'Wowsers' have ruined the Wellington Sevens

An event that used to be sold out in as little as half an hour is now struggling sell tickets.

The obvious question is why have the ticket sales slumped?

The wowsers have ruined things for the majority and the organisers have strangled the event so tight that it is struggling to breathe and may end up being killed off.

Wasps and Toulon into quarter-finals

In other matches former Wallaby George Smith's Wasps sealed their last eight place with the English club recording a crushing 51-10 home victory over Irish side Leinster.

Ma'a Nonu magic helps Toulon to top of European Champions Cup pool

English club Wasps looked like they had beaten the defending champions when Guy Thompson scored in the corner, but Toulon replied with an injury-time try to Wallabies wing Drew Mitchell for a vital 15-11 win.

Running off a perfectly timed pass from Nonu, Mitchell hit the gas and sped away for the crucial try, and the win that takes Toulon to the top of Pool 5.

Lomu paid thousands for dialysis during UK tour

Lomu died suddenly last November, aged 40, after suffering for many years from a chronic and serious kidney disorder.

He had just returned from the hectic speaking and publicity tour that coincided with the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

SBW shocks with graphic photos

The two images, which Stuff has chosen not to publish due to their graphic nature, show young children lying on the ground with wounds to their heads, torso and legs. 

"What did these children do to deserve this?" Williams tweeted on Tuesday evening. 

This summer share a thought for the innocent lives lost everyday in war."

Record growth for rugby playing numbers in Pacific

Total playing numbers throughout Oceania in 2015, including New Zealand and Australia, reached one point one million.

The Get Into Rugby program was rolled out in the Pacific last year after being initially piloted in Tonga.

Stephen Moore heading back to Queensland

The 32-year-old hooker came through the junior ranks at the Reds before moving to the Brumbies in 2009 and has played 102 times for the Canberra-based side, matching exactly his tally of test caps.

A statement released by the Brumbies said the 2016 season would be Moore's last with the team "following his decision to re-join the Queensland Reds".

Smith set to debut for Pau

Smith is slated to play in Pau's Challenge Cup clash against the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Smith will be joined by All Blacks team-mate Colin Slade in the Pau team.

Pau sit bottom of Challenge Cup pool two with no points after defeats to Sale Sharks and the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Flying Fijians Leone Nakarawa and Nemani Nadolo named in international rugby team of the year

Respected specialist website Planet Rugby has named their favoured XV from a year that saw the international game dominated by the All Blacks again as they swept to back to back World Cup titles.

But there was no room for sentimentality for McCaw who stepped away from the game in the wake of that success, with record numbers next to his name.

McCaw was nominated for the No 7 jersey but it was awarded to Springboks and Bath flanker Francois Louw, whose record tackle count at the World Cup and in English club play got him the nod.


Lomu's situation a lesson for young players

Lomu died on 18 November aged 40, most likely from a blood clot following long-distance travel.

He had suffered kidney problems since 1995 - the year he burst onto the international stage with his blinding form in the Rugby World Cup, in a performance credited with helping to turn the sport professional.