Williams ruled out of first Bledisloe Cup clash
Sonny Bill Williams will miss the first Bledisloe Cup Test between Australia and New Zealand after World Rugby confirmed his ban would run until Aug. 20.
Travel huge issue for Chiefs
We're down to the final four in Super Rugby with the semifinal action set down for Christchurch and Johannesburg this weekend. So who will advance to the big dance?
Travel demands too tough for Chiefs.
The Chiefs face a huge ask against the Crusaders having endured a long trip back from South Africa and Greg Growden believes that puts the Super Rugby semifinal in the Crusaders' corner.
Joburg semi will bring best out of Barrett.
Greg Growden is tipping an upset in the second Super Rugby semifinal, saying Beauden Barrett will rise to the occasion and lead the Hurricanes past the Lions in Johannesburg.
Brumbies, Force show value of commitment
Australian teams have experienced some very average Super Rugby seasons, but none as bad as 2017. Three franchises were complete failures while there were only a handful of decent performers across the board -- Greg Growden writes.
Moore: I didn't have it in me to play the next World Cup.
The Australian captain has announced he intends to retire from the Wallabies.
University Sevens competition to unearth future stars
Australian Women's Sevens coach Tim Walsh believes the new tournament-style competition is the way to bridge the gap between existing state competitions and the national side.
Ghana a rugby nation on the rise
Unlike other African rugby nations on the continent such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia, there isn't a genuine rugby culture in Ghana. But for some reason the game is starting to catch on in that country.
Law changes to provide speedier, simpler rugby - Dowd
World Rugby should be applauded for its looming law changes with the amendments set to simplify and speed up the game, which is a huge positive for referees and fans alike -- Craig Dowd writes.
Opinions split over ruck law amendments.
Greg Growden and Sam Bruce debate World Rugby's amendments to its ruck laws, disagreeing over whether it's a positive step for the game's development.
Ben Smith sabbatical confirmed post Bledisloe
All Blacks star Ben Smith is set for a sabbatical following next month's back-to-back Bledisloe Cup Tests against the Wallabies.
Jantjies, Barrett take centre stage
Big matches are always about the battles within the war, and Saturday's Super Rugby semifinal between the Lions and the Hurricanes presents no shortage of mouth-watering duels.
Ackermann targets improvement ahead of Hurricanes
The Lions overcame nerves and poor decision-making to defeat the Sharks 23-21 in their Super Rugby quarterfinal at Ellis Park on Saturday and coach Johan Ackermann knows they will have to be much better if they are to beat the Hurricanes in the semifinal.
Ackermann mustn't rein in Lions, but ...
The Lions need to play a lot smarter and be streetwise when they take on the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby semifinal on Saturday.
Ruck'n Maul: Cheika wrong with Quade call.
Greg Growden and Sam Bruce return with the latest edition of Ruck'n Maul, addressing Karmichael Hunt's withdrawal from the Wallabies squad and why Michael Cheika hasn't yet called in Quade Cooper as a replacement.
Meakes takes roundabout route to Wallabies
Western Force centre Bill Meakes admits he's on the verge of Wallaby selection, albeit in a roundabout way, but he wouldn't change a thing about his unusual journey.
Phillips wants Halfpenny to return to Wales
Former Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips wants compatriot Leigh Halfpenny to return to welsh regional rugby after his exit this summer from Toulon.
Eagles sign rugby star Adam Zaruba to play tight end
Adam Zaruba will make the transition from rugby star to NFL tight end with the Eagles, who gave him a three-year deal.
Exeter sign Kings lock Van der Sluys
Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs have signed Southern Kings forward Wilhelm van der Sluys.
'People outside don't know women's strategy'
England Women's rugby has become big news due to some justified concerns about the 15-a-side squad's contracts. But head of professional rugby Nigel Melville insists the move is part of a bigger plan to grow the female game.
Kiwis spare SANZAAR finals embarrassment
Despite a lopsided, illogical conference system, the best four teams have advanced to the Super Rugby semifinals. As the New Zealand conference was easily the toughest of the four- it is justified that three Kiwi sides remain.
Crusaders set benchmark in Super Rugby playoffs.
The Crusaders produced the pick of the performances in the Super Rugby quarterfinals while the Lions will need to improve significantly for the visit of the Hurricanes this weekend, Sam Bruce reports.
Chiefs beat Stormers in Newlands thriller
The Stormers' Super Rugby playoff jinx continued as slipped to a 17-11 defeat to the Chiefs in their quarterfinal played at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday, to end another promising season on a low note.
Fleck admits latest Super Rugby quarterfinal defeat is tough to swallow
Stormers coach Robbie Fleck feels his side's narrow 17-11 Super Rugby quarterfinal loss to the Chiefs was harder to take than their mauling by the same opposition at the same stage last season.
Combrinck kicks Lions into semifinal
Wing Ruan Combrinck kicked a late 60-metre penalty to help the Lions clinch a Super Rugby semi-final spot with a thrilling 23-21 victory over a spirited Sharks outfit at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Crusaders march into semifinals with emphatic win
The Crusaders have rediscovered their winning touch in emphatic style, overwhelming the Highlanders 17-0 in a drenched Super Rugby quarter-final in Christchurch.
Hurricanes blow away Brumbies
The Hurricanes have booked their spot in the Super Rugby semifinals with a spectacular second-half performance in their quarterfinal in chilly Canberra.
Law amendments set to shake up breakdown contest
The ability of openside 'fetchers' to dominate the breakdown could be a thing of the past, after World Rugby rubberstamped three new amendments as part of an overhaul to the game's laws set to commence next month.
