Confident Canes find A-Game

Mark Hammett

Stop us if you can; That's the challenge Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has laid down to the Reds.

Bird banned but won't miss a match

Dominic Bird

Dominic Bird has copped a one-week suspension but won't miss a match because the Crusaders have the bye.

Dagg's courage earns high praise

Todd Blackadder

The Crusaders' charge has ground to a halt.

Better lineouts, discipline needed - Retallick

Brodie Retallick

Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick says his team have to fix their discipline and their lineout errors in a hurry.

Lady luck turns against Chiefs

Israel Folau

Lady luck finally deserted the Chiefs as a run of scrappy form caught up with the defending Super Rugby champions in Hamilton.

Judicial hearing to follow attack on ref

Whetu Barber

Otorohanga rugby prop Whetu Barber will face the Waikato Rugby Union judiciary on Wednesday night and possibly an assault charge after a referee was struck in Morrinsville on Good Friday.

Cruden's absence starting to show

Sam Whitelock

The Chiefs might be starting to find out the realities of playing Super Rugby without their talismanic pivot Aaron Cruden running the show.

Form fullback rues second half blues

Tom Marshall

Tom Marshall didn't get the result he wanted against his former team despite a strong game in his favourite position.

Waitara's Rona scores on debut for Cowboys

Curtis Rona

As controversy clouded North Queensland's loss to Manly on a far from Good Friday there was at least a silver lining for the luckless NRL club in the form of Waitara-born wing Curtis Rona.

'Scary' situation ends Schwalger's season

John Schwalger

Coach reveals the seriousness of the season-ending blood clots on prop John Schwalger's lungs.

'Tougher edge' sharpens Colin Slade's resolve

Colin Slade

Not so long ago Colin Slade wasn't convinced the Crusaders had it in them to win all their away games.

Marshall may be dropped to development side

Benji Marshall

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Benji Marshall's unexpected audition at first five-eighth was further proof that he is struggling.

Fekitoa the centre of attention

Malakai Fekitoa

Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa is a bit of a Lone Ranger at the moment.

Slade seals one-point victory for Crusaders


They didn't score a try but the Crusaders snatched a rare Super Rugby away victory over the Chiefs.

Stormers move out of basement with victory

Siya Kolisi


The Stormers moved off the foot of the Super Rugby standings with an 18-3 win over the Lions at Newlands to end a run of five successive defeats.

Call for McCaw to retire 'ridiculous' - Carter

Richie McCaw

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Dan Carter has rubbished criticism of All Blacks and Crusaders team-mate Richie McCaw.

Crusaders charge back to topple the Chiefs

Nemani Nadolo


Back from Africa, back in form and back in championship contention, the Crusaders made a big statement in Hamilton.

Wilson: Super Rugby must keep South Africa

All Blacks and Springboks

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OPINION: This talk of moving away from South Africa in Super Rugby is madness.

Crusaders captain Read a worker not a shirker

Kieran Read

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Kieran Read had a great season last year, but he's far from sitting on his laurels.

Blackadder praises Crusaders' grit in Hamilton

Todd Blackadder

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It was like the Crusaders of old, beamed coach Todd Blackadder afterwards, as he reflected on the decisive moment in a huge victory for his side.

Melbourne Rebels hunt for Wallabies pathway

Melbourne Rebels

The Wallabies are an endangered species at the Melbourne Rebels with coach Tony McGahan doing all he can to boost their numbers.

Hurricanes rediscover flair after pressure lifts

Andre Taylor

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Having defied all predictions to level the ledger, the Hurricanes may have now turned the corner.

Gifford: Crusaders pile on heat to eke out win


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OPINION: The game between the Chiefs and the Crusaders in Hamilton felt like a playoff match. So it should have.

Jet-setting Dan Carter in no hurry to get back

Dan Carter and Ernie Els

He's jetting here, there and everywhere and Dan Carter is not desperate to get back to work.

Sharks stay on top after grinding out 19-8 win

Tim Swiel


A late try from flanker Jean Dysel ensured a seventh win in eight matches for the Super Rugby-leading Sharks over the Cheetahs.

