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O'Brien's 3-0 claim 'sporting insanity'

British & Irish Lions flanker Sean O'Brien rocked the rugby boat with his criticism of the coaching of the side in New Zealand earlier this year, but his claims have been described as 'bordering on sporting insanity'.
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Makos put 50 points on Southland

Tasman have enhanced their claims for a Premiership playoff spot with a comfortable 50-17 win over Championship strugglers Southland in Nelson.
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Draw gets Counties Manukau off bottom

Counties Manukau lifted themselves from the bottom of the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership table while Bay of Plenty rose to third on the Championship ladder after their 31-31 draw in Tauranga on Sunday.
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Taranaki heap pain on the Magpies

Hawke’s Bay’s slim chance of making the Championship playoffs have been completely extinguished by a rampant Taranaki side in Napier, going down 48-17.
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Second half surge gets Lions home

The Wellington Lions have increased their lead at the top of the Championship ladder with a comfortable 34-10 win over Waikato in Hamilton.
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Canterbury bounce back to end Harbour's run

Just how hard it will be to deny Canterbury another Mitre 10 Cup title was demonstrated in their 41–28 win over unbeaten North Harbour in Albany on Sunday.
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Beauden Barrett was ready to answer the call

All Blacks first five-eighths Beauden Barrett didn't know until Thursday evening that he would be travelling to Buenos Aires but he was ready to answer the call and join the side before they flew out on Friday evening.
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Risk and reward in All Blacks' choices for Argentina

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen preferred to look at the absence of world-ranked locks Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock from next weekend's Test against Argentina as an opportunity more than a risk.
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Heartland Championship Preview: Round 5

After a number of upsets last week, the race to the Heartland Championship playoff is still wide open.
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Farah Palmer Cup: Round 4 Preview

The Farah Palmer Cup playoff race heats up this weekend with all teams still in contention for the Premiership and Championship semifinals.
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