IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily NewsOPINION: Four down. One remaining. For the Chiefs, Hurricanes, Blues and Highlanders the 2015 season is imminent.
RICHARD KNOWLER - The PressOPINION: Plenty of mongrel in team led by 111kg slab of organic SA beef aiming to sink hopes of NZ glory.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - StuffOPINION: Memory of that shock home defeat to the Sharks will help Todd Blackadder motivate his men.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: History doesn't decide football games. And they're not played on paper either, writes Jeff Wilson.
PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: The wolves were howling for Todd Blackadder's head early in the year. A title might shut them up, writes Phil Gifford.
TAINE RANDELL - Sunday NewsOPINION: Those underachieving pretty boys of Australian rugby are finally delivering on their promise, writes Taine Randell.
The Super Rugby season is too long and fragmented. Let's take it back to basics, Ricardo Foxtrot writes.
RICHARD KNOWLER - The PressOPINION: Qualifying for Super Rugby semis means much more for Crusaders than just having a crack at another title.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - StuffOPINION: A rest period before the Super Rugby finals may not be ideal for the players involved, writes Andrew Mehrtens.
TOBY ROBSON - The Dominion PostOPINION: Whatever issues Ma'a Nonu had at the Hurricanes in 2011 it is time for all involved to move on
HAMISH BIDWELL - The Dominion PostOPINION: Now we get some indication of the environment Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett was operating in.
MARK REASON - The Dominion PostOPINION: How strange it is that so many judgments are made according to the Super Rugby final standings.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - StuffOPINION: It's a good thing they have a good off-field argument as their Super Rugby on-field effort doesn't deserve it.
TOBY ROBSON - The Dominion PostOPINION: Mark Hammett slipped at the start line and never fully recovered.
TOBY ROBSON - The PressOPINION: The Crusaders wouldn't be a bad bet to end their Super Rugby title drought.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: So now the Hurricane era of the Hammer is over, what are we to make of it all?
TAINE RANDELL - Sunday NewsOPINION: After four seasons without reaching the playoffs, Mark Hammett exits the Hurricanes having failed to deliver on expectations.
The PressIn this exclusive extract from his memoir, Phil Gifford talks of his affection for Andrew Mehrtens.
IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily NewsOPINION: If you had $100 on the Waratahs to win their first-ever title, you would be feeling happy with yourself.
RICHARD KNOWLER - The PressOPINION: Latest instalment in the tale of a roaming Ma'a Nonu should be of immense frustration to the NZRU.
TAINE RANDELL - Sunday NewsHead-to-head between Michael Hooper and Shane Christie is pivotal to Highlanders' hopes of upset win.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesIt's the match-up within the match-up that that excites most about the Waratahs against the Highlanders.
PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: The Chiefs treated the ball as if it was gold, the Canes as if it was the wrapper off a Big Mac, writes Phil Gifford.
IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily NewsIt's pressure time, and pressure does some strange things to players and coaches.
TOBY ROBSON - The Dominion PostOPINION: Fairfax Media rugby writer Toby Robson gives his take on a week of Super Rugby thrills and spills.
MARK REASON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: England and the All Blacks have a lot to reflect on ahead of next year's World Cup.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: My old coach Gordon Hunter used to have a nice way to motivate us.
PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: Almost every game for New Zealand teams in Super Rugby now feels like a knockout match.
IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily NewsOPINION: One step forward, two steps back. As hard as the English rugby team tried, the longer they spent in NZ the worse they got.
RICHARD KNOWLER - The PressOPINION: Things start to get tricky for the Crusaders as they gear up for a stab at making the Super Rugby playoffs.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - Fairfax MediaOPINION: Here's some advice for Steve Hansen on the topic of Dan Carter - don't pick him for the Rugby Championship.
PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: Winning will always come first in a test match. It feels even more important when a side is snapping at the heels of a record-winning streak for first-tier teams.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: Sad as it is to say, the days of a Richie McCaw playing 130-odd tests well into his 30s might be at an end.
TAINE RANDELL - StuffOPINION: All Black No 8 Kieran Read's performance was the highlight of tonight's test, says Taine Randell.
IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily NewsOPINION: There appears to be a few teething problems in the 'new age' English approach to playing rugby.
MARK REASON - StuffOPINION: The All Blacks win over England in the second test shows rugby union is more about strategy than brute force.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - StuffOPINION: The time is right for Beauden Barrett to start at No 10 for the All Blacks, with Saturday's test the ideal chance.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: Jeff Wilson wonders if the All Blacks' first test performance against England was them not looking to peak too soon.
TAINE RANDELL - Sunday NewsOPINION: While the ABs got away with another win over England, coach Steve Hansen has some work to do.
PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: Ben Smith was undoubtedly the All Blacks' standout performer in the second test against England.
TONY SMITH - The PressOPINION: Come on Steve Hansen don't be a party-pooper, release some All Blacks to the Crusaders to face England.
MARC HINTON - StuffOPINION: Cory Jane is a funny guy with serious intentions who has met all challenges in his ABs career.
IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily NewsOPINION: It has taken a while but it appears English rugby is ready to take a crack at the big boys.
MARC HINTON - StuffOPINION: The man who said "winning isn't everything, it's the only thing" clearly wasn't an All Blacks fan.
MARK REASON - StuffOPINION: The All Blacks keep on winning, just, but the rest of the world is no longer intimidated.
ED SCRAGG - StuffOPINION: All Blacks rust a worry and coach Steve Hansen's loyalty to out-of-form players could be their undoing.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - StuffOPINION: I'm picking there won't be many changes to the All Backs team for the second test.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: If the first week of the junior world championship is any guide, the rest of the rugby world is doing a pretty good job of catching up on New Zealand.
PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: Ignorance is the biggest factor in the myth that the All Blacks steal Polynesian players.
PHIL GIFFORD - StuffOPINION: For all the hard, dirty work Conrad Smith had to do, it was only fitting he should score the winning try.
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