BACKING UP IS VITAL
Aaron Smith reviews the Highlanders season, which saw some inconsistency along with big highs, including making the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final, while showcasing some prime talent (pages 64-66).
A RETIREMENT WELL-EARNED
Campbell Burnes caught up with the great Kieran Read, who announced his retirement from all rugby in May after the Japanese Top League season (pages 10-14).
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Campbell Burnes looks back at the delayed centennial celebrations for Northland and discovers the future looks bright in this proactive union (pages 46-48).
DIVIDING A NATION
Phil Gifford recalls a time when politics and rugby collided head-on in previously sleepy old New Zealand (page 98).
New All Black hopes to inspire others
Ethan de Groot was one of four newcomers named in the national squad on Monday.
TITLE NO 5 AND COUNTING
Campbell Burnes analyses how the Crusaders racked up a fifth consecutive Super Rugby title.
SAM CANE: THE LONG ROAD BACK
Campbell Burnes caught up with the All Blacks captain as he plotted his rehab back from major surgery.
EVOLUTION, NOT REVOLUTION
Campbell Burnes knows all about the debates that swirl around schools rugby, so he sat down with NZR’s point man to check the teen game’s pulse.
Phil Gifford recalls two men who were far too good for most First XV defences.
Campbell Burnes catches up with a medicine man who has lived the fullest life in rugby.
PLENTY TO WORK WITH
Peter White interviews the new Bay of Plenty Steamers head coach, a man with several letters after his name and a stack of life and rugby experience to draw upon.
‘STRANGE TIMES’ FOR GLOBAL GAME
Liam Napier picks the brain of a man who has a handle on rugby in both Europe and New Zealand.
Club to celebrate century and a-half
The Dunedin Rugby Football Club will celebrate its 150th anniversary this weekend and believes it is the longest continuously running rugby club in the country.
Bell a Zingari man through and through
On Saturday Chris Bell is scheduled to play his 272nd game for Zingari-Richmond, a record for appearances in Dunedin premier rugby.
Coltman poised to be Landers' most capped hooker
If all goes well, Liam Coltman will become the Highlanders’ most capped hooker this season.
Young coach aiming for ‘very, very top’
Niall Gregg has been bumped up to head coach this season. Not bad for a 24-year-old from Ireland who arrived in New Zealand six years ago with just a dream.
Frizell incident ‘distraction’ for player and team
The Highlanders have stood down All Black loose forward Shannon Frizell for tomorrow night’s Super Rugby Trans-Tasman match against the Reds in Dunedin.
Excited to be facing Australian champion
The Highlanders will reset and refresh to attempt to go out and win the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition.
Tokolahi likely heading to France
Highlanders prop Siate Tokolahi is heading for France but there is a queue ready to replace him.
By George, this prop is throwing weight around
We are seeing more of George Bower this year. More of him in more ways than one.
Lack of consistency, few ABs make for difficult campaign
The Highlanders finished with an identical result in Super Rugby Aotearoa to last year. So was any progress made? Steve Hepburn has a look.
No final to play for but Highlanders are still focused
The Highlanders are looking to break a trend tonight.
Hooker happy to keep learning
Taieri coach Jason Macdonald has got the bug.
Tournament proves Withy up with best
Sean Withy was captain of the Highlanders under-20 side which played at the national tournament at Taupo earlier this month, and the loose forward received the player of the tournament award.
Campbell Burnes remembers a fine rugby man, who died in January, aged 81, widely mourned and respected.
THE GOLDEN ONE
Peter White recalls with fondness the brilliant allround sporting career of Jeff Wilson.
PIZZA, SORE BACKS AND TRUE GRIT
Michael Pulman caught up with a gutsy, engaging character of the game, Ross ‘Floss’ Filipo, who is less than three years retired.
THE BIG REFRESH
Campbell Burnes caught up with a 2016-19 Highlander who is back and hungry to add ballast to a side full of potential.
Young referee taking step up in his stride
Most young New Zealand lads keen on their footy when they are 10 have one dream — to be an All Black. But that was not the case for Logan Whitty.
Highlanders have much to play for in Wellington
The Highlanders can do a sweep with a win this Friday night against the Hurricanes but the home side will not be rolling over.
Tufui chasing spot in Otago side
Willie Tufui has to swing his arms and legs in a short semi-circular motion just to move around.
Life membership for record points-scorer
The highest points-scorer in a North Otago jersey has been awarded life membership of the union.
BRINGING THE FANS TO THEIR FEET
Jamie Wall recalls how the one and only Jonah Lomu brought people together and on their feet in his pomp.
DAYS OF THUNDER
Campbell Burnes discovers an old Manu Samoa teammate still loves the game with a passion, even after one of the more colourful, nomadic, careers of the pro era.
REF, COACH, PUNDIT, PROP
Campbell Burnes catches up with a promising referee, coach and TV comments man, who happens to be a former All Black.
THRIVING ON CERTAINTY
Campbell Burnes sits down with the Hurricanes fullback, the best No 15 in the country last season, and discovers he is a man who knows his own mind.
Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 to be Postponed
World Rugby has made the difficult decision to recommend the postponement of Rugby World Cup 2021.
Smith re-signs with Highlanders and NZ Rugby
All Blacks, Highlanders and Manawatu Turbos fans will be celebrating.
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