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The demanding halfback role is now a job-sharing position, certainly at Super Rugby and, as we discover, the Highlanders have a clear succession plan in place.
Rugby News tries to get to the essence of why this French team under Fabien Galthie, has become so good and is firming as early favourite for the 2023 Rugby World Cup on its home soil.
We yarn with Will Jordan, one of the form outside backs of the first month of Super Rugby Pacific, about rugga and what he does to relax.
Campbell Burnes chews the fat with Deon Muir, a fine No 8 from the first 13 years of the pro era.

Past Articles

Loose forward Luke Jacobson is determined to guide the Chiefs all the way to the title, writes Peter White.
Campbell Burnes previews Moana Pasifika’s first season as the long-held dream morphs into reality.
New Rugby News columnist Kieran Read writes about some of the mental challenges that come with hanging up the boots after a long professional career.
Campbell Burnes sets the scene for the All Blacks No 12 auditions, which will take place from February to June.
Campbell Burnes finds a two-time Rugby World Cup winner following her passion of working with at-risk youth, and not yet hanging up the boots for good.
Campbell Burnes hears from the former All Blacks No 10 on his new gigs and some old-school thinking.
Campbell Burnes analyses the Black Ferns’ northern tour, and concludes that a huge amount of work lies ahead for them to fire when it counts next October and November.
Liam Napier attempts to evaluate an All Blacks season that morphed from very good for the first 12 Tests to alarmingly bad at the climax.
Steve Hale discovers what has changed for the better with Thames Valley’s Swamp Foxes (pages 74-76).
ikki Swannell gives us an early taster of how the inaugural Super Rugby Aupiki will look come March (pages 42-44).
Liam Napier tries to piece together the early pieces of the Moana Pasifika puzzle with the help of the new head coach (pages 26-28).
ichie Mo’unga is one of the best No 10s on the planet, is respected and admired but, as Campbell Burnes writes, not universally, and that is not entirely his fault (pages 10-14).
Campbell Burnes sets the scene for the reprise of one of rugby’s great rivalries, which must now take place in the unlikely setting of the eastern seaboard of Australia (pages 10-14).
Phil Gifford has his own take on the legacy of the 1971 Lions, who left these shores 50 years as just the third touring team to win a Test series here over the All Blacks (pages 28-31).
Campbell Burnes catches up with a man well known to older readers and those who follow the game in Otago (pages 66-69).
Steve Hale has the oil on how the impressive Chiefs hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho has graduated to the All Blacks (pages 24-26).
Peter White looks over 140 years of rugby played in Katikati.
Campbell Burnes tries to condense 100 years of East Coast rugby into four pages with a nod to the past and hope for the future.
Campbell Burnes catches up with Hugh Renton after a breakout Highlanders season and ahead of what he hopes will be a second successful campaign with the Tasman Mako.
Craig Dowd always enjoys this time of year, when young talent pops up and shows their wares.
Campbell Burnes looks back at the delayed centennial celebrations for Northland and discovers the future looks bright in this proactive union (pages 46-48).
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).
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).
Phil Gifford recalls a time when politics and rugby collided head-on in previously sleepy old New Zealand (page 98).
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