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Something of a schoolboy star, Etene Nanai-Seturo has gradually developed into a very good professional and brings lightning feet and finishing power to the Chiefs, writes Campbell Burnes.
Twelve months on from the devastation wrought by Cyclone Gabrielle, Aiden McLaughlin checks in with rugby clubs and unions from Napier to Ruatoria to see how they have bounced back and what they did to keep the doors open.
Campbell Burnes attempts to unravel the issue of abuse of match officials, how bad it is in New Zealand, and what support systems are in place for those affected.
Ian ‘Kamo’ Jones would like to see the fan in the stands be at the front and centre of considerations far more than they are now.
Campbell Burnes tries to find the right words to describe a stellar year for the All Blacks’ No 8 and World Rugby’s player of the year.
Campbell Burnes attempts to evaluate Ian Foster’s four-year tenure as All Blacks head coach and finds that, given so many variables, it’s not easy to pigeon-hole his reign.
The rise and rise of Cam Roigard continues unabated, reports Liam Napier from France.
Phil Gifford relates some of the story behind working on Sir Wayne Smith’s book, Smithy: Endless Winters and the Spring of ’22 (out now) and the inner workings of a man who has been involved in the thick of the All Blacks and rugby in general for over 40 years.
All Blacks Tours are gearing up to send large numbers to Rugby World Cup 2023 and they have enlisted a former All Black in the know as one of their tour guides.
Damian McKenzie struck a rich vein of form for the Chiefs through March and April and, as Campbell Burnes writes, he could be the man to inspire the Chiefs to their first Super Rugby title in a decade.
Kieran Read recalls happy First XV days with his mates at Rosehill College.
Renowned for his dazzling speed and fearless defence, Leroy Carter has quickly established himself in the All Blacks Sevens team. Peter White finds out what makes the dynamic maestro tick.
Campbell Burnes has never hidden his admiration for First XV rugby, and he looks back at two of the best big games from last season.
You would not know that Jorja Miller spent much of 2022 rehabbing after knee surgery when you consider she has taken the Women’s Sevens World Series circuit by storm in 2023, writes Campbell Burnes.
Campbell Burnes interviews the man tasked with driving the Black Ferns 15s team, culture and pathway through to at least the 2025 Rugby World Cup (pages 24-27).
Peter White talks to a key player for the Chiefs about a move to Ireland and winning Super Rugby Pacific (pages 58-60).
Campbell Burnes clocks in with Blues centre Rieko Ioane, who was fast closing in on several significant milestones (pages 36-38).
New Rugby News columnist Kendra Cocksedge runs her learned eye over who we should be watching out for – players and teams – in Super Rugby Aupiki II.
Campbell Burnes forecasts improvement from Moana Pasifika in their second season, but will it be enough to reach the playoffs?
Campbell Burnes chats to the Chiefs outside back, who has experience to match his talent and is coming off a stellar second half of the 2022 season.
Liam Napier catches up with a 28-year-old man who has proven an integral, and amusing, part of the Blues since 2019.
Jeff McTainsh waxes lyrical on a man with an ordinary name who carved out an extraordinary career.
Campbell Burnes caught up with former All Blacks manager John Sturgeon and found him hale and hearty.
Campbell Burnes talks to the greatest Black Ferns No 9 of all time, who hangs the boots up as a champion at both provincial and international level.
Phil Gifford tries to make sense of a bizarre season for the All Blacks, now ranked No 3 in the world, as they sought to shed their Jekyll and Hyde performance persona.
Campbell Burnes takes a trip down memory land to a time when Auckland was chasing great after several years of inconsistency.
Alexander Bisley quizzed Italy coach Kieran Crowley on myriad topics, not the least of which is how to get the best out of the inconsistent Azzurri.
The thinking, if not the name, behind the All Blacks XV, was sound, writes Tony Johnson, though not the selection.
All All Blacks roads lead to Twickenham on November 19, so Campbell Burnes sets the scene for this heavyweight international fixture.
Campbell Burnes chews the fat with a key figure for Hawke’s Bay who has again delivered strong NPC form.
Kieran Read enjoyed touring with the All Blacks to the Northern Hemisphere, and here he explains why.
Adam Julian finds out what makes the Black Ferns’ best lock tick ahead of a home Rugby World Cup.
Liam Napier sits down with the All Blacks No 11 who has rediscovered his love of the game and regained his starting berth on the left wing.
Campbell Burnes has a little help as he revisits the great days of the small but determined Thames Valley union, which last month toasted its centenary.
Campbell Burnes mostly likes what he is seeing from the Black Ferns, but they are far from perfect as the Rugby World Cup looms.
Phil Gifford bids farewell from New Zealand rugby, for now, to a man who carved an unlikely career as an All Black, and a well-liked and highly regarded one at that.
Liam Napier, with the help of “eternal optimist” Jeremy Paul, tries to see a way for the Wallabies to regain the Bledisloe for the first time in nearly two decades; if they can pull it off, the Rugby Championship race will be wide open.
Michaela Blyde brings us a unique interview, with her mother, Cherry Blyde.
Kieran Read talks from personal experience about dealing with external noise and high expectations.
Tony Johnson states the case for the two Cs – consistency and common sense – when dealing with Angus Ta’avao type incidents.
Campbell Burnes sets the scene for the new-look NPC, the 47th edition of our prized competition.
Rikki Swannell assesses the chances of both New Zealand’s teams in Birmingham this month after a promising return to action after the long Covid-19 hiatus.
Campbell Burnes charts, with the help of one of the two Black Ferns co-captains, a third straight Rugby World Cup triumph in 2006.
Campbell Burnes tries to make sense of a topsy-turvy first Super Rugby Pacific competition.
Katrina Darry is helping fuel the All Blacks, so Liam Napier caught up with the nutritionist to find out how it all works in practice and whether it’s all just smoothies and energy bars
Peter White meets one of the rising Black Ferns Sevens stars ahead of a bumper 2022 season.
Kieran Read is big on the need to be flexible when planning in both rugby and business, because things can, and will, go wrong.
Campbell Burnes spoke to All Blacks and Chiefs tighthead lock Brodie Retallick, who was due back on the park this month after an untimely broken thumb, steeling himself for the last (probably) 18 months of his long and stellar career.
Campbell Burnes highlights a milestone for one of Auckland’s great rugby schools.
Liam Napier looks at the vexed issue of balancing player safety against common sense when ruling on contact to the head and why this is frustrating fans.
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