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Kiwi Peter Beckett stands accused of drowning his wife in a Canadian lake. Interviewed in jail, he claims he was set up and says theirs is 'a love story'.

Leave it to Mealamu

He's one of the toughest men to pull on an All Black jersey ... and he's humble, nice and has a smile like a sunbeam.

There can only be one ...

One team will win a Super Rugby title for the first time tonight. Wynne Gray remembers the last time the Highlanders and Hurricanes made the final.

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Lion cubs given safe pass to Jordan

Gaza's militant Hamas rulers on Friday allowed a pair of lion cubs en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan back into the Palestinian coastal strip.

US military is dragging its feet

The Department of defence announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 per cent made and manufactured in America, in recognition of a law Congress…

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Recession lurks in shadows

New Zealand is enjoying 3.2 per cent economic growth and 0.1 per cent inflation, the statisticians tell us, but Bank of…

Farmers aim to force merger review

Disgruntled Alliance Group shareholders say they hope to have the support from the 5 per cent of their number required to force a special meeting to discuss the potential…

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Host's overseas talent 'big challenge'

The Samoa Rugby Union's high performance centre in Tuana'imato is a long way from Northampton, Toulouse, Newcastle or London where many of the Manu Samoa players are…

Finals fever hits the capital

Wellington is full to the brim with rugby fans as a rolling maul of southerners invades the capital ahead of tomorrow's Super Rugby final.

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