Wales, Scotland gain confidence boosts

Wales and Scotland gained boosts ahead of the Rugby World Cup when beating Ireland 16-10 and Italy 48-7 respectively in warm-up games on Saturday.
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Vern Cotter

Wellington defence gives Northland no chance

Wellington maintained their impressive winning momentum when beating Northland 29-0 at Westpac Stadium on Saturday, the second game in succession in which they have kept their opposition scoreless.
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Joe Hill

Otago stun Taranaki in extra time

No-one who arrived at Yarrow Stadium to be greeted by rain which fell throughout the game would have believed they would be rewarded with Taranaki conceding a 34-27 injury time loss on Saturday evening.
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Blade Thomson

Auckland thrash Canterbury in women's game

Canterbury's woes continue in the Women's NPC as the former powerhouse went down 8-70 in their game against Auckland on Saturday.
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Natahlia Debnorah-Moors

Upsets for Buller and Poverty Bay in Heartland

Buller and Poverty Bay suffered upset losses in the second round of Pink Batts Heartland rugby on Saturday.
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Pink Batts Heartland

Brilliant McNicholl drives Canterbury to win

Individual skill from Canterbury wing Johnny McNicholl resulted in two outstanding tries to mark the difference and set up a 27-21 win over Auckland at Eden Park.
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Johnny McNicholl

Springboks name experienced World Cup squad

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has completed what he called the most difficult selection task of his career and named a Rugby World Cup squad that draws on wide experience.
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Heyneke Meyer

Hawke's Bay power to third win

Hawke's Bay showed they will be a powerful contender for promotion when beating Counties Manukau in an ITM Cup crossover game 35-11 at Pukekohe on Friday night.
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Brendon O'Connor

Hamment to join Tasman coaching team

Former All Blacks Leon MacDonald and Mark Hammett will be at the helm of the Tasman Makos in 2016-17.
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Mark Hammett

Lomu tips Milner-Skudder to make Cup mark

All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu might never have won a World Cup winners' medal but he has no regrets and time has allowed him to appreciate the greater meaning behind the controversial 1995 final loss to South Africa.
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Nehe Milner-Skudder

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