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NZ Rugby labels Carter and Williams incidents disappointing

Williams, who plays for Paris club Racing 92, was charged by police for allegedly buying cocaine last week and has been suspended by the club.

Read, who played with Williams in the national side, says it's a wake call to all past and present players of the standards expected of them.

"It's a reminder if you've been an All Black there's a brand or standard that needs to be kept," Read said.

"The All Blacks always want to keep standards high, it's important that you respect that.

"But if you make a mistake it's out there. It's disappointing."

All Blacks Patrick Tuipulotu and Jerome Kaino bolster Blues bench for clash with Chiefs

Blues coach Tana Umaga named an unchanged starting XV after their impressive opening round demolition of the Melbourne Rebels last Thursday.

But he's been quick to add some star power to his impact options for the juicy second round clash with the Chiefs.

Umaga has six All Blacks, a Maori All Black and a New Zealand under-20s player on his bench.

This derby is usually a high-octane affair that often goes right down to the wire. Substitutions are sure to be hugely influential.

All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock chased by wealthy French club Toulon

Whitelock, who is off contract with NZ Rugby after the All Blacks' series against the British and Irish Lions this winter, would be a prized signing for Toulon who are on the hunt for a world-class second rower to embed in their pack.

If Boudjellal managed to snare the signature of the 28-year-old Whitelock, who has played 84 tests since 2010, it would be considered a blow for NZ Rugby who have recently re-signed valued employees Ben Smith and Israel Dagg.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read has already signalled he is keen to re-sign through to the 2019 World Cup.

England one win away from equally ABs record

England remain on course for back-to-back Six Nations grand slams but celebrations will be muted after they produced their worst performance under Eddie Jones.

RNZ reports it is a 17th game unbeaten for England who can draw level with the All Blacks record of 18 when they take on Scotland in their next Six Nations game.

Hundreds farewell All Black Sione Lauaki

The 35-year-old died last Sunday from kidney problems, but he didn't want to be remembered for his health problems, his eldest sister Paenga Kovi Lauaki said.

"It's definitely been a difficult time. For the family it has been a shock [but] we're dealing with it. My brother was always the one who never wanted us to worry. I know he's probably saying 'everybody just relax, it's all going to be okay'.

"He was always so special to us," Ms Lauaki said.

Steven Luatua opens up about leaving Blues, All Blacks

Fa'alavelave, as it is known in Samoan culture, involves family and friends contributing money or gifts to major events - or simply pulling together to support those closest to you.

Many of the Pacific Islands adopt this communal tradition based on everyone chipping in.

Luatua is just one New Zealander with strong Pacific Island heritage who feels strongly about supporting his wider family. Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Kaino and Joseph Parker have also spoken publicly about embracing the concept.

Scandal over pre-match information leak at Steven Luatua's new club

One of the side's players, Luke Arscott, had tactical information about the Sale Sharks' defence revealed to him by his brother Tom, a winger for the Sharks, the night before the two teams faced each other in January. Sale lost 24-23.

Tom Arscott's contract was terminated on January 20 after disciplinary action and Sale triggered an investigation by the Rugby Football Union.

Luatua's move to Bristol in the British summer for next season was announced on Tuesday.

Former All Black Jono Gibbes to coach Ulster

Gibbes, the former Waikato loose forward-lock who played eight tests for New Zealand in 2004 and 2005, has been forwards coach at French giants Clermont.

Gibbes, 40, is no stranger to the wider Irish scene, being forwards coach at Leinster for six years, helping them to three Heineken Cup titles and working alongside fellow Kiwi and current Ireland coach Joe Schmidt as well as Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

He moved to France in 2014 but now returns for the prime role in Belfast.

Tuipulotu cleared over doping

Tuipulotu had been been provisionally suspended after returning a positive drugs test last year and returned home early from the All Blacks' end of year tour.

A statement from New Zealand Rugby says they have now received the results of Tuipolotu's B sample, which showed no banned substance was present.

Tuipulotu's suspension has been lifted immediately and he was free to play for the Blues in the Super Rugby competition which starts later this month.

Tuipulotu said the process had been stressful and is relieved it was over.

Bitter taste remains for Australian rugby over bugging incident

Police have charged a man over a listening device, described as similar to that used by law enforcement and spy agencies, which was found inside a chair during a routine security search of the team's meeting room at the Intercontinental Hotel at Double Bay.

The 51-year-old man accused of planting the device is understood to be a security consultant for a company contracted by the All Blacks.

He has been charged with public mischief.