Legendary Black Ferns like Dame Farah Palmer, Kelly Brazier, Annaleah Rush, and Melodie Robinson all at one time played for Otago yet Dunedin has only hosted a single Black Ferns Test. In 1997 the Black Ferns defeated Australia 40-0 in a curtain raiser to a Bledisloe Cup Test at Carisbrook. The

New Zealand Heartland XV 2023 squad named

Head coach Nigel Walsh has named his New Zealand Heartland XV squad which features 11 potential debutants to don the black jersey. The 23-man squad comprises of the best players from across the country rewarded for their standout performances in the 2023 Bunnings Warehouse Heartland Championship competition. Walsh confirmed his squad following

All Blacks named to play Uruguay in Lyon

All Blacks selectors Ian Foster, Jason Ryan and Joe Schmidt have named the team for Thursday’s Rugby World Cup pool match against Uruguay in Lyon. Regular captain Sam Cane has returned to the starting side for the final pool game at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Tighthead prop Tyrel Lomax has also been named

Black Ferns named to take on the Wallaroos

Black Ferns coaches Allan Bunting, Steve Jackson, Mike Delany and Tony Christie have named an in-form 23 to take on the Wallaroos in the O’Reilly Cup, presented by Ryman Healthcare, this Saturday afternoon (4.35pm), in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton), at FMG Stadium Waikato. This will be the Black Ferns' first Test on home

France name star-studded team to play All Blacks in World Cup opener

In the wake of some unfortunate injuries to key players, France coach Fabien Galthie has named a near full-strength side to take on the All Blacks in Friday night’s Rugby World Cup opener. Les Bleus will be without the likes of Romain Ntamack, Jonathan Danty and Paul Willemse when they take the field at Stade de France in front of more than 80,000


GOVERNANCE REVIEW Independent review of the constitution, governance structure and processes of the New Zealand Rugby Union Incorporated We have the Full Document here to download - CLICK HERE   Message from the Chair of NZR In December last year the NZR Board commissioned an independent review of our constitution and governance structure, with the aim

Boks demolish 14-man All Blacks at Twickenham

MATCH REPORT: The Springboks made a big statement concluding their World Cup preparations with a resounding 35-7 win over the All Blacks at Twickenham on Friday. The Springboks scored five tries, through captain Siya Kolisi, wing Kurt-Lee Arendse, hooker Malcolm Marx and replacements Bongi Mbonambi and Kwagga Smith – all converted


South Canterbury has started their bid for a third-straight Heartland Championship title in record-setting form. The 48-14 win over Horowhenua-Kapiti at Manchester Park, Waimate, set a new record for most consecutive games unbeaten in the championship, having previously drawn level with Whanganui (who set the record 2015-2017) when beating that team in

All Blacks Rugby World Cup 2023 squad

All Blacks selectors Ian Foster, Jason Ryan and Joe Schmidt have named the All Blacks squad for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. The squad was announced by former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in Napier this afternoon in front almost 2000 locals who were impacted by cyclone Gabrielle, as well

New Zealand v Australia – Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: All Black head coach Ian Foster doesn’t want his team to take their foot off the pedal when they face the Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup return leg in Dunedin on Saturday. New Zealand stormed to another Rugby Championship title with three wins from three matches and they now turn

Bunnings NPC 2023 season preview

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All Blacks XV team named for clash against Brave Blossoms

IMAGE CREDIT: Action Press / Smartframe by Toru Hanai CAPTION: All Blacks XV Stephen Perofeta  scores try against Japan XV,  at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo, July 08, 2023. The All Blacks XV team has been named ahead of their match against the Brave Blossoms at EGAO Kenko Stadium in Kumamoto on Saturday

Roos to captain Black Ferns against USA

Black Ferns lock Maiakawanakaulani Roos will lead the Black Ferns in their final Test match of the Pacific Four Series when they face USA at TD Place in Ottawa on Friday afternoon, 4.00pm (CEDT), Saturday morning 8.00am (NZT). An exciting selection changes have been made to the twenty-three, with Black Ferns

Black Ferns set for Canada challenge

Black Ferns Co-Captain Ruahei Demant alongside Canada Captain Sophie de Goede. Photo credit: NZ Rugby. The Black Ferns coaches have named a powerful match day 23 to face Canada in their second Test match of the Pacific Four Series. The teams will go head-to-head at TD Stadium, in Ottawa, on Saturday evening,

Heartland-raised cyclone funds provide financial relief for rugby participants on the East Coast

While New Zealand rugby’s 12 Heartland Provincial Unions are highly competitive on the field, the strength of their bonds off it are as strong as ever following the devastation of cyclone Gabrielle earlier this year. The cyclone left thousands of rugby participants in Poverty Bay and Ngāti Porou East Coast dealing


The 30-strong All Blacks XV squad was selected by the All Blacks coaching team of Ian Foster, Joe Schmidt and Jason Ryan for the 2023 Lipovitan-D Challenge Cup against Japan XV and Brave Blossoms. The squad includes nine players with Test experience including Aidan Ross, Asafo Aumua, Akira Ioane, Pita Gus Sowakula,

2023 All Blacks Squad Naming

Your first All Blacks squad of 2023 All Blacks selectors Ian Foster, Jason Ryan and Joe Schmidt have announced a squad of 36 players for the Lipovitan-D Rugby Championship. The 36-strong squad is as follows: (age, Super Rugby club, province, Test caps). * denotes new caps Hookers: Codie Taylor (32, Crusaders / Canterbury, 76) Dane

RugbyHeartland partners with MACRON & OSPREY Sports is pleased to announce that after 26 years we have teamed up with our first Official Sponsor P2P Sports Limited, the Official New Zealand Agents for MACRON & OSPREY SPORTS. Since our inception in 1996 we have always been on the lookout for a partner that has had the same

From Lineouts to Payouts: A Guide to Rugby Betting Markets

The thrill of rugby extends beyond the field into the arena of betting, providing fans with a broad range of markets to explore. When it comes to the betting market for rugby, bettors get access to several betting markets. However, not every single one of them is suited for everyone.  What

How to Bet on Rugby Matches Right from Your Phone

Betting on sports has never been easier, and if you're a fan of Rugby looking to wager on your team's next match, here's a quick and easy guide. This article will cover everything you need to know as a new sports bettor, like how to find a mobile casino, the

Rugby: New Zealand’s Economic Powerhouse

Nestled within the awe-inspiring vistas of the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand stands as a land celebrated for its captivating natural wonders, rich Maori heritage and a fervor for rugby that transcends the boundaries of mere competition. This compact island nation, affectionately known as the "Homeland of the Endless White Canopy,"