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Russell Re-Signs With Hawke's Bay

Russell Re-Signs With Hawke's Bay

Wellington, Nov 9 NZPA - Hawke's Bay rugby coach Peter Russell has re-signed with the union for a further two seasons.

McCaw Gives 'Must Do Better' Report Card

McCaw Gives 'Must Do Better' Report Card

Cardiff, Nov 8 NZPA - The All Blacks boarded their charter flight to Milan today braced for wholesale changes against Italy, with their captain demanding big improvements from their narrow escape against Wales.

Go Back To Ref's Call, Says Smith

Go Back To Ref's Call, Says Smith

By Mark Geenty of NZPA

Cardiff, Nov 8 NZPA - All Blacks rugby centre Conrad Smith was adamant he scored the disallowed try at Millennium Stadium and called on referees to back themselves and make calls on instinct.

Batt Inspires Australia To Final Win Over NZ

Batt Inspires Australia To Final Win Over NZ

Wellington, Nov 8 NZPA - Ryley Batt was a dominant figure as Australia beat New Zealand 53-45 in the final of the Asia-Oceania wheelchair rugby championship in Christchurch today.

Batt could not be contained as Australia led at each quarter.

Big Changes Loom For Italian Job

Big Changes Loom For Italian Job

By Mark Geenty of NZPA

Cardiff, Nov 8 NZPA - Coach Graham Henry is comfortable about making wholesale changes to face Italy as several more All Blacks go on trial with the goal of picking his strongest rugby side to face France on November 28.

'Knackered' Thorn Earns Break After Epic 2009

'Knackered' Thorn Earns Break After Epic 2009

By Mark Geenty of NZPA

Cardiff, Nov 8 NZPA - His captain hailed it the best performance of Brad Thorn's 35-test rugby career, but the veteran lock fears his remarkable 2009 record will come to an end this week.

Pre-Match Snooze Does Trick For Guildford

Pre-Match Snooze Does Trick For Guildford

By Mark Geenty of NZPA

Cardiff, Nov 8 NZPA - Talk about a cool customer. Zac Guildford, still three months short of his 21st birthday, dozed off to sleep just a few hours before the biggest rugby match of his life.

NZ Super Rugby Franchises For Sale - Report

NZ Super Rugby Franchises For Sale - Report

Wellington, Nov 8 NZPA - New Zealand's super rugby franchises are to be sold.

All Blacks Prevail After Welsh Fright

All Blacks Prevail After Welsh Fright

Cardiff, Nov 7 NZPA - The All Blacks withstood a frenzied Welsh fightback to hold on for a 19-12 victory and extend their test rugby winning streak to 21 against the hosts at Millennium Stadium here today.

NZ To Play Australia In Wheelchair Rugby Final

NZ To Play Australia In Wheelchair Rugby Final

Wellington, Nov 7 NZPA - New Zealand and Australia will meet in tomorrow's final of the Asia-Oceania wheelchair rugby tourmanent at Christchurch.