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Crusaders gear up for finals

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Crusaders to freshen up for Super Rugby finals

Coach Todd Blackadder welcomes the extra time to rest his beaten-up players but says it will still be business as usual for much of the week.

Tahs smash fumbling Reds

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Top-of-table Waratahs smash fumbling Reds

The Waratahs juggernaut has powered on but not before the bumbling Queensland Reds exposed a worrying chink in their armour before the Super Rugby finals.

Crusaders get playoffs bye

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NZ champion Crusaders secure playoffs bye

The Crusaders will get a week off, while the Chiefs and Highlanders will both head on the road during the first week of the Super Rugby playoffs.

Resilient Chiefs still fighting

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Resilient Chiefs still fighting for the three-peat

The Chiefs must now scale new heights if they are to achieve a Super Rugby three-peat, writes LIAM NAPIER.

Chiefs target Tepai Moeroa

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Chiefs target young gun Tepai Moeroa

Tepai Moeroa has been compared with cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams and is being courted by the Chiefs and Waratahs.

Highlanders put to the sword

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Crusaders put Highlanders to sword

Crusaders finish top of the New Zealand conference after a solid forward performance getting a win over the Highlanders.

Eyes on Super Rugby return

Eyes on Super Rugby return

All Blacks management will be nervous as Super Rugby resumes over the next two weeks, with four physically demanding local derbies on the horizon.

ABs aim for <br>clean sweep

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All Blacks aim for clean sweep

Heading into the third test with England, All Black skipper Richie McCaw says the team is motivated to make it a test series clean sweep.

Hammett has failed

Mark Hammett After four seasons without reaching the playoffs, Mark Hammett exits the Hurricanes having failed to deliver on expectations.

Short of the mark

So now the Hurricane era of the Hammer is over, what are we to make of it all?

Meet rugby's clown prince

The year of the Waratahs

Sharks set up Highlanders clash

Frans Steyn Sharks beat compatriots 34-10 at Newlands but fail to overhaul Crusaders in second to book home semifinal.

Lions maul Cheetahs in cat-fight

Lionel Mapoe's hat-trick helped the Lions cap their most successful Super Rugby season with a 60-25 eight-try mauling of the Cheetahs.

Stars align for Crusaders

Cummins bows out of Aussie rugby

Pressure on Kirwan to deliver

Blues coach admits he is under pressure to keep his job after yet another disappointing campaign.

Tietjens opts for veterans

Tomasi Cama Sevens veterans Lote Raikabula and Tomasi Cama have been named as travelling reserves for the New Zealand team ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Omissions shows strength

With all the smiles on display at the NZ Sevens team naming, it was easy to forget about the shattered outcasts.

Gunning for Glasgow

Dickson delighted at selection

Gill selected for Aussies

Wallaby Liam Gill has been selected to spearhead Australia's 12-man rugby sevens squad in Glasgow.

Balshaw retires from rugby

Iain Balshaw England World Cup-winning back Iain Balshaw has retired after failing to recover from a knee injury.

Dream come true for Samoa

New Zealand rugby great Bryan Williams has lauded the long overdue decision to take the All Blacks to Samoa.

Honey Badger off to Japan

Du Preez out for the year

Blues inspire Wallabies

If the NSW can do it, the Wallabies believe they too can bust a hoodoo and win back the Bledisloe Cup.

Todd to stick with Crusaders

Matt Todd Richie McCaw casts a long shadow, yet Matt Todd seems impervious to the threat it poses to his livelihood.

All Blacks to play NPC teams

The All Blacks will play North Harbour and Northland in the buildup to their opening Bledisloe Cup clash.

Zac's hefty challenge

Weepu set to leave NZ rugby

Under the radar

In his latest high-powered role as New Zealand Rugby Union chairman, Brent Impey is not pursuing a strong public presence.

Few surprises for Taranaki

Surprises were few and far between when Taranaki's national provincial championship squad was named.

Shield staying on with Counties

Counties Manukau have retained the Ranfurly Shield with a 46-10 victory over Mid Canterbury in Pukekohe

Mid Canterbury seek respect

Future is bright for Page

Kerr back for Steelers

Return from injury of Blues first-five a notable feature of Ranfurly Shield holders Counties Manukau's squad named yesterday.

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