Springboks shock All Blacks 36-34 in Rugby Championship

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — South Africa pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Rugby Championship on Saturday, holding on under enormous pressure to beat New Zealand 36-34. ...

Boks look for World Cup hope in All Blacks test

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The chaos that occasionally appears at the heart of South African rugby has been evident in the Springboks' preparation for Saturday's Rugby Championship test against Ne...

Springbok coaches say back us or sack us

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Coaches of South Africa's rugby team have challenged their bosses to support their long-term vision in the country or sack them. Head coach Rassie Eras...

All Blacks aim to build new depth in rugby test vs Argentina

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — At first glance the decision of All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to start several of his second-string players, including flyhalf Richie Mo'unga, in Saturday's Rugby Champi...

No surprises in New Zealand squad for Rugby Championship

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has included two uncapped players but made no selection surprises in his squad for this season's Rugby Championship. Crus...

Lions reject underdog tag in Super Rugby final

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — South Africa's Lions have defiantly rejected their allocated role in the narrative around Saturday's Super Rugby final — as the last, minor obstacle on the Crusaders' ro...

History favors home teams in Super Rugby semis

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — History and statistics strongly suggest the Super Rugby semifinals on Saturday between the Crusaders and Hurricanes and Lions and New South Wales Waratahs will produce a...

Crusaders start playoffs as big Super Rugby title favorites

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The start of this weekend's Super Rugby playoffs are expected to be the first of three formalities completed before the trophy is presented, again, to the Christchurch-b...

Playoffs venues, teams to be decided in Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The last two quarterfinalists will be determined and playoff venues decided in this weekend's final regular-season round of Super Rugby which will highlight again the un...

Hurricanes faltering as Super Rugby playoffs near

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Wellington-based Hurricanes hope a match against a team with a longer losing streak than their own will hope them pull out of a late-season tailspin in Super Rugby t...

Waratahs, Rebels to meet in key match in Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels will meet Friday in a match critical to the outcome of the Australian conference as Super Rugby resumes after a four-we...

New Zealand women footballers rebel against national coach

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Only weeks after New Zealand Football made headlines by signing a revolutionary equal pay deal with its female players, the organization is facing a mutiny by members of...

Fiji, Georgia to fight out Pacific Nations Cup

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji and Georgia will fight out the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup rugby title when they meet in the second round of the tournament at Suva on Saturday. Both...

All Blacks tackles under scrutiny in 2nd test vs France

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Head coach Steve Hansen says the All Blacks are not dirty but the team's discipline and propensity for making high tackles is likely to come under scrutiny in Saturday's...

New Zealand unchanged, France make 5 changes for 2nd test

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand named an unchanged lineup for Saturday's second rugby test against France after winning last weekend's first test 52-11, while France coach Jacques Brunel ma...