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Hurricanes too classy for lowly Queensland Reds

Hurricanes first five eighth Beauden Barrett on the attack during his team's 35-19 win over the Reds.

TJ Perenara grabs two tries as Hurricanes go back to top of Super Rugby ladder.

Super sire Sundon's legacy to live on

Sundon  was euthanized on Saturday because he was starting to lose his battle with arthritis and laminitis.

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Sundon might be gone but the sire who revolutionised the breeding of trotters in New Zealand is tipped to have a legacy that will last for many decades to come.

Rebels look set to test Chiefs

Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick makes a run against the Force at Waikato Stadium on Friday night.

Dave Rennie says what Chiefs dished up against Force won’t do if they are to win in Melbourne.

MacDonald to replace Mauger at Crusaders

Leon MacDonald, left, is set to be appointed as a Crusaders' assistant coach.

Former All Blacks and Crusaders fullback Leon MacDonald to join Crusaders coaching team.

Nanai-Williams hoping to take form to sevens

Wing Tim Nanai-Williams in action during the Chiefs win over the Force at Waikato Stadium.

Chief hopes form since returning from injury will extend to the Glasgow Sevens with Samoa.

Happy hooker Hika is leading the way

Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot  makes a break during the Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Force at Waikato Stadium.

Hika Elliot loves set-pieces, driving mauls and mentoring younger forwards at the Chiefs

Concussed McCaw in doubt for Hurricanes blockbuster

Richie McCaw tries to clear his head after being knocked out tackling Lolagi Visinia.

Richie McCaw’s concussion incident has put him in serious doubt for the match against the Hurricanes next Saturday night.

Referee attacked after final whistle

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Rugby Southland will investigate an alleged assault on a referee following a club game.

No All Blacks, no regrets for Highlanders' Joseph

Highlanders winger Waisake Naholo was well shackled by the Brumbies in Canberra.

Highlanders coach refuses to blame the absence of his star All Blacks for defeat in Canberra.

De Klerk try seals tense Lions win

Faf De Klerk's late try was the difference in the Lions' narrow win over the Cheetahs at Ellis Park.

Late bonus-point try the difference as Super Rugby side holds off spirited late Cheetahs challenge at Ellis Park.

Catrakilis boots Stormers to the top

Demetri Catrakilis kicks a goal for the Stormers during their 15-13 win over the Stormers at Newlands Stadium.

First-five kicks his team into the South Africa Super Rugby conference lead with a 15-point effort against the Bulls.

NSW Waratahs hold off Rebels, move into top-six

Waratahs back Rob Horne beats the Rebels defence, including former All Black Tamati Ellison, to score a try in the corner.

The NSW Waratahs have held out the Melbourne Rebels 18-16 to set the stage for a potentially decisive Super Rugby conference derby with the Brumbies.

Crusaders find their groove to banish Blues video

Halfback Mitchell Drummond scoots to the tryline to score the Crusaders’ opening try against the Blues.

Bonus-point win over the Blues at AMI Stadium keeps the Crusaders in Super Rugby playoff contention

Gifford: Crusaders pile more misery on Blues

Jordan Taufua is airborne as he scores for the Crusaders against the Blues at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

OPINION: Blackadder's boys find their feet again as counterpart Kirwan loses ninth game in 10.

Rennie backs McKenzie for repeat start

Chiefs first-five Marty McKenzie lines up a kick at goal during the Chiefs' 35-27 win over the Force in Hamilton.

Dave Rennie is backing Marty McKenzie to retain the Chiefs first five-eighth duties this week.

Savea warning - Ardie wants to join Julian in Rio

Ardie Savea fights through Waratahs loosie Mitchell Chapman during the Hurricanes' 29-24 loss in Wellington.

Hurricanes flanker eyes a NZ sevens spot at Rio Games in 2016 - and hopes to make it a family affair.

Highlanders are movers and groovers

Highlanders halfback Fumiaki Tanaka gets into the groove with Six60's White Lines.

The Highlanders rock. And to prove it they got out the video camera.

Super report: Let's play Hansen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has much to ponder for his team with the up-and-down fortunes of the New Zealand Super Rugby franchises in 2015.

It's mid-season report time and the All Blacks coach has much to ponder on the good, the bad and the ugly of Super Rugby in RWC year.

Pan-American Six Nations competition planned

US Eagles captain Todd Clever during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

American rugby unions to launch an annual championship based on the successful European model.

Queensland dispute Quade Cooper's Toulon deal

Quade Cooper in action for the Wallabies against France last year.

Queensland Reds accuse Toulon of jumping the gun, announcing a deal with Quade Cooper.

Pocock drives the Brumbies past Highlanders video

Brumbies wing Henry Speight drops at the goal-line as the Highlanders' Waisake Naholo attempts to make a tackle.

An insipid first-half performance cost the Highlanders any chance of an upset over the Brumbies.

Force is with Chiefs in Hamilton, but only just video

Johan Bardoul makes a charge for the Chiefs against the Force in Hamilton.

Chiefs get bonus-point 35-27 victory but 14-man Western Force show mettle in Hamilton.

Stephen Brett pondering return to New Zealand

Stephen Brett, pictured in action with the Blues in 2011, would consider a return to the Crusaders.

Stephen Brett would welcome the opportunity to help the Crusaders in their time of need.

Concussion video review system for rugby

Josh Hohneck has been a focus of debate after he played on following an apparent loss of consciousness.

NZ Rugby introducing a new system to check players who are in heavy collisions in Super Rugby matches.

Hamilton Girls contest sevens world champs

Hamilton Girls High School head to Japan on Sunday for the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament.

Hamilton Girls High School head to Japan on Sunday to contest the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament, and hope to bring home a world title.

No pressure Blues to keep Crusaders on their toes

Richie McCaw needs a big game against the Blues in Christchurch.

The Crusaders' mission is to somehow collect enough points from seven games to qualify for the finals.

Injured Plumtree absent, but message gets through

Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree hasn't traveled with the team to Brisbane due to a crook back.

Canes assistant coach delivers some key messages to players from his hospital bed ahead of Sunday's Reds clash.

Ex-Wallaby Turner lauds fill-in Frisby's Reds efforts

Nick Frisby has taken on the Queensland Reds’ first-five duties for most of the season due to Quade Cooper's injury woes.

Young half joins captain James Slipper and vice-captain Rob Simmons in re-signing with struggling franchise.

Wallabies coach Cheika 'stupid' not to look at trio

Australia's Matt Giteau takes the tackle of All Blacks halfback Jimmy Cowan in a test at Wellington Regional Stadium in 2009.

Rule change presents RWC Wallabies recall chance for France-based greats Smith, Giteau and Mitchell.

Super Rugby's burning questions: Is McCaw done?

Richie McCaw found the going tough against the Chiefs, but can he find form when it really counts?

OPINION: In our regular Friday segment,'s leading rugby scribes tackle the hot topics of the Super Rugby week.

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