Follow @RedefinedRugby Provincial rugby sponsor ITM has been red-carded from next year's series. The building supplies company began its involvement in 2006, backing the national provincial series and the Heartland championship. That sponsorship rose to competition-naming rights in 2010 when the company stepped up as major sponsor after the previous group withdrew. The ITM
The Full Squad is : East Coast (2): SYKES-MARTIN Kershaw; and WHAKATAKA Raniera. Hawkes Bay (16): AIOLUPOTEA Levy; BAUCKHAM Liam; BOKSER Josh; FALEIVA Lolani; FLANDERS Devan; HUATA Cameron; KERERU-SYME Kianu; LOCHORE Jake; MCCLUTCHIE Lincoln; MCNAUGHTEN Brad; MUA Jeriah; PETERSEN Raniera; ROBINSON Dennan; SCALES Jon-Joseph; THOMPSON Tyrone; TOALA Danny. Horowhenua-Kapiti (3): DONAGHY Vaianu; TANSLEY Mackenzie; TAVITA Josiah. Manawatu
Follow @RedefinedRugby More females lacing up their boots for rugby • 150,727 registered players, up on 2014 • Women’s rugby biggest growth area, 11 percent increase on 2014 • Small Blacks numbers continue to grow More girls and women are picking up a rugby ball and running with it, and total player numbers remain strong,
Follow @RedefinedRugby Richie McCaw retires from rugby New Zealand Rugby pays tribute Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin
Follow @RedefinedRugby New Zealand Rugby shocked at death of Jonah Lomu New Zealand Rugby has expressed its shock at the sudden death of Jonah Lomu. The 40-year-old All Blacks legend died in Auckland today. New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said: “We’re all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah.