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Tony Johnson has watched enough of the NPC to make a clear judgement on this season’s standard, and what must happen next.
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.

Past Articles

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.
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.
Peter White meets the All Blacks Sevens’ exciting new winger Caleb Tangitau.
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.
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 likes what he’s seeing and hearing from the Blues captain as we near the climax to this extraordinary campaign.
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.
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