New Zealand Rugby

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says sleeping pills abuse is on the rise

New Zealand All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen says there's a worrying trend of players abusing sleeping pills. Photo: Reuters

Sleeping pill abuse is emerging as a major problem among elite athletes and rugby union cannot afford to ignore the issue, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen warned on Monday.

Monday, 24 March, 2014, 9:39pm

NZRU chief denies cover-up of players abusing sleeping pills

All Black Israel Dagg misused sleeping pills. Photo: Reuters

New Zealand Rugby Union chief Steve Tew has denied accusations of a "cover-up" after revealing that All Blacks backs Cory Jane and Israel Dagg misused sleeping pills in a "silly" competition ahead of the 2011 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.

22 Mar 2014 - 9:58pm

New Zealand rugby to set up integrity unit to fight doping and corruption

A new NZRU integrity unit will endeavour to protect the good name of New Zealand rugby at every level of the game. Photo: AP

The New Zealand Rugby Union will set up a dedicated integrity unit to combat corruption and doping in the sport, a senior official said on Sunday.

3 Mar 2014 - 3:58am

High-tempo game should help us beat Pumas, says McCaw

New Zealand All Black's halfback Aaron Smith (L) and captain Richie McCaw. Photo: AFP

New Zealand plan to run the legs off Argentina with their high-tempo game in the Rugby Championship in Hamilton on Saturday and do not want to be dragged into an “arm wrestle” with the Pumas physical forwards, said All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:35pm

New Zealand beat Australia 27-16

Conrad Smith (L) of New Zealand is tackled by Ben Mowen of Australia during the 2nd Bledisloe Cup game rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Australia at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Winger Ben Smith kept up his prolific try-scoring record in test matches this season, touching down twice as New Zealand took advantage of lax defence to beat Australia 27-16 in the Rugby Championship and retain the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:38pm

Attention to detail key as All Blacks try to sharpen up

Steve Hansen. Photo: AP

New Zealand will concentrate on ball security, particularly at the breakdown, as they prepare for the second test against France in Christchurch next week, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said yesterday.

6 Apr 2014 - 8:34pm

I’m an alcoholic, Guildford says after NZRU reprieve

Zac Guildford of New Zealand

Troubled All Blacks winger Zac Guildford admitted he was an alcoholic yesterday after the New Zealand Rugby Union handed him a career lifeline following a string of off-field incidents.

22 Mar 2014 - 11:02pm

All Blacks to bear sponsor’s logo after deal signed with insurance giant AIG

New Zealand's All Blacks players. Photo: AFP

For the first time in the 107-year history of the world's most successful rugby team, the New Zealand All Blacks jersey will have a sponsor's logo emblazoned across the front.

22 Mar 2014 - 10:58pm

All Blacks skipper McCaw salutes his ‘worthy world champions’

Argentina’s Juan Martin Hernandez is tackled by All Blacks Sam Cane and Charlie Faumuina. Photo: AFP

New Zealand proved they were worthy world champions by overwhelming Argentina in La Plata to win the maiden Rugby Championship, skipper Richie McCaw said.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:47pm

Men at the mic keep event on smooth path

While 40,000 fans prove the Sevens is the greatest rugby party on the planet, behind the scenes a dedicated team of people ensure it runs without a hitch.

High on the list is Rod Mason, tournament (operations) director. 'I am responsible for all operations-related stuff, which includes everything that happens on the pitch over the three days,' he said.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Choice is hard - All Blacks jersey or gold, says Muliaina

It will be a tough choice, but young emerging players in New Zealand will have to decide between the dreams of an All Black jersey or a gold medal at the Olympics. Achieving both will be difficult, says 100-test legend Mils Muliaina.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I'm good to go

The words New Zealanders were overjoyed to hear as All Blacks captain Richie McCaw yesterday declared his fitness to play in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina this afternoon

It's the proverbial scene of the crime

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Waikato Wonder out to make his presence felt

Declan O'Donnell was as tense as a coiled spring on that fateful day in November in Waikato when he heard New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens was going to be in the stands.

Perhaps he could catch Tietjens' eye, and it would open the door for him to move from Te Rapa, a small club in Hamilton, and on to bigger and better things.

23 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Wynne Gray

It's a new twist on the old theme. Knock, knock, who's there, anyone going to the Bledisloe Cup test? It's not a scenario the New Zealand or Australian Rugby unions envisaged when they shipped the Bledisloe Cup offshore two years ago.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:03pm

School takes leaf of inspiration from New Zealand 'old boys'

All Black Isaia Toeava went back to school yesterday and met a teacher who helped him become an achiever.

New La Salle College principal Brother Steve Hogan welcomed his former pupil to the elite Kowloon Tong boys' school yesterday, along with fellow All Black Conrad Smith, also a Lasallian alumnus.

27 Oct 2010 - 12:00am