Israel Dagg helped Hawkes Bay retain the Ranfurly Shield. Photo / Getty

Magpies retain Ranfurly Shield

The Magpies are on their way to the Championship final after dispatching North Harbour to retain the Log o' Wood in Napier…

Vaea Fifita looks a promising prospect for the Wellington Lions. Photo / Getty

Rugby: Lions devour Stags

Wellington continued to look a class above in the ITM Cup's second tier after crushing Southland 53-3 in Invercargill.

Prime Minister John Key and Sports Minister Jonathan Coleman with the All Blacks Rugby World Cup 2015 squad after the announcement at Parliament, Wellington. Photo / Mark Mitchell

When Cup fever runneth over

Sunday night wasn't about the people, writes Gregor Paul - it was about the politicians who capitalised on a no-risk, win-win…

Aaron Smith has gone from a sometime player for the Highlanders to being the world's most influential halfback.    Photo / Getty Images

'I'm lucky my father was smart'

Aaron Smith says his father was instrumental in his development as a rugby player, challenging him and giving him important…