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Riley wants World Cup push to raise profile in rugby-mad New Zealand

16 May 2019

WELLINGTON New Zealand captain Ali Riley is aware of the pressure on her team to win a game at next month's women's World Cup in France but feels it is nothing compared to having spent much of her career fighting for recognition of the team and women's sport.

High expectations after tough year for Football Ferns at World Cup

16 May 2019

WELLINGTON New Zealand's women's soccer team sense their best chance to become the first senior side from the rugby-mad country to advance out of their group at next month's World Cup in France, captain Ali Riley said.

Crusaders set for emotion-charged return to Christchurch

04 Apr 2019

WELLINGTON The Canterbury Crusaders have dealt with tragedy before, playing their 2011 season on the road after an earthquake flattened much of Christchurch, but Saturday's home game against ACT Brumbies is likely to be the most emotion-charged in their history.

What's in a name? Crusaders ponder change after Christchurch shootings

02 Apr 2019

WELLINGTON For 23 years the name Crusaders was a source of nothing but pride in Christchurch, the uncontroversial identity of a franchise that claims, with some justification, to be the most successful non-national professional rugby team in the world.

All Blacks captain Read suffers injury in comeback match

29 Mar 2019

WELLINGTON An injury to All Blacks captain Kieran Read, who was forced off halfway through his comeback match, soured the Canterbury Crusaders' comfortable 32-8 victory over the Wellington Hurricanes on Friday.

Havili scores two tries as Crusaders punish Hurricanes' errors

29 Mar 2019

WELLINGTON David Havili capitalised on Hurricanes' errors to score two tries as the Crusaders recorded a comfortable victory in a stop-start Super Rugby match on Friday.

Six Nations over, Gatland emerges with potential All Blacks tilt

18 Mar 2019

WELLINGTON Warren Gatland's third Six Nations Grand Slam with Wales at the weekend only served to fuel speculation about his future after the World Cup with the New Zealander now boasting a coaching CV that makes him a serious contender for the All Blacks job.

Sports cancelled as traumatised New Zealand mourns shooting victims

17 Mar 2019

WELLINGTON A raft of top class sporting events were cancelled in New Zealand on Saturday as a traumatised nation started burying the dead from the worst peacetime mass killing in its history.

Crusaders open to discuss name change following shooting

17 Mar 2019

WELLINGTON The Canterbury Crusaders are open to discussing a potential name change following mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 people.

All Blacks captain Read urges support for Muslim community after shooting

17 Mar 2019

WELLINGTON All Blacks captain Kieran Read has urged his fellow New Zealanders to reject bigotry and support the country's Muslim community after a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

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