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Gilbert Rugby ball (Photosport)

NZ Rugby 'shocked' at player's sex attack admission

Player disowned after admitting to the incident after a game in Gisborne.

 Wellington Lions coach Chris Gibbes

Former Waikato coach takes reins at Wellington

Ospreys forwards coach Chris Gibbes has left Europe for head coaching role with Wellington.

Tasman players celebrate (Photosport)

Video highlights: Tasman complete historic win over Auckland at Eden Park

Marty Banks nailed a perfect 10 out of 10 kicks for a personal haul of 26 points, to help seal their first win over Auckland at Eden Park.

Canterbury skipper Luke Whitelock poses for a Shield selfie (Photosport)

Ranfurly Shield return sees lukewarm reception in Canterbury

In stark contrast to the feverish scenes of yesteryear when the Ranfurly Shield returned to Christchurch, last night's welcoming committee was sparse but enthusiastic.

Tasman players (Photosport)

Video highlights: Tasman scrape past Countie-Manukau in Mitre 10 Cup

His radar was askew but Marty Banks' goalkicking still proved the difference as Tasman pipped Counties Manukau 15-10 in a crucial NPC clash in Blenheim.

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Video highlights: Canterbury rest away Ranfurly Shield from Waikato

Implacable defence and rock-solid work at the set piece have set up Canterbury for a 29-23 Ranfurly Shield win over Waikato in Hamilton.

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Video highlights: Southland edge Bay of Plenty

Southland have broken their duck for 2016 with a hard fought 20-16 win over Bay of Plenty in Invercargill.

Brad Weber pulls away from Jimmy Cowan (Getty Images)

Video highlights: Hawke's Bay beat Southland 43-29 in Mitre 10 Cup

Hawke's Bay have notched their first win of the Mitre 10 Cup season after running away with a 43-29 win over the Southland in Invercargill.

Marty McKenzie (Getty Images)

Video highlights: Taranaki down Counties 30-29 in Pukekohe

The pinpoint boot of Marty McKenzie has carried Taranaki to a 30-29 NPC win over luckless Counties-Manukau in Pukekohe.

Mathewson last played NPC rugby in 2013 (Photosport)

Alby Mathewson joins Canterbury as injury cover

Western Force halfback and former All Black Alby Mathewson has signed as injury cover for provincial side Canterbury.

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Video highlights: Taranaki too strong for Southland

Taranaki have bounced back from Saturday's disappointing loss to Tasman with a 30-14 provincial rugby crossover win over Southland in New Plymouth.

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Video highlights: Auckland edge Hawke's Bay - Mitre 10 Cup

Auckland have avoided an upset NPC loss to Hawke's Bay in Napier, sneaking a 25-24 win following a dramatic finish.

Waikato coach Sean Botherway (Photosport)

Passion fires up Waikato for Shield defence against North Harbour

Waikato are bracing for a full on assault when North Harbour challenge them for the Ranfurly Shield in Hamilton this afternoon.

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Video highlights: Otago too strong for Wellington - Mitre 10 Cup

Otago capitalised on a rampant opening stanza to run in a comprehensive 44-21 win over Wellington at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

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Video highlights: Manawatu overcome Northland 34-27 in thriller

Jason Emery scored a 76th minute try for Manawatu to seal a thrilling 34-27 victory over a gutsy Northland side in Whangarei.

Afa Fa'atau scores for North Harbour (Photosport)

Video highlights: North Harbour beat Counties Manukau 20-17 in Mitre 10 cup opener

North Harbour have opened the Mitre 10 cup on high note edging Counties Manukau 20-17 at North Harbour Stadium

Zac Guildford (Getty Images)

Zac Guildford's future in doubt after Tasman cut winger

The Tasman Rugby Union have parted ways with winger Zac Guildford before the start of the Mitre 10 Cup season.

Isaac Boss (Photosport)

Isaac Boss returns to Waikato rugby for Ranfurly Shield defence

Eleven years after his last game for Waikato, former Ireland halfback Isaac Boss is back in Mooloo colours.

Zac Guildford (Photosport)

Zac Guildford signs contract with Tasman

Former All Black Zac Guildford is switching his provincial allegiance from Hawke's Bay to Tasman.

Stephen Perofeta of Wanganui on the burst against South Canterbury (Photosport)

Provincial rugby adopts trial laws, six-point tries

Six-point tries and some fundamental rule changes will operate on a trial basis in New Zealand domestic rugby this year.