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Henry gives All Blacks trio hope

Rico Gear, Doug Howlett and Luke McAlister still have a chance of playing in next year’s World Cup despite being excluded from Graeme Henry’s 22-man conditioning squad.

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Missing Matfield could favour Sharks

Sharks captain AJ Venter says Victor Matfield’s absence could be the deciding factor when the Sharks host the Vodacom Blue Bulls on Saturday.

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Sideline Solly snubbed by Sharks

Solly Tyibilika insists that he is not frustrated in being a bit-part player at the Sharks despite Jake White saying he is South Africa’s premier openside flanker.

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Bulls breakdown blues

Vodacom Blue Bulls hooker Gary Botha admitted that being outplayed at the breakdown has been a big reason for their inconsistency this season.

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Waikato whip Northland

Waikato assumed the premier position in Pool B of the New Zealand Cup with a 42-21 trouncing of Northland.

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Muir says size matters

Dick Muir’s reluctance to play Brent Russell at fullback is rooted in the fear that teams may look to exploit his size.

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