Israel Folau dazzles in royal Super Rugby return

Israel Folau


Israel Folau has made a royal return to Super Rugby to lead the Waratahs to a bruising 19-12 win over the Bulls.

Chiefs have the perfect chance to break away

Liam Messam

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A win against the Crusaders would give the Chiefs the jump on the rest of the New Zealand Conference.

Nemani Nadolo looking to alter Crusaders' luck

Nemani Nadolo


Nemani Nadolo has a fair idea of the diagrams and instructions in Gareth Anscombe's play book this week.

Jordan Taufua called in to lift Crusaders attack

Jordan Taufua


Jordan Taufua's mission is simple as he gears up to face the Chiefs in Hamilton tonight.

Tanerau Latimer puts team before his century

Tanerau Latimer

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When Tanerau Latimer celebrated his 100th Super Rugby game five weeks ago it was more about the team.

Crusaders lineout holds key against the Chiefs

Sam Whitelock


Let's see if the Crusaders are the real deal as they head to Hamilton to take on the champion Chiefs.

Canes props step up; Schwalger out with clot

Nick Briant and Dane Coles

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With senior props Ben Franks and John Schwalger on the sidelines, the Hurricanes young front rowers stood up to be counted.

Melbourne Rebels end Force's winning streak

Tamati Ellison


The Melbourne Rebels put the brakes on Western Force's winning run with a hard-earned 22-16 victory at AAMI Park.

Hurricanes smash the Blues in Wellington

TJ Perenara

The Hurricanes have beaten the Blues 39-20 in Wellington to seal another fine win.

Nonu ruled out of Blues team to face Hurricanes

Ma'a Nonu

Ma'a Nonu has been ruled out of tonight's match against the Hurricanes in Wellington through injury.

Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu looming large

Patrick Tuipulotu

In any combat arena, size helps. So does athleticism. Patrick Tuipulotu has both in spades.

Rebels out to make amends against the Force

Melbourne Rebels


Among Melbourne Rebels' Super Rugby losses, their heavy defeat at the hands of the Western Force is the one that really jars.

SANZAR block anthems at Anzac Day match

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SANZAR refuse Brumbies permission to play anthems before clash with Chiefs on Anzac Day.

Todd Blackadder stokes the flames before clash

Todd Blackadder


Crusaders coach vows players won't be the ones illegally pulling jerseys against the Chiefs.

Crusaders change three for Chiefs showdown

Willi Heinz


The Crusaders have made three changes and retained Willi Heinz at No 9 to face the Chiefs on Saturday.

Chiefs make six changes to side for Crusaders

Liam Messam

The Chiefs have made six changes to their team to take on the Crusaders in Hamilton.

Snook: Sharks the big fish as SA sides struggle

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OPINION: Which Super Rugby franchise has found itself one of the bottom two teams in the competition an alarming 11 times?

Blues still looking for a 10 out of 10 at No 10

Chris Noakes

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Seven games into the season, and the Blues' first five-eighth role remains wide open.

Rugby World Cup driving force for Dan Carter

Dan Carter


All Blacks first-five Dan Carter has unfinished business at the Rugby World Cup.

All Black jersey still fires up Canes' Victor Vito

Victor Vito

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Victor Vito knows he's running out of auditions, but the Canes No 8 insists he hasn't closed the door on All Blacks selection.

Prop Ben Franks ruled out for the Hurricanes

Ben Franks

A groin injury has ruled All Blacks prop Ben Franks out of the Hurricanes' team to face the Blues in Friday.

Opinion: Toby Robson's Super Rugby 'Teamtalk'

Colin Slade

OPINION: Toby Robson breaks down the latest Super Rugby games in his own inimitable style.

Wallabies set for tests against Europe's elite

Quade Cooper

The Wallabies will play Ireland, England, Wales and France on their November tour this year.

Blues ring the changes again for Hurricanes

Chris Noakes

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Rotation in the pivotal first five-eighth role continues at the Blues with Chris Noakes to face the Hurricanes.

Rhys Marshall learning to stand tall with Chiefs

Rhys Marshall

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Rhys Marshall has figured a few things out as the 2014 Super Rugby season progresses.
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