The reasons the All Blacks lost last night (hint: it wasn’t because Jacinda Ardern cursed them)

There are plenty of reasons why the Wallabies scored an upset, none of them involving random sexist slurs, writes Jamie Wall.

Dispelling the myth of ‘poaching’ in Pacific Island rugby

Jamie Wall chats to Manu Samoa veteran Dan Leo about unfairness, welfare and the myth of ‘poaching’ in Pacific Island rugby.

Who’s afraid of the big, bad Wallaby? Not the All Blacks

There's not a lot of hope for Australian rugby ahead of tonight's test, says Scotty Stevenson.

The undying hope of the Taniwha: a memoir of Northland rugby

To the sound of country music, long suffering Northland rugby fan Scotty Stevenson fears a winning season could be inevitably lost.

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New Zealand basketball has its very own LeBron James

The national secondary school basketball champs have been newly crowned, but more importantly, a star was brought to the fore. Madeleine Chapman introduces New Zealand basketball's newest superstar.

If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying

Inspired by Augustine Pulu's goal post antics this weekend, Jamie Wall counts down his favourite moments of rugby cheating.

Do All Blacks results really change elections? A history lesson

Jamie Wall looks back at the years in which the rugby may or may not have changed the course of our political history.

The only All Black who remembers losing to the Springboks in New Zealand

There will be motivation aplenty for both teams tomorrow when the All Blacks face the Springboks at Albany, but the most motivated of all might be the only guy in the All Blacks team who remembers what it is like to lose to South Africa in New Zealand.

Vaea Fifita has always been a show-stopper

An eye-catching performance against Argentina on Saturday night has made All Blacks loose forward Vaea Fifita the talk of the rugby world. Jamie Wall was there for an equally spectacular moment in the Mitre 10 Cup last year.

No fuss, no drama: Luke Romano is the All Blacks’ quiet achiever in a noisy age

The All Blacks have chosen to share the love in the selection this weekend – that’s good news for one man who continues to graft away in the background, and would be just as happy hunting pigs in the Canterbury high country, writes Scotty Stevenson.

One year on, Losi Filipo’s chance at redemption isn’t just for him

The young rugby player at the centre of last year's biggest news stories, Losi Filipo made his Mitre 10 Cup debut for Wellington last night. It's a chance at redemption, but not just for him, writes Jamie Wall.

The Battle of the Bridge is a provincial rugby rivalry worth reviving

It should be New Zealand provincial rugby’s greatest rivalry, but the Battle of the Bridge barely rates a mention on the list of great contests. Is 2017 the year to change all that? Scotty Stevenson certainly hopes so.

‘This gruff old mountain of a man has a sense of humour!’: James McOnie remembers Sir Colin Meads

From his first encounter as an 11-year-old kid in Te Awamutu to yesterday's funeral service, James McOnie remembers some of his favourite Pinetree stories.

The case for renaming the Black Ferns

The next women's Rugby World Cup should be defended by a team named the All Blacks, argues Jamie Wall.

NZ Rugby needs to put its money where its mouth is on women’s rugby

Following a stellar campaign, the Black Ferns play England in the Rugby World Cup final tomorrow. Former Black Fern Melodie Robinson urges the New Zealand Rugby Union to properly back the only major growth area in the sport in NZ.

Try of the year: a frame-by-frame analysis of Portia Woodman’s awesome try

Traversing through the seven circles of hell that is social media has been made a journey of redemption this week, thanks to a beautiful, beautiful try at the Rugby World Cup. Madeleine Chapman breaks it down frame by frame.