Is this the next big All Blacks superstar?
He's the hot-stepping, spin-moving, hat-trick scoring hooker regarded as New Zealand's next big thing, and Asafo Aumua is certainly living up to expectations in this year's Mitre 10 Cup.
Remember the name: Asafo Aumua.
New Zealand have another gem ready to step off their rugby production line, with Wellington youngster Asafo Aumua a potential inclusion on the All Blacks' end-of-year tour.
Vunipola: Lions win 3-0 if Jones in charge
Billy Vunipola has supported Sean O'Brien's criticism of the British & Irish Lions coaching staff and even claimed that Eddie Jones would've guided the side to a 3-0 series win in New Zealand.
NZ rugby 'DNA' sets All Blacks apart - Dowd
The All Blacks' astonishing 57-0 thrashing of the once-mighty Springboks is not just a feather in the cap of the national side itself, but New Zealand rugby as a whole. It all comes back to the country's rugby DNA -- Craig Dowd writes.
Unbeaten tour a must for Wallabies - Growden
The Wallabies at last remembered how to win a Test match, overpowering the Pumas in their best 40 minutes of rugby this season. But it will count for nothing unless Australia reproduce the same level of quality on tour -- Greg Growden writes.
Boks vow to bounce back after Albany disaster
Springboks coach Allister Coetzee says his side will work hard to bounce back in their two remaining home matches in the Rugby Championship following their 57-0 drubbing at the hand of the All Blacks in Albany.
2019 World Cup behind schedule
Organisers of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan have been warned their preparations are not progressing as smoothly as they should.
Tokyo mark two-year countdown to RWC.
Japan marked two years to go until they host the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a special unveiling of the Webb Ellis Cup.
European review: Player of the week, flop & more
This week's European club action took flight, but who caught the eye, who had a game to forget, and what will we all be talking about ahead of the next round of fixtures?
Folau stars as Wallabies fight back to down Pumas
Superstar fullback Israel Folau scored a try in each half as Australia beat Argentina at GIO Stadium after trailing at half-time in the Rugby Championship clash.
Cheika forecasts changes to Wallabies
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has forecast changes to his back-row despite the team notching its first win of the Rugby Championship.
All Blacks embarrass sorry Springboks
New Zealand have flexed their considerable muscle, creating history against South Africa during the Rugby Championship match in Albany.
Springbok shambles and All Black power
The All Blacks absolutely smashed the Springboks in their Rugby Championship match in Albany. Here is how the two teams rated.
Exclusive: Bryan Habana uncertain of Springbok future
Springboks legend Bryan Habana says he can look back on his international career and be 'unbelievably proud' if he doesn't add to his 124 appearances for South Africa.
Could Habana make Springboks return?
Bryan Habana spoke at DNAFit's London HQ about the upcoming Test between the All Blacks and South Africa as well as his International future.
Where to now for woeful Springboks?
Allister Coetzee's Springboks suffered their first defeat of the year by the All Blacks in Albany. KweséESPN looks at some of the coach's main concerns after the humiliating Rugby Championship defeat at the hands of their fierce rivals.
Saracens power past Newcastle in Philadelphia
Saracens returned to winning ways in the Aviva Premiership with a 29-7 victory over Newcastle Falcons in a showcase fixture staged at the Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, USA.
Explosive start gives Tigers first win
Three tries in the opening 21 minutes proved enough for Leicester Tigers as they beat Gloucester 24-10 at Welford Road.
Solomona at the double as Sale cruise
Denny Solomona touched down twice as Sale Sharks secured their first victory of the Aviva Premiership season following a comfortable 36-7 bonus-point triumph over 14-man London Irish.
Evans on Smith: 'He's really gifted. He gets it'
Nick Evans knows what it takes to get to the top of professional rugby and while Marcus Smith is taking a different route to him, he is confident the teenage fly-half can be a success for club and country.
Growden's early rugby Christmas wish list
If it is going to take until December to wheel out a new ARU chief, then we might as well get in our Christmas gift suggestions early, as oodles of time is clearly required for anything to be achieved or secured at St Leonards -- Greg Growden writes.
Wallabies' season rates a 'D' so far.
Greg Growden and Sam Bruce run the rule over the Wallabies' 2017 Test season to date, nominating Kurtley Beale and Adam Coleman as the only two players to perform consistently.
Fifita announces ABs arrival as Wallabies long for Pocock
On Saturday, we witnessed the arrival of yet another extraordinary All Blacks back-rower. Meanwhile, Australian fans were left dreaming about the return of their own back-row hero -- Greg Growden writes.
How much longer will Sam Warburton go on?
Nobody works harder at making sure he is in peak condition, yet Sam Warburton's almost literally falling apart before he is 30 after at least 20 serious injuries.
Springbok defence 'too passive'
Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree says the Springboks will have to lift their defensive effort if they want to beat the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship clash in Albany on Saturday.
Rugby player shoves referee in the face.
A rugby player has been banned for 10 years after he shoved a referee in the face during his grand final match. (courtesy @BarTVsports/Twitter)
Supreme Court dismisses Force appeal
Western Force's appeal against its axing from Super Rugby was dismissed by the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Only blue and green jerseys at Wallabies Test in Perth.
Greg Growden believes the Western Force won't give up their fight with the ARU and expects there to be few Wallabies jerseys in the crowd when they play the Springboks on Saturday night.
ARU chairman Cameron Clyne says he is happy to sit down with retired Force skipper Matt Hodgson and explain rationale behind decision to axe the franchise. Clyne says ARU "absolutely respects" contribution Hodgson has made to Force and Aussie rugby.
Forrest to pursue Indo-Pacific rugby competition
Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest plans to start an Indo-Pacific rugby competition after the NSW Supreme Court upheld the decision to axe Western Force from Super Rugby.
