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Hurricanes eye wounded Crusaders in Nelson

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd can manage his players' workloads during the final three weeks of Super Rugby.

Team lists speak volumes for two teams' contrasting fortunes ahead of Super Rugby clash.

Injuries sideline Crusaders stars from Nelson clash

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made seven positional changes to the side that lost 33-22 to the Waratahs last weekend.

Ryan Crotty the latest All Black to join Kieran Read and Sam Whitelock on concussion list.

Horrell: Chiefs are out for Highlanders revenge

Andrew Horrell wants his Chiefs side to gain momentum towards the Super Rugby playoffs with a win over the Highlanders.

Chiefs' Mr Fix-it says they owe the Highlanders defeat in Invercargill after blowing winning chances in their first game in Hamilton.

Savea, Retallick staying home

Brodie Retallick and Julian Savea (right) share a joke with New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew at the announcement of the All Blacks' pair's decision to keep playing in New Zealand.

Star wing and World Rugby player of the year the first All Blacks to sign on with NZ Rugby for the 2019 RWC.

Sky shores up sports options

Super Rugby failed to excite viewer demand for Sky TV's Fan Pass service.

Non-subscribers can buy a day pass to Sky Sports for about $15 to watch over the internet.

1st5R: McKenzie rules the roost

The Chiefs' Damian McKenzie was the top New Zealander in week 15's 1st5R ratings.

Chiefs young gun's irresistible running game propels him to top the Kiwi No 10s in Super Rugby week 15.

Boyd bolsters pack for Crusaders clash

Loose forward Blade Thomson moves to No 8 for the Hurricanes' match with the Crusaders in Nelson.

Hurricanes coach continues to rest, rotate and reward ahead of Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders in Nelson.

Canterbury club rugby players 'racially abused'

Freelance sports reporter Lindsay Kerr says Hampstead's behaviour throughout a match where allegations of racial abuse were made was "disgusting".

Match-sealing penalty try sparks a confrontation between players, fans and referee.

Headbutt charge for Hartley

Trouble England hooker Dylan Hartley is in hot water again, called to defend a haedbutt charge.

England's Kiwi timebomb blows up again, possibly ending the hooker's chance at a place in the RWC.

Smokin' Joe out to rock Irish

Former All Blacks star Joe Rokocoko lines out in Barbarians colours again when they meet Ireland.

Five Kiwis headed by former All Blacks try-machine Joe Rokocoko will play for the Barbarians against Ireland.

Suspension puts Lions' Coetzee on the sidelines

A lifting tackle on Cheetahs back Rayno Benjamin will see Lions hooker Robbie Coetzee sit out three matches.

Lions hooker Robbie Coetzee has been suspended for three games for an illegal tackle.

Chiefs' Nanai-Williams says concussions are scary

Tim Nanai-Williams has experienced some of the problems concussion can bring about.

Tim Nanai-Williams says the high number of concussions this season has been a wake-up call.

Lock returns but Chiefs' injury problems continue

Mike FitzGerald, right, will be back to help the Chiefs take on the Highlanders in Invercargill this weekend.

The Chiefs will have at least one of their specialist locks back from injury to take on the Highlanders.

Jones keen for Thorn's hand video

Colourful Welsh prop Adam Jones is entering into the banter that comes with playing for the Barbarians.

Rugged Welsh rugby prop desperate to have ex-ABs star "shove his hand between my legs in the scrum".

Deans denies Leinster links

Robbie Deans has hinted that a return to international rugby would tempt him most as he distances himself from links to Irish club Leinster.

Sought-after Kiwi rugby coach loyal to Japan club, noting an international offer "would excite me more".

Waratahs to appeal suspensions

Nemani Nadolo of the Crusaders is tackled by the Waratahs' Will Skelton, right.

Franchise boss plans appeals after two and four week bans given to players involved in foul play in Crusaders clash.

Whitelock joins growing Crusaders injury list

Sam Whitelock is tied up in the tight against the Waratahs in Sydney last weekend.

Sam Whitelock joins Kieran Read, Colin Slade, Israel Dagg and Joe Moody on the sidelines.

Second Super Rugby start looms for Black

Hurricanes first five eighth Otere Black enjoys a lighter moment during training.

Not so hidden gem Otere Black should not be just a Hurricane for the here and now.

Referee Review: Tahs tip tackle deserved red

Referee Marius van der Westhuizen shows the Waratahs' Silatolu Latu a yellow card, which perhaps should have been red, in the win over the Crusaders in Sydney on Saturday night.

Where is the line you have to cross to go past the red card threshold when making a tackle in rugby?

Deans linked to Leinster

Former Wallabies and Crusaders coach Robbie Deans is currently contracted to Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights but is in Ireland to coach the Barbarians.

Former Wallabies and Crusaders coach listed at short odds to fill vacancy at Irish club.

Baa-Baas delay Thorn's farewell

World Cup winning All Blacks lock Brad Thorn has a while before he finally cools off after his stellar rugby career ends with the Barbarians.

More internationals in store for All Blacks' World Cup-winning lock before he gets to hang up his boots.

Evans returns to England

Bryn Evans played two tests for the All Blacks in 2009.

Former All Blacks lock scores two-year deal with Sale Sharks after stint playing in French second division.

Tuala comes up aces for Northampton

Counties Manukau utility back Ahsee Tuala will not be returning to the Steelers in 2015 after signing a contract extension with 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.

Blackadder vows to fight

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder.

Crusaders coach won’t surrender his job or hoist the white flag despite needing a mathematical miracle.

Johan Bardoul joins list of injured Chiefs locks

Johan Bardoul still made the hard yards for the Chiefs after injuring his knee early in their win against the Bulls, but now he has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Chiefs should get at least a couple of locks back for game against Highlanders, but Steamers utility latest to have his season ended by injury.

Concussion adds further to Kieran Read's pain

Kieran Read also sat out several matches last season while recovering from concussion.

Crusaders and All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read is likely to miss the Hurricanes match in Nelson because of concussion suffered in loss to Waratahs.

Boyd hails Canes trainers for lack of serious injuries

Rey Lee-Lo was one of the Hurricanes best during their 29-5 Super Rugby win over the Blues at Eden Park.

Coach takes little pleasure in counting missing faces in Blues changing sheds, but wasn't hiding satisfaction at healthy state of his own playing stocks.

Playoffs secure, Hurricanes hunt home semifinal

Hurricanes first five-eighth Otere Black takes the ball to the line during a Super Rugby match against the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.

Otere Black gives coach Chris Boyd food for thought as he ponders at least one more week without All Blacks first five-eighth Beauden Barrett.

Bath, Saracens into English Premiership final

Bath players Sam Burgess and Paul James combine to tackle Leicester Tigers' Ben Youngs during their English Premiership semifinal.

Clinical Bath blast Leicester to reach English Premiership decider for first time since 2004, while Saracens edge holders Northampton in other semifinal.

Veteran Chiefs lock revels in his rescue job

Ross Filipo rediscovered his youth in an enthusiastic display for the Chiefs against the Bulls in Rotorua.

Ross Filipo rolls back clock in impressive style to help out, but will probably be back watching this week’s game with beer and pizza on the couch.

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