Ex-All Blacks, Wallabies and Crusaders rugby coach Robbie Deans, in Auckland to promote his biography by Matt McILraith "Red, Black and Gold. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Deans backs Cheika as coach

Robbie Deans has backed Waratahs coach Michael Cheika to be the best option for the Wallabies' hotseat, saying today he has the singlemindedness required to bind a disparate…

Charlie Ngatai will captain the Maori All Blacks. Photo / Getty Images

Rugby: 11 new caps in Maori All Blacks

Eleven new caps have been named in the Maori All Blacks squad to take on Japan next month while the scheduled match in Singapore has been axed due to pitch issues. The…

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 Israel Dagg celebrates victory following Colin Slade's match-winning conversion. Photo / Getty Images

Ratings: ABs v Wallabies

How the players rated in the All Blacks' dramatic one-point victory over the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday.

On what was dubbed "Blue Friday" six years ago, 15,000 Northlanders went along to Okara Park. Photo / File

Rugby: Blue-blooded fan power

Six years ago, it was Northlanders' bums on seats that saved the Taniwha from sliding down a division. Now, Northlanders…

Richard Buckman has his knee injury checked out by Magpies physio Mark Nicol (left) and doctor Ian Taylor as referee Shane McDermott looks on. Photo / Duncan Brown

Rugby: Fullback only injury woe

Hawke's Bay Magpies rugby coach Craig Philpott has never been a believer in miracles unless they involve his fullback Richard…