Opinion

Here comes the all-Kiwi final

The Hurricanes are one of Super Rugby's lovable losers with a sturdy contingent of die-hard fans.

OPINION: Hurricanes have no better chance to shake off their reputation as Super Rugby's lovable losers.

Secret to Barrett's success

Beauden Barrett

OPINION: Outgoing Crusaders coach to announce future, and secret to Beauden Barrett's form.

Only themselves to blame

The Crusaders gather after their quarterfinal loss to the lions.

OPINION: If the Crusaders want to play the blame game, they need only look in a mirror.

Rennie gem ready to go

The Chiefs play exciting, winning rugby with a hard edge because Dave Rennie and his players have great mutual respect.

OPINION: Chiefs coach ready for test rugby, and now he has the motive when the next job comes up.

More Hansen, more success video

Steve Hansen has taken on a further two years in charge of the All Blacks for all the right reasons

OPINION: NZ Rugby makes the smart, and only move, in extending the All Blacks coach's contract to 2019.

Changing of guard for Turbos

Rob Foreman won't be playing for the Manawatu Turbos this year.

OPINION: When the Manawatu Turbos jog out for real for the first time this rugby season, the No 2 jersey will be on someone else's back.

Voerman: Chiefs short of greatness

Damian McKenzie was at the centre of many of the Chiefs' great attacking moments this season.

OPINION: Great season Chiefs, but you're still a bit short of finishing among Super Rugby's greats.

Gifford: My Super money is on...

Jason Woodward of the Hurricanes scores a try against the Crusaders on Saturday night.

OPINION: Four Kiwi teams in the Super Rugby finals, so who's the favourite to take out the title from here?

Who will win Super Saturday? video

Can Beauden Barrett guide the Hurricanes to a sixth victory in the last eight over the Crusaders when the Super Rugby ...

Game picks, dumb tactics and MVPs, we look at the big issues ahead of Super Rugby's final round.

Toddy's rough deal on countback

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OPINION: It's fair to say fans won't miss him, but would they feel that way about a coach whose record is nearly identical?

Two Super games to savour

Halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow was one of several Chiefs to run riot against the Reds last week.

OPINION: All eyes will be on Christchurch and Dunedin in what is otherwise a Super Rugby sea of mediocrity.

Chiefs producing more All Blacks

Chiefs midfielder Anton Lienert Brown is an All Black in waiting.

OPINION: Dave Rennie continues to mould future ABs, while Canes primed to upset Crusaders.

Super Saturday saves the day video

The Chiefs and Highlanders promise to provide an enthralling derby.

OPINION: After a less than scintillating regular season, Super Rugby might finally be about to live up to its name.

Super Rugby divide not good

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08:  Melani Nanai of the Blues makes a break during the round 16 Super Rugby match between ...

OPINION: Australia and South Africa have sown the seeds for demise of their Super Rugby teams.

Burning questions: Legacies

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph and the Crusaders' Todd Blackadder are both finishing up at season end.

OPINION: In our regular segment, Stuff.co.nz's rugby scribes tackle the big issues of the week.

Black should leap at Blues shift

Otere Black has played more games for College Old Boys in Manawatu club rugby this year than he has for the Hurricanes.

OPINION: Otere Black should be fighting for the chance to move to the Blues rather than spending another year on the fringes of the Hurricanes' squad.

Super Rugby end in sight

It would come as no surprise to see the Blues beat the Brumbies on Friday.

OPINION: Conferences will generate debate for weeks to come.

Kiwi teams pipped at post?

Damian McKenzie outplayed Israel Dagg in Suva and proved he lost nothing after a month without action in All Blacks camp.

OPINION: NZ Super Rugby teams have dominated but could be overrun late by the Lions.

Reason: Lions need strong bench

Brian O'Driscoll, right, and Paul O'Connell of the Lions raise the Tom Richards Cup after their 2-1 series victory over ...

OPINION: The Lions must win the last 20 minutes to be successful in New Zealand.

Chiefs outsmarted Crusaders by realising that with surface slippery, back to basics only way to play video

Fans literally soak up the atmosphere under umbrellas.

OPINION: Winners played for the rain and the losers played as if it was a sunny day.

June tests - just a distraction?

Kieran Read leads the haka. More exciting than Super Rugby?

Is the June international window worthwhile or does it ruin Super Rugby?

Burning questions: All Black upshots

Israel Dagg took his chances in the June series against Wales to well and truly revive his international career.

Stuff.co.nz's rugby scribes tackle the big issues of the week, including Steve Hansen's men on a mission.

Wallabies face talent drain

Ineligible from next season: Matt Toomua.

OPINION: When Eddie Jones arrived in Australia, he was playing the role of a grinning executioner, but the death warrants had already been signed.

Press play on Super Rugby

Wing Nemani Nadolo will be one of the star attractions when the Crusaders meet the Chiefs in Suva on Friday.

OPINION: Don't know about you, but I've missed Super Rugby. Here's what's up in the weekend ahead.

The ridiculous rugby season

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen (left), pictured speaking to Ian Foster and Wayne Smith in Dunedin, said the current ...

OPINION: Every year the ABs play exhausted teams, so why is a global season so hard for World Rugby to organise?

Hinton: Barrett the big mover

Beauden Barrett and Israel Dagg (No 15) had plenty to celebrate during the Welsh series.

OPINION: Turns out the All Blacks' supersub is quite some starter as well.

Reason: TV commentators not up to it

Would Israel Dagg, pictured, Ben Smith and Beauden Barrett make a great back three? You might not find out from the TV ...

OPINION: NZ is a nation of rugby punditry, so why are we being let down by the TV commentators?

England 'two years behind' ABs

Former Lions coach Ian McGeechan, pictured with former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick, insists England are not yet ...

England improving, but New Zealand still well on top, says former Lions coach.

Wallabies' RWC hangover

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, captain Stephen Moore and Michael Hooper commiserate after being swept by England in ...

OPINION: This is the Rugby World Cup hangover from hell for the Wallabies.

New order: Rugby's top 10

All Blacks captain Kieran Reed is dominant in all facets of the game.

With no Dan or Richie, the world rugby landscape has changed. So who has stepped up?

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