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Burning questions: What's wrong with the Crusaders?

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder ponders a disappointing and frustrating Super Rugby campaign.

OPINION: Can the Crusaders be fixed? Is Will Skelton the next Quade Cooper? And we talk All Blacks bolters.

Robson: Overseas clubs will wait for ABs greats

OPINION: Agent Warren Alcock key to long-term Savea, Retallick deals to remain in New Zealand.

Gifford: Burning questions rugby needs to answer

Officials could derail ABs' World Cup campaign

super rugby

Conrad Smith keen to put Nelson defeat behind him

Richie McCaw and Conrad Smith chat following the Crusaders 35-18 win over the Hurricanes at Trafalgar Park on Friday.

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith said his team won't win the Super Rugby title if they continue to play like they did against the Crusaders.

Wallabies lock injured as Brumbies overcome Bulls

ACT side have kept their hopes of a Super Rugby finals berth alive after beating an equally desperate Bulls outfit 22-16 in Canberra.

Hurricanes first five-eighth Otere Black fends off Crusader Luke Romano at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

Canes howler as Crusaders march home video

Super Rugby leaders were not themselves in a 35-18 loss to a fired up Crusaders in Nelson.

sevens

NZ win womens sevens title

New Zealand women's sevens star Charlotte Scanlan.

Sevens sisters have cruised to their third world series title with victory in the Amsterdam plate final.

Sevens sisters look to finish season on a high

There can be no more appropriate place for NZ to end their World Rugby Women's Sevens Series campaign on a high than in Amsterdam.

Honey Hireme had a strong opening day in Amsterdam.

New Zealand into Amsterdam Sevens quarters

Motivation is clearly lacking for the New Zealand Women's Sevens team in Amsterdam, with the world series title already safely packed in their carry-on baggage.

international

Hartley replaced in England squad by head-butting victim

Richie McCaw gets past Dylan Hartley to score a try last November.

English rugby bad boy Dylan Hartley replaced in RWC training squad.

Highlanders franchise all set for private investment

Private investment in the Highlanders is expected to be signed off within the next three months, while the British & Irish Lions fixtures become clearer.

Atu Moli will be key for the New Zealand under-20s in Italy.

Captain Moli key for NZ under-20s

Waikato prop Atu Moli will be putting his pride on the line when he props up New Zealand's scrum at the Junior Rugby World Championship in Italy.

all blacks

Loyalty and legacy drive Savea, Retallick

Winger Julian Savea wants to add his name to the small list of All Blacks who have played 100 tests.

Motivated by money, available to the highest bidder and certain to ditch their Super teams and the All Blacks when the rich overseas suitors come calling.

Fox backs Carter and McCaw to find form

All Blacks selector backs aging stars to come right, believing they have been hampered by a struggling Crusades outfit.

Dominic Bird has been listed on the Crusaders bench for the match against the Hurricanes in Nelson on Friday night.

Big Bird still chasing his All Black dream

Crusaders lock Dominic Bird refuses to write-off his World Cup chances with the All Blacks.

provincial

Lions sign first five-eighth Bentley for ITM Cup

Jonny Bentley scored 158 points in leading Hutt Old Boys Marist to the Jubilee Cup title in 2007.

Former Hutt Old Boys Marist first five-eighth Jonny Bentley will finally get a shot at the Wellington Lions.

Tuala comes up aces for Northampton

Counties Manukau utility back Ahsee Tuala has signed an extension to his deal at Northampton ruling out any chance of him playing for the Steelers this year.

The Otago Rugby Union has looked at other areas in New Zealand and overseas to try to promote better rugby behavior on the sidelines at junior and senior level.

'Silent sidelines' an option for rugby

After a run of sideline abuse of refs and players, Otago rugby is considering a noise ban on everyone.

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