition.

Hurricanes star Jordie Barrett told to keep biding his time at fullback

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Second five-eighth will have to wait for Jordie Barrett.