Gold for Aussie girls in rugby sevens
Australia has again proven that the future is incredibly bright in women's rugby sevens after claiming a second successive gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Watch: No limits to Barrett boys' jaw-dropping skill
There appears to be no end to the Barrett brothers' array of rugby talents after video of Jordie Barrett nailing a left-footed sidelined conversion sent social media into a frenzy. Watch the kick here!
Twiggy's cash only adds to ARU's Super mess
Western Force appeared to be the easy option as the unlucky Australian franchise to be cut from Super Rugby. But then Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest entered the arena, leaving the ARU officials to squirm once more -- Greg Growden writes.
Wallabies need help from All Blacks
With the once-loved Bledisloe Cup series causing nothing but dread for Wallabies fans, perhaps New Zealand can lend us a hand again, writes Greg Growden.
Ruck'n Maul: Shades of Campo in magical McKenzie.
Greg Growden and Sam Bruce laud the amazing skill set of Chiefs flyer Damien McKenzie, likening him to Wallabies great David Campese when the winger was in his prime.
Cheika hails Jones as 'one of the best.'
Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika believes Barbarians head coach Alan Jones is one of the greatest coaches in rugby.
Jones to coach Barbarians vs Wallabies
Alan Jones will return to rugby union coaching after a 30-year absence to lead the Barbarians against the Wallabies later in the year.
Sunwolves show Blues remain 'mentally fragile'
The Blues defeated the British & Irish Lions as part of an improved season under Tana Umaga, but a final-round defeat by the Sunwolves shows the Auckland franchise are still a mentally weak Super Rugby outfit -- Craig Dowd writes.
Hodgson goes out on high
The Western Force bid farewell to retiring flanker Matt Hodgson in grand style, thumping the NSW Waratahs 40-11 in Saturday night's Super Rugby clash in Perth.
Poite's decision rewrites 100 years of history
Craig Dowd was taught there was no point arguing with referees, but now there is doubt and now it's worth captains reading up their law books and questioning every decision if it doesn't go in their favour.
Adam Jones: Lions secured their future
As the dust settles on the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour there has been a lot of talk about where the tourists fit into the new global calendar.
ESPN's 2017 Lions tour awards
Ten matches, 12 flights, 12 different hotels, innumerable glasses of pinot noir and a series which ended up as draw. Here are ESPN's Lions tour awards.
Lions may shun England stars in future
John Spencer has warned that future British and Irish Lions tours could happen without any England players if Premiership clubs do not help solve scheduling problems.
Drawn series has 'saved' Lions - McBride
Willie John McBride believes the British & Irish Lions may have been saved from extinction by the performance of this year's side in New Zealand.
Underwhelming Brumbies the symptom of a bigger problem
In the 22-year-history of the Super Rugby competition, the 2017 ACT Brumbies are without doubt the most underwhelming Australian team to make the finals.
Ponsonby Rugby Club: Much more than 45 All Blacks
Rugby clubs the world over each have their own unique story to tell. But few come better than that of Ponsonby District Rugby Football Club, where the local community is just as important as a record 45 All Blacks.
Fekitoa overcame severe childhood injury to star in rugby.
Malakai Fekitoa used his injury as motivation to transform his body and inspire others to follow their dreams.
Fekitoa: 'Doing the All-Black name proud really drives me'
Malakai Fekitoa helped New Zealand win the 2015 Rugby World Cup. But as a child, he was told he might never walk again. In the 2017 Body Issue, he describes his traumatic childhood injury, the pride of being an All Black and even his spearfishing skills.
The Hitman and Wax: Gone but never forgotten
The All Blacks had a reunion recently to mark their 3-0 series victory over the Lions in 2005. Two men were sorely missed. Tom Hamilton speaks to those who knew the late Jerry Collins and Sione Lauaki best.
Umaga remembers mischievous duo Jerry Collins and Sione Lauaki.
Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga talks to ESPN about his memories of playing alongside the late Jerry Collins and Sione Lauaki.
The All Black whose heart remains in the valley
ESPN's Tom Hamilton meets Rugby World Cup-winner Piri Weepu, who after a globe-trotting career still feels most at home at his local rugby league club.
Fekitoa: Every young rugby player in New Zealand wants to be an All Black.
New Zealand rugby player Malakai Fekitoa talks to ESPN's body Issue about his dedication to his body to achieve his dream of playing with the All Blacks.
Dowd: Fekitoa's experience invaluable in decider.
Malakai Fekitoa is a proven performer at Test level and his defensive skill set is well served to handle the in-form Jonathan Davies, Craig Dowd says.
Malakai Fekitoa poses for ESPN's Body Issue 2017.
New Zealand rugby player Malakai Fekitoa talks to ESPN's body issue about his tattoos and what they represent.
Lions tours much more than just rugby.
Former All Blacks prop Craig Dowd has hailed the off-field impact of the British & Irish Lions tour, saying the thousands of supports who've flocked to New Zealand have created a wonderful feeling up and down the country.
Mexted: All Blacks owe superiority to grassroots rugby.
Former All Blacks player Murray Mexted believes the All Blacks' superiority is down to their competitive structure at grassroots level.
Retallick will be one of greatest ever All Blacks - Dowd
New Zealand Rugby needs to get whatever contract they have got, throw some extra figures on the end of it, and sign up the immense second-rower up for the rest of his career. He is only going to get better.
Chris Masoe: Jerry, Toulon and the next chapter
Chris Masoe has had a decorated rugby career spanning 16 years, but he's also had to deal with personal grief and the struggles of being away from home. Tom Hamilton sat down with the former All Black.
Masoe: My proudest moment was facing the Lions.
New Zealand's Chris Masoe insists that facing the British and Irish Lions in 2005 was one of the proudest moments of his career.
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