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Why the USA can take heart from Japan's improvement

There are some parallels between the USA and Japan, even if their rugby development is years apart.

Tom Vinicombe

History won't repeat itself with new All Blacks lock Josh Lord

Josh Lord isn't the first Taranaki second-rower to be plucked from relative obscurity into the All Blacks.

Gregor Paul

Features

INTERVIEW
Patrick McKendry

How Moana Pasifika hope to change the rugby landscape

Aaron Mauger believes Moana Pasifika will open doors for young Pacific Island talent.

INTERVIEW
Jamie Lyall

'I dreamed of being a farmer': Vaea Fifita's Tongan odyssey

From stark poverty and family strife to the summit of professional rugby, this is Vaea Fifita's story.

INTERVIEW
Jon Cardinelli

Bismarck du Plessis still rolling back the years

Bismarck du Plessis has enjoyed a stellar rugby career, winning a Rugby World Cup and 79-caps, but the physical hooker still has a…

Jamie Lyall

Gareth Baber talks Fijian hostels, 3am meetings, Olympic gold and Edinburgh

From a 3am near-sacking to Olympic sevens gold, Gareth Baber brings hard-earned Fijian wisdom to his new role at Edinburgh.

OPINION
Tom Vinicombe

Chance arrives for Japan to prove Rugby Championship mettle

The Brave Blossoms have yet to prove they can compete with the speed of the Wallabies or All Blacks.

Star Columns

David Flatman

Under pressure

Every top-level player feels the heat but some can handle it better than others

Ben Kay

How rugby is addressing the tackle height

The England World Cup winner believes great strides have been made in making tackles safer but there is more to do

Tony Johnson

A conflict 100 years in the making

Can any sporting rivalry match what 100 years of All Blacks v Springboks battles have produced?

Analysis

Ben Smith

How Quade Cooper adapted to the Wallabies' weekly opposition

The 33-year-old playmaker has played his role perfectly to provide stability, control and sound decision-making to Australia's att…

Ben Wylie

Much more to Will Jordan's game than meets the eye

It's not just Will Jordan's outrageous scoring rate that sets him apart from other wingers.

Nick Bishop

Why the All Blacks couldn't crack the Springboks defence

The All Blacks needed to have been smarter to break down the Springboks' defence.

Interviews

Christy Doran

Steve Hansen's push for positive rugby

Steve Hansen explains why he's thrown his support in behind World 12s.

Tom Vinicombe

Clayton McMillan's Chiefs eyeing bold Super Rugby future

Clayton McMillan and Warren Gatland are cooking up something special in Chiefs country.

Patrick McKendry

Sam Cane primed for All Blacks' big finish

Sam Cane will make his return to the rugby field against King Country before linking up with the All Blacks in America.

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A tribute to a fallen Chief

Tony Johnson pays tribute to fallen Chiefs and Maori All Blacks player Sean Wainui.

Tony Johnson

Private capital the tonic needed to revitalise Rugby Championship

Without some fresh ideas, the Rugby Championship will lose its last rays of lustre.

Gregor Paul

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The Highlanders’ Crusade

Rob Vickerman and Andy Clarke take an in-depth look at the Highlanders’ stunning victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch.

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RugbyPass+ Contributors

Tom Vinicombe

Tom Vinicombe

Why the USA can take heart from Japan's improvement

There are some parallels between the USA and Japan, even if their rugby development is years apart.

Jamie Lyall

Jamie specialises in long-form rugby content for RugbyPass and TheXV.rugby
Jamie Lyall

'I dreamed of being a farmer': Vaea Fifita's Tongan odyssey

From stark poverty and family strife to the summit of professional rugby, this is Vaea Fifita's story.

Gregor Paul

Gregor Paul

History won't repeat itself with new All Blacks lock Josh Lord

Josh Lord isn't the first Taranaki second-rower to be plucked from relative obscurity into the All Blacks.

Will Owen

Will Owen

Fresh faces will give England a new look

Eddie Jones has named a squad full of vim and vigour for the Autumn Series and there are names to excite every England fan

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