ARU chairman Cameron Clyne says governing body has now twice been vindicated by legal rulings on its decision to axe Western Force. Clyne says RugbyWA was given ample time to produce a financial package and he wonders where Andrew Forrest and others were earlier in the piece.
Jones issues final warning to Tuilagi
England head coach Eddie Jones has warned Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi that if he misbehaves again he will be "spending a lot of time in the Midlands."
Jones: Tuilagi must stay out of the pub to play for England.
England head coach Eddie Jones is adamant that Manu Tuilagi has a future with the side as long as he can stay out of the pub and keep himself fit.
Forrest calls on ARU chairman to quit
Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest has called on Cameron Clyne to resign, claiming the ARU chairman lied about the reasons he chose to axe the Western Force.
The Cockerill Way: An unwavering desire to win
From getting sacked at Leicester to taking the reigns in Toulon before signing on as head coach with Edinburgh, Richard Cockerill has had a whirlwind eight months. But as Tom Hamilton found out he's lost none of his bite.
New Zealand's WRWC win a great advert
Adverts for the Women's Rugby World Cup will not have come any bigger, brasher or louder than on Saturday night as New Zealand beat England 41-32 in a thrilling final.
New Zealand win World Cup final
New Zealand have beaten England 41-32 in the Women's Rugby World Cup final in Belfast.
WRWC wrap: France third, Ireland fall to Wales
France were made to hold off a late salvo from the United States as they secured the bronze medal at the Women's Rugby World Cup with a 31-23 win at the Kingspan Stadium.
Warringah claim emotional Shute Shield victory.
The Rats, playing in memory of Lachlan Ward, defeated Northern Suburbs in a tremendous Shute Shield Grand Final at sold-out North Sydney Oval.
Rats follow script to win Shute Shield
The fairytale script was followed to a tee in the NSW Shute Shield final as Warringah capped a season marked by tragedy with a tense 30-25 victory over 2016 champions Northern Suburbs.
The emotion and joy of victory. Smell of sweat and grass burns the nostrils. Sweet smell of success. Congratulations Warringah Rats. 🏉
O'Connor: There's a lot I want to do with Wallabies.
Sale Sharks' James O'Connor is keeping the door open to a Test return and says he believes that Australia can still beat the All Blacks despite losing their first Bledisloe Cup encounter.
Hodgson's emotional Facebook post pulls no punches
Western Force stalwart Matt Hodgson says the ARU is killing his love of rugby after the governing body rejected another offer to save the Perth-based franchise.
Rhule has a new lease on life
Raymond Rhule's new lease on life in 2017 has been as a result of a frank pre-season discussion with his Cheetahs coach and current Springbok assistant Franco Smith.
Owens: Lions showing looks better now
Ken Owens says that the All Blacks' pummelling of Australia has made him appreciate just how well the Lions did to tie a series in New Zealand.
All Blacks legend Colin Meads dies
All Blacks legend Colin Meads has died from pancreatic cancer, aged 81.
The rugby world remembers 'absolute legend' Meads
The sporting world is in mourning after the passing of All Blacks great Sir Colin Meads at the age of 81, and ESPN looks at some of the tributes that have been pouring in on social media.
When New Zealand honoured its favourite son
The small New Zealand town of Te Kuiti ground to a halt as a statue to honour All Black legend Sir Colin Meads was unveiled.
High Performance: Australian rugby's big challenge
The term high performance has been thrown around in recent times in Australian rugby, but what does it actually mean and how exactly does it operate? Sam Bruce investigates.
High performance, grassroots complicated beasts.
The decision to axe the Western Force should free up some funds for grassroots rugby and high performance but both areas of Australian rugby will need some streamlining, Greg Growden and Sam Bruce agree.
World Rugby reveals HIA amendment
Players who leave the field for a head injury assessment (HIA) will be required to remain off the pitch for at least 10 minutes under a new amendment announced by World Rugby on Thursday.
Genia joins Rebels as part of new ARU deal
Wallabies scrum-half Will Genia has returned to Australian rugby for the next two seasons, but he will start a new Super Rugby chapter with the Melbourne Rebels.
ARU CEO search must look beyond 'old mates'
Australian rugby can again get itself out of this sorry mess, with the platform provided by Bill Pulver's resignation. Here is the chance for the ARU to appoint a convincing leader who will embrace all sectors of the game,-- Greg Growden writes.
ARU axe affecting mental health of players
Former Wallaby Matt Hodgson says the mental health of Western Force players has been severely affected by the ARU's decision to axe the Super Rugby franchise.
Rebels keen to approach Wessels
Melbourne Rebels are stepping up the hunt for a new coach, and it's no secret they want to sign Dave Wessels from Western Force should the Perth-based franchise's legal bid to stay in Super Rugby fail at the next hurdle.
ARU scrubs Western Force from Super Rugby
The Australian Rugby Union [ARU] has removed Western Force from Super Rugby, but is adamant Western Australia won't be abandoned by the 15-man game.
Force great Hodgson wants ARU cleanout
Western Force great Matt Hodgson has called for the remaining ARU board members to fall on their swords following their decision to axe the Perth-based Super Rugby franchise.
Kiwi coaches show success can come quickly
It used to be that coaches would come in talking of a three-year plan for success. But New Zealand's modern breed of rugby mentor have shown that if the wider team and environment is right, silverware can come much sooner -- Craig Dowd writes.
Key moments of the Super Rugby final
KweséESPN presents a minute-by-minute run down of the crucial moments that influenced the result at Ellis Park.
Ackermann slams Smith's red card
Lions coach Johan Ackermann slammed the process that led to Kwagga Smith's red card during their 25-17 Super Rugby final defeat at the hands of the Crusaders at Ellis Park on Saturday night